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Gemma1984
Hi guys and gals I have a 06 plate focus and have had nothing but problems with it it's only just come up for a year that I've had the car so warranty is out I'm hoping I can get some hints n tips from you guys firstly my starter motor went and got replaced then my battery light, hand brake light (hand brake was off) started flashing at me then my speedo stops working and it does this a while before they checked it out it has had alternator replace a week ago and now it has engine management light on with car in safety mode, I know your thinking get a new car me too but thoughtnid ask advice firstly if things will get better as I like my car and was wondering if anyone else has had the same problems as me ? And should I get rid of my car or bear with all the problems?


Thanks in advance for replys :-) xxx
Lenny
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1337586814' post='183612']
Hi guys and gals I have a 06 plate focus and have had nothing but problems with it it's only just come up for a year that I've had the car so warranty is out I'm hoping I can get some hints n tips from you guys firstly my starter motor went and got replaced then my battery light, hand brake light (hand brake was off) started flashing at me then my speedo stops working and it does this a while before they checked it out it has had alternator replace a week ago and now it has engine management light on with car in safety mode, I know your thinking get a new car me too but thoughtnid ask advice firstly if things will get better as I like my car and was wondering if anyone else has had the same problems as me ? And should I get rid of my car or bear with all the problems?


Thanks in advance for replys :-) xxx
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Hi Gemma,
i dont know for sure what the source of the fault could be,
but it would seem to me that it could be a bad earth feed or the previous altinator that was or is causing spikes of electricity in the electrics and slowly shorting things out on the car such as the hand brake sensor and the speedo cluster,

all of these items are fed and controled by the cars GEM an electronic mother board that controls the cars sensors and clusters.
the pulsing of your old altinator or a bad earth feed could have caused iregular current and shorted some of chip resulting in this chain of events.

the fuse would only blow if for example the current of the fuse was 15amps and the powe went over 15amps the fuse would blow to protect the electrics,
but their is nothing to stop the power fluctuating between 0amp and 15amps and this can cause whats called spikes, a surge of power that can cook your electrics.

id have all of the earth points checked on the car,
i have the haynes manual for the 2005-2010 model, ill have a look later and find out where all of the earth points are and ill list them on here for you to check, as i think it is a dodgy earth feed causing the power to fluctuate, and if its not a bad earth then i reckon the old altinator has dammaged the GEM,

if you require a new Gem they can be expensive but i think the ELM327 software available to download on here,
would allow you to purchase a GEM second hand and programme it to suit your car by copy the settings from the existing one and writing them to the new one.

it may not be the Gem either but this is all my theroy on the problems you are having.
however others may be able to advise differently.
NorthSussex
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1337586814' post='183612']
Hi guys and gals I have a 06 plate focus and have had nothing but problems with it it's only just come up for a year that I've had the car so warranty is out I'm hoping I can get some hints n tips from you guys firstly my starter motor went and got replaced then my battery light, hand brake light (hand brake was off) started flashing at me then my speedo stops working and it does this a while before they checked it out it has had alternator replace a week ago and now it has engine management light on with car in safety mode, I know your thinking get a new car me too but thoughtnid ask advice firstly if things will get better as I like my car and was wondering if anyone else has had the same problems as me ? And should I get rid of my car or bear with all the problems?


Thanks in advance for replys :-) xxx
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]With it's history of problems I think it will give you sleepless nights, my advise is get it fixed then move it on; there's nothing worse than a unreliable car. :huh: [/font][/size][/color]
jeebowhite
Couldnt agree with you more stormin, It was the best decision I made with my car, and life was a lot more peaceful afterwards!
Gemma1984
I'd like to thank all you lovely guys for help and advice I pick my nee car up on wed but unfortunately the dealership could only exchange it for a newer Astra :-S xx
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Good luck with the Astra, hopefully now you can look forward to many years of happy motoring. :) [/font][/size][/color]
Gemma1984
Thank you stormin :-) does this mean that I can't be in ford club now? :-S xxx
NorthSussex
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1337670511' post='183778']
Thank you stormin :-) does this mean that I can't be in ford club now? :-S xxx
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]No reason why not, I've learnt a lot about cars in general since I joined the club, we do have a member still with us, ex Focus and now a Ceed owner. Stay on-board Gemma. :rolleyes: [/font][/size][/color]
Gemma1984
Will do as long as the banter is good lol :-) xx
jeebowhite
hehe, he means me :P :rolleyes:

lol, I still find its nice to offer something to the table now and then, its still a great environment :)

Plus, here your never short of a few laughs!
NorthSussex
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1337867134' post='184055']
hehe, he means me :P :rolleyes:

lol, I still find its nice to offer something to the table now and then, its still a great environment :)

Plus, here your never short of a few laughs!
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Jeebo, yep you've got it in one. :D [/font][/size][/color]
Gemma1984
Classic all I can bring to the table is good looks but that's no help with cars lol xx
gregers
then we need pics plz, :D :P :lol:
Gemma1984
It's not allowing me to load from my iPad :-( or can some send me steps on how to do it p,ease :-) xx
Stoney871
The banter is always lively here.
We're all a bit loopy.
I'll come and take some pics for you if you like.
:P
Don't tell the Missus though ;)
Gemma1984
Haha I'm sure you could :-P but I managed to get one on glad to here banter being lively :-) x
Stoney871
:P
Gemma1984
You'd just have a hell of a long way to travel stoney lol :-P x
Stoney871
I've just travelled back from Cyprus with no sleep since 8am yesterday and back to work tomorrow.
A trip up there would be a doddle.
LOL :P
Gemma1984
Haha was it nice? We were sitting in 23-24c heat all week and at one point was even 31c :-O so safe to say I'm tanned lol x
Stoney871
Cracking weather.
The wife looks like she's been rubbed down with wood stain.
fordieashx
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1338216488' post='184500']
Cracking weather.
The wife looks like she's been rubbed down with wood stain.
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Haha wood stain, how nice of you stoney! I wish i tanned, i just burn and go white again. So i opt for the more expensive and safe way of getting tan from a bottle! ^_^

Gemma I just noticed that you're from Aberdeenshire too! Where about are you?
Gemma1984
Hey there luv I'm newhills you? I get the pleasure of nice golden brown :-) sorry just had to add that in x
Stoney871
[quote name='fordieashx' timestamp='1338221226' post='184508']


Haha wood stain, how nice of you stoney! I wish i tanned, i just burn and go white again. So i opt for the more expensive and safe way of getting tan from a bottle! ^_^
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The little lady gets a tan when she opens the fridge. ;)
I'm not a sun person myself.
Gemma1984
Classic stoney, :-) I think I may actually like this site :-P x
Stoney871
Not everybody here is as nuts as me. :P
Lifes too short to be a misery.
Pretty much everyone here is as good as gold.
You'll have a good laugh, - Guaranteed.
Gemma1984
Do I get my money back if not satisfied lol x
fordieashx
Small world, im out Ellon way! :)
Stoney871
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1338283306' post='184588']
Do I get my money back if not satisfied lol x
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It's my guarantee not the forums.
If you should happen to pay me any monies during your stay here then i will be happy to refund in full.
:P
Gemma1984
Ah cool it is a small world lol But unfortunately my focus has departed I'm now a Astra owner must admit didn't think I'd like it but dare I say it it's a nice car :-O lol and stoney I shall tell you the same as everyone else my back says no a lot hahaha xxx
fordieashx
Aww, which kind of astra you got? My boyfriends got an Arden blue mk4 GSi! :wub: Such a great & easy car to drive!
P.s. await flack from Stoney.. he likes to spit at vauxhalls! :lol:
Gemma1984
Haha I got 59 plate sxi 3 door curbed my alloys today not even had it a week :-O it will be fine he's got an afa long way to come xx
Stoney871
Sorry to say but after a lot of experience with Vauxhalls (spit :P) i'd rather push my car than drive one of them.
I had to use a Combo van last year while my dog wagon was having some upgrades and the clutch done and it broke down after 3 days.
The vehicle was only 11 months old and the cam belt went at 60mph.
That was a lot of fun i can tell you.
Gemma1984
Well I shall keep my fingers crossed stoney x
Stoney871
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1338410246' post='184848']
Well I shall keep my fingers crossed stoney x
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Good idea :P
Gemma1984
Totally loving the way you guys have made my topic hot lol and I'm no longer a newbie yay xx
stingman
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1337586814' post='183612']
Hi guys and gals I have a 06 plate focus and have had nothing but problems with it it's only just come up for a year that I've had the car so warranty is out I'm hoping I can get some hints n tips from you guys firstly my starter motor went and got replaced then my battery light, hand brake light (hand brake was off) started flashing at me then my speedo stops working and it does this a while before they checked it out it has had alternator replace a week ago and now it has engine management light on with car in safety mode, I know your thinking get a new car me too but thoughtnid ask advice firstly if things will get better as I like my car and was wondering if anyone else has had the same problems as me ? And should I get rid of my car or bear with all the problems?


Thanks in advance for replys :-) xxx lot problems there mind you want have probs i have had to sort out you need call in a garage one thats pretty good cause electrical can be a pain
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Gemma1984
Hi there stingman I've have bought myself a new car as posted in previous pages I couldn't be bothered with the uncertainty of my children's safety gettin in to the car so I decided my children as always come first x
NorthSussex
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1338153166' post='184433']
The banter is always lively here.
We're all a bit loopy.
I'll come and take some pics for you if you like.
:P
Don't tell the Missus though ;)
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[color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Hey, what's all this flirting with the lovely lady Stony? <_<[/font][/size][/color][color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive] [/font][/size][/color][color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive] I've just returned from a 10 day posting with no internet coverage and missed out :([/font][/size][/color][color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive] [/font][/size][/color][color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]. So now I'm back on line ---- Hi Gemma, love the picture B)[/font][/size][/color][color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive] [/font][/size][/color][color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive], and just to keep the post Focus related, 37.2 MPG over a 1500 miles covered in the last 3 months, all A & B roads fully laden.[/font][/size][/color]
Gemma1984
Hello lovely stormin I got may new car :-) and loving it and you can easy flirt too :-) if you read my tattoo post in general stoney gave me a little scare trying to act all serious lol feel free to join in the banter too I'm liking this forum very much xx
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Don't worry about Stoney, he's quite harmless, I think. :D Glad your enjoying the new car. [/font][/size][/color]
Gemma1984
He's too faraway to catch me haha xx
Stoney871
[quote name='ndsussex' timestamp='1338919687' post='185778']
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Don't worry about Stoney, he's quite harmless, I think. :D Glad your enjoying the new car. [/font][/size][/color]
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You know what Dog Handlers are like, the bite is worse than the bark.
Stoney871
[quote name='Gemma1984' timestamp='1338920206' post='185782']
He's too faraway to catch me haha xx
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:(
Gemma1984
Feel Free to try stoney I don't mind :-) xx
Stoney871
Now who's flirting.
All I'd need is your registration and a quick PNC or vehicle database check would give me all the info I need.
You're safe though as we are not allowed to access PNC without just cause and a legal reason.
Officers have been fired for misusing the system.
I'm just a bit of a charmer in my own way. :)
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Gemma don't get swayed by Stoney's uniform, we all look the same when we take them off, well some of us do. :D [/font][/size][/color]
Stoney871
Now who's flirting too?
I'm butt ugly and I don't care.
NorthSussex
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1338923184' post='185796']
Now who's flirting too?
I'm butt ugly and I don't care.
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]As I said Stoney, I'm back, and just as ugly, but not as bad as that bad boy we had on the forum a few weeks ago. :) [/font][/size][/color]
Stoney871
Those pictures he used were seriously butt ugly.


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