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GrahamH

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About GrahamH

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Mk3 Zetec dtci estate
  • Ford Year 2006
  • UK/Ireland Location Dorset
  • Annual Mileage 10,001 to 15,000

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  • Location Dorset
  1. glad its not just me.... changed both rear hubs and still noisy, changed round the tyres and noise shifted to the front. Looked at tyres and they were stepped accross the width of the tyre. I thought they had worn because of towing the caravan but maybe think it was just awful tyres.
  2. Mk3 Mondeo Rear Brake Caliper Refurb

    Finally got it apart today after talking to Biggred. The handbrake mechanism is removed through the front of the caliper after removing the piston. First take off the operating arm and then simply tap it out with a soft headed mallet. I had already disassembled it in situ but it was very easy to reassemble before changing the 'o'ring seal on the shaft and refitting. There is a locating spigot on the base so that it cannot turn as the lever is operated. This is a pic showing the disassembled mech if you don't want to do it the easy way. ;-) Shall refit and bleed tomorrow and replace the front discs and pads. Hopefully brakes all sorted now.
  3. Mk3 Mondeo Rear Brake Caliper Refurb

    Thanks for the link. Had already looked at that but it's for the front caliper. Trying to remove the handbrake mech from the rear caliper to replace the rear seal. The Biggred kit contains the seal so figure it must be possible to change it. Will talk to Biggred tomorrow and see if they can give me any advice and will post it here. Have two new front discs and pads coming tomorrow as well. I towed caravan all round Europe last year and am now paying for it with new brakes. ;-)
  4. The N/S rear brake caliper has a slight leak from the handbrake actuator arm. I have got the rebuild kit. Removed the caliper. Cleaned it all up. Removed the piston and both the large seals. The leak is from the rear of the cylinder and I can see the small o ring seal in the kit that is obviously the one that is leaking but how do I get the mechanism out of the caliper. There are 3 spring (clips?) and what looks like three lugs but how does it come apart? Don't want to damage it by going at it like a bull etc.. Can anyone explain or point me to a website with a diagram? Thanks
  5. Diesel Black Smoke

    If the hose is not split - hose to recirc valve that is - then it's likely that the recirc valve(and poss inlet manifold) wants cleaning. I do mine every 10k miles(which I think is a big downer for the tdci). It's not difficult, just a dirty job, and doesn't take long. Lots of prev posts on how to do it. Be careful you don't cross any threads on reassembly tho as they can be a bit fiddly. I did mine at 60k miles first time and it really makes a difference to performance and mpg. If you have the engine without an electrical plug on the recirc valve you can blank it off so you don't need to do it anymore. Unfortunately if it has a plug you can't. Mines 56 plate and I can't:-( hth's
  6. Door Locks

    Hi, have a 2.0 tdci, 2006, estate, 80k miles. Just been round europe towing caravan without a hitch except that when I lock the doors with the remote the nearside front door sometimes doesn't. You can lock from the inside and close the door and then use the remote to lock the car - all fine. All unlocks fine except that once in a while the front nearside doesn't unlock. Any thoughts? Cheers
  7. Mondeo Aerial

    Have you tried drilling into the end of the broken thread and using an eeziout? I think the thread is only brass so should be easy to drill.
  8. Exhaust Recirc Valve

    I agree its only a 15 min job to take the valve off but....... if you do a lot of miles then it must be a real pain to be doing it every 15 thousand miles or so which may be every 6 months. Are all td's the same; is there nothingyou can do to stop it building up? If only fairy liquid worked......
  9. Exhaust Recirc Valve

    Hi, I have a 56 plate 2.0 duratorq with 72k miles. The black smoke when I accel, particularly when towing the caravan, was getting to be a nuisance and I noticed the consumption starting to rise. I took off the recirc valve and inlet manifold and cleaned both. They were pretty badly choked and since then its fine with no smoke at all. Not a particularly hard task albeit a very dirty one. My question is how often should I expect to do it? I last did it 7k miles ago (although that time I didn't remove the manifold)! Surely it can't be normal to do this at (almost)evry oil change? Am I doing something wrong or missing something? ( and how do get your hands clean afterwards??
  10. Mondeo Tdci White Smoke

    one or more glowplugs gone
  11. Crank Shaft Pulley How Easy To Change

    yes just 3 bolts but they are very tight. See my other post as I changed mine today. "changed the crankshaft pulley today. Easier than I thought. I ground down a 1/2'' drive to get to the tensioner.( therefore didn't have to lower the engine) I slackened the 3 bolts on the pulley first. Got someone to put their foot on the brake whilst the car in 3rd gear - they were very tight. Slackened off the tensioner and removed the bolts; pulley off. (I had replaced the belt and tensioner only 3000 miles ago so didn't change them again). Replaced the pulley wheel whilst the drive on the tensioner was tied back to the driveshaft. Got someone to stand on the brake pedal whilst torquing up the bolts. job done. No more clackety clack whilst driving at low revs:-)) Got the pulley wheel from Europarts (£90 delivered), bargain."
  12. 2006 Estate Rear Springs

    Replaced both rear springs today with HD ones (£69 the pair from BMF delivered) Not too difficult, didn't need a spring compressor. Jacked it up and put on axle stand. Removed bolts holding anti-roll bar from the chassis and removed the bolt from the hub to cross member (after supporting with trolley jack.) Lowered the crossmember until I could take the spring out. Refitted new spring and torqued all the bolts up (3 off). Will see what it rides like with the caravan on but only feels marginally stiffer at the mo.
  13. Ford Mondeo 2.0 Tdci Dura-Torq Noise

    changed the crankshaft pulley today. Easier than I thought. I ground down a 1/2'' drive to get to the tensioner.( therefore didn't have to lower the engine) I slackened the 3 bolts on the pulley first. Got someone to put their foot on the brake whilst the car in 3rd gear - they were very tight. Slackened off the tensioner and removed the bolts; pulley off. (I had replaced the belt and tensioner only 3000 miles ago so didn't change them again). Replaced the pulley wheel whilst the drive on the tensioner was tied back to the driveshaft. Got someone to stand on the brake pedal whilst torquing up the bolts. job done. No more clackety clack whilst driving at low revs:-)) Got the pulley wheel from Europarts (£90 delivered), bargain.
  14. Cruise Control Turning Itself Off On Hills..?

    If the hill is big enough so that the car cannot maintain the 'cruise' speed (say in 6th gear at 60mph) then the cruise will 'drop out' at a certain speed below what you set it at. Mine does it on big hills when I'm towing the caravan. If you didn't have the cruise on and it started to labour you'd change gear wouldn't you?
  15. Ford Mondeo 2.0 Tdci Dura-Torq Noise

    I've noticed mine getting noisier at low revs but thought it was just 'diesel clatter'. I changed the tensioner pulley and belt about 6k miles ago as it was driving me nuts at idle. I noticed most duratorqs sound the same. When I changed the pulley and belt I had a 'mare' getting the tensioner off. Do Ford use a special tool with 1/2'' drive for this? The manual says use a 1/2'' drive to back off the tensioner but there's no room between the chassis/body and tensioner to get one in?? I would change the bottom pulley but it's too difficult to get the tension off to remove the belt. :(