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    Focus 2.0 TDCI 55 plate
  1. Hi all. 42k on the clock and about to have fitted (next week) THIRD SET OF FRONT WHEEL BEARING units. Anyone else had as much trouble with these sealed units? I know the 2 litre diesel is a heavy engine but this is unacceptable or have I just been unlucky? Cheers Peter Whitby
  2. A few months ago I posted a question relating to the tailgate on my Focus estate 55 plate, opening whilst the car was been driven. Fellow forum members suggested numerous helpful solutions. Thank you and here is my solution to the problem. This problem got worse, so much so that my wife and I were constantly jumping out of the car to shut the tailgate, jump in and LOCK the doors (the only way to stop it opening whilst driving was to manually lock ourselves in the vehicle). It was an intermitant fault, which strangely got worse in WARM weather. Last week we drove down to Ashboune, in the Peak district, through tropical rain storms. During our weeks camping the problem got worse, the weather was extremly hot, recorded 28 deg C in Bakewell. The tailgate constantly clicking. Asking and ringing local Ford garages only gave bad news, £70/hr labour and no quick fix gaurenteed. Being on a budget I could not afford a bill which had what appeared to have no time limit. So grasping the bull by the horns I visited my local scrap yard and bought, for £5 a second hand micro switch for the tailgate, which sits between the two number plate lights. A new one from Ford is £30, not cheap. 1/2hr later the car was fixed. Yes and the mystery solved as to why the tailgate was unlocking and why it was worse in warm weather. WATER - My old micro switch unit had NO rubber mastic sealant between the rubber seal and the units housing. The second hand one I had purchased was thick with mastic and no signs of corrosion within. When I carefully removed the seal, from the old one, the unit had about an egg cup of water inside. The metal treadle was heavily coroded. So when driven in rain or the car was washed the micro switch unit filled with water. The micro switch is at the top of the unit, so in itself the water would not be a problem until of of two things, 1) the tailgate is opened fully, and floods the switch, or 2) the warm weather causes condensation, which then shorts the micro switch. Hence the intermittant operation of the micro switch. So problem solved and the total cost of the repair £5, a little time (1/2hr) and a visit to my local scrap yard. Please pass this on. Regards Peter Whitby
  3. Cheers Will give the Forum search a go.
  4. Cheers Just popped up to the local Ford garage, they can look but can't promise anything at £48/hr I need more positive thoughts as it could take hours!!
  5. Hi all. This is I believe a serious safety issue. Re FFocus Titanium estate 55 Reg. Has anyone had problems with their tail gate opening/unlocking whilst the car is in motion? Normally if you press the key fob twice the tail gate will unlock and be free to lift up, but this is exactly what is happening whilst the car is moving and the fob has not been touched. If a window is open and the vehicle is moving then the tail gate starts to raise up. Not pleasant. Open the tail gate, say to put shopping in and it (the lock mechanism) is constantly clicking, as if to open. Yet if you try to open the tail gate manually the micro switch does not always work and the only way to open is to press the fob twice. There is I believe no way to manually lock the tail gate. With a dog in the back the last thing you want is the tail gate opening at 60 mph on a main road!! This is a long shot but I have recently got a Blackberry phone could this be interfering with the cars electronics?? Any help suggestions would be appreciated. Peter
  6. Morning I have just replaced the fuel filter element on my 55 Ford Focus 2.0 TDCI. Foolishly thinking it would be a simple job (like all the other Ford diesels I have owned to bleed and prime system) however I was not prepared for no 'non return valves' and no 'priming pump'. So having replaced the filter, sucked fuel up into the cannister and refitted the quick release pipes, I started the engine. It ran for all of 20 seconds and now, to add my embarassment I have a flat battery. So while I wait for it to recharge can anyone offer any useful hints on where I should begin to bleed the air from the system, please. I now have the Haines manual but I do not have the hand-held vacuum pump!! (are these a Ford specialist tool?) Cheers Peter