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Captain Haddock

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About Captain Haddock

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Focus 1.6 EcoBoost Titanium X
  • Ford Year 2011
  • UK/Ireland Location Staffordshire
  • Annual Mileage 20,001 to 25,000
  1. Muffled Audio

    The sound on my Focus Titanium X is automatically muted when the parking aid is actived (reverse gear or manually using the 'parking aid' button) and there's an obstacle within range. Maybe with whatever was done to sort the 'key outside' problem has disturbed something and the parking aid is continuously active ? Hmm .. I'm not sure if the parking alert tone is silent if the warning chimes are disabled - worth checking the chimes are set to active in the menu settings. If you've got the 'parking aid' button to manually activate the parking sensors then try giving it a press, but turn the volume to your previous level first just in case that fixes it.
  2. Mk3 Focus 1.6ecoboost With 18inch Wheels

    I don't think you'll get a full size 18" rim to fit (unless you want the boot carpet to look like Quasimodo lying face down :)). I have 17" rims on my Focus Mk3 and even with the spacesaver spare there are still two foam packing pieces (about 4cm high) around the spare wheel well to make the boot carpet sit level. A full size spare would be a 5.5J x 16" rim and having had a Mk2.5 with a full size spare I'd guess you'd lose at least 10cm of height in the boot area due to the required much taller foam packing pieces.
  3. Ford Focus Mk2.5 Titanium Brake Light Bulbs

    Ring reference = R782 Also known as PR21W, they have a BAW15S bayonet fitting. Single contact 21W two pins spaced 120 degress apart and one pin is higher up from the base than the other. See for the illustration of the BAW15S fitting.
  4. 2011 Focus 1.6TDCi Sport 53L tank Trip meter reports about 5MPG to 8MPG *high* and range of 672miles Real average MPG = 64.5 Real range = 720miles(ish)
  5. Speed Cameras On Overhead Signs

    Don't use that theory on the M42 around Birmingham; the cameras trigger even when the NSL (70MPH) is in force.
  6. Those look supsiciously like the clips for holding up the felt cover for the Mk2.5 Focus fusebox which are black rather than yellow; Mk2.5 clips -> Finis code = 1310861, about 75p each IIRC
  7. Calibrating The Car For Bigger Alloys?

    205/60R16 = 632mm rolling diameter 225/40R18 = 637mm rolling diameter Difference = 0.79% As long as it's within 2.5% the ABS etcetera won't even know and I doubt that the dealer would be able to account for such a negligable difference.
  8. Popping And Banging Exhaust

    They've obviously got the German Exhaust system :- Der Spitzen Poppen Bangen Tuben Taken from 'The German Phrasebook for the Common Market" (Motorist's Edition) :)
  9. Heated Front Windscreens

    The heated front windscreen is not a Ford invention and dates back further than you might think. My old 1969 Mini Cooper S had a laminated heated front windscreen made by TripleX (based in Kings Norton, U.K.); 60W on the driver's side and 20W on the passenger's side. Considering the relatively feeble output of an original Mini's heater that windscreen was very well appreciated on a cold winter's day. Flick the three switches (laminated heated rear as well) and listen to the Lucas 45ACR alternator whine whilst scraping the side windows; didn't half make the neighbours jealeous at how quick I cleared my car of snow/ice/frost :P.
  10. Handbrake Problem

    The handbrake on my previous Focus used to stick on occasionally (associated with going through water); the cables were fine, it was the damp brake shoes forming a bond with the drum. After the first time I found that pressing hard on the foot brake, releasing the handbrake and then reversing always broke the bond; here's why ... The brake shoe linings are optimised for stopping forward rotation (since that's the direction the car spends most of its time heading; unless you're Ken Block :)) and thus the shoes have 'leading' and 'trailing' edge. When correctly assembled the forward rotation of the drum helps to pull the shoes onto the drum surface thus increasing the effectiveness; therefore if you reverse immediately after releasing the handbrake you get the opposite effect and that helps to break the unwanted sticktion. Used to happen quite a bit with 1100/1300s and old Minis; the original ones, not the current tat (some of them are not 'Mini', they're more 'Dangerously Obese' ).
  11. Dirty Diesels - Dispatches

    @B13 Noisy ? Last passengers who asked why my Focus was so quiet (no extra sound deadning added and it's not a Titanium) - they were quite shocked when I told them it's a diesel. :) To be honest though it's probably more the way I drive it changing gear at just under 2000rpm and using the diesel's torque to accelerate rather than using high revs; the "lazy" upchanges also help in keeping the economy at about 65mpg.
  12. Poll: Longest Time You've Kept A Car

    Classic Mini Cooper S (i.e. 1968 Mk2) as a daily driver for 14+ years. Sadly the tin snakes (they were much larger than worm holes :)) got it in the end as it would have required a re-shell to save it.
  13. Cold Weather Making It Drop Off

    Get a new sticky pad (don't bother with the Halfords sticky pads - they're rubbish) or get some of this 3M VHB Tape. It's a bit more awkward now the weather has gone cold, but you need to get the windscreen warm to touch and with no condensation/misting. Make sure there's no bits of the old tape left on the windscreen. Remove the remains of the old sticky pad from the camera mount. Clean your windscreen and the camera mount with Iso Propyl Alcohol (paint thinners may also work) to ensure there's no traces of grease or dust. Condensation, dust and grease are your three worst enemies when you're trying to stick something to the windscreen. Apply the new sticky pad (or VHB tape) to the camera mount first whilst not touching the contact area. Probably a good idea to this inside the house. Before sticking the camera mount to the windscreen give the windscreen area a final wipe over and dry off with a lint free cloth.I used the 3M VHB tape when my camera dropped off, did the above and it hasn't moved since.
  14. The Travel Pilot FX has a 15A (usually blue in colour) mini-blade fuse in the right part (as viewed from the rear) of the Quadlock connector (the main cable plug) on the rear of the unit. You will need to unplug the Quadlock connector to gain access to the fuse.
  15. Ford Travel Pilot FX back view

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    Annotated back view of Ford Travel Pilot FX