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    MK2 Focus 1.8 Duratec HE
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  1. Apparently the piston rings are common to stick or fail on this engine. A shame really as I liked the car when it was working ok.
  2. Mine came up with the same fault in the end, failed intake manifold control. I replaced it but no change to the judder. Mine oil consumption got silly as it was using up to a litre in 300 miles. So I think my judder is from the oil being burnt which in turn lowers the octane rating of the fuel giving the pinking and juddering. It's now in my garage and I'm deciding whether to put a new engine in it. I have brought a audi a4 1.9 tdi, brilliant car and bullet proof engine. Can't believe the focus with full service history and only 55,000 miles would need a new engine.
  3. Thanks for the very informative post! Would be easier to buy a complete car then. I'm trying piston flushes at the moment to see if I can free the rings that way. The car seems to judder at half throttle which is the biggest annoyance at the moment and just seems low on power. Should of stuck with my fiesta!
  4. Hi, I have a mk2 focus 1.8 duratec with only 55,000 on the clock. It burns lots of oil and I am suspecting that the oil control rings are either stuck or worn. I don't want to strip down and replace the rings, id rather replace the engine. I would prefer to put in a 2.0 duratec as I hear the rings on these are better. I don't want to fit another 1.8 incase the rings have gone on that one too. Would it be a case of fitting a 2.0 lump and ecu, or would i need the clocks aswell. Would a 2.0 fit ok, as im guessing its the same engine. Thanks
  5. I'm pretty sure the spark plugs are like that because of its burning oil. I'm going to try some marvel mystery oil down the spark plug holes and leave to soak over night. Then replace the spark plugs and change the oil and filter, and fill with 5w40 instead.
  6. Those plugs aren't even a year old and probably haven't even covered 5000 miles!
  7. I do a lot of short journeys but its does get driven hard from time to time. I regapped the plugs to 1.0 and the car does definetly feel better, but yet to test on the motorway so cant be sure its cured it. The spark plugs however didn't look to great. Here's a picture.
  8. Thanks, I'll gap them to 1.0 and see if that helps.
  9. Juddering* With engine off but ignition on the throttle position reads correctly with throttle input.
  10. The o2 sensors were for a different fault and the coil packs where second hand so not much money wasted. The spark plugs are New with the correct ngk ones. Fuel filter is in the tank. Things I have noticed on live data is the short term fuel ratio goes to +15 when at full throttle. Also the throttle position when on the motorway jumps from 40% to 80% and the buffering happens, maybe to much air not enough fuel hence the high short term fuel ratio?
  11. Hi, I have a 07 1.8 duratec focus with 55,000 on the clock. It's had these very annoying faults for ages and it's driving me crazy. When accelerating full throttle the acceleration is quite poor but if you accelerate with about 90% throttle it accelerates faster. On the motorways as well it judders slightly when accelerating like it's holding back. I have replaced both o2 sensors, map sensor, coil packs. I've cleaned the throttle body as well but none of these had helped. I also run it on 99Ron as it will pink on normal petrol. It's does burn oil, but wouldn't of thought it would cause these issues. Any help would be very much appreciated as I'm on the verge of selling.
  12. My 1.8 uses around a litre every 500 miles which is quite excessive. The pcv is behind the intake manifold.
  13. Hi, my 1.8 duratec seems to be using a lot of oil as well. From what I've read the 2.0 normally have a problem with the PVC hose and valve causing high oil consumption, where as the 1.8s suffer from sticky rings. I'm going to put some marvel mystery oil down the spark plugs holes and let it sit over night to see if it frees off the rings. It's only done 50,000 so hopefully they are just gunned up.
  14. I have had a similar problem with my mk2 focus with the 1.8 duratec engine. I found unplugging the egr valve has helped. So I fitted a blanking plate.
  15. Thanks, it seems too have come the day after I replaced the thermostat. I'll have a better look tonight.