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About 1979Damian

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    MK2 Focus 1.8 TDCi Ghia (Saloon)
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  1. What an absolute SPANNER!
  2. It could be, but it could be something as simple as a failing engine mount. The top engine mount on the drivers side has a fluid filled 'bladder' in it that has a habit of cracking due to old age, with no fluid in it the mount stops absorbing the engine vibrations (of which there are many with most older diesel engines) and you get a bit of rattling/vibration through the pedal and/or the bulk head when idling. To be honest there is no way to be sure if the DMF is on it's way out, the LUK brand DMF for this engine tends to be pretty solid I'm currently on 128K without any DMF related worries and there are others that have cover 150K+. If the car is otherwise in really good nick i.e. it feels like it's been cared for, I guess like all used cars it's a bit of a gamble. I've driven 2 vehicles previously where the DMF was (and did) fail, both exhibited a 'tapping' sensation through the clutch pedal when it was pressed down, until the point the DMF went bang! (literally) Is the car being sold by a dealer or privately?
  3. Does the sound change/stop when you push the clutch down?
  4. Hi all, I had the infamous joint leak, I sourced the O-Rings from Ford and got them fitted (with a bit of butchery to the plastics to get the heater matrix out). However I can't seem to apply enough pressure to compress the o-rings enough to get the black clips back on. Does anyone who has done this job before have any bright ideas, rather than me paying £££ to a garage to remove the dash and do the job 'properly'?
  5. Just got back in from checking the upper part of the footwell and it appears to be good news. I've got the jointed pipes so no cutting involved, there is no evidence of coolant above the joint in the pipe so it looks like the matrix is fine & it's the seal/collar that seals the pipe joint that is at fault. The 'collar' that's leaking is that loose it can be rotated, the other one is rock solid. (Panic over!) Thanks to Alb in the 1st instance for starting me on the right path & pky for adding some useful extra detail. I'll post back once I get chance to try fixing it (I'm working away through the week so if I can't find somewhere tomorrow to source the part it will be weekend before I can update. Thanks again
  6. That sounds like better news, I didn't realise it was a relatively common issue unlike a few other things we could all mention! I'll take your advice & have a trawl through the forum.
  7. I'll have to take a closer look tomorrow but according to the Haynes manual the early build MK2s used single length steel pipes that have to be cut to remove the matrix, the newer builds have jointed pipes.
  8. BOOM!..You are the man....Just been out to the car to check the footwells and I carbon wrapped a load of interior parts a few months ago so it didn't take much looking to see the tell tale signs of coolant leaking into the cabin. I removed the drivers side trim & pulled the carpet back & it's immediately obvious that large amounts of coolant have been making their way under the carpet & out of the underbody drains. Time to look in the Haynes manual to see how hard it is to get access to the matrix/pipes etc.
  9. The 1.8 TDCI is an old Ford unit with the modern bits bolted on (high pressure fuel rail, turbo etc), it doesn't have a DPF & other than a dodgy batch of injectors is pretty much bulletproof. It's a heavy old lump (cast engine block rather than the aluminium which is used in the 1.6/2.0 TDCI's which both have DPF's), it's not as refined as the 2.0 TDCI but you don't really notice it when driving, just when it's idling or you're stood next to it with the engine running.
  10. Hi all, For the last couple of months I've been getting an intermittent slight engine vibration. Occasionally when the car is idling, the rev counter stays where it should be but I I can feel a slightly shudder/vibration. Engaging the clutch doesn't change anything so I thought I'd check the engine mounts seeing as I had a few bits to do on the car today. I'm assuming that the 'bladder' in the top mount isn't supposed to have a massive bubble in it? I'd estimate that the bubble is around 10mm proud of the rest of the mount (the picture doesn't show 'depth' very well. Assuming that it's not meant to look like that, has anyone replaced the mount on a Lynx engine? It appears to be a relatively straight forward job to replace, I just need to ensure the engine is adequately supported. Has anyone who has replaced one used a non Ford mount? I'm only asking about non-Ford mounts because Trust Ford Wakefield wanted £120+ inc. VAT for genuine part!
  11. Hi all, After I returned home from working away all week the wife decided to tell me Friday evening that she has had a warning message about high engine temperature a couple of times through the week. I checked the fluids 3 weeks ago so didn't expect to find the header tank was EMPTY! So I filled up the tank to the correct level & low & behold by this morning the tank was empty again (although no engine temp warning). I had intended on changing the oil and filter this weekend anyway so I topped up the coolant, changed the oil & filter and left the undertray off with the engine running to see if I got any puddles. The pictures below are what I found, fluid which had an orange tinge to it dripping out of the 2 draining ports on the underbody of the car. There weren't any puddles under the engine bay so I'm trying to work out how coolant can get into the underbody, from the engine bay. I did notice in the 2nd photo the support bracket which is right at the back of the engine bay is also a bit wet, is there anything at the back of the engine that could leak coolant that badly? I won't be able to get it to a garage until next Saturday so in the meantime I'm trying to get my head around what might be causing it. (The engine runs fine, no excessive smoke etc, the oil didn't have any 'mayo' prior to me changing it). Any suggestions will be welcomed!
  12. Those "eyelids" make your car look EVIL....nice
  13. I recently drove one of these (hire car) in the upper trim spec (diesel), pretty nice drive although I didn't find it as engaging when pushed into corners as a Focus 9not everyone wants a car to drive like they stole it!) The interior surprised me as it was much nicer than I expected & externally certainly looks handsome (especially in white or metallic grey like yours). I also recently drove an Optima & that car is a dog compared to a MK4 Mondy or even god forbid the latest Insignia. It had a loud diesel engine with very little usable torque (think 80's tractor engine), handled anything other than racetrack smooth surfaces like it was on leaf springs & few bits of interior trim which were rather too "bendy" for my liking. I can't get my head around how different the latest Cee'd was by comparison (I'd consider once as my next car when my MK2 Focus finally dies).
  14. I test drove a Vignale for a week (through work) & there was a little bit of a purple haze but not enough that it bothered me. TBH I was quite impressed by how good of a job they did at illuminating things compared to the factory fit Xenons on the previous model. Each to their own I guess, if I doubt have them checked (I assume it still has a warranty) but as beethoven said I think the dealer will say it's a characteristic of those type of Ford lights.
  15. Wind noise on my MK2 saloon for the wing mirror area is bluuddy AWEFUL, especially when it really windy or I'm giving the turbo a run out