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About 1979Damian

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    MK2 Focus 1.8 TDCi Ghia (Saloon)
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    5001 to 10,000

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  1. In experience at least, that kind of behaviour was a symptom of the alternator being on it's way out (it didn't help that the alternator had been trying to charge the original 10 year old Motorcraft battery). If it's only done it once then it might just be a glitch and you'll probably be fine driving it, although if it does it again it might be time to start looking at solutions. (you don't want to be going round a corner and have the ECU decide the PAS isn't getting enough juice and turn if off)
  2. Nice one. Also to test the alternator you need to put some load on it i.e. front and back heated screens on (if you have both), all lights internal and external on, a/c on with the engine running. The smartcharge system should keep the reading around 13.8-14v if memory serves me correctly. Before I replaced the alternator, running this test dropped the voltage to 11.5v with the engine running
  3. Wow, 230K miles. I assume the clutch and DMF have been replaced at least once?
  4. The fuel type and engine size would be helpful, as well as confirmation that your car is a MK2 i.e.looks a bit like a 2004 Mondeo from the front? (2nd half of 2004 was the cross over from MK1 to MK2).
  5. Mine started to do that intermittently when the alternator and battery were on the way out. If the ECU doesn't think that any electrical system i.e. ESP, PAS etc isn't getting sufficient power it will disable it rather than have the system fail to function correctly whilst driving. It might just have been a one of glitch but it might be worth getting your alternator and battery tested (you can use the dashboard trick to check the alternator output).
  6. I've seen a few MK3s kicking about with a lower valance on the rear that is styled a little bit like the ST. It's clearly not the ST valance, maybe it's 'Zetec-S' or some sort of 'appearance pack'. I drive a MK2 but I'm sure a few of the many MK3 drivers on here will be along shortly to help.
  7. 16" Nokian Weatherproof (all 4 corners), immense snow and heavy wet weather performance and solid dry weather performance. In the dry it is possible to induce understeer whilst cornering but only if I'm really being a bit of a spanner with the loud pedal. Despite the rubber being quiet soft and me liking to corner on 2 wheels the fronts don't really seem to have worn much in the 15 months they have been fitted. I had cheapo no name tyres on before the Nokians and they were quite noisy, the Nokians don't seem noisy to me but I guess it depends what you are 'used to'.
  8. Ah, that will be 'Sync 4' then?
  9. Although I've serviced the engine bits each year I've owned my car, I didn't do the pollen filter until year 3. Replacing it made an amazing difference to the airflow, although it is irritatingly fiddly to replace (especially the 1st time).
  10. I've got a MK2 and I agree that the cluster display isn't that bright. However unless mine has the sun shining directly on it, it is still readable. If you can post a picture then I'm sure you'll get prompt feedback.
  11. You need to checked for stored error codes, if you want to save money paying a dealer to plug their computer in you can purchase a cable that can be used on a laptop with software called Forscan. It allows you to now just see stored codes but it can be left monitoring whilst you're driving, which can be usedful when trying to diagnose an intermittent issue.
  12. That's a good price, do you know if they fitted a genuine Ford bearing? I ask because a few people on the forum have had none Ford bearings fitted and they haven't lasted that long.
  13. The panel is typically referred to as the 'rear quarter panel', unless it's smashed to bits a bodyshop will using 'pull out' any dents and smooth over with filler. A whack on a wheel from the side isn't great because it can bend suspension components, although as long as the chassis itself isn't damaged it should just be a case of a garage replacing any damaged suspension components and then checking the wheels are aligned correctly. From the pictures it doesn't look like it was a particularly large impact so hopefully it'll just be cosmetic work that needs doing.