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About mcbutler

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model 1.8 TDCI Ghia estate
  • Ford Year 2004
  • UK/Ireland Location Devon
  • Annual Mileage 5001 to 10,000
  1. Hi All, my automatic drive belt tensioner failed last night, belt wrecked and need to replace it as soon as shops open tomorrow. I have been looking at the haynes manual regarding moving Power steering reservoir etc. Even with these items moved I cannot see the bolts/nuts I need to remove to get the tensioner out. It looks like I need to remove the air conditioning compressor from the engine as the bolts securing it also seem to secure the tensioner, is this correct?? Does anyone have a clear picture of one of these tensioners I can look at? Thanks guys Mark.
  2. Well the latest snag on this daggy dustbin is a misfire at 3000 rpm. Only happens when driving, not when standing still. Full service history (worthless) and not run on supermarket diesel. Any ideas chaps??
  3. 57 Fiesta Zetec Tdci Issue

    If your in the AA give them a call. Some of the guys are brilliant and have seen so many snags so many times they can often fix/eliminate certain things or at least point you in the right direction.
  4. 04 1.8 Tdci Turbo Problem

    get a haynes manual, bit fiddly but not difficult technically.
  5. Whats This Black Box?

    I have the same car, mine is mounted in the same place as yours. Cannot imagine that its mounting location would affect it, its basically an empty box.
  6. Back again! I have a turbo overboost problem diagnosed today by fault code. I have read that two types of turbo are used on the focus, one with a wastegate and one with variable vane geometry controlled by the ECU. Can anyone tell me how to tell which one I have on my Mk1 car?
  7. Hi All, Posted this before but it's slipped down the rankings and I still need help with it. Basically I can drive the car round all day wherever I like so long as I am not going over 60mph (2000rpm) for any period of time. Reason being is this; If I drive at say 70 for 2 miles then take my foot off the throttle and let the car slow down, as soon as the rev counter hits 2000 rpm the glow plug lamp comes on and the engine dies. I can just quickly flick the ignition off and on and all is well again. If I do exactly the same thing but instead of leaving the car in gear as it slows down I just press the clutch and let the engine drop to idle as the car freewheels then the engine is fine and no glow plug lamp! I have changed the Cam position sensor and the car has 148000 miles, full service history (good filters) and not run on supermarket diesel. Ok, thinking caps on chaps :-)
  8. Utilities You Dont Mind Sharing?

    Same here, got the red manual for the ford focus Mk1. Let me know if you need anything from it..
  9. Mk1 Focus Tddi Haynes Manual

    I would think nowhere, that would be a breach of copyright.
  10. Overheating Problem

    Any news Anthea?
  11. Cam Belt Replacement

    Halfords can
  12. Overheating Problem

    I would give AA or RAC a call to, are you a member of either? I have flicked through haynes, no mention of anything like it in there either. Keep us posted Anthea, be interesting to hear the result, also we all want to know if they are cowboys so we can avoid them. I am pretty sure they cannot withhold a car worth thousands against a repair that is worth a few hundred. Might be an idea for this site, a black list of dodgy garages..
  13. Overheating Problem

    Another relevant point. I would not expect an overheating engine to be the cause of a failed head gasket unless you had reached critical temp and seizure of the engine had occured. These gaskets operate continually at temperatures far exceeding those of an overheated engine. The inside edges of the gasket are in direct contact with the burning pressurised fuel at temperatures around 1200 deg C plus
  14. Overheating Problem

    Petrol or diesel?? I have a haynes manual I could check for you. When the engine is cold give the hose a squeeze with your fingers along it's entire length. If there is anything like a valve inside it you will be able to feel it. I know many many years ago some manufacturers used thermostats that were located inside hoses, not sure if this practice still exists though. You could also pop into ford and ask for a price on a spare part, give them the description the garage gave you of the item and see if it is stocked! They also have very good exploded diagrams of your engine which you could use to identify the parts existence (or not). Other question is why would you need a one way valve anyway??
  15. Buying A Focus

    You would have to be insane to 'BUY' a new ford focus. The depreciation is enormous and as you can see from many posts on here new cars can be snaggy with no solutions available from main dealers. More so on diesels it appears. You can personal lease a brand new ford focus from around £200 a month for 3 years, they will pay your road tax every year, it will be under guarantee and you can get a new one every 3 years. "But it will not be mine" is the first thing people always say, the answer is 'why in gods name do you want to 'own' something that loses a fortune every month in value and costs a fortune to keep and maintain? I have just been looking through a few lease companies sites, current deals include things like; Brand new Mercedes C Class coupe Sport, full AMG sport package, £377 per month! Now ask yourself, do I want a focus, really?