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  • Ford Model Galaxy 2.3 Zetec
  1. cycles on the road

    Bikes have as much right to be on the public highway as any other vehicle, if there is more then one of them and traffic is behind them then they should ride in single file, if there is a cycle lane then they should use it. TBH, for all you car drivers who moan about both motorcycles and peddle cycles do yourself a favor and get a motorbike, you will then see what we all have to put up with on today's roads, you will also learn to look out for these vehicles while driving your car and have a little more respect for them because you know what it now feels like to have a car, lorry etc come too close to you or cut you up. I too have been knocked off a motorcycle by a car driver not paying attention and pulling out of he's driveway in front of me. Respect them and they won't kick your mirrors or car.
  2. That's so they can justify putting up our council taxes every year because if they did it properly in the first place then there would be no need for repairs for along time and can't demand more money from us to repair the road again. A lot of the roads are put out to contractors and they basically don't give a monkeys about how good the job is, and the majority of people don't complain to the council about it. We had gas and water main renewals in my area about a year back the road wasn't brilliant before the work was started but when it was finished the road was worse. If a pot hole damages your vehicle in anyway, take a photo of the hole and sue the council.
  3. Alternator problem

    12 volts is fine and it's not above 14 so all is good there. As the others have said it sounds like wiring, could be faulty or dirty contacts within the charge light connector block. But the Auto Electrician should find it out.
  4. Alternator problem

    Check the tension on the drive belt, if not tensioned correctly then this can cause problems, check the alternator cable connections and wiring from the alternator. You can also check the voltage at the battery while the engine is running, the alternator should maintain the voltage at around 14 volts even with everything turned on but no more then 14 volts.
  5. Replace Aux Tensioner

    Hi, the aux tensioner on my 2000 2.3 Petrol Galaxy has just collapsed hence no power steering etc, to remove it do I just undo the bolt on the tensioner normally (anticlockwise) or is there more to it then that. It's been making noises for ages now and garage didn't know what pulley wheel it was coming from, well now I know :) Belt looks ok, but do you recommend it gets replaced just in case. P.S. Haynes manual don't explain how to remove the tensioner only the belt. Cheers Ok, it's all sort now phoned Ford Service to see if any special tools were needed for my model and year and there's not so for anybody needing to know here goes. Note: The following is for a UK Spec Ford Galaxy 2.3i Zetec with AC. Other models may differ. Required items: 15mm Spanner/Socket (for tensioner release) 19mm Spanner/Socket (for tensioner removal) Model: Ford Galaxy 2.3i Zetec With AC. Year: 2000 Reg: W Removal Remove the underside tray if your Galaxy has one. Using the 15mm spanner/socket on the tensioner bolt (the one that holds the pully, facing the offside for UK spec). Turn this clockwise up into the engine bay to release the tension on the belt. Slip the belt over the tensioner and release the tension. Now look behind the tensioner itself and you should see a 19mm bolt, undo this and the tensioner will come away from the engine. Fitting This is the reverse of removal, the tensioner has 2 lugs small and large, align these with the holes from where you removed the old one and tighten the 19mm bolt making sure not to cross thread (finger tightening is good first of all). Once tightened you can retension the belt using the 15mm spanner/sprocket, this is the same as releasing the tension by turning the tensioner clockwise. Job done. This can be done without without jacking up the vehicle and takes approx. 15-20 mins to complete. Andre
  6. Climate Control

    Hi, on a Galaxy with manual air con, I would like to know if you can just swap this out for the climate control system or is there a lot more involved. Thanks
  7. Electric Window Probs

    Hi, I don't think it's that, it's a brand new switch put on by a garage because they opened it up thinking water was in it and lost one of the springs LOL. Atm it's working OK even with engine running. Just very strange.
  8. Electric Window Probs

    Hi Brummiebetz, it's not that, checked that out already and atm it's working while the engine is running but could stop at anytime, unless it's an earth problem for the drivers side only, I've noticed a couple of fuses under the drivers seat but don't know what they are for yet unless you or anybody else knows. Cheers
  9. Electric Window Probs

    I have a 2000 (W) Galaxy and have a problem with the drivers side electric window (passenger side works 100%). When the ignition is off (engine not running but key in ignition on turn 1) the window will work, goes down & up, when the engine is running the window stops working, hopeing somebody can shed some light on this. We have tried a new switch but still the same prob, fuses are all ok. Thanks Andre
  10. hi all

    Hi i'm Andre I own a Ford Galaxy on an 2000 plate.