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About cragger89

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  • Birthday 01/22/1989

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    Mk3 Mondeo Ghia, 2.0l
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    10,001 to 15,000
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    Boston, Lincolnshire
  1. Not strictly today, but Saturday saw the long anticipated removal of the swirl flaps from the 2l Duratec engine on my Mondeo. This weekend, giving it the long overdue service, inclusive of spark plugs. Looking forward to giving it some TLC, it's done nearly 3k miles since I bought it in September and it has performed admirably.
  2. I sorted mine over the weekend. Wasn't the simple plug and play solution. My jet was actually blocked, nothing would resolve the block, so I've ordered a replacement but for the time being, drilled a hole using a 3mm bit through it so I can at least use the rear washer system properly! Thanks for the tips on where to find the pipework, though. It meant I could disconnect it where it usually falls off and test it was working, which it was.
  3. I will check mine shortly as this is the only gadget that needs attention now.
  4. Hi! I did suspect that myself, but all of the other gadgets work perfectly. I did find the connectors I mentioned earlier and shorted pins 1 & 4, but the compressor still did not kick in. When pressing the A/C button I did hear the fan start up, so I think I've narrowed it down to just being the compressor.
  5. Replacing the stereo is straight forward, just order the correct fascia kit, wiring loom and tools to remove the old one. I'm leaving the 6 CD Sony unit in mine as it has an aux input in the glovebox anyway. Never driven an X-Type but I have a friend who drives an S type and his Dad has driven Jags for a few years before as well and both have no complaints. I believe they are underneath the stuff we actually see, a Mondeo. I guess it'd be like an ST Mondeo but with a LOT more luxury in it.
  6. Definitely useful mods. I bought mine due to being made redundant, so it's replaced a 60 plate ford focus sport (nothing sporty about it, but it was named as such to empty the inventory of extras when making way for the Mk3 focus) I would eventually like to go for a camera on the back - I used to have parking sensors on the focus and although I've had no problem with parking the Mondy so far, I do miss having the information there. The car I drove before the focus was a BMW 316i (E46) and the Mondeo is very reminiscent of it, except it is much more fun to the drive. Absolutely itching to take it for a long run somewhere!
  7. There are indeed lots of cool extras with the Ghia. Bar the Air conditioning on mine, everything appears to work, but am waiting for a chilly morning to test the heated glass.
  8. I was of the impression these air con regas machines were just self automated once connected and the cycle button has been pressed? The thing is, ATS haven't charged me because it didn't work, I don't really want to go to an independent and risk them charging me to regas it if it doesn't work still. Not saying your experience isn't true, but I just have doubts that in my situation it's going to be resolved by getting it regassed again, although it would be nice!
  9. A link to guide you on how to remove them: The way my simpleton mind has understood it, the flaps are there for the same reasons as they are on the BMW and Vauxhall engines which also have them. When working correctly, they direct air "better" which aids with emissions and economy. The problem is, even on the "revised" mechanism which I believe was seen on the facelift models, they still wear out and rattle and eventually can just fall in to the block. I rang a garage asking if they would do the work outlined in that guide but said "No it won't work as it revs too high when they aren't there, we'd need to fit a new manifold for you" - they're lying and just didn't want to do it. Once I've plucked up the courage I'm going to do it myself next week - I've bought mine to save £220 a month on owning a newer car, so losing a tiny bit of MPG vs having to replace an engine is definitely the wisest thing to do in my opinion.
  10. This is just a passage based on taste, but I would probably go for the Ghia because I simply am a gadget lover. If the LX is a face lift, you may find it has the extra toys you prefer as standard. It'd be more sensible to go and view them both, listen to them from startup cold. My one needs the swirl flaps (not sure if that is the official label for them) either removing or changing as it sounds a bit like the old overhead cam engines (or a sewing machine!) due to them wearing out. What i've done to prevent them disintegrating totally and ruining the engine is just disable them by disconnecting the air pipe that operates them and sealing it until I can get to my mechanic friend to have them removed. Once disabled, they are locked in the "open" position, but most importantly, won't be flapping around causing more wear. It just gives you more confidence to drive it around until it can be sorted. If one of them has the noise and one doesn't, go for the one that doesn't. There is a lot of information on them, but in a nut shell, it is a bit of work you can do yourself and the engines run perfectly fine with the flaps removed. Other rules apply as well obviously, check A/C works, listen for knocks when cold. :)
  11. Hi mate, I'm not as tall, but I did used to have a 60 plate focus and I required the seat to be as far back as it'd go. I now have a 56 plate Mondeo (same model as you're looking at) and have noticed the seat goes back a lot further. I used to have a Mk1 focus which I had to have the seat all the way back on, too. I think you'd be safe, but find one and sit in it to be sure.
  12. Chaps, Have had my new car regassed by ATS whom did not charge me as the system didn't work afterwards. I've done some reading up but have failed to find images of what I am actually looking for. The system was pressure tested and no leaks have been found, when pressing the button to turn on the A/C, the compressor does not kick in, neither does the cooling fan. I have read mention of a low pressure switch which if you "short" or bypass, will engage the clutch and the fan. Can anyone explain me in simpleton terms (assuming that I know the dangers of electricity and how to work safely with it) where the connectors are for this so that I can at least test it? I'm not sure what my next step would be, but I am quietly hoping I will do this, the new gas and oil will circulate around the A/C system and work properly thereafter, but I'm not going to get my hopes up! I have checked the A/C fuse in the central fuse box and diode in the auxiliary fuse box and both appear to be OK, but any tests which are more in depth are welcomed! I know where to locate the low pressure point as I was looking at it earlier this morning (drivers side wheel arch.) I know that the cooling fan does work as I heard it earlier after a spirited drive when I got back to the house. Any advice is appreciated.
  13. It's what I should have bought when we bought the 60 plate focus which is still in my avatar. It's never been big enough when we go on holiday with the dogs in the boot and loads of luggage, we've had to use roof bars/box for the suitcases. Here's to hoping that it will be a dependable motor for quite some time. Although I paid what I consider banger money for it, I really love it.
  14. Thanks mate. I will have to have the inlet manifold flaps taken care of as they were noisy - for now I've disconnected the pipe with is responsible for them opening/closing, leaving them in a permanently open state so as to keep them from disintegrating and falling into the engine! Took it for a long drive today and can safely say I prefer it over the Mk2 focus. Really pleased with my purchase - would be better if it didn't require any attention at all, but for the sake of unplugging and capping off a length of pipe (and the bit it connects to) temporarily, I am not going to lose sleep over it. Pleasantly surprised this morning when I discovered it has electronic folding mirrors and an electric mechanism for raising and lowering the drivers seat!