Andy Dibley

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About Andy Dibley

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  • Ford Model
    Focus
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Buckinghamshire
  1. Ok, tried logging in with all the passwords I've ever used on forums but this one is escaping me. Also tried getting it to send the password, but its neither turned up to my current email address, or the one I used for FB so beats me. I'll message you but add on here, if you can reset my password, that would be champion Mark!
  2. I agree completely, these things have a nasty way of catching up with you. But I must say, if I was in your position, rather than spending potentially shed loads on replacing every suspension component, spend about £80 and get the best recovery package you can. It won't fix your car, but will give you piece of mind that should something happen you'll either get home or get to where you're wanting to go. I know this may not be seen as good economics, but so far, apart from insurance and a set of glow plugs, the car has cost your nothing and I guess is still running. From my memory of having a 1.8 TD lump in a mondeo, the Glow plugs were a !Removed!, no other way of doing it apart from removing various parts of fuel system pipe work. For the dipstick tube, breakers yard or some online eBay breakers may be your best bit. If you go main dealer, you will get a hiding on the price, no doubt. Again from memory on my TD, a bit of oil is common, especially with a well warn turbo. I know when I started out uping the performance on mine the first thing I did was remove the intercooler and give it a bath. The amount of crap that came out was unreal, I can only imagine it was struggling to pass much air. The clean did give it better throttle respone as I remember, but hardly made it a snorting turbo beast.
  3. Is indeed a small world on the web. Yes, Silver Calcium is required for the smart charge system fitted to your car. You may find your battery has had a few too many over voltage charges and its giving it grief. The principle behind it is simply Ford believed that a battery can be recharged quicker and faster when cold. So the computer in your car takes a measurement of the engine temp, air intake temps and I believe the coolant temp. Working with all this, it decides whether to boost up the output voltage of the alternator. This means sometime the alternator can be hitting the battery with upwards of 15 or so volts. This has been known to cause issues with lead acid batteries, where they'll give up and die or most likely boil over. The Silver Calcium batteries have a much higher tolerance to this higer voltage and take it far better. This may be why your standard battery is giving your electrickery such a run for its money. Thats a damn decent price from Ford, so I would bite their hand off for it. Regards the alternator belt, I would buy one once you've checked the condition of the old one. I had to replace one on my old MK TD lump, but that was because the power steering pump had been leaking and had deteriorated the condition of the driven surfaces. (fooked it!) Best of luck with your new battery, failing that I guess its time to bite the bullet and hook up a new alternator. At least this way though you're going with the cheapest option first.
  4. I knew from reading the posts you were the guy from Pistonheads! Still having issues? I'm Camaro over there by the way. Did post to you on Xmas day hoping you were getting it sorted. Small world.
  5. If i remember correctly from the days when I did it, remove the resouvoir cap and place a towel or rag around it, just incase anyone has topped up the fluid since the last pad change.
  6. Gotta love these people, brake pads connected to the computer?! I think it gets about as technical as a bit of wire that grounds out when the pad reaches a certain level and warns you! Good luck fella! Don't forget a bit of copper slip on the rubbing parts, helps a lot, just make sure you don't get any on the friction surfaces!
  7. Hi and welcome! First thing, be positive, you've been given a car, which sounds like it has a long MOT on it, for free. For that fact, you have a years worth of driving to be had. I know a few years ago I would've been pretty blessed to have that option. Now going through your list. The only thing I would be concerned about is the front end knocking and scraping noise. This sounds to me more likely of a CV joint going. Easy way to test, drive forward slowly and turn the car onto full lock one way. Then reverse again, slowly, turning the wheel full lock the other way. If you hear a bang or similar, my guess would be the CV joint is going / gone. That isn't a huge job, but can be a pain in the ar$e as you'll have to remove the pinch bolt on the strut and these are notorious for seizing up solid. The rest of that list would be stuff that they invented a radio volume control for. If you don't wanna spend mega money, don't until you have to. It has a ticket for a year! Unless any of the noises develop into rendering the car undrivable you'll be good to go. Just keep an eye on the oil level and make sure the temperature gauge doesn't rocket. I was 'gifted' a 2000 Mk2 Mondeo when my mum had enough of it, you would not believe the fun you can have in sheds. You've already got a bargain by not paying for it, so make the most of it. Have fun!
  8. When I go and hit the 'Login in via Facebook' it directs me to Facebook and an Error Page which says try again later. Been like that since about December time and haven't been able to login. Can't see anyway of doing a password reset as I don't believe I ever had one when I logged in with Facebook.
  9. Hi Guys, Used to post on here a bit with the U/name Andy H Dibley, also signed up to the club paying a sub to get my stickers. For some reason I'm now unable to login using the Facebook login. Slightly annoying as now I've had to start a new account and now no longer listed as a supporter. I did send and email to the club but received no reply. Anyone want to help me out a bit?
  10. Welcome to the Ford forums Andy Dibley :)