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About ScaniaPBman

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    Focus MK2.5 Auto
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    West Midlands
  • Annual Mileage
    10,001 to 15,000

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  1. +1. That did the releasing job for me as well on my 05 Focus on several occasions till I sold it a while back.
  2. I did this job on my Focus a year ago. I have looked out the receipt to check. I purchased from Car Spares Distribution Ltd. Rear wheel bearing £ 50 each. Set of brake shoes for both sides £30. One rear brake slave cylinder assy. £25. All parts fitted OK and are still working well after 22,000 miles. ScaniaPBman. PS. I have no connection with this company except being a satisfied customer.
  3. Ok, got to say I am relieved about that. I didn't fancy going back in there though it might not be so much of a job second time round so close to doing it only a short time ago. Thanks for your advice Ian. ScaniaPBman
  4. Ah, that's the answer then, thanks. Should I refit it, or leave it? Strange it has never been dislodged on the other filter changes I have done. ScaniaPBman.
  5. I have just struggled a new cabin filter into my MK 2.5 Focus. When it came out it was clear that it had not been changed from when the car was new 6 years ago. It was definitely a fiddly job and as I refitted the filter cover plate on the side of the heater box, this part fell down. Looks to me to be not too important, perhaps a cable support or similar but has anyone seen this before and can confirm from experience what it is? ScaniaPBman. PS Inserting pictures into a topic is new to me, so if the images are not right, constructive and simple advice would be appreciated.
  6. Ken, If your name and address are correct on your V5C Registration Certificate then you are in the clear. If they are not, then you not clear as the notification will go to the V5C current address. ScaniaPBman
  7. I have fitted three after market back up sensor kits to my my Focus hatchbacks as they passed through my hands. 1 Mk2 and 2 Mk2.5's. The first one was 3 years ago and still working well. This is the seller I purchased from and he still sells them here Lots of other colours are available. As for the location on the bumper, if you carefully look at the inside surface of the bumper you will see lightly marked location rings about 25mm in diameter showing where the hole should be drilled to fit the sensor. You might have to wipe off 5 years of accumulated dirt but they will be there OK. So long as you drill somewhere close to that position you will be fine. ScaniaPBman.
  8. Check your road springs. When they fail they sometimes give a loud bang from that area. Do this straight away because some modes of failure can have the spring displaced so far out of position that it can catch and rip open your tyre. Other modes of failure can be found only after detailed inspection. ScaniaPBman
  9. Quite correct. Follow my plan and you will quickly find out if the wheel bearings are at fault. If you go to a garage for them to investigate, my betting is on them going straight in for a bearing change without a decent diagnosis as above. ScaniaPBman.
  10. Jordan, Berfore you get ripped off by the garage try this.... First get yourself a mechanics stethoscope. Jack up the rear of your car with both wheels off the ground and supported by two axle stands. Front wheels to be chocked. Get underneath with the stethoscope and listen to the wheel bearing while a friend spins the wheel. You should hear next to nothing, just a gentle hum from a good bearing. When I investigated MY rear bearing noise the bearings sounded just fine but when driving the noise was really loud inside. I put the wheels from another Focus on then went for a drive. Magic, silence from the rear. Answer to my problem was very noisy budget tyres. Let's know how you get on. ScaniaPBman.
  11. Are you sure your pump is the cause of the leak? When my "pump started to leak" the source of the leak was actually the rubber pipe from the fluid reservoir to the inlet on the pump. Clean everything up and watch closely for where the fluid is coming from. Yes,I know this is easier to say than do, but there is no satisfaction in changing a perfectly good pump. The rubber pipe is £20 odd from the dealer, daylight robbery if you ask me. ScaniaPBman.
  12. Hello SPB.

    Have you had a chance to see that picture of my Focus window seal (on the thread) ? Is it the same as your`s (i.e. no seal/trim) ? If so can you confirm exactly where you put the sealant as I`ve finally bought some (see thread) !



    1. ScaniaPBman



      I have been working in France for a while, back now. No fancy iPhone thingys for me.

      Just seen your picture, it looks as if the rubber edging ( what I have called the rubber seal) to the screen glass is present there but not meeting the body. In any case, actually having the two cars side by side is the definitive answer rather than my judgement from a picture.

      I had to lift the rubber seal back from the body to get the nozzle in underneath so that the sealant could be pumped into the cavity behind. I started at the centre of the top and worked back to the corner on each side.

      We had very heavy prolonged rain here about a month ago. When I went out to my car I was disappointed to see that the water had again come through wetting the gear selector and the drivers seat. It took a week of unpleasant smells and towels on the seat to dry it out. Its the first time this has happened since my liberal use of the sealer round the top of the screen. It was leaking at every rain shower before hand so I did improve things a bit!

      Best of luck,




    2. ScaniaPBman



      I have given the windscreen seal more consideration. Looking at 3 Focus screens there is a significant variation in the fit of the screen to the body at the top. Not just from car to car but along the top as well.

      There is nothing missing on your car, the difference appears to be that for you, the gap is so big that the rubber seal does not reach right across. Perhaps the screen has been replaced slightly away from the recommended position leaving a greater than expected gap at the top.

      What would I do?

      Just wait till everything is dry, then pump the sealant in to fill it full behind the rubber seal. There will be some of the sealer exposed to the atmosphere, but since it is petroleum based it will not be washed away. This sealer is supposed not to set hard but with a bit of luck it should form a skin on the outside. Keep the exposed sealer bead well down so that it does not come in contact with the brush or cloth you use for washing the car.

      I hope you get better results than I have had.





    3. Justin Smith

      Justin Smith

      Hello Mike.

      You know there are DIY jobs which you`re really not looking forward to ? Well fusing that sealant on my windscreen was one of them ! And I was right to be apprehensive..... The first problem was the sealant container wouldn`t fit into my sealant gun, I got round that be squeezing out some of the sealant then cutting down the container ! Next, when I tried to pump in the sealant I found the fitter had used a load of silicone under the sealing strip. I didn`t know whether to try and remove it or try to pump the sealant into the gap between the silicone and the bodywork. I chose the former, but getting the silicone out was a buggar of a job, impossible really. In the end I just pumped the sealant and hoped for the best. Unfortunately there is so much of it it`s actually all over the sealing trim ! It looks reasonable but I`m unconvinced that it won`t start coming out when the car is washed. Not that it gets washed very often !

      Basically it`s unfortunate that the windscreen company (wrongly told me they didn`t think it was the seal on the windscreen. I had, at that time, steeled myself for paying the £300, which is looks like I`m going to have to pay anyway having put up with having unsightly tape across the top of my windscreen for 6 months plus !


      What I did find, when my windscreen leaked whilst on holiday in Wales (I`d removed the tape from half the screen to examine the seal), was that if the car is parked facing uphill it leaks far less ! I`ll put that on the thread when I get round to it.

      Anyway, thanks for all your help.

      TTFN Justin Smith

  13. Now, if I had a proper iPhone this would be the one for me... ScaniaPBman.
  14. Just replace one, that's my policy. I have replaced several broken springs without touching the other side. Never had a problem. I have even fitted a new shock absorber on one side leaving the other side with the original which had 250,000 miles on it. The car performed fine for me. Others may have a stricter view on these things than I have! ScaniaPBman.
  15. Exactly as Ian says, you cannot do the job correctly by the old tippex method. I have the correct tools for the job, but on the last belt job a few days ago (1.6 L 100 BHP) I had a go at marking each pulley up and trying to do the job quicker. IT DOES NOT WORK. The problem is that, as Ian says, the crank pulley is not keyed to the crank. When you are heaving on the crank bolt to get the correct tightness, the pulley moves and you cannot get it to the position it was in before you removed it. If anyone has a way of replacing the crank pulley in precisely the same position please let me know. ScaniaPBman.