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  1. Can anyone recommend an aftermarket radio for the MK 2 that fits in nicely and kind of blends in. Main requirements are Bluetooth and dab that's about it.
  2. I've had two Focus now and both have made a slight metallic tapping at low torque, no idea what it is.
  3. Forte engine flush and a new oil filter on the way. Going to give it a flush this weekend. If that doesn't sort it I'm stumped. Saying that oil use seems to be down the last few weeks. No idea why. Still using more than it should though. Only thing different is I started filling up at shell. Doubt that would make a difference though.
  4. I watched this video and thought it was going to be harder than it was. To be honest we seemed to have more trouble disconnecting all the sensors and cabling than unbolting the manifold its self. Some of the bolts were a bit fiddly but with a range of socket extensions it was fine. I'd say within about 3 hours we had manifold off, PCV and hose changed, rocker cover gasket changed and manifold back on again and that included a stop for a brew and a bit of faffing about trying to remember where one of the pipes went back on. I can't remember the part number but I get things from Ford Parts UK. I usually email them with my Reg number and they confirm which one it is on their site.
  5. Bit of an update. Just changed the PCV, hose and rocker cover. The PCV still rattled when shook which I read means it's still good? The hose was a bit cracked and old but it didn't look like any of the cracks had gone through. So I'm leaning towards this might not have been my problem. Any of you guys know where the breather pipes are? I'm going to drop in some of the forte flush next week too and see. The flaps on the intake were quite gunked up. As was the metal bit the air filter connects to, forget it's name now. One other thing I noticed is there seemed to be a bit of oil in the very bottom of the air box.
  6. I'm getting through about a litre per month. I live fairly close to work too so I don't do a lot of miles in that time either.
  7. Thanks for the reply Peter. I've just tried out your suggestion and the card gets blown off quite heavily. So I guess something is blocked. I have the new PCV valve just waiting for the PCV hose to turn up as thought I might as well replace them both. Hopefully get it and the rocker gasket all changed next weekend.
  8. Yep no worries I'll let you know if I get it sorted. Might be worth having a look in your spark plug sockets see if you have the same sign as me. This is what my #2 spark plug socket looks like.
  9. That's quite interesting I will take a look at your thread. I've also read about the gummed up rings problem but haven't investigated that thought too much yet. I will probably tackle the PCV valve, hose and rocker gasket first since they are all quite cheap parts. If that doesn't cure it I'll look at a flush.
  10. Hi guys, just in need of a little advice. I have a 2007 Focus 1.8 MK2 that is getting through a fair bit of oil (about 1L per month doing a small amount of miles). After some reading I read this could be the PCV valve, I have bought the part but not got around to fitting yet. According to YouTube its a pain in the ***** to get the intake off for access so I've not tackled it yet. Anyway today I was having a nosey in the engine bay and noticed oil in spark plug #2 socket. So presumably the rocker gasket has gone. Just wondering if it is likely to just be the gasket causing the problem or if it and the PCV could be connected? Other symptoms which could be of no connection are that when you take the fuel cap off there is a large whoosh of air.
  11. Bit of an update. Jacked it up earlier today and took the wheels off. Plenty of life left in the discs and pads and couldn't see anything rubbing that would make noise. Also had a good look around and couldn't see anything loose as james1089 suggested. While it was jacked up with the wheels on checked for play and there was none so I don't think its a wheel bearing either. Possible clutch bearing maybe? I think I'm going to have to take it to a garage for diagnosis as its a bit beyond my knowledge. I might just live with the noise for a bit as you can only hear it with the radio off but then again it bugs me knowing something isn't right.
  12. Thanks I will take a look at that as well. :)
  13. Righty I have checked the discs on two separate occasions and both times were fine to touch. The first time they were a little warm after moderate braking. The second time they actually felt reasonably cold. So I don't think the brakes are binding. I'll take the wheel off at the weekend and see if I can spot anything. Out of curiosity what did it cost to get a bearing changed in your gearbox? Just preparing for worst case scenario.
  14. Thanks I will give that a try. Do people think it is unlikely gearbox related?
  15. No I don't think so. Brakes seem fine to me and I can't hear any noises when braking. When the rain finally stops I'll take a better look at wear.