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About south_bound

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  • Ford Model
    Focus 1.6 TDCi Ghia
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  • UK/Ireland Location
  • Annual Mileage
    15,001 to 20,000

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  1. I learned the hard way with the intercooler pipe being i the way, just like you did. Much faster and easier the second time knowing that! Could the oil on the gearbox just be engine oil that came out with the filter and dripped down? I always manage to drip some from there as I pull the filter out. There is another thread that talked about the right order of doing things, but I never remember and probably do it different each time. I goes something like - open engine oil cap, remove dipstick, open filter cap, remove sump plug, remove filter. That way all the oil flows out as air is allowed in from the top. Also make sure the engine is warm so the oil flows better. I have a question on the sump plug - did you find out what diameter and thread it is? Mine has some of the thread stripped, probably by over tightening (either before I had the car or when I was still a novice oil changer) and need to stack a few washers to get it to bind properly. I always forget to check the thread size when it is off and then can't check it when it is back in for obvious reasons. ECP and other sites seem confused when I put in the number plate and can't find the right one. Do all Focus Mk 2 and 2.5 use the same plug?
  2. Sorry, forgot to add that the MG looks good. I'd never have thought about buying one, but why not! Let us know how you get on.
  3. Don't know about that - had a ride in a Pug 206 with 345,000 km on the clock today. Sounded a bit rough but wouldn't most at that mileage and the owner still does 150 km daily return trip to work. I've had a Pug and Citroen and taken both over 100k miles then passed them onto new owners who have kept them a good few years more.
  4. I would agree with deleting the EGR from the ECU. I got mine done for about £150 I think, including the blanking plate and solved all the problems and improved performance and fuel consumption. Stick to the specialists though, who do this type of work day in day out - I would recommend Avon Tuning if you are near Bristol though they also supply and serve other dealers across the country I believe.
  5. I'd go along with that - my 1.6TDCi has just over 120k miles now and still going as strong as it ever has (touch wood). Some money spent on timing belt, sorting out the DPF and EGR but otherwise nearly faultless in the nearly 9 years I have had it - long may it last.
  6. I would agree with this comment and do a manual check on the miles done and fuel need to fill the tank - my fuel display is way out since I got the DPF and EGR valve sorted on my diesel, with the dash readings showing it getting worse but the actual fuel going into the tank was really better than it had ever been.
  7. I think he meant he got it up to 70 mph (not mpg!) on the motorway. There could be all sorts of reasons, but first thing I would do is measure the real mpg by noting the miles between fills and the number of litres used to get an accurate figure, otherwise you are just guessing. It could be down to colder temperatures, shorter trips not warming up the engine enough, under inflated tyres (easy to check), time to do a service (cheapest place to start) etc. You're not really giving us much to go on here.
  8. I had a new windscreen fitted last summer but it is the first time this has happened since. I also fiddled with the drivers door recently to sort out the handle not working so maybe this has resulted in water getting into it, but I thought there are some drainage holes to let out any water which does find its way in there? The carpets feel dry enough. Next sunny and windy day, I will have to open up all the doors and see if things will dry out.
  9. Get in the car this morning and there was a huge amount of condensation not just fogged up but actual drops of water. I had to wipe this off with a cloth and squeezed out a load of water, after the heated screen and warm air vents did nothing to help. We had loads of heavy rain last week and maybe some got into the car, but anyone else have this problem with their Focus? Now I have streaks all over the window where I have wiped it, especially when driving towards the sun which is low in the sky - any suggestions of getting it back to the way it was?
  10. Mine does this occasionally over the last few months, and I noticed it again last night pulling out from the work car park. I just assumed the clutch is on its way out as the car is nearly 10 years old and 120,000 miles.
  11. As above, if I was you I would invest in driving lessons to prevent a repeat and then use the insurance savings to get the car you want in a few years of good behaviour...maybe not the advice you were after?
  12. The tyre on the other side had even wear, consistent with what I would expect, so this could have been a defective one. I have read on the internet about a "saw tooth" phenomenon for back tyres on front wheel drive cars as they get dragged along behind (random link here, and this can apparently cause some deformation (bulging or oval shape) of the tyre but all sounds a bit wierd to me - why this has only happened on this tyre and not the previous sets I have had over the last 120k miles?
  13. New Michelins now fitted on the back and I feel a lot better about it! The tyre fitting place recommended getting the wheel alignment/geometry done, but I am not sure this was the problem. The reason is that I had moved the bad tyre from front to back previously and the vibration and noise went with it so in my mind that indicates the fault is with the wheel/tyre rather than alignment. Add to that the lack of weights on the rim (which might have fallen off or never been fitted) - would you agree with that? I guess it can't hurt to get the alignment checked and adjusted, but its €100 I could spend elsewhere if it is not needed.
  14. I've had a bit of a rumble from one of the back wheels for a while and my local garage told me it was uneven tyre wear, not bearings or anything nasty, and that it was fine to carry on for a while before changing tyres. That was a while ago and I have checked them regularly since. Other than a bit less tread in one area than another it didn't seem anything to worry about. I just did a 300 mile return motorway drive and was thinking about putting new tyres on before that but didn't get around to it. Anyway, early in the trip that same tyre started making more noise and vibrating, especially noticeable at around 60mph. At 50mph and at 70mph it was a lot less pronounced so I just made sure I didn't hold it at 60, but generally stayed above that, say 70-75. Got home and saw this: About 3 quarters of the tyre is fine with legal tread: One patch looks like the second photo - SCARY! Now, the Ford Focus has quite heavy camber on the back wheels so it is not surprising that the wear is on the inside. I can't believe that it wore through that much in just 300 miles though! I am convinced that this wheel was not properly balanced when the tyre was fitted, and when I jacked up the wheel off the ground, it spun on its own until the worn part was on the top. It has never sounded right but I just couldn't put my finger on it and maybe took too much comfort from the mechanic telling me it was ok. This is a real lesson to me to make sure I get tyres looked at as soon as there is anything not normal happening before it ever gets this bad again. Needless to say, it'll be a trip straight down to get a new set fitted before I go any further.
  15. Ah ok, I must have missed that, just remember your saga trying to fit a cheap aftermarket one which wouldn't do as it should. "Sorted" my dpf and changed the timing belt at 8 years / 100k miles to make sure it didn't pop so should be good for a few more years. In my mind if the car is running well and not costing too much in maintenance its a no brainer rather than lose a load of depreciation in the first couple of years of a having newer model.