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Justin Smith

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  • Ford Model Focus 1.6 (115) Ghia Estate
  • Ford Year 2006
  • UK/Ireland Location Yorkshire
  • Annual Mileage 0 to 5000

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  1. I thought it quite skillfull I have to say !
  2. I`m assuming you don`t work for a windscreen company ! But seriously, how much strength could be compromised by a less then perfect bond at the top ? And, more to the pint, would a small water leak imply a significantly weaker bond ?
  3. Excellent advice SPB. I have got a slight worry, did I read somewhere that the windscreen was an integral part of the strength of the car and therefore, one assumes, if it isn`t fully bonded to the body shell (and a water leak hints it may not be) that may have a significant effect on the crashworthiness of the vehicle ? Or is that just a sales ploy from the windscreen manufacturers / fitters ? ! ?
  4. Thanks SPB I may end up doing this if the it proves that the water is coming from the screen top. As mentioned above I have a wide piece of see through waterproof tape spanning the gap as we speak ! Have you any more hints on pulling back the gasket ? ! ?
  5. I phoned Autoglass for a quote, they said to remove and replace my screen would be £126 and there was a good chance the screen would crack in which case it would cost £533 for a new screen. I then phoned a local windscreen replacement company (Bees of Sheffield), who said they thought it`d be more helpful if they could to see it. He was very helpful and said if it had a Ford branded screen it was probably original and therefore less likely to be the cause of the leak. In actual fact my screen is branded Pilkington so, he said, that implied it had been fitted aftermarket, which it had as it happens because the bottom trim wan`t fitted correctly ! He also said he didn`t think the screen was the cause of the leak (though he couldn`t be sure) because : 1 When he shut the door no water or bubbles / froth came out of the (wet) seal. 2 If anything there was an excess of sealant (across the top of the screen) rather than an insufficiency ! 3 He said the screen wasn`t flexing at all when he pushed it at the top. He quoted £85 to refit the screen (plus £15 for a new trim if needed), and £300 for a new screen (heated with the rain sensor) if needed. He reckoned there was about a 50% chance of screen cracking when taken off...... Anyway, I`ve temporarily put a tape across the top of the screen (covering the joint between the screen and the body shell) to see if that cures it. If it stops it`s got to be the windscreen seal, if it doesn`t then it must be something else.
  6. Bleedin` hell, particularly for a heated windscreen, that sounds expensive....... Maybe silicone isn`t such a bad idea ! Only joking, well half joking.....
  7. Unfortunately I got into the car today to find more water..... I assume it isn`t the sunroof drain holes because water drains through as mentioned above, nor the aerial attachment as I`ve now siliconed that. The only other thing I can think of is the windscreen seal at the top. Am I right to conclude that and if it is that how difficult is it to cure ? I mean properly as opposed to tying to smear silicone on it, is that a bodge, or is that how a garage would cure it ? ! ?
  8. Does that stop cretins pouring sugar into your fuel filler ? Or is it an Urban Myth that some "lads" do that as a prank "because it makes the engine blow up" ? ! ? Whether that`s true or not, or ever done or not, I have to say I feel better having my fuel filler locked.........
  9. I can confirm that this flap does fit my Mk2 Focus. Whilst trial fitting the flap I also found out how the locking system works. There`s a white plastic post which is just below the hinge and that is pushed up by the central locking, thus preventing the fuel filler flap from being opened.
  10. Replacement Turbo, Louder-Quicker

    Are you suggesting people should wear earplugs all the time so they`re less likely to hear loud (sometimes painfully loud) cars and bikes ? ! ? There`s a loud car which regularly goes up our road very early in the morning. If that happens to coincide with a phase of light sleep the ignorant wazzock wakes you up. I`ve got no time for those kind of people, they`re bleedin` selfish.
  11. Replacement Turbo, Louder-Quicker

    On the subject of "making your car louder", please try to remember that most people don`t like noise. In fact, in New Zealand, where they actually care about people`s quality of life, they try to reduce road vehicle noise.....
  12. I did actually try the sun roof drain holes before the aerial base, I just forgot to write it on the first draft ! I used a jug of water and a funnel to direct the water straight into the drainage channels, thus, if water appeared by the front wheels, it must have come from the sunroof drains.
  13. I stripped down the aerial, this article helped, and found that there was no sealing gasket fitted between the aerial and the roof at all ! I must say it didn`t look like there`d ever been one there, and close inspection of the linked to graphic doesn`t seem to show one either. If that amount of water from the leak has come from that aerial fitting I`d be at a loss to explain how it all got through, maybe it runs down the aerial and finds its way through the base / roof joint ? ! Rather disappointingly there didn`t seem to be much evidence of water ingress beneath the aerial fitting, even allowing for the fact I`d left a dehumidifier on in the car overnight ! Anyway, I refitted the aerial base with a smear of silicone beneath it and we`ll see if that cures the water leak. Whilst I was at it I checked the drain holes in the sun roof, pouring water in at the top resulting in pools of water behind the front wheels, so I assume there is no problem with them. If the leak is still present it must be the windscreen......
  14. ARGHHHHHHHH ! ! ! As I was driving home I changed gear and I felt a drop of water on my hand. I`ve had leaks through ceilings at home so instinctively looked up and sure enough there was drops of water coming out by the side of the interior light fitting. Closer inspection revealed that the front of the roof lining (where it abuts the windscreen) was wet along its entire length, there was water all over the front of the stereo, and some water in the trinket tray behind the gear lever. I don`t actually understand how the water could be spread over such a wide area of the car ! My Focus has always seemed to fog up very easily inside but apart from that I have never noticed any evidence of water leaks before so I a little bemused by the fact it`s suddenly become so bad. Is this type of roof water leak common and what is the cure ?
  15. I can confirm this is also the case with my car, I`ve just checked it. Thus the locking mechanism must be behind the body panel and act on the hinge mechanism.