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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. Decent Wiper Blades

    Have you a link to such ? And how much are they ? ! ?
  2. Decent Wiper Blades

    It`s not the money (certainly not at under £5 odd a pair ! ) it`s the hassle. Both times the wipers were working OK so didn`t need changing, then the bleedin` things ripped and I have to remember to order some and then fit them. Even worse if that happens when you`re miles from home and may not be able to fit any for days or even weeks. All i`m saying I can never remember having so much trouble with ripped / torn wiper blades when they were the conventional type, which, in any case, you could buy at a reasonable price from any auto spares shop, or even Wilko !
  3. Decent Wiper Blades

    Original post (3 Dec 14) : "I bought a set of some of those cheap wipers (E Bay item number 291281195842) which I`ve just fitted to my Focus. To be frank I`ve no idea how they can make any money selling those for £4.95 (including postage ! ) but they do fit. I haven`t tried them in the wet yet, but I hopefully they`ll be OK. A few useful points on these wipers "AP Automotive" Hybrid blades. They (correctly) sent one 26" and one 17" for my 2006 Focus. When they arrive they have the H1 adapter fitted, the one to fit the standard hook type wiper arm. This must be pulled off, and you have to pull pretty hard, in an upward direction straight off the wiper, don`t worry, underneath all that plastic is a steel frame and pin so you won`t break it. Then fit the H7 adapter, and this requires a hefty push to get it to fully locate onto the mounting pin and end up flat and parallel with the wiper. Once you`ve done that they went straight on." I have to say the first set of these wipers only lasted just over four months before they split at the bottom. I replaced them with the same type hoping it was just bad luck. But the next set only lasted fifteen months before the same thing happened. The conventional wipers on my old Escort lasted much longer than that. My questions are : Is it normal for these fancy modern wipers to only last between 6 months and a year, or, is it just that these particular wipers are crap quality, or that I`ve just been unlucky with them ? Does anyone know of wipers which are a reasonable price (Halfords want a ridiculous amount of money for their replacement wipers) which will last a few years ?
  4. I thought it quite skillfull I have to say !
  5. 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 ?
  6. 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 ? ! ?
  7. 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 ? ! ?
  8. 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.
  9. Bleedin` hell, particularly for a heated windscreen, that sounds expensive....... Maybe silicone isn`t such a bad idea ! Only joking, well half joking.....
  10. 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 ? ! ?
  11. 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.........
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.....
  15. 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.