stratoc

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About stratoc

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    Adam

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  • Gender*
    Male
  • Ford Model
    Focus
  • Ford Year
    2009
  • UK/Ireland Location
    West Midlands
  • Annual Mileage
    0 to 5000

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  1. they were a terrible idea when they came out many years ago, when I bought my car it had one intact! Ford replaced them all last year as a good will gesture for breaking my wheel hub on it's MOT (this is a Ford main dealer) less than a year later, the same main dealer changed cam belt and stretch belt and broke two of them after telling me the year before tire depots break them by not knowing what they are doing.... They replaced them again. Wheel nuts you can't use air guns with in 2009? top idea.
  2. Or rocking it in gear used to work on every Ford I owned in the 1980's (><) They get dry spots in the windings.
  3. Hi, please forgive my stupidity if this is obvious. You know the bottom jubilee clip on the expansion tank has been moved away from tank?
  4. I haven't had an advisory yet on the Focus. But the previous car used to get loads, go to the same garage and disappear, reappear, I never did any of them, every other year I got CV gaiter damaged but not leaking. I had the car nearly 9 years, the last MOT had no advisories, six months later it was crushed..... My argument has always been, fail it then, if not please don't de-value my car. I mean, if I was buying it off you "you must knock a grand off for three struts mate."
  5. Ah! mines the old 1.6 duratek one, maybe a mistake not picked up by previous owner. I agree the only 1.0L is petrol I believe.
  6. mine (1.6 petrol) was £185 last month, £30 is diesel + DPF
  7. I wondered what the REP meant. I am new to my area so don't know any garages, I bought Focus 2 years ago with 37k on the clock. So I booked in it for MOT and a Ford 4+ Major service, and this year a minor one, both times they found nothing, no advisories, so I kind of trust em. All the prices are fixed (click on repairs) http://www.ford.co.uk/OwnerServices/Motorcraft
  8. Bill reads: Supplied and fitted timing belt, water pump, aux belt and replaced Anti freeze with three litres. Ford health check all ok (service a week ago) Kit, water pump rep anti freeze litre Kit drive belts kit timing belt bolt bolt lot of money for a piece of paper.. so that's not a new water pump then I guess? unless rep is replace, I was thinking repair.
  9. Agreed, my first black car so I had mine done, looked terrible. Clayed it and did it myself looked better, but not deep or sparkling. Clayed it again and used Zymol rain cleans car,always looks clean, no silly maintenance, I just reapply every six months. I think DiamondBright was made long before water based paint, I would never waste my money again.
  10. Hi Garage just called to confirm my booking, they told me they will replace the 'stretch belt'? Not long after I bought the car on full lock it was spraying power steering fluid over everything, especially that belt, they put s newer strong pipe on and it's been fine since but they didn't replace the belt. Thanks for the help.
  11. Hi I am trying to keep my car in Good condition and save unnecessary repairs. It's a 2009 2.5 100BHP 1.6 petrol model. it has 47k on the clock, I bought it two years ago and except a power steering house leaking and being replaced it has been good and still drives pretty much like a new car. Full Ford service history, brake fluid changed last year as it had a small amount of water in it, also had the air con regassed. As I can afford it now and I am off work, I am going to get Cam belt changed, I know the mileage is low but it's over 7 years since it was made and nearly 7 years since first registered, get it done and forget about it! It's going in Tuesday and I have asked for water pump to be replaced too. I know the coolant says replace on 8 years, do they need fresh coolant to do the job anyway? And if the auxiliary belt were to snap can that cause massive damage? I read it runs water pump? Trying to cover everything, it's got to last me a few years yet. Thanks
  12. How do you fit those? I have seen them before but there seems to be cowling and all sorts in the way?
  13. That's my engine too, I bought it because: It's really old! Tried and tested Tax cost a fortune and it's noisy, is the downside.
  14. grey area! it's officially 8 years or 100k whichever comes first. I know load of people with 1.6 Zetec, I have never known a belt go. Next door neighbour has same as mine but 2006, has never replaced cambelt and now says it's not worth the cost! I may hold out for next year, I think I may be slightly premature. Did you just hear a snap??
  15. my 2009 1.6 100 will need doing soon I guess, so will follow with interest. Only got 46k on clock and 7 years old next month..