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hiace_drifter

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About hiace_drifter

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  • First Name Neil

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  • Ford Model Focus Estate
  • Ford Year 2009
  • UK/Ireland Location Sussex
  • Annual Mileage 5001 to 10,000
  • Interests General Automotive
  1. Oil Warning Light - Focus Tdci 59 Plate

    Thanks everyone ... our annual mileage is about 8400 ... so would you recommend having the oil change done every 6000 and just make sure the garage know not to do it during the annual service? Also is this warning light just based on time elapsed, rather than detecting an actual problem in the oil?
  2. We have started getting a "service oil" warning message on the dash, which I presume is because 12 months have passed since the car thinks we last had the oil changed/checked. I have checked the oil level and it is fine ... do I just need to cancel the warning light somehow? I googled it and found instructions along the lines of "ignition in position 2, hold down 2 of the pedals for 10 seconds". We had the car "seen to" in August 2014 (faulty fuel pressure sensor or something), then full service in December 2014.
  3. Thule Roof Bars On Focus

    I recently fitted Thule roof bars to my focus estate. It took me ages to find/dig out the fixing points, after much faffing around with web forums.... I didn't know the bloomin things would need to be dug out! (It wasn't helped by the fact I was doing this in the p*****g rain too! Anyway, roof bars fitted, couple of questions... 1. The fixing points had tiny rubber plugs in, which are partly threaded but next to useless. Can you buy aftermarket ones of a better quality? 2. When the roof bars are fitted, the feet don't entirely cover up the hole in the car roof... is this normal? Does it matter? (Have attached a photo to show the gap) Cheers
  4. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Well, it took a while... but the problem is now sorted. We were due to go on hollibobs, when the warning light came on repeatedly, and prevented the car from being driven. After a very strung out rescue by Green Flag, we got towed to our local garage. Being the tuesday after August bank hol they said it would take 10 days to even be looked at .... gaaaahhggghhh. In the end they advised to take it to another local garage who had some ex Ford chaps working their. Sooo.... turns out it was faulty wiring to the fuel pressure sensor, which was alternating between sensing full pressure and no pressure... hence the car was having a hissy fit. So, all sorted.... and only £250 all in. The chap at the garage said it could have been a faulty sensor, which would need to be replaced with the fuel rail... and another £300 ish.
  5. Rust Under Door On 59 Plate

    Have applied the Kurust (at last!) Can rubbing compound be used instead of ultra fine sandpaper like a 2000 grit? Wasn't sure if they're for completely different jobs.
  6. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Hmmm... will have another look tomorrow.... now I know what I'm looking for! Cheers.
  7. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Well, can't find any kind of filling implement. Looked under spare wheel which is also where jack is. Photo of my fuel cap here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/capture_release/210mz3
  8. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Oooooo! Sounds the ticket! Will have a look when the missus gets home. And once I've flushed the cataclean out of my eyes ha ha
  9. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Ok, have got a bottle of Cataclean... How the f*** do you get it into the fuel tank? It took me a while to get the filler hole open (used my fingers to push all the sprung flaps until I finally gained entry). I then shoved the bottle in through the filler hole as far as it would go. At this point I squeezed the bottle slightly as it didn't seem to be emptying... cue jets of chemicals down the paintwork and nearly in my eyes. Try this a few times, being more careful. After using about half the bottle (1/4 in car, 1/4 outside the car!) I look inside the fuel hole... and the cataclean is brimming... nearly overflowing. This is bizarre as only a quarter tank of diesel! Help PS sorry for any unintended innuendo above.... but hard to describe this process without sounding biological!
  10. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Have just ordered a Haynes Manual, and looking at youtube vids of replacing fuel filter. Will probably give it a go! Bizarely the only vid I watched so far was narrated by a very quiet irish chap... I'm convinced its Jim McDonald from Corrie!!! :)
  11. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Hmmm.... we've had the car 3 months, and not changed it in that time. I'm unsure when the fuel filter was replaced before then. I could get the local garage to replace it and see if the problem goes away. If it doesn't then take to to the Ford dealer.
  12. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Presuming it is this issue, is there anything to be gained by going to a non ford garage, or should I bite the bullet and take it to Ford? Just out of interest, how much should it cost to get the fuel filter replaced?
  13. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    Hi, every occurrence has been the same: 1 Travelling at 60+ mph 2 Warning light comes on 3. Car loses power (not completely, just sluggish) 4. Pull over, turn off ignition 5 Wait a few seconds 6. Restart engine 7 Car fine, but sluggish. 8 Sluggishness seems to go after a while No 3 and 7 seem to tie in with some kind of limp home mode which cgriff40 suggested. I will get some cataclean for now, and use "ultimate" fuel on next fill up. One problem with the TDCi is that a full tank lasts us 2 or 3 weeks.... damn fuel economy :) Couple of questions: How do I know if there is a problem with the turbo? Will the snap-on code reader show if lambda sensor or turbo, or is it not that specific? Cheers
  14. Engine Management Warning Message

    Mods please delete this duplicate thread... thanks.
  15. Engine Malfunction Warning Message

    In the 3 months since we've had out Focus TDCi, we've had an "engine malfunction" warning appear on the dash 6 times, always when doing 60mph+. The car loses power, but pulling over, turning off the engine and restarting seems to fix it (temporarily). The first time we called out the AA, but they said their computer couldn't find a fault. They recommended going to a Ford dealer. A quick google showed people think this is just AA being rubbish. After the second, third and fourth times we went to our local garage (well respected by my petrol head friend). They too could not find a fault, and said try a Ford dealer. A quick google implied they should have been able to fix it. After the fifth and sixth times (both of which meant stopping on motorway with no hard shoulder, and kids in the car)... we are now at our wits end. So, do we just take it to a Ford dealer? Any way to ensure we don't pay big bucks for "can't find the fault" or it reoccurring soon after. Thanks.