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mike-evans

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  1. Wierd Noise, Where From?

    funny you should say that, my dads car has just had a replacement engine fitted (head problem) and now sounds like same fault...what did you do to sort it? Anything I can check/look for? Cheers for that reply....
  2. Wierd Noise, Where From?

    Hi guys, my dads 1.4 02 focus lx has aquired a wierd noise. Whilst driving, when you get to 4k revs in all gears you hear a high whine/rumble which sounds like a rev limiter, you can also feel a slight vibration. Up til 4k its fine, nice and smooth. With the car standing still, take the revs upto 4k and over, and theres no whine/rumble at all....any ideas as to what it could be? My guess is a bearing, but which bearing, wheel, gearbox etc....?
  3. Engine Swop....?

    we found a engine in a local breakers, said it came off a fusion with rear damage, so engine is good....had it fitted today, had to change a few bits, manifold etc, and clutch and flywheel....engine WONT turn over, the didnt try before fitting it! Removed spark plugs and were rusty, also water in cylinders, so prob got very wet where its been standing? They tried even towing it and trying to free it up that way, no joy! Seems completely seized due to water. Anyone aware of this type of prob? Gona get them to replace the engine.
  4. Engine Swop....?

    I need a 1.4 zetec se engine for my dads 02 focus. We found a breakers with a 1.4 zetec se engine that came out of a 03 fusion, they said it should go straight in, does anyone know if it wil?
  5. Deposit Paid, Gti, Thoughts Please...

    i cant remember if it had the heated front screen. Do they all come with the heated front screen as standard?
  6. Deposit Paid, Gti, Thoughts Please...

    yeh it has had welding on the rear chassis legs from what i can see. I was very impressead with how good the arches are, and the rest of the body work, and also sitting in them front seats, they hold you very tight...one thing i noticed is no remote central locking? 2 key, 1 red and 1 black..always worry a bit when buying a car of this age..wil get timing belt done and a full service as soon as i get it...any idea on what a cat costs for these?
  7. found a local garage which had just had a R reg red escort GTI in. Went to look at it he wanted £1200 for it, got him down to £1100. It has 25000 (must be 125000) on clock, mot til october. Body work is mint, totally standard everything, 2 owners from new. I can see welding been done on underneath sill area, engine no signs of leaks. When i rev it the revs drop down low then come back up to idle, is that idle control valve needs cleaning? Theres a little ticking/ratteling noise now and again which he said is the cat, does that sound common? He said because its a R reg they aint needed for mot's, is that correct? Its local so no traveling needed to buy one now, which i was going to have to do to get one. What you guys think?
  8. Which Multispoke?

    what about 17" 5 spoke wheels, anyone know of any nice ones?
  9. Which Multispoke?

    Which 17" multispoke wheels look like OZ super turismo wil fit Y reg focus? Been looking for a nice set of multispoke but cannot get away from OZ turismo...but they are to expensive. Anyone know of another brand that do multispoke like the OZ? Team dynamics do the monza, but i want the spokes completely straight/flat, team dynamics sort of bend in at the end of the spokes..just me being fussy, but its what I am after....
  10. Buying Gti, Advice/info Please....

    I have been looking on ebay, autotrader and adtrader and there have been a few nice ones out there, I do like the red and the white ones. Does the red fade much? White does highlight rust spots tho, alot of the ones I have looked at have had or need some money spent on them on suspension, bushes clutch etc which just highlights the age of the gti's......which is slightly off putting. Anyone know of any MINT ones out there?
  11. Buying Gti, Advice/info Please....

    Cheers, always good to hear off someone who knows..where would be the best place to look for one? There is a nice S reg black one on eBay but is a 4 door, and personaly I dont like them as much as the 2 door. He has said the rear arches have been replaced (mort prob due to rust)....are there that many good ones out there?
  12. Hi guys, I'm looking at buyin a Escort GTI in the next 3-4 weeks, what I want to know, is what I would be expected to pay for a nice 2 door black one? Also, how good are these cars?
  13. Focus:what wheels & how low?

    After some nice 17" alloys for silver 2000 focus zetec, I like the OZ turismo (multispoke) but £480 without tyres is to expensive. Anyone know for them cheaper, or a different brand with the same style, the ST 170 I like aswel, dont like the hyper colour, has to be the standard silver colour... How low can you go with 17s on there, I would be happy with 25mm...
  14. Bent valves=smoke?

    yeh think it needs to go to ford to establish whats wrong and what needs to be done, what wil they actually do at the garage, wil it be a diagnostic plug in and that wil give answers? Any idea what ford chargd for a diagnostics? I borrowed my mates code reader today and it picked up 2 faults, one was P1289 which I beleive was from the head temp sensor that got accidentaly unpluged and put the management light on, the second was P0172 which say too rich bank 1? Is that a 02 sensor? Spark plugs, all were black and had wet threads, 2 were wet on the electrodes, why? Put fresh plugs in and run it, driving behind my dad and smoking slightly and strong fuel smeling, also smelt of rotten eggs and fireworks? Garage is now only way to go, just trying to get an understanding of possibilities etc..
  15. Bent valves=smoke?

    *UPDATE* Changed the pipe that I mentioned in the previous posts, which infact was a emissions pipe (3 piece pipe with a t section in it) that is behind the inlet manifold, and it made it run alot worse, (car was running ok in the morning and hardly any smoke) now bellowing out with whiteish smoke and revs dropped down enough twice which made it cut out....idles is stil lumpy, as we thought this pipe that had gone soft would cure the lumpy idle? There was a white car parked behind my dads and had a black patch on it from my dads smoking exhaust, the black on the white car smelt like fireworks and was like a sooty texture? Would this be a sign of running rich? i.e a sensor down? Next step I think is a diagnostics plug in...