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About gwengo

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Ford Focu 1.8 TDCi 115bhp
  • Ford Year 2002
  • UK/Ireland Location Worcestershire
  • Annual Mileage 5001 to 10,000

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  1. I know this is an old thread, but did changing the fuel filter solve this problem? Reason I ask is because my mate from work went to his car (2003 focus Ghia 1.6 petrol) yesterday after a days graft and it just would not start. Its happened to him before and so he had his fuel pump changed which cured it and it worked fine for a few months. Then, one day he ran out of petrol, he refilled it, gave the car a wobble (dunno if this works or is needed), it worked fine but then started stuttering and limped home, next day though it worked fine. Just last night he tried to start it and it wouldn't turn over (same as the original issue). he's had the mechanic out and he said it was unlikely that it was the fuel pump again, so I'm thinking it might be a clogged fuel filter. I ran the internal diagnostic for any dtc codes (i have the same car, but the 1.8 tdci) and it came up with d262.
  2. Buying A C-max, Need Some Advice

    Yeah no probs, I'll upload some when I manage to get it released from the clutches of the wife ☺️☺️ Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC mobile app
  3. Buying A C-max, Need Some Advice

    Well thanks all for you advice and experiences for the C-Max. We've taken the plunge now and bought a very tidy 2007 (57) 1.8 petrol, C-Max titanium, in black. Looks awesome and we got a great deal on it. It's done 62k with a full Ford service history and it was all ours for £4,400. The wife loves it so far and I'm pretty gealouse that I won't be driving it as much as her ☺️ Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC mobile app
  4. Buying A C-max, Need Some Advice

    ah cheers guys, it's advice like this that's much needed :) :) Thank you!!
  5. Hello all, I have a bit of a dilema and I need some of your expert advice. My wife's car has just been written off. Basically, someone drove in to herand she went spinning off the road and hit a lamp post. Shes allright, but the car was totalled. It wasn't her fault as she was on an island and some old bag didn't look and drove in to the back end of her car from one of the entrances on to the island. Anyway, the search is on now for a new car. Previously we had a 2005 1.6 petrol ford focus. Which we adored and would have kept it for many years to come, it was a great car and very safe, as the recent accident has just proved. We are looking for something a little bigger as we now have a toddler and 3 dogs. So we are looking at a Ford c-max as they are perfect for our needs. Question is which fuel type I've done a bit of research regarding tax & mpg: C-Max Petrol: 1.6 £180 per year 40.9mpg 1.8 £205 per year 39.8mpg 2.0 £205 per year 38.7mpg C-Max Deisel: 1.6TDCi £110 57.9mpg 1.8TDCi £145 52.3mpg 2.0TDCi £145 49.6mpg As this is a slightly bigger car, I think that the 1.6 petrol, might be a bit underpowered, I've also been told to avoid the 1.6 petrol and diesel variants for this vehicle. So really I'm looking at the 1.8s or the 2.0s. Comparing the tax per year, the mpg and also performance the diesels win hands down. However, I really don't think my wife does enough milage to warrant buying a diesel and I am fully aware of DPF issues that modern diesel engines face if not used frequently enough. My wife probably does about 6k per year which I know is very low. Also our price range is between £3-5k so I'm looking at years of 07 onwards really. Any advice would be gratefully received! Thanks in advance.
  6. Number Plate Alignment

    1st world problems, I know!!! :D
  7. Number Plate Alignment

    Cheers guys, This is what I'm having to put up with...
  8. Number Plate Alignment

    Hello peeps! Just a quick question. I have my MOT coming up soon and my number plates were in desperate need of replacement. I've ordered a standard set (no country or origin tag or crazy fonts), however, they have arrived and they are not centre aligned? They are right aligned and where a country of origin badge should sit theres just a blank space. Surely they should have centre aligned the number, or is this a standard practice now? It's really pi$$ing me off now every time I look at it, and working in the graphic design industry makes it worse. Trouble is, my MOT is on Saturday and there is no time to send them back. Am I being pedantic?
  9. Are you planning on doing the timing belt yourself? If so, nice one! Thats the one job I never want to get involved in, mainly because I know I might forget something, start the engine and BOOM!!! one fooked engine :D. I would get it done mate, just for your peace of mind really and for the sake of a couple of hundred quid. Have you inspected your timing belt? There are usually tell tale signs that it hasn't been replaced for a while, such as discolouring, cracking, worn teeth. If you've got the parts, then take it to your local independent garage to fit for a bit cheaper and would save you the hassle. BTW I love your sig , I've only got the first 4 done :D
  10. I've Really Derped...

    Did you get this fixed Josh? First port of call for me would be to replace the broken glow plug. Not sure about the rest but, Stephen seems to know what he's talking about. When I cleaned my EGR valve, I kept the engine running, sprayed for a bout 2 seconds (you'll hear the idle revs drop), then I gave it a few revs. Then I repeated the process. I ended up taking the flexi pipe off that goes to the EGR valve, giving it a good clean out, before re-fitting it and blanking it off. Worked wonders, so once you get it started again have another go and don't let this little hiccup put you off ;).
  11. Hey Mike, have you fitted the blanking plate yet? Are you still experiencing problems with starting? I had trouble on starting a couple of years back, then one day my car totally cut out on me when I reached an island. Had to get the missus to tow me back home. Turns out it was the cam sensor (the one that is located on the rocker cover) £30 fix, just unscrew the old and screw in the new, sorted. The next issue I had with starting was fixed by replacing my battery. I'm dreading the day when my turbo finally packs in, as thats the only majorly expensive part that hasn't been replaced on my car yet. I do love the mk1 focus though, mine's been an absolute trooper, it gets used daily and I hate to admit it but I do abuse it a bit, but mainly because I love driving it :D
  12. Dpf Update

    I think this is shocking from a car thats only 5 years old, I think Ford should part pay your bill as surely this is a problem inherited from the factory. This isn't general wear and tear. How many miles on the clock does your car have? Mine has done 145k and the only major things that have gone wrong are one of the injectors failing (£500) and clutch and dmf replaced (£700).
  13. Help 1.8Tdci Egr Valve

    nice one ajzetecs for doing that. I'm sure you'll be happy with it and hopefully you might see the results. Just out of curiosity did you get any error codes?
  14. Help 1.8Tdci Egr Valve

    Hi mate, I put it at the EGR end, mainly cos it's a lot simpler to get to. Whilst I had the pipe off that goes to the EGR valve though I gave it a really good clean. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how clogged up this got. The pipe was roughly around an inch in diameter and the wall of soot deposited in that pipe reduced the diameter to about a quarter of an inch. best mod I've done on my car since I bought it back in 2010 (though I haven't really done much to it :D.
  15. Help 1.8Tdci Egr Valve

    I have a 2002 1.8 tdci (115bhp). I was really sceptical about blanking off the EGR valve, then I thought I'd just give it a go, I can always take it off again. 2 years on and I've never looked back, as soon as I fitted it I had a better throttle response from my car and now I'm seeing massive improvements in fuel economy. That said, mine is a 2002, I don't know what tweaks they'e made to the 1.8 tdci lump since mine was built, but I could see it having the same results. I'm just not sure if it will bring up any fault codes (which mine didn't), as you have a newer car than mine.