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  1. I'd say you made a wise decision as belts deteriorate with age as well as mileage. As you're having the coolant pump replaced that will require new coolant and the old auxiliary belt will need to be cut off to change pump and cambelt so that will also need to be renewed. If your model has aircon the compressor belt will also need to be cut off and renewed.
  2. That sounds like the clutch isn't disengaging. Nothing to do with the gearbox. Maybe air has got into the clutch hydraulics. When you say it's better when warmed up it could be that operating the clutch a few times has vented the air. When you had trouble getting it into gear did you try pumping the pedal?
  3. The gear change indicator is only an advisory to give you maximum mpg. Basically it just monitors road speed and load on the engine to suggest the best gear at that moment. It will even prompt you to change down if the engine is labouring. When in a queue of traffic, with speed constantly varying, you are best to ignore it and use a gear that feels comfortable to you.
  4. I extracted a plug which had a FoMoCo number 5MG5-12405-AA. Googled that and found an NGK TR6AP-13 which was also on the plug I'd taken out so you're probably right. I've also managed to find a Bosch Double Platinum 0 242 240 620. The plug I took out looked pristine and the gap was still precisely 1.3mm even though I think they're original and the car's done a bit over 30K. It's going in for a service so may tell the garage to leave them a bit longer as it's running sweetly. When I refitted it 12NM seemed barely more than finger tight so I nipped it up just a smidge tighter. I've since found the NGK and Bosch specs allow up to nearly 20NM in an alloy head. Anyway thanks for the advice Ian.
  5. Thanks Ian. Would you advise going for genuine Ford items or could I get e.g Bosch or NGK?
  6. Can anyone tell me the type number of spark plugs used on the 1.8HE engine. Neither my Haynes nor the Ford owners guide specifies it. I've done a quick search of this forum but can't find anything. Also which would be the best make to go for and what is the torque figure for tightening them? Thanks in anticipation.
  7. They both operate from the same sensor so if one is wrong they'll both be. As for the variability of your readings I'd refer you to my post earlier in this thread (dated Oct 12 2014).
  8. Again, I have to agree. The sound you describe is almost certainly coming from the DMF. Interesting comment Peter makes about the possibility of a sticky throttle pedal. Have you tried hooking your toe behind it to see if that brings the revs back down?
  9. I'd suggest that from the symptoms you've described it probably isn't the valve. To test run the engine for a while then switch off and wait for ten minutes or so. Without restarting try the brake. If it is not immediately hard and you are able to pump a few times before it goes hard the valve is ok.
  10. The Avons are on and it's all done and dusted. Thanks to everyone for your contributions.
  11. I think it's advised to disconnect the battery for half an hour when working on any part of the airbag system.
  12. Editing works all right for me. I would normally phone round for the best deal but on this occasion I found myself too short of time so I've had no real alternative to the inflated (pardon the pun) prices of a Ford main dealer. Similarly I usually use a small independent garage for my servicing but as this is a newly-acquired car and not that old I was a bit concerned they might not be up to speed with the technology.
  13. Last year I tried to get some Vredestein (note spelling, Arthur) Sportrac 5's for our other Focus but found that no-one in my area stocked them and they would have to be ordered in specially. That's one reason why I didn't consider them on this occasion as I needed something quickly. They do get very good reviews though. From the reviews I've read it seems Vredestein are Indian-owned now.
  14. Agree with Simon. The only possible problem is you might have trouble getting the Gunsons kit onto the reservoir filler as they tend to be tucked under the edge of the scuttle on the Mk2 and later cars. I don't know how you'd get over that. Why they can't extend them a bit heaven knows!
  15. Some modern petrols, too, I believe. I'm pretty sure my 1.0 EcoBoost has one.