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About mjt

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Mk3 Tit Estate 1.0 SCTi Ecoboost 125ps
  • Ford Year 2012
  • UK/Ireland Location Cambridgeshire
  • Annual Mileage 0 to 5000

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  1. Have you looked right at the back of your glovebox? I thought there wasn't one with my Mk3 and persuaded the dealer to find me one only to later discover the original right at the back. The glovebox is a lot deeper than it appears.
  2. DRL on 2011 Mk3 Focus

    The software will be held in flash memory so won't disappear if the power is removed.
  3. I can't answer no. 1 as I had a 1.8TDCi. The indicator on that only ever came on for about half a second although I discovered the power was on the plugs for about 5 seconds. As for no.2, you should have a small plastic funnel with your car which has the correct shape to open the filler flap in the same way as a pump nozzle.
  4. The worst of all possible worlds are the rear disks combined with drum handbrakes. I've suffered those abominations on a couple of cars in the past and the handbrake is virtually useless. Thankfully Ford haven't gone down that route.
  5. If I remember correctly it was the Renault Dauphine.
  6. Can a Headunit Scratch a CD?

    It is, apparently, possible to repair scratched CDs by polishing out the scratches. If you search online you'll find some bizarre suggestions using, e.g., toothpaste and/or bananas (yes, bananas!) that nevertheless appear to work but the most successful is probably to use some metal polish.
  7. I think Arthur is pointing to the right area. It sounds like you're not getting adequate circulation of the coolant. What do you know of the history of the car? Maybe a previous owner has used K-Seal or a similar product and blocked some of the coolant passages. Has anyone tried reverse-flushing the radiator?
  8. New Car and Concerns

    According to the Haynes manual these engines are fitted with a vacuum unit on the inlet manifold to prevent engine shake as it stops. Might be worth looking at that. On the earlier engines the high-pressure fuel pump is driven by a double-row chain from the crankshaft and the cambelt is driven from the pump. I believe on more recent engines the chain has been replaced by a wet belt. I'm afraid I don't know the current recommended service intervals for the belts. I had the cambelt on mine changed at about 75K as it was due in terms of its age but I'd have had it done well before the recommended mileage anyway just for peace of mind.
  9. Aircon Fan Not Working

    That's almost certain to be a faulty resistor pack. If you look at the circuit diagram in Ian's post earlier in this thread you can see that the fan speed is controlled by inserting resistance in series with the motor. The highest speed bypasses the resistor pack entirely so if the fan only works in this position it has to be a fault in the pack. The section of resistor between pins 1 and 4 carries the highest current of any of the sections and therefore gets hottest so it's either burnt out or the heat has caused a bad joint in the section.
  10. Focus mk2 TDCI (DPF) query...

    Based on this driving pattern I'd advise you to go with a petrol. The EcoBoost engines can give quite good economy with decent performance and low emissions and fewer potential problems than modern diesels. That's just my opinion, I know I lot of diesel buffs on the forum wil disagree.
  11. It's all to do with the way the air flows around the car. Mudflaps might help a bit because they'll catch the worst of the grit and change the airflow pattern but you'll still probably find a build-up of dirt in that area. All the Focus models I've had seem to do it.
  12. Pulling my hair out

    You do mean 'both ends of the spark plug leads' don't you?
  13. Ford Smell

    That comment is unworthy of you Clive - you know perfectly well that Fords of a similar vintage rusted just as effectively.
  14. Cruise Control

    This is for people who don't have the skill, or are just too lazy, to use the handbrake.
  15. seat covers or waterproofing

    Hi Luis, Our 1.0L Ecoboost was stuck on a low average mpg reading (mid 30's) and didn't seem to move. Eventually I decided to reset it before embarking on a decent run and since then it's been updating itself regularly. It's now hovering between 44.2 and 44.4 depending on road conditions. I haven't done a brim-to-brim test to find out how accurate it is but I do find it's useful to know how different road conditions - and my driving style - affects it. Because it's continually averaging the figure, comparing the current instantaneous reading with the running total, it can take quite a while to settle if it's been brought low by, for example, a lot of town driving. Doing a reset will let it start afresh and get to a realistic average more quickly.