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About mjt

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    Mk3 Tit Estate 1.0 SCTi Ecoboost 125ps
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  1. start/stop

    Mine hardly ever works but to be honest I'm quite happy with that as it doesn't hammer the battery or starter. Unless you spend a lot of time stationary in traffic I don't think it makes any significant contribution to fuel economy or pollution reduction.
  2. Is it really likely to be surplus to requirements? That sounds most unlike Ford.
  3. Ok, that does suggest something's broken in the mechanism. I think you're right, it looks like you're going to need a new mirror or one from a breakers.
  4. Martin, I assume you've thought about breakers? However, if you're really stuck there are companies that can make cables to order:
  5. I think a 2010 model will be a Mk2.5. If the front looks like the pic in my sig line it's a Mk2.5.
  6. It almost sounds like the connector to the mirror has become detached. Unclip the trim on the inside of the door over the tweeter. The mirror connector is behind the tweeter so if you can't see it you'll need to remove the tweeter.
  7. Our old Mk1.5 1.8TDCi would pull cleanly without clanking or knocking from 1000rpm in top gear even when it had done over 130K miles. The turbo came in just below 2000rpm and then it would take off like a scalded cat although the transition was quite smooth.
  8. I wouldn't say it's quite the same. While its true that ABS means drivers don't have to learn cadence braking I would maintain this is a much more difficult skill to master than hill starts with a handbrake. ABS is definitely a safety feature along with ESP but I wouldn't put hill assist in that category. As for power steering that doesn't replace any skills but allows designers to optimise the steering geometry without making life difficult for the driver.
  9. Sorry, the post came out doubled so deleted the text. I wish the forum would allow whole posts to be deleted.
  10. Hmmm, not sure I can agree with you there. You just need to let the gap widen enough before moving forward. That's a skill that can easily be learned and if you're using the handbrake correctly the hill assist won't activate anyway. Sorry, you won't convince me. I think people should take pride in learning the skills to drive well and these gimmicks just make them lazy.
  11. As I said earlier I've no experience of this engine but in general I've always believed that the glow plugs simply provide a hot-spot to initiate combustion until the combustion chamber temperature gets high enough to sustain it. From reading a Wikipedia article this appears to apply to both DI and IDI engines. I'd have thought the tip of the glow plug is too small to heat the surrounding metal or air.
  12. The first thing that comes to mind is that the glow plugs might be shot. I've no experience with this engine but I believe the plugs stay active to aid combustion while the engine is warming up.
  13. To return to the original questions I think hill start assist is a very bad development. It just encourages drivers to hold the car on the footbrake instead of learning to do it properly by using the handbrake. I know I'll get shot down for that opinion but I get very fed up with being blinded by high-level brake lights, especially at night.
  14. Yes, I reckon it does too. The wheels on our Mk3 dust up much faster than they did on our old Mk1.5 but I do also wonder how much that's due to the airflow around the wheel. The wheels on our old car had much rounder, smoother profile, spokes. Our Mk2.5 has the simpler 5-spoke alloys with rounded spokes and they don't dust up nearly as quickly. Although they don't look as pretty they're a heck of a lot easier to clean as well.
  15. I agree, that doesn't seem possible. The only explanation for that would be that David declutched after the engine cut out.