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  1. I think the copy below of the email I have sent to the Ford Main Dealer I purchased the car from ...advertised as a "Franchise Approved Vehicle" twelve moth ago this coming Saturday, explains the issue. Now I'm awaiting a reply from same, so dependent how accommodating they in agreeing to resolving the issue on my terms. I want the fix done, I also want the spark plug ports cleaned [and the ignition leads]And inspected by be me prior to the spark plugs being removed and replaced by new ones. If they agree to that, I will keep their name out of this report. The lesson to learn here is, you obviously cannot trust a Main Dealer to do what should be done in regards to the known fault on Ford vehicles. So in this instance naming names is NOT what this thread is about............but if they don't cooperate................. Lucky for me, my mechanic appears to have taken out the least flooded plug. Good Morning, regards earlier phone conversation with a sales person. Car bought 16/10/09, major service carried out by your service department prior to pick up. There was a technical service bulletin in force prior to my purchase in regard to a known fault with water ingress into the spark plug ports. And as such the fix [revised washer jets] should have be done prior to me taking the vehicle. On having the car serviced last week by my mechanic. It is self evident from the enclosed photos that the fix was not done by **** Ford and the spark plugs are sat in a sludge of rust contaminated water. So I told him not to remove and inspect plugs two three and four until I researched the issue further. There is documented evidence on the web of plugs being blown out of the engine. Plugs again due to rusting shearing off at service time, resulting in expensive repair costs. And as a result of these findings I feel it is Fords and more to the point **** responsibility to resolve the issue not my mechanic. Please ring me back on **** ******. I'm not looking for arguments or hostages, I'm looking for a resolution to the problem. Thank You, Port 4 Port 3 Port 2 Port 1 Plug stems 2 3 4 Edited: to insert the word NOTthat was missing in the third paragraph.
  2. As the thread header suggests, there is concern that Diesel Particulate Filter fitted models have a problem that the regeneration process could be contaminating the engine oil. So it is either complete TOSH you must have the correct viscosity oil, and it all apparently goes out of the window. Either that, or because of the dilution of the oil with diesel, your going to suffer engine wear that was not foreseen when the development of DPF engined cars went into mass production. WHICH IS IT? So it would be interesting to see if TDCi forum owners with DPF equipped cars could report back on this thread regards their engine oil levels.Are they ending up with more oil in their sumps than what they started off at? Volvo who share engines with Ford are introducing new oil change fill levels and a software update. And better than me repeating second hand, I advise concerned owners visit the Volvo forum thread on the issue, there are some clued up guys over there. It comprises 39 pages of contribution. That's because it is a very active site, having over a thousand viewings and over 250 post on an average day. Suffice to say you will get the gist of the problem, Volvo's tight lipped response, and their on the hoof remedy to over full oil sumps, by reading the first page of the thread. But just to show an example of the calibre of some of the contributors on the subject, I'll copy post from one contributor.His credentials are as follows Anyway here are his first two posts in full: Note his comment on a possible dilution rate of 23.7% I have presented the posts in bold type for ease of reading, but I consider it better to read said posts on the original thread.The Doc content starts on page six
  3. Clutch Problem

    Hi Damien, If the car has a service history, and there is no evidence to support it has had the clutch replaced. It would be resonable to assume it is running on it's original clutch. And given it has covered148km [100k miles] and taking into account what you have described in your post, I reckon your looking at a new clutch mate. I would get it sorted at your convenience and not wait until it fails on the road. If you do take the car into a garage for a diagnosis let the forum know the outcome..........it helps build the knowlage base mate
  4. Car Accident Who Is At Fault?

    Got to agree. How I see it from the not so clear detail of street description. Two cars travelling in the same direction along a street [no doubt houses fronting both sides of the street, no centre road markings, and nodoubt tight right angled juctions onto ajoining streets. [not a problem when turning right, but could be a tight turn on turning left.] Given that the driver in front is intending to turn left into an ajoining street, she may have positioned her car towards the centre of the road to facilitate what could have been a tight left turn. Not to have done so, could have ment on the turn, her front end could have been well over the oncoming traffic side of the street she was attempting to turn into. If that was the case, and though I accept it is stated she did not indicate. If there was only a possability of a left turn ahead as against approaching say a cross roads. The fact she slowed down and altered her line of travel would indicate to me a left turn was a possibility. In cases like that, I would have hung back until tthe other drivers intended actions became clear. The driver behind was impatiant he wanted to put this slow moving car behind him, he made an assumption she was pulling over to the off side curb. Hence as he attempted to under take her, the collision took place and the damage supports that scenario. Just telling it how I see it, nothing personal to the original poster, sh*t happens. Had she signaled we would not be here discussing a collision. Having held a clean licence for over fifty years, the one thing you learn in that time is to give the car in front plenty of space, the fact somebody is behind the wheel, their competence and or consideration of other road users is an unknown quantity. Many years ago an old retired banker and his wife used to come to our pub for dinner time lunches, was he a crap driver ! He used to stall the his car on the speed ramp at the entrance to the car park. I used to ask him how was the drive over, John,he would reply.... "All the sons of bit@hes were out today" I used to invisage the mayhem he was nodoubt responsible for taking place in his review mirror.
  5. My New Mobius Dashcam

    Phil, I'm assuming the newer Mobius "grew in size" merely to accomodate the bigger battery, and that being the case I think it would be fair to again assume the lens are the same on both the older and newer Mobius.
  6. I agree Ian, He was not forcing his way onto the motorway, he gauged his entry perfectly, in that he was entering an empty inside lane at a speed faster than the Lorry already in the inside lane. It was the wagon driver at fault there, experiance should have taught him not to cut back into the inside lane if he is blind to the merging traffic expected to enter from a slip road. If I'm travelling in the inside lane on a motorway/ dual carriageway, on approaching a slip road merge point, I always move into lane two [if safe to do so] to make it easier for said merging traffice. Motorways like all roads are shared enviroments, it's not a case of I'm here first so you can "Pittle Off"
  7. Right my 05 Mk2 Focus no ESP and not a problem on new snow light covering roads. But today was my first experiance on snow in my 11 plate Mk2.5 with ESP. Now I dont drive on my brakes, I use my gears to control speed and avoid nigh on at all costs braking in snow conditions. Well first squirming about I had was when a white van decided to abort a steep hill climb mid way up the hill and do a U turn at a junction. So I had to stop whilst it did the U turn, goes to gently set off and it was all over the place. Again stopped to let a bus out of a junction in town, and again ESP light flashing and car squirming about, again after stopping behind the bus queuing to enter a roundabout, [silght gradient] vibrations coming from the ABS/ESP I guess. Up the High street a newish Mazda in front of the bus, well his back end was all over the place when attempting to move of in stationary traffic due to a Pelican Crossing.queue. I thought I bet he has ESP as well Now in theory I thought ESP was better in snow, but not my experiance today. Now I did not notice other drivers experiencing trouble with their cars squirming about which I would have expected if conditions where that bad. But then again I did not consider the conditions bad. 50 years of driving experience, so it ain't as if I don't now how to drive in snow conditions up and down the Yorkshire Dales as a Journeyman Electrician in my prime. I'm thinking of switching the ESP Off in snow to see how it behaves, Apart from the ESP it's the same engineered car as the Mk 2 I had for five years. Any observations from EPS owning Foci owners welcome.
  8. Yes The BFD and ABS will still be active Darren, but the EPS element will be disabled, as for switching it off and going for a spin .....I'll pass on that thanks . Will defo switch it off if it starts squirming about in the snow, and see how it performs with it off. Like arthur sez, mine like his Mk2 Focus was rock solid in snow, no agressive acceleration and staying of the brakes obviouisly. That was on Goodyear Optigrips all round, must say when I bought it, it was sporting Italian Marangoni rubbish and they were crap in snow. So when they got down to 3mm of tread I got shut of them. This Focus came with Mich Primacy on one axle and Goodyear Excellence on the other axle, decent tread on them.
  9. One time going down a slight inclined road [slow as it leads to our small drive, length and a half of the car] it as you discribed it "growled" But I would have discribed it as a vibrating rumble, so in that instance it was the ABS cutting in. Incidently, I pulled up on the slight down ward drive about 4ft from the patio doors, with two big pot planters filled with cyclimens in them, in turn sat on two large pot water trays [in other words heavy beggers] I gets out, wife goes to get out of the car, one foot on the drive and one still in the passenger footwell ...............and the Focus just slide into the planters. I thought sh"t thats the grill and or possibly the bumper stuffed. As luck would have it there was no damage done. The planters might have slid a bit on their round water trays possibly. But I reckon it there had not been planters there it would have stuffed into the hard wood frame of the patio doors dead centre where the fixed Patio window frame sat.........now that woud have been damage indeed for the car I reckon, and possibly frame and double glazed panel damage. Now I put it into reverse gear when parking up for obvious reasons, and though I did not check if I had, I'm sure I had Monday. So the snow was obviously very slippy and the wife getting out iof the car [it being 72Kg lighter, it lost it's grip and just slid off down the drive] :D Darren, I had a look in the dash comp settings this morning, and as I thought you can disable EPS. Just keep flicking the lefthand stalk until you come to the Menu setting, enter and there is it EPS with a little tick box with an X in it. Untick that box and the EPS light comes on in the speedo dial. Click the back option and you get a warning message reminding you you have EPS disabled. So a five second job really to disable/ enable. Monday we go to a lesiure center swimming "up the Dales" We did the 10 mile drive, and on the journey it started to snow but not really heavy. But on getting there it started turning into white out conditions, we had just parked so waited for it to ease up, only being in gym kit. But it didn't so I said to the wife, we could come out of the lesiure complex in a couple of hours and we could be snowed in. Or have the car body work stoved in by little old ladies panicking to get their wee motors home. It seems the smaller the car these old dears have, the more room they need to work in. I they scrape something, instead of reversing out and surveying what the problem is, they just plough on in a panic....................Anyway thats when I decided to reverse out and go home. Bloke I was talking to in the changing rooms today, said it was possibly a good decision as there where a few accidents on the roads there abouts. I reckon it could possibly have been snow falling on none gritted roads, or the wrong type of snow as British Rail use to say regarding leaves on the tracks.
  10. My New Mobius Dashcam

    hope it comes quicker than my replacement battery did but least ways you can still run on the faulty one, bet your liking it :)
  11. My New Mobius Dashcam

    Phil and Ian, It's an easy job replacing a lense, I had one of mine out when I was seeing how easy or not easy it would be to fit it in the rain sensor cover. With the body of the camera placed behind the rear view mirror, but discounted the idea in the end. I reckon you are both within your rights to it being sorted under warranty. Now if you ask for the camera's replacing, the sellers would most likely require you to send them back, and if thats China.................. They are more than likely to be happy sending you a replacement lense, little cost to them, less hassle and expense to you. Besides better than crap reviews being made regards their product and or service. Keep us posted in regard to what you end up doing and how you get on. Edit: Phil if your Mobius looks like Kurts photos of his in post #517 then you have the standard lense. If it differs in that the lense on yours has a collar about 5mm making it stick out past the body of the camera, then it's a wide angle lense. For your info I have my wide angled Mobius, not set at the wide setting but at the standared setting. Though the standared setting on the wide angle lense is still wider then the Standard lense version, but not by very much. If you query why I set it up that way, read my later posts I posted on this thread last year.
  12. My New Mobius Dashcam

    Phil, I can confirm 64GB Kingstons work in the Mobius I've had one in my front facing wide lense Mobius since August, with my original purchase of a Kingston 32GB in my rear facing standard lense Mobius, no problems with either. Initial problem I have had was my China Bangood supplied camera came with a faulty battery. They took my word for it [sent photos] and supplied me with a new battery but that took over a month to arrive. I'll be on the original smaller batteries, and the only problem I found with them was going on holiday for ten days. Come back from abroad popped them back in the car and they would not record. Next time I'm abroad and park at the airport I'll take a mains charger with me and charge them up prior to flying back. Incidently I've only taken the cameras out of the car the once, as outlined above. Off top of my head the 64GB was a class 10 Would feel naked [ if you get my drift] if I did not have cameras in the motor
  13. My New Mobius Dashcam

    Now't strange about it David, you had a faulty battery in the first Mobius. I'm still awaiting a warranty replacement battery for my B Lense Mobious [it's on it's way] I did not return the Mobius as I did not want to pay shipping to China. Plus I'd drilled two holes in the back of the Mobius, and filed out the rear of the carriage to allow it to be removed from it's carriage from the back as well as the front. Just in case I wanted to fit it up close to the windscreen, thus making front extraction from the carriage impossible. My B lense Mobius is running with no problems on the battery from my A lense Mobius, proving the point it was a battery issue and not a camera of charger issue. When the replacement battery comes, the A lense Mobius will be going in the back.
  14. Mother Chuffing Corsa!

    Jeez seeing the latter video of that idiot's driving, is a good argument for the case of "bringing back hanging" PM sent James, I go on Holiday and your up to your old tricks , all joking apart, glad your not seriously hurt mate
  15. What Do We All Work At

    At my age..................... I'm currently working on staying alive and upto press its working out pretty well
  16. My New Mobius Dashcam

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. You most likely know I'm running a two cam independently hard wired Mobius setup. First I bought the A lense Mobius from manufacture via eBay, coupled with a 32GB Kingston card. Been running that since 12th August with no issues. Firmware 1.7 shipped with, then upgraded to 2.10 , and now on the latest 2.18 it works on them all, so I reckon you can discount a problem with the firmware. Now not long after getting my second Mobius, B lense via Banggood, married to a 64GB Kingston I noticed it would revert to a date 01/01/2012 at times. On the day I set off on a touring holiday, it did not start recording at all, so I pulled up and swopped the A lense from the rear to the front windscreen. Got down to Wales charged the Mobius B lense on a mains charger, but was still having problems with it, in that you could not rely on it, date changes missed clips, would start on ignition or not in some cases. Anyaway long story shortish, during that two week trip I swopped the cams on to each others charging converter cables, swopped the min SD cards between cams. The only constants was the A lens cam worked flawlessly with whatever you married it to, and the B lense cam was unreliable on whatever it was married to. That said supprising thing was driving up home to North Yorkshire from Gloucester on the Saturday about 3.5 hours of driving, and a stop at the services, both cams worked with no problems.Got home updated firmware, no differance, on the Tuesday B lense cam recorded all the journey but the date stamp was wrong again as I found out when I checked it on the Thursday. Then I got a blue light followed by an altenate red light and so on, it would not button record or switch off and the only way to get the flashing lights to stop would be to reset the Mobius. Anyway on resetting it that last time I noticed it woud not charge on the mains charger, though the light on the mains charge was indicating it was fully charged when it was obvoius it was not charging nor was it charged at all. Have since been runnig the B lense Mobius on the A Mobius battery no problems. And today I tested the suspect battery and it initialy showed a voltage of 0.45 volt for a second or two then ZERO. The yellow film covering the soldered contacts came of the battery casing easily and the battery casing itself had the same look you get from near melted plastic ie: uneven surface, and the soldered contacts were both black. As against the A lense battery, its contacts where of a good clean silver appearance and I was unable to remove the film as it still had its adhesive qualities. Obviously the only conclusion I can draw from those facts is, due to low quality soldered joints the battery heated up and failed. The Mobius resetting to a date of 01/01/2012 is an indication that the battery is not charging and holding said charge as it should. Try recording a bit of video on a charged Mobius, then disconnect and reconnect the battery and record few seconds of video. The latter video will show 01/01/2012. Hope the above helps with your problem, I reckon its your battery though. I have sent an email to Banggood today, explaining the problem with supporting photo's and await a reply from them.
  17. My New Mobius Dashcam

    David when you say the above, is that after you have connected the Mobius to the >msetup< program, which would have corrected the time and date to your PC time?
  18. As the title suggests, tailgaters really wind me up, anybody else hate them with a vengeance like me? Does anybody fancy designing an illuminated sign actuated by an ultrasonic type sensor [as used in rear parking aids] Works a bit like this, it sensors the car is not in a reverse gear yet picks up an incoming TGT [short for Tailgating ...........] is right up your rear. It then triggers the rear screen message .............. GET BACK YOU TAILGATING TWerp........................
  19. Joke Thread

    Two Crocodiles were sitting at the side of the River Thames The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, 'I can't understand how you can be so much bigger than me.We're the same age, and we were the same size as kids. I just don't get it.''Well,' said the big Croc, 'what have you been eating?' 'Politicians, same as you,' replied the small Croc. 'Hmm. Well, where do you catch them?' 'Down the other side of the river near the car park by Westminster.' 'Same here. Hmm.....How do you catch them?' said the big Croc. 'Well, I crawl up under one of their Lexus, BMW or Mercedes cars and wait for one to unlock the car door.Then I jump out, grab them by the leg, shake the !Removed! out of them and eat 'em!' 'Ah!' says the big Crocodile, 'I think I see your problem. You're not getting any real nourishment. See, by the time you finish shaking the !Removed! out of a Politician, there's nothing left but an a###hole and a briefcase!!.
  20. Scottish Independence Poll

    I see all the supermarkets are scaring the bejezzuse out of the Scots! Never mind my Celtic cousins, Aldi are nodoubt at this very moment in time formulating plans to open Aldi Extra stores thoughout Scotland :D But in truth, I reckon next Thursday will in no way reflect the outcome of your finest hour............ Bannockburn
  21. And there in lies the problem Mark, 99.9999% [a guess] :D of the time the police are not there, nor could possibly be expected to be there. And so it goes on because of that very fact, million to one chance of getting pulled for tailgating [anyone notice I've up the percentage of probability] Yer I'll take them odds..............get a move on why don't you I've places to go w@nker Basically a law that is in the most part, in real world circumstances unable in prosecute the vast majority of transgressors, is worth less than the paper it was written on. On top of that, again in the real world most coppers would give it a low priority and deem it not worth the paperwork, due to pressure of work load / force priorities Obviously, if such drivers by their driving style go onto cause death or serious injury, then it will merit the paper work. But that is after the event policing, not a dig at the police just highlighting the reality of the real world. Also not all tailgating takes place on a road where the person being tailgated has options to pull into another lane, like on the vast majority of the roads in the UK, moving over is not an option.
  22. Soundproofing In The Mk2.5.......

    Soundproofing IMHO on the Mk2 /2.5 is crap, It's tyre noise that I hear. That said I still think it's a great car, and would not be put off from buying one............I'm on my third, Mk1..Mk2..Mk2.5 I dare say it might be better on the latest model the Mk3, but I never even tried one on for size, the 20% smaller boot capacity didn't fit my requirements.
  23. or does catching dangerous drivers only matter after the event when they have already killed or maimed fellow road users....and that includes pedestrians. The question is: Is it better to have Proactive Policing in regard to dangerous drivers, or Reactive "after the event" Policing. This is not a dig at the Police on the front line, Policing stratergy is determined by Chief Constables. You see people using the phone, texting, entering zebra crossing whilst pedestrians are in the middle of crossing, doing all manner of dangerous things, why do they take the risk? Simple answer is, the chances of being caught are minimal. Now if the powers that be harnessed the collective evidence captured on dash cams every day .... just imagine They reckon dash cams will be the must have motoring gadget of 2014, sales are up 28% on last year I believe. Only been doing camera positioning test drives lasting no more than 15 minutes tops per test drive around town and on the local bypass. Day 2 white van man pulled out of side road narrowly missing my front end, had plenty of time to see me. Was laughing as he crossed my path giving me the V sign as he drew level with my drivers window. Van was already missing it's off side wing mirror cover....do you wonder. Day 5 setting up the one camera I currently have on a home made bracket covering the rear view this time. Was nearly tail swipped by an obviously inexperianced young driver as he made a hasty right turn onto a main road in the face of oncoming traffic. He was inches off hitting my offside rear which would have spun my front end into oncoming traffic. Which was an SUV who at the time was braking to avoid said idiot coming out of the side road immediately in front of him. Incidently I would not have know how close I had come to being tail swiped and then spun into either a head on crash or front passenger side impact with the oncoming SUV. The seat where my wife would normally have been sitting, if it was not for the fact I actually reviewed the video footage in regard to check camera position. Yesterday early evening whilst doing a test run on a new front bracket [ for positing purposes] I saw two small hatch backs [obviously together] doing U TURNS on a Pelican Crossing [lights were on green] but to actually do U TURNS! I dont think I caught that incident because I was further back up the road positioned to do a right turn at a Y junction. Oh hang on I actually had to wait to do the turn as those two idiots came back up the road and made a left turn into the road I was waiting to enter. That said I wont have caught the U Turns on my camera. As the White van man cut across me I did not have a clear video view of his registration, now if I had had my rear view camera in place I would have had an excellent view of his reg. Now a "cough" freind of mine went on line and came back with a Rover 25, or possibly a Nissan Micra S or a Merc C class, funny that as it was a small white Pug I reckon, with a roof rack. Comments welcome.
  24. Phil, I guess to do trials you need to have defined knowns such as how many cameras out there, recording for how long and the like. Overwise a very low number vids sent could be inconclusive, in that the numbers of motorists being active supporters of the project could not be defined. I was just mussing the idea of uploading the evidence of traffic regulation offences, potentially endangering life. But I reckon with the onward march of technology, and considering the billions of pound lost to the economy, and the 23,000 or so lives lost or seriously degraded. And the near 200,000 other injuries sustained every year, after year, after year. Eventually something will be done about it I'm sure. I was watching that new program on Motorway Workers this week, there was a guy in an HGV watching a "series" as he put it, not a film, on his laptop whilst driving. Now I suspect he would get a hundred quid or so fine, yet his actions could have cost countless lives in a pileup and millions of pounds worth of damage and cost to the economy in motorway closure costs. A law that stated the vehicle would be inpounded and not released until a hefty fine was paid by the company owners. I bet the incidences of HVG drivers watching films on lap tops would drop considerably. I watched another program "How good a driver are you" or such like, the other week. Put these women in a simulator, texting while driving. One woman seeing the results said thats it, the phone is off when she is in the car. The other one said " she would keep the text messages "SHORT" Until peoples mindset is altered, and there is no better way to do that, than taking licenses of offenders, or very heavy fines, this carnage on our roads will continue.