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  1. advice for cleaning EGR

    Hi all, just bought a 2005 Ford Focus 2.0L Ghia TDCI. i have had it for just over a week and started having some issues, so took it to a garage and had a print out of the fault codes. I was told by the mechanic that the egr has had some sort of water in/ on it (i think from the full engine valet the guy before me had done). he also showed me the egr plug, which, as previously mentioned, had water all around the seal. he advised to remove the valve, give it a good clean with brake cleaner, and properly dry it out. I do a fair bits on my vehicles myself, but just wondered if there were any tips/ tricks to make the removal and refit process less stressful and any tricks on cleaning it as best as possible! Many thanks!
  2. advice for cleaning EGR

    Hi all, just bought a 2005 Ford Focus 2.0L Ghia TDCI. i have had it for just over a week and started having some issues, so took it to a garage and had a print out of the fault codes. I was told by the mechanic that the egr has had some sort of water in/ on it (i think from the full engine valet the guy before me had done). he also showed me the egr plug, which, as previously mentioned, had water all around the seal. he advised to remove the valve, give it a good clean with brake cleaner, and properly dry it out. I do a fair bits on my vehicles myself, but just wondered if there were any tips/ tricks to make the removal and refit process less stressful and any tricks on cleaning it as best as possible! Many thanks!
  3. Best car cleaning products?

    What products do you all use to clean your cars both interior and exterior? I've been looking and the 'Autoglym perfect bodywork and wheels gift collection' from Halfords seems good especially when using a trade card. Just wondered if there was anything better that anybody had tried before I go and buy it.
  4. Greetings all. I'm going to be doing my first ever (non stealer) oil change on my 55 plate Focus 1.6 TDCI this weekend and I'm looking to undergo some additional maintenance at the same time to make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible. I'm keen to remove the Inlet Manifold to clean this out, as I would assume it has a lot of built up carbon in there after 12 years of running! (However it only has 70k on the clock!). I've looked around online and I can't seem to find a proficient guide as to how to remove it. Do I need to to take out the fuel injectors first? What pipes/tubing should be disconnected? Once removed can I just bathe it in carb cleaner and then flush it out with warm water? I'd also like to blank my EGR at the same time, I've had the plate for yonks but it would seem the windscreen tray is glued on, so I had difficulty reaching the valve, although this was a year or so ago. My understanding is the EGR is to the left at the back of the engine. If I removed the manifold would I be able to access the valve to slide the plate in? And is it worth cleaning the valve first before blanking if this is the case? I've attached a couple of images (not my engine) which may help someone point me in the right direction here. Any assistance whatsoever would be greatly appreciated! As a final question, after the manifold is removed, is there then access to the rocker cover gasket? As I may have a slight leak so would be interested in replacing this too. I have a Haynes manual on order but I would love for some pros out there to give me some tips, or even provide images of what I need to disconnect remove. I'll upload some photos of the actual engine tomorrow when I have some light. *Edit* I've received the Haynes, after reading through the removal process it seems quite straightforward. So now I'm just wondering the best way to clean it! Thanks in advance for any advice! Regards, Sam
  5. Hello all! Want to know you opinions on your best Cleaning products, currently been using the autofiness range and there brill! What products do you use?
  6. Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me, i have makeup/fingerprint stains on the external b pillars on my car which are matte black. I can't find anything so far which has taken this out. Does anyone have any ideas how to remove these stains? Thank you.
  7. Hi all. I've got a pressure washer with a foaming bottle attachment on the cheap and was told I can just use a foam wash to clean then spray to rinse and I don't need to touch the car with a sponge or brush. Is this true? If so what's the best products to use? Im in essex/London so to be able to buy it from the shop would be better than the net. Do halfords do any good stuff as there down the road. Thanks for any help.
  8. Superguard

    Hi my new titaniumx has superguard included as part of the deal.my question is can I polish or wax the car over the superguard
  9. Superguard

    hi all just picked up my titaniumx part of the deal was I accept Superguard .my question is can I put a wax or polish over the top of Superguard
  10. Hi all, So I am completely new to the car scene and I am just wondering if anyone has any advice for any items worth investing in? I'm just trying to think ahead so rather than multiple trips to find things I can just get as much of it as possible in a oner. Off the top of my head I'm thinking: Power Hose - (Going to be driving along some pretty messy roads so think this is worth it for a weekly hose down) Ice scraper - (Might actually still need this soon, being up in the highlands) First Aid Kit Sunglasses Wiper Fluid Engine Coolant Body wipes - (Read something about bird **** messing up the paintwork?? ) Bucket and Sponge Any good recommendations for cleaning supplies or tools that might be worth having handy? Thanks!
  11. Carplan Demon Foam Review

    I have seen Demon Foam advertised on the TV especially on Wheeler Dealers programmes so thought I would give it a go and see what it is like. I don't expect it to be as good as products such as Meguires or Autoglym etc but thought it had to be worth a go. I bought mine at Asda for £8 and the container states up to 20 washes with it so less than 50p a go is pretty good value. I noticed that they also sell the Demon Shine for the same price but didn't get that this time. You get a nozzle attachment with it that screws on to the top and attaches directly to your hose pipe. So the instructions tell you to attach your hose and spray your car with clean water first. To be honest this left me with just normal pressure water which is pretty poor round here so I used my hose and spray nozzle which increases the pressure for me and made this quicker. Next I attached the hose to the Demon Foam. The problem now is that there is no on/off control over the flow of water unless you turn off at the tap. This is a definite poor design feature. So I activated the foam and sprayed the car. It's pretty good and certainly covers the car well although I noticed it was running off pretty quick rather than adhering to the car. My son helped out here by rubbing the car over whilst I continued to foam it. So when he had finished cleaning the car I gave it a thorough spray with clean water. It did take some time to get rid of all the foam. Then I just dried it off with a new microfibre cloth I had also bought at Asda for £3, very good value. And here are the results. I think you will agree the shine is fairly good. Definitely better than just a normal quick wash with my usual Autoglym when I don't polish as well and certainly quicker and less effort. Overall a pretty good product in my opinion. Fair price if 20 washes are achieved and good results if you don't want to polish and just want a quick wash. Downside is the fact that there is no on/off control of the water and no enhancement to the tap pressure but otherwise I would recommend Demon Foam. Might try the Demon Shine as well and see what results that gives.
  12. This is the first non company car I have had from new and I want to give it the care and attention it deserves. As a complete amateur to cleaning cars myself, can anyone give me any tips on which cleaning kits/products I should go for? I would prefer not to spend anymore than £40-50 on the lot and would prefer an all-in kit so I don't have to order separately! Is this even possible? I'm looking for the essentials really, the nice to haves can come later once I'm up to professional valeter level!
  13. Hey Hey, Just have a quick question to all of the Ford fans out here. The Focus has been getting extremely dirty due to many different factors, i.e friends eating in the car, smokers in the car, dust and other every possible option of getting the car dirty. :/ Been willing to clean the car out for a long time but haven't done a full valet before, and want to make sure that it looks like it's brand new from the factory (or close enough to it :D ) What do you guys think will i better get the full valet or do the valeting myself at home? UKPhilLad B)
  14. Engine Cleaning.

    Hey guys. I've got a bit of a newbie question to ask. How do you guys clean your engine's ? I've been told to use a steam cleaner, but not sure if this is a good idea or not ?
  15. Had my car cleaned today by professionals from Pristine Car Valeting Before: After: I think they did an awesome job, and I even paid extra for AutoGlym HD Wax (did I do better than "normal" wax?) and all done outside my house in less than 2 hours! Very happy! :D B)
  16. This is the First Step in the Guide - Car Washing Hope this helps everyone :) Happy Washing :) Car Washing.doc