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#1 Zetec Dave

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 10:34 AM

Hi everyone. I've just joined the forum as I've recently bought a rather nice black Focus 1.6 Zetec 2005 (new shape) and have a few issues with it which I hope someone can help me with.

I got it for a very good price from a Mazda main dealers and they threw in a 12 month Mazda warranty which just about covers everything. Just as well as I've noticed that the fuel gauge and 'distance left' display are very erratic. I presume this is a fuel level sender unit problem? It has been back once when they tried to replicate the problem. Obviously it didn't show up while they had the car but they they do accept from me that there is a problem and they are going have a 'proper' look next week.

Another less serious, but rather annoying thing is a horrible creaking from the passenger door panel. Can anyone please advise about this and any information about removing the door trim/panel would be appreciated too.

Finally the reception on AM is very poor with lots of crackling. I have found that the screw connection between the aerial and the roof mounting point is pretty corroded. Is this likely to be the problem?
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#2 mintalkin

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 03:17 PM

it most likley is the sender unit as ford have had problems with this, it could also be an earth fault check the earth on the battery post, but especially where it goes down to the body near the washer bottle as it is often soaked when the bottle is filled up. Remove and clean the terminal on the inner wing area, this means wire brush and WD40! Also the small earth wire on the back of the cylinder head needs to be checked.
creaking door cards are also a common problem i know people who have cured this by removing the card and putting some draugh excluder strip behind the card.
the reception proplem will most likely be the rusty connection at the ariel,hope this is of assistance

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 04:50 PM

it most likley is the sender unit as ford have had problems with this, it could also be an earth fault check the earth on the battery post, but especially where it goes down to the body near the washer bottle as it is often soaked when the bottle is filled up. Remove and clean the terminal on the inner wing area, this means wire brush and WD40! Also the small earth wire on the back of the cylinder head needs to be checked.
creaking door cards are also a common problem i know people who have cured this by removing the card and putting some draugh excluder strip behind the card.
the reception proplem will most likely be the rusty connection at the ariel,hope this is of assistance


Thank you for your reply. Can you advise how to remove the card/dor panel as there seem to be no screws or fixings visible.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 07:59 AM

the screws will be covered by small plastic plugs once all removed the card should pull away from the door with plastic fixing clips attatched

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:38 AM

the screws will be covered by small plastic plugs once all removed the card should pull away from the door with plastic fixing clips attatched

I've just had a very good look at the door panel and there are'nt any screws or plastic plugs visible. i suspect everything is clipped in place. Unfortunately with clips, once unclipped they either break or lose their efficiency. Any more thoughts?

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 02:15 PM

this might help


http://www.myfordfoc...to/doortrim.htm

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 02:35 PM

this might help


http://www.myfordfoc...to/doortrim.htm


Afraid not. That is for the Mk1. Mine is the new shape, a 2005 model.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 07:02 PM

sorry seniour moment

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:13 AM

Are you sure there are no screws?

But you are right about the clips, once off they normally break! But unfortunately it wont to get the panel off you have not got much choice.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 04:16 PM

Are you sure there are no screws?

But you are right about the clips, once off they normally break! But unfortunately it wont to get the panel off you have not got much choice.

I've had a very good close look around the door and can't see any. No plugs either where there may be screws underneath. Mine is the latest model/shape of Focus 2005. I had a Mk1 and knew how to get the panel off that as I had to replace the central locking mechanism.

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