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#1 Shinysun

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:30 PM

Hello, hope someone here can help me!

I've had a bit of a problem in that a couple months back whilst cleaning the boot, I noticed that spare wheel compartment was full of water. Dried it out, climbed in and got the bf to pour water over the car to find the leak, but could not make it leak again.

Checked it again just out of interest the other day, and we have a new swimming pool! Seems all the heavy rain this summer is getting in somehow, but can't figure where!

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Susan

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#2 mintalkin

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:43 PM

the most common fault is the seal around the rear lights leaking but could also be the boot seal

#3 Shinysun

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 01:12 PM

the most common fault is the seal around the rear lights leaking but could also be the boot seal


Thanks for your reply, any idea how I find out which it is? As mentioned we already tried pouring water over the whole back of the car!

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:22 PM

Just check that they're both ok and see if you can find any splits in the seals!

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:17 PM

Just check that they're both ok and see if you can find any splits in the seals!


Thanks, will do. It's proving to be an expensive month for the ol' fiesta, new coilpack and spark plugs, and I need a new cat now too. :(

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:50 PM

Need a new cat?
Check in the cat protection, they usually got a few lol.

Seriously though, just see if they are split and i wouldnt have a clue how much a new cat is.

Where abouts in Devon are you?

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:20 PM

Need a new cat?
Check in the cat protection, they usually got a few lol.

Seriously though, just see if they are split and i wouldnt have a clue how much a new cat is.

Where abouts in Devon are you?


Down in Plymouth, home of 348 + VAT cats! That's the Ford originals of course, can get non-Ford ones for about 150+ and secondhand for 100.

I was not amused that the cost for diagnosing the coilpack issue was 100, then another 200 for parts and labour. They said the cat may have been damaged but we'd just have to wait and see, and it duely let us know that it was damaged 10 minutes after we rolled off the ferry in Spain last week.

Happy days! after 5.5 years of trouble-free motoring it's all started going a bit wrong!

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:31 PM

Thats dear.

Your only 45 min away from me lol

Devon members are here in force

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:49 PM

Devon members are here in force


Maybe I should have asked if anybody knows any good places for spare Ford parts in Devon! Used PartsGateway and found out after doing the deal that they want the old cat and I have to pay the postage or they'll not refund a 40 surcharge!

I know nothing about the car parts industry but whether it's commonplace or not it still sucks, it's like walking into a shop to buy a coat and being refused it unless you give them the one you're currently wearing! And pay them for it! So they can sell it on and make a profit!

If they'd mentioned this up front at least I could have based my purchase decision on it. Now I'm just narked!

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 08:09 AM

Maybe I should have asked if anybody knows any good places for spare Ford parts in Devon! Used PartsGateway and found out after doing the deal that they want the old cat and I have to pay the postage or they'll not refund a 40 surcharge!

I know nothing about the car parts industry but whether it's commonplace or not it still sucks, it's like walking into a shop to buy a coat and being refused it unless you give them the one you're currently wearing! And pay them for it! So they can sell it on and make a profit!

If they'd mentioned this up front at least I could have based my purchase decision on it. Now I'm just narked!


There's precious metals in "cats" which can be extracted and reused. There's also a nice spate of converter thefts starting up because of this, hopefully it wont get as bad as in the USA!

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:08 AM

There's precious metals in "cats" which can be extracted and reused. There's also a nice spate of converter thefts starting up because of this, hopefully it wont get as bad as in the USA!


Well that's not good, but according to my other half, our particular cat is a pain to replace, so hopefully we're safe!

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