Well, 2.5 hours after starting the job, with cuts, plenty of blood, more water leaking from me than the local water company can process in an hour. I started to think that it was a job I should give up.
30 degrees, direct in the sunlight as there was no shade to work in, the engine held the heat because of the temperature so got a few burns, scalds and apparently I am allergic to the oil and something else on the engine head!
Anyways, this thread is a suggestion... if you own a CMAX - DONT do the EGR blank.... lol. It was a nightmare. weather aside, unfortunately, as good as Lenny's guide was, my thoughts that "Focus" and "Focus CMAX" would barely differ couldnt be further from the truth. After spending half an hour just trying to find the two large bolts to remove, I then found that the Haynes manual neglected to say "slacken the bolt on the rear of the engine to get some more space" which took another half hour to fathom. I finally managed to get the EGR to pull back enough to put the blanking plate in, except when I put the plate in the first time, I struggled to get it to wedge in because the bleeding fuel filter was in the way. So It took an hour just to manouvre the thing into place, then it fell out and onto some pipework. took another 20 minutes to try and find it, and couldnt get it, thought the best job would be to give up, put the aluminium plate in and then let it fall out the bottom ventually, but oh no... so I put the aluminium plate on, it wedged, and wouldnt come out, so took a screwdriver to it, and it ended up bending the plate, that then fell down and I managed to rescue them both... eventually!
Anyways, it took 2.15 to actually get the plate in, and finally get the EGR bolted back in, then put the car back together again in half an hour, which included taking the underside of the windscreen off again as I left the bent aluminium plate under there!
So, I hope you all learn from my experience, dont work on the car in the burning sun, high temperatures, and dont try to do an EGR blank on the CMAX lol!!
Anyways, feel free to have a laugh! I certainly am!