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#16 SierraYankee99

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 12:21 PM

I used shell x oil 15w-40 (5 litres). Checked again no oil leak i been in touch with my local garage who said its the Head gasket. I carn't believe the Head has gone from a simple oil/filter change.

wot oil do you recomend (focus mk1 tddi 1.8 2000 reg)


Old Ford diesels used this spec oil (well my old mondogger did) but as stated the newer TDDi and TDCi ONLY use 5W30 semi or fully synthetic. It wont have come down to selling you a dearer spec oil as 5W30 isnt that cheap for good quality Semi-synth. You'll be looking at about 35 for 5 litres.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 12:28 PM

i hate halfords they couldnt find you an air freshner ive argued a few times with them especially when they tried to flog me that acid battery for the focus most cars now use smart charge and acid batteries are few and far between yet they sell people this crap daily people who dont know any better ive seen them try to flog me an oil filter that looked like it would fit a tank it was enormous i checked the part number myself on google to fit a ford transit diesel unless you know exactly what you want avoid halfords

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 09:39 PM

absolutely couldnt agree more! get back to halfords and make a complaint. they have no reason to sell you the wrong oil and as artscot says, the computer system should be telling them what grade!
i would atleast want 5L of good quality 5w/30 oil for free.
worth a try to see what they have to say.

if like you say, you have only turned it a handful of times then you might just get lucky!


Well i took the oil back to halfords got new oil for free 50 voucher not bad i suppose. Put new oil in same problem got it towed to a garage engine died. its costing me 300 for engine and 150 labour im sure i will never go to halfords again. After 2morrow when i try to give them the 450 bill

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 10:55 PM

Well i took the oil back to halfords got new oil for free 50 voucher not bad i suppose. Put new oil in same problem got it towed to a garage engine died. its costing me 300 for engine and 150 labour im sure i will never go to halfords again. After 2morrow when i try to give them the 450 bill

sorry to hear it well ide certainly be taking the bill into them mate as i suspected it sounded from the description of metal fragments that the damage was done doesnt take much sometimes at least youll have a new engine on the brighter side of things

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:29 AM

Well i took the oil back to halfords got new oil for free 50 voucher not bad i suppose. Put new oil in same problem got it towed to a garage engine died. its costing me 300 for engine and 150 labour im sure i will never go to halfords again. After 2morrow when i try to give them the 450 bill


:o :( what a disaster! not really what you need, especially just after xmas.

150 labour to get an engine swapped is very good though. If you are being serious about trying to pass the 450 bill onto halfords and they dont want to know you just ask them for contact details for their head office.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:50 PM

:o :( what a disaster! not really what you need, especially just after xmas.

150 labour to get an engine swapped is very good though. If you are being serious about trying to pass the 450 bill onto halfords and they dont want to know you just ask them for contact details for their head office.


So i went back to halfords 2day with my bill/quote for engine. They didnt want to know at first untill my tagalong father inlaw opend his mouth. Threating them with trading standards and getting in touch with our local paper. Managers look on his face was priceless i walked out with 300 in vouchers to cover the price of engine. They wouldnt foot the bill for labour the guy who sold me the oil has been suspended. I get my car back 2morrow with a engine in from a 53 plate focus (3 years newer than wot mine was) Thank you all for your help ..............chris...................

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:02 PM

Result, pity about the chap being suspended, but if he can't do something as simple as advise the correct oil, then he's obviously in the wrong job!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:01 AM

sadly halfords used top have guys who knew there stuff these days they employ boy racers who quite frankly know !Removed! except tinkering at least you got some result from it like i said mine isnt any better selling the wrong batteries for cars and the wrong oils but come on a newer engine cant grumble at that

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