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Member Since 27 Dec 2009
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In Topic: Towbar Wiring

12 November 2010 - 06:27 PM

Hi, Stu, and welcome.

Yes, you can take a tap from the rear 12V socket -I've done that on mine (with a Witter bar), and it works OK. Don't know about how the wiring runs, though - I had a wiring kit, and I just plugged in as instructed.
If you do get any luck with the wiring diagrams, I'd appreciate a copy, a link, or an email address - I want to do lots of wiring jobs, and I'm stuck from lack of info.


In Topic: 2.0 diesel known problems

12 January 2010 - 09:44 PM

Apart from common smax known problems I am not aware of any model specific problem for this engine. Users are often seeing "service required" message on the computer display, but that is mostly related to the DPF (particle filter) which needs regeneration every so and so miles especially when been driven short distances.

Please feel free to add your own experience to this topic.

But how do I know if I've got a DPF? The handbook is ridiculously vague in this area.

In Topic: SMAX Spare wheel

12 January 2010 - 09:39 PM

I thought I might moke some posts with smax experience so that whoever needs this information it can be found on this forum.

The biggest problem of the SMAX is the absence of spare wheel. It is the only ford car I knnow which is coming instead with either a can of sealant + compressor or optionally run flat tyres.

That would mean in case of a puncture you will be due to replace the (very expensive) tyre or two of them depending on the milage and tyre wear. That is normally true for both options - run flats ones used flat is a definite relacement and the use of sealant makes a bulb of a rigid substance inside the tyre and when you bring it to replair the mechanics normally make you change it.

Many smaxers all over europe are not happy about it and with the absence of any space saver from ford and no storage place for it try using various workarounds to have one.

- focus/volvo/mondeo space saver - requires working the nut wholes for some and all three not officially approved by ford
- full size cheap wheel - bulky, very big, can be dirty, wheights a lot, but still used by many in a longer jorneys.

Both options require something to fix the wheel. This addtional unfixed weight in the boot can be very dangerous in case of an accident.

An idea courtesy russian smax club:

Well, that's what I'm hoping to do with mine (I bought a cheap S-Max alloy from ebay) - how does the fixing business work?

In Topic: Detachable tow bars

12 January 2010 - 09:25 PM

Hi All, does anyone have any suggestions for detachable towbars for 2.2TDCi Titanium. Saw a 2.0 TDCi in the school car park with a Westfalia detachable towbar attached and it looked good. I will be using it to carry a bike carrier with three bikes onboard on trips to the Alps - happy days ;)

Hi, Mach1 - is that your top speed or just cruising?
I've just got a 2.0 TDCi and put a Witter detachable on it so I could take the caravan away for New Year. It's almost invisible with the ball off and the socket swung up, and it feels rock solid. Easy to fit, too (even in near-freezing weather!), but I haven't got round to putting in the proper frig wiring yet, 'cos I haven't worked out the routing - can anyone help me on that?