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Mondeo Handbrake

14 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

Hi, Im having a problem with the handbrake on my 52 plate Mondeo saloon that is gradually getting worse.

When the lever is pulled there is a lot of tension felt but no clicks of the ratchet until at the top position when it will click once. however this will not be enough to hold the car and im having to leave the car in gear.

The rear callipurs were replaced along with I seized cable about a year ago by my friendly mechanic.

At the moment because of the bad weather I havn`t had a chance to get underneath to have a look.
I suspect it is either a seized cable or a faulty lever/auto adjustment unit.

my questions are, if its a seized cable and I replace it, does the whole set up have to be adjusted in some way

or, if its the lever mechanism ( I believe there was a recall on these ) can anything be done to lubricate or adjust these.

Any advice would be great, thanks, John

Mondeo Misfire

20 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

Hi, I have a 02 1.8 petrol mondeo that has started to misfire slightly under load, such as at 25 mph in 4th gear. The spark plugs were changed about 6 months ago. The car idles and accelerates fine. Im inclined to think the coil is at fault but a friend thinks it could be the plug leads. There are no fault codes.

Is there any test I can do to pinpoint the problem rather than just replacing parts at random

thanks, John

Heater Control

26 September 2012 - 04:22 PM


I have a 52 1.8 lx petrol mondeo and recently the interior heater control has started to give problems. If I turn the heater from cold to hot only cold air will continue to blow from the vents. Sometimes turning the heater back and forth will get it to work and sometimes it will start to emit hot air several minutes later.

Is this likely to be a problem with the heater control knob, or heater valve or something else. Im not familiar with this electronic system, give me the old heater cables anyday.

Any advise on where to look to solve this and any tests I can do would be great.

Thank, John

Clicking / Knocking Noise

21 September 2012 - 08:59 AM

Hi, my son in law has a 52 plate 1.6 focus and has recently noticed a clicking noise when reving the engine while stationary. The noise starts at about 1500 revs and fades arounds 1800 revs although can still be heard faintly above this, A mechanic has suggested worn small ends or piston slap. Im not 100% convinced and think as a first step the car should be run without the aux belt to eliminate possible worn pulley bearings etc.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? would small end wear be noticable at all engine speeds,

Is it ok to run the engine without the aux belt for a minute or two ?.

Any other suggestions or ideas would be great.

Thanks, John

Focus Leak

07 July 2012 - 12:05 PM

After some heavy rain, I found a 1" puddle of water in the passenger footwell of my T-reg Focus LX. There are no obvious marks on the doors / windows etc and the carpet was not wet above the puddle, so I'm fairly certain the water must have dripped down from between the glovebox and center console. Can anyone hazard a guess as to the cause of this and where to check for leaks?

Many thanks,

edit: Just to be clear, I haven't changed anything recently or done any work. It's also rained a few times in the last week and I've not even had a drip until this happened.