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Member Since 16 Feb 2010
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In Topic: 'sticky' Power Steering When Cold

12 December 2014 - 09:55 AM

Thanks for those suggestions.  The hydraulic fluid level looks ok although it is very black.  The Mondeo had a new steering rack and pump a couple of years ago so I would hope that they used clean fluid.  They did make a mess of the job as it lost all the fluid a few days later whilst the car was in Scotland and my son drove back to the midlands with hardly any steering !

I'm now a big fan of electrically assisted steering (as on my Fiesta) as you can imagine !

In Topic: Mk7 Ford Fiesta Footrest Problem

17 August 2014 - 09:54 AM

Hi, the feeling of any clicks etc. from the steering on mine (which also happens to be an automatic, although I don't think that is connected) have been cured by the dealer lubricating the steering column somewhere.  Hope this helps.


In Topic: Dtc P0033 - Ford Fiesta Mk6 58Plate

25 May 2014 - 09:23 AM

Seems a logical thing to do but as amatter of interest, how do you clear the fault codes ?

In Topic: Long-Term Battery Problem.

22 January 2014 - 10:47 AM

I have bought a solar panel from Maplins for £9.99 as suggested by FOCA.  At that price it's worth giving it a try.  Thanks.

In Topic: Long-Term Battery Problem.

18 January 2014 - 10:39 AM

Thanks, that is all interesting advice.  I like the idea of the solar trickle charging, I have seen these but the problem is the car is usually in the garage  this time of the year (not so much in the summer and is also handy to hook up the charger) so I'm not sure how much light it would get. In the last few days I also had  considered upgrading the battery size as you suggest.  It seems a sensible move.

When I called the AA out (at least twice) to this problem, they clipped a current detector on the battery lead to test for current drain and the result was a negligable reading, not enought to cause a problem. The same meter also showed a healthy input to the flat battery from the alternator (30 amps at the time I think). As an ex electrical engineer, I  do have what we used to call clamp meters for measuring AC current but does anyone know where can I get a device such as the AA used for clamping on to DC cables ?  I don't really want to start disconnecting the battery cables.

Harking back to the days of dynamos, we used to use centre-zero ammeters on the dash and you could see which way the current was flowing which was great !  Not so easy with an alternator but I do accept that an alternator system is far superior.

I have considered trickle charging via the power outlet in the car so that I don't have to keep lifting the bonnet - can anyone see a problem with this (my battery charger has only about 5 amps output).