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Offline Last Active Jul 10 2012 10:50 AM

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In Topic: Engine Sludge Removal

23 June 2012 - 08:23 PM

Im assuming that this Is this from a diesel car, looks like a case of black death to me!?
probably wouldnt go down the adding flushes and additives route, causes more problems most the time, and really shouldnt flush turbocharges (if it is turbocharged) engines, apparently!
Probably would flsuh it through a few times with proper oil like castrol or mobil, might be pricey for the oil though, but at the end of the day, oil is a vital component and cheaper ones just break down and cause, well black sludge! =[
Hope you sort it out though matey.

In Topic: Is 12000 Miles Too Far For An Oil Change

23 June 2012 - 08:16 PM

depends really whether your on a longlife oil or a cheapy. Lots of problems with long service intervals like on fleet vehicles like bmw's and audis where the schedule will be about 20k, but if the normal oil is put it will just clog it all up, will go through turbos and bits like nobodies business :P.
Definately on the diesel, assuming its a 1.4 or 1.6 with the HDI type engine would stick to the high eng engine oils, because the banjo bolts for the turbochargers are ridiculous, about the size of a pin head with a really fine gauze and really do get clogged up if not changed regularly or with the wrong oil.
But yes, in short, castrol type oils good for 12,000 miles, cheapies wouldnt bother touching!

In Topic: Whats The Silver On The Factory Alloys ?

23 June 2012 - 08:13 PM

not a useful comment, but the factory ford alloys are awful! Mine are going brown already after 2 years, so I would also like to know what the colour is to get them resprayed. :)

In Topic: Clunk In Steering When Turning ?

12 June 2012 - 07:51 PM

Hi there, is the knocking when you're on full lock and then returning? I would say its probably a lower arm ball joint making the knocking noise, in which case Ford should replace to whole bottom arm for the side you're having trouble with.
Took a Mk2 Ka in only today after numerous times being told that nothing was wrong, and after probably 5 visits and me telling them it was the ball joint, they soon replaced it under warranty. If it is the arm they need to replace, don't let them waffle you with the whole "its wear and tear and not covered" rubbish because it won't be, just shoddy parts! :)

In Topic: Failed Mot, Lots Of Problems

22 March 2012 - 03:30 PM

The mechanic who did the MOT is my uncle so I know he won't be messing me about.
He said,
The pads and disks need changing
It needs a new upper oxy sensor p0030 header control circuit bank 1 sensor to stop the poor oxygen readings.
He said the oil filter needs changing as it is leaking all over the floor and the oil is very black
And that it needs a general service.

Front Pads for a decent make like bosch/mintex would probably be about £22-25 retail front axle, discs again for a decent make probably about £20-30 retail per disc worst case.
Oxy sensor shouldnt think would be cheap, and you dont really want a universal one. Assuming its your uncle doing the repairs for you, im guessing he should be able to get a decent NGK/Bosch one for about £60-70 wheras a ford one will probably set you back 120.
Oil filter would be about £5 and for the right spec castrol oil probably about £35.
Plus the old dreaded VAT and labour which prbably tops 2 hours if that, say probably about 300!??! That is, for a retail job pricing mind you!
Benefits of having an uncle in the trade is that you should fingers crossed get a decent discount on parts and labour, every little helps! :)