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Member Since 12 Jul 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 25 2014 10:08 PM

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In Topic: A Few Niggling Problems.

25 June 2014 - 09:28 PM

We had a similar problem with the drivers window on our 1997 Ford Fiesta, whereby it would start to slow half way up and by the time it reached three quarters it barely moved at all.  It got to the point where it would only (just!) go up fully when the car was running as the battery alone wasn't supplying enough power. 


One day I decided to spray some WD-40 down the edges of the window thus lubricating the rollers and hey presto, it went back to working 100%.  Of course after a few months it slowed down again, but just reapplying the WD-40 did the trick.  I'm not sure if that could be the problem with your window, but it is worth checking before stripping it down and replacing the motor etc...

In Topic: What Tyre Pressure Do You Run?

25 June 2014 - 09:18 PM

The recommended tyre pressure for our vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus 1.8 LX Hatchback running 185/65 R14 tyres is 32PSI front and back but I always inflate them to 35PSI.  In saying that though, by 35PSI I mean 35PSI on the tyre inflator at the fuel station, so considering the car has been driven over 10 miles to get there the tyres are probably at least 3PSI higher due to the heat, therefore making the "cold" tyre pressure around 32PSI which is correct.

In Topic: This Is Why You Should Get Your Alignment Checked!

13 June 2014 - 10:42 PM

ouch, full blown cord presence!


That wouldnt be accepted by a coppa! good job you got it caught when you did!

Indeed!  Not only is there cord presence though, but there is also metal(?) coming through the rubber as well.  I'm pretty sure that tyre was less than 100 miles away from tearing itself apart. 


Maybe there is a God!!

In Topic: Replacing O/s Headlamp Unit

13 June 2014 - 12:07 PM

Well thanks to your advice Clive the replacement headlamp unit is now fitted!  It was actually an incredibly easy job, although it wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't jacked the car up about 10 inches in order to get my arm right up to where the bottom bolt is, so thank goodness I was prudent enough to buy a trolley jack a few years ago.


I never thought the headlamps were that yellowed on the car until I looked at it with the new O/S unit fitted and realised how bad the other one is!  I suppose that is just what you get for driving 175,000 miles though - obviously the replacement unit came from a much lower mileage Focus.


It is going in for the retest at 4PM today so I shall report back when it (hopefully) gets a years MOT on it. 


I cannot believe that I could have paid £50 for a mechanic to do what I did in 20 minutes by the side of the road - it makes my blood boil to be honest.


Thanks again,



In Topic: Slight Juddering When Slowing Down In Gear

12 June 2014 - 10:23 PM

I am not sure what could be your problem, other than to hazard a guess at the clutch, but I know that our 2000 Focus 1.8 petrol (albeit an older model) does not do this and I don't know of any other cars that, in my experience, do.


If you have two Focuses that do it though it may well be normal.