Jump to content


Member Since 12 Jul 2010
Offline Last Active Aug 23 2015 07:50 PM

Topics I've Started

The Focus Is Gone, But It Will Live On...

04 July 2015 - 07:11 PM

Today somebody from a local garage came and took the Focus away (got £100 for it which wasn't too bad), but the good news is that the engine will be put into another Focus to keep it on the road.


Even I could see that the car as a whole was not worth repairing, but there certainly were usable parts in it and the engine was one despite having 187,000 miles on it (that's what regular oil changes get you).


Unfortunately the Fiesta will also be getting sold as we've had some problems from the council, as it is parked in a council car park for residents (which we are!), but apparently unless it is insured they cannot allow it to stay, and without spending £300-400 it won't pass an MOT and therefore cannot be insured.


Overall it is a pretty depressing weekend Ford-wise, but what else can I do. 

Not A Good Start To The Week...

29 June 2015 - 07:21 PM

Well yesterday I decided to give the Volvo a thorough clean and as everything smelled of dog I used quite a lot of warm water.  The result thereof was a puddle of water in the passenger's door pocket, which I forgot to mop up.  When going out later that evening, what did I put in said pocket?  My mobile phone.  What is not working today?  My mobile phone!


It's a Nokia 520 and I did take the battery out and let it sit last night to hopefully dry out, but even now although there is less visible water inside the screen it still doesn't display anything.  The phone powers on and vibrates, beeps et cetera, plus the back lights illuminate but nothing displays.


What do you reckon it will work again tomorrow? 


This has just been the final nail in the coffin after all the financial expenses of the past few days. 


If it doesn't start working again I will contact Three and see if they can give me an early upgrade (contract expires in December this year), although I doubt it.


So, has anybody else given their smartphone a "bath" and did it start working again? 

Meet Jez... The Focus's Replacement

26 June 2015 - 09:10 PM

It gives me no joy to post this - but the 2000 Focus has been replaced.  I love that car dearly and when it is eventually sold I will hand over the keys with a heavy heart - but that said, the MOT did expire and to get another one would have cost over £400 in repairs, so it had to go.


Its replacement's brand does begin with a "V", but don't worry, it isn't a Vauxhall.  I'd sooner be seen dead than in one of those.  It is a Volvo!  Or to be specific, a 1999 Volvo V40 1.8 Automatic.


The car has three months MOT, 132,000 miles and is in fantastic mechanical condition.  The bodywork is decent, except for the front bumper which was partially ripped off when the previous owner parked on a tall kerb and dismounted same at a rather bad angle.  It is still intact at one side and the other is held on with rope, but I am hoping that will be either fixed or replaced within the next day or two.  Other than that, there is NO body rust and the scratches here-and-there can be resolved with some wax and a couple of hours of elbow grease.

I have to say though, the best bit is the purchase price, which was £100!  Even if it needs a new front bumper and only lasts until the MOT expires, £100 for 3 months of motoring is pretty good in my books.

Anyway, I shall not ramble on and will leave you with some (rather poor quality) pictures of Jez, as I have named "him" given the registration number...

Well, She Failed...

25 June 2015 - 11:27 AM

The Focus went in for its MOT today and I did my usual thing of checking on the Gov website before the garage get a chance to call us with the news, so I can be prepared for what they will say!


Having done so a minute ago, it ain't good news.  I knew it would fail on a couple of things (one definitely being the front number plate and the other possibly being one of the rear tyres), but I certainly hadn't anticipated this.  That said, I'm not exactly surprised either - it is a 15 year old vehicle with 187,001 miles behind it.


Without further a-do I'll attach below a screen shot of the reasons for refusal (and advisories).


What do you think?  Worth repairing?

Removing Mk1 Focus Bonnet Lock

07 June 2015 - 12:16 PM

Hello guys,

You may remember I posted a thread a while back referring to the bonnet lock on our 2000 Focus becoming unresponsive.

Well, I tried drilling it out to use the screwdriver methood but just as I was getting close to succeding my drill bit snapped off inside the barrell and put a stop to that plan.

As the car has an oil leak and I haven't been able to check the oil level for over a month now I'm getting very worried and need to get that bonnet open ASAP, so I have decided that the best option is to unbolt the lock, lift the bonnet with the lock still attached and then release it and hopefully finish drilling the hole and be able to put the lock back on, thereafter using the screwdriver method to open in future.

As far as I can see, it is as simple as two bolts/screws holding the lock on that are accessable by jacking the car up and getting my arm up the front of the radiator, but before I try I am just looking for confirmation of this.