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Bonnet Lock Won't Open!

26 April 2015 - 12:42 PM

Yesterday prior to going out I thought I would check the oil and screenwash as it had been a few weeks since I last did, only to find that the bonnet lock would not open.  The key goes in and it turns from side to side, but it won't pop the latch.


Last time I opened the bonnet it was a bit stiff and I really had to "wiggle" the key around to get it to turn but in the end it did, so I didn't think much of it rather than that it is just getting worn.


The car is a MK1 manufactured in the year 2000 and worse yet the MOT is due at the start of June so I will have to get it fixed before then, or they will either not be able to complete the test due to being unable to open the bonnet or will just fail it because of that.


I have no idea what drugs the designer at Ford was on when he thought "hey, lets put a key lock on the bonnet!" rather than just putting a lever inside the car like everybody else, but what is done is done! 

Will We See 99.9P Per Litre Again?

07 January 2015 - 12:32 AM

Going by this email I just received, I wouldn't be surprised!

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When prices went up to over 130.9p per litre last year I thought it could only go up, or at best stay where it was. Never would I have imagined it going below 110p!

Who knows, driving may even become affordable again.

Is It Just Me?

01 January 2015 - 10:22 PM

Or is a 43AH 390CCA battery far too low for a MK1 Focus with the 1.8 Zetec engine?


Recently the Focus has been a little sluggish to start first thing in the morning and upon topping up the water I noticed that it is only 43AH with 390 Cold Cranking Amps. 


The battery was already there when we bought the car and I've never paid that much attention to it, however had I replaced it I would never have used anything that low. 


Am I just being a bit overcautious or am I right in thinking that it is risky having such an underpowered battery in a car with a 1.8?  So far it has never failed to start so I can't really say it has been a problem, but I can't help but think that it is taking a bit of a risk.

5000Rds Radio Code - Changing Battery

29 December 2014 - 11:52 PM

Hello folks,


The battery on the Focus (2000 1.8 Petrol LX) is starting to get very weak and I want to replace it before it ends up flat one morning, but the only problem I have is that the original manuals for the car were never transferred to us upon taking over ownership and I don't want to end up locking the radio without knowing the code.


Aside from hooking up a battery booster to the clamps (which I can't do as I don't own one and don't want/can't afford to buy one just for this purpose) is there any way to change the battery without losing the radio code?  Or alternatively, to find out what the code is before disconnecting the battery?


I know I am clutching at straws here but I am in a dilemma as I know that I need to get that battery changed ASAP but don't want to end up with a non-functioning radio.


P.S. It goes without saying, but I won't be putting the car to a mechanic to pay £70-80 for a new battery when I can do it myself for £40!

Removing Mk1 Door Panel

25 December 2014 - 11:06 PM

Hello all and merry Christmas!


I was just wondering if anybody has removed a door panel from a Mk1 Focus and if so could perhaps advise me if it is difficult or not?


The lock motor of my N/S/F door has been burnt out (I suspect) since the time we bought the car as the central locking only works if the said door is locked manually prior to using the remote.  If not, the three remaining doors will lock and immediately unlock again.


I have checked eBay and can source a replacement for circa £20 which is fine, all I need to know is if I can change it myself or not. 


Thanks in advance.