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Captain Haddock

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#390358 Air Conditioning

Posted by Captain Haddock on 26 July 2014 - 04:58 PM

l'lI assume you've already checked the engine coolant reservoir is between the MIN/MAX marks and the washer fluid reservoir/pipe aren't leaking.


When you use the air-con it's job is to dry and cool the air and therefore if the humidity of the air is high the the air has to dump the removed moisture somewhere.


The puddle is a result of the air-con dumping the excess moisture out of the drain tube and it also means your drain tube is clear of blockages; this is good as with a blocked drain tube the moisture could otherwise end up remaining in the car's cabin (usually soaking into the sound-proofing and carpets).


If you don't get the puddle when NOT using the air-con then relax, it's merely the air-con doing it's job.

#388594 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Captain Haddock on 22 July 2014 - 01:14 PM

Can't offer any pictures, but try this ...


"Spot", the Poor Vauxhall

After leaving the big factory Spot the little Vauxhall lived in a showroom for a while before he was bought by a nice lady.
He lived in a nice cosy garage and his owner had him washed and cleaned inside every month by a nice valeter; this made Spot really happy.
Spot beamed with pride every time his owner took him to where she worked as Spot had his own space in a nice covered car park where the nasty pigeons couldn't mess on his clean paint.
Every year she took him to the big garage; Spot was especially happy after his filters were changed and he was filled with nice fresh oil.
When he was three years old Spot was taken to another garage for an 'MOT' where he was poked and prodded all over.
Spot didn't like this as the man lent on Spot with dirty hands and left greasy marks on Spot's steering wheel.
Not long after the nasty 'MOT' he heard his owner saying she'd had a 'pay rise' and was going to get a better car; Spot thought he was a nice car and this news made Spot sad.
A few days later Spot was driven to the garage where all the proud German cars were lined up in strict rows.
He saw his owner looking at the smaller German cars and after a while she went into the showroom where Spot could just see her in his mirrors; his owner was sat at a desk with a salesman and pointing to things on the desk.
The salesman and his owner came out and went out in one of the small German cars; when they came back Spot saw his owner handing his keys to the salesman.
She got in a new small German car and left Spot behind with all the German cars; Spot was unhappy as the even the small German cars teased him for being 'cheap' and were not at all nice to him.
The salesman came out later and put a big 'FOR SALE - LOW COST MOTORING' sticker on Spot's windscreen.
Spot missed his nice warm garage and for weeks he was left parked outside in a dark corner under a tree where it was damp, chilly and the pigeons messed on his paint.
One day another man came and washed the dirt off Spot; it wasn't the nice valeter that treated Spot carefully, but a man in overalls who used a dirty sponge which left Spot feeling all itchy as though he'd been scratched.
The next day a young man came to the German garage; he looked all round Spot and after kicking Spot's tyres Spot saw him go into the showroom.
The young man and the salesman came out and they took Spot for a 'test drive'; they went into the showroom when they got back and when the young man came out he was carrying Spot's keys.
The young man got into Spot and drove off, Spot realised he'd been sold and the young man was his new owner; Spot was happy again.
Although his new owner didn't have a nice warm garage Spot was kept under a covered area and was washed regularly with lots of warm soapy water.
One day his new owner went to car park where there were lots of other Vauxhalls which were racing up and down the car pack creating lots of noise and smoke; Spot didn't like this car park at all as he was almost hit by one of the racers.
The next week Spot was driven to a shop with a big orange sign and when his owner came out he was pushing a trolley with a number of boxes, packets and tins in it.
When they got home Spot's owner took all the boxes inside and for the next few weeks Spot saw other boxes being delivered to his owner's home.
One bright Saturday morning Spot's owner came out, jacked up Spot and propped him up on bricks, lifting all his wheels off the ground.
Then he unscrewed some of Spot's bolts and took bits off Spot; for a while Spot felt very wobbly as he had no wheels and his springs had been taken off; he very scared when his owner made the springs shorter by cutting bits off.
Spot couldn't remember what happened next as his battery was taken off, but when he woke up on Sunday morning he was back on the ground with some shiny new wheels and all the boxes had gone.
His owner must have changed Spot's radio as his old one didn't have all the flashing lights that new one did.
Spot knew the new radio wasn't a proper Vauxhall one as it didn't fit properly and had been wedged in place with some foam and bits of cardboard from the boxes.
When the radio was turned on Spot was horrified as it was very noisy causing his boot shelf to keep bouncing up and down; Spot then realised his little boot had been filled up with a very big speaker.
His owner got in and as it was really sunny wound down both front windows before Spot was started up.
Spot rasped loudly and as he was reversed out onto the road Spot saw his old exhaust pipe on top of the big bin.
When they drove down the small road that led to his owner's home Spot had trouble getting over the large bumps in the road and his bottom scraped noisily.
On Friday Spot had cleared the bumps easily and he wasn't sure why the bumps now seemed so high; Spot felt happier when he managed to get over the last bump and reach the big road.
Since it was still early there were only a few other cars passing the end of the small road and Spot could see it would be easy to pull out safely onto the big road.
His owner revved Spot a lot causing him make lots of noise and instead of pulling out gently he swerved out onto the big road; Spot didn't feel right as he wiggled about a lot instead of being able to drive off smoothly.
Even though he wasn't going very fast and his bonnet was down Spot could feel a draft on top of his engine; perhaps his owner hadn't closed the bonnet properly.
Instead of going to the big food shop like he usually did on a Sunday Spot's owner drove back and forth along all of the big road several times; Spot felt very wobbly as they went round the roundabouts at each end.
Another car pulled up alongside Spot at the traffic lights and Spot was revved loudly by his owner.
The traffic lights changed to green and Spot's owner tried racing the other car to the next set of traffic lights, but was overtaken.
As they pulled up behind the other car at the next set of traffic lights Spot could see the other car's badges which read 'Focus ST' then Spot noticed two lights start to flash blue in the back of the other car.
A man in a blue uniform got out of the other car and as he walked towards them Spot heard the man mutter quietly 'a chavved up Barry car'; Spot was confused as his name wasn't Barry.
Spot's engine was turned off by his owner when the man in uniform stood next to his owner, "Who do you think you are ?  Michael Schumacher ?", the man in uniform asked as he got out his notebook.
The man in uniform carefully examined Spot and made several notes in his book before taking the Spot's keys out.
"This vehicle is unroadworthy and will be impounded.", intoned the man in uniform and after a little while a big lorry came and took Spot away to a dingy compound that was surrounded by a big spikey fence.
Spot was very sad and wondered if he'd see his owner again.


With apologies to Eric Hill.

#377602 808 #16 Dashcam - For Rear Use

Posted by Captain Haddock on 23 June 2014 - 07:47 PM

The power cables for cameras are usually quite thin and with a bit of care can be routed through the 'rubber snake' that holds the regular cables (rear screen, rear wiper, boot latch) for the hatch and then down the D-pillar of your choice.

#377549 808 #16 Dashcam - For Rear Use

Posted by Captain Haddock on 23 June 2014 - 04:51 PM

The +12v Orange feed that's taped up behind the OSR carpet trim in the boot is not ignition controlled; i.e. it's permenantly live.


Although the orange tipped 2-way connector (the one that's taped up near to the boot floor) is the correct pattern for a standard Ford 12v power socket there's no earth wire so you'll have to make up your own earth wire.

Note: Ignore the skinny Brown/Blue ? wire with the black cover that's taped up alongside the power connector - it's far too small and not an earth wire.


If you have the factory fit reverse sensors then don't use either of the two mounting screws for your earth point as they both screw into plastic inserts so you won't get an earth from them.


Since I had taken the OSR rear parcel shelf support trim panel off (in order to make easy to drill the hole) I had good look round for a suitable ready made earth point and ran a heavy gauge wire forwards alongside the main harness (the section that runs directly past the upper mounting point of the OSR damper) and used the mounting bolt of the perimeter alarm horn as my earth point as it already acts an earth point for the perimeter alarm horn.


The perimeter alarm horn is mounted by an 8mm diameter threaded bolt (10mm head) just behind the upper edge of the dark lower trim next to the OSR door right where the joint between the C-pillar dark and light trim panels meet (roughly about armpit level when sitting in the OSR seat).


I used cone cutter to make the hole (28mm was needed for my splashproof socket as used in boats) and mounted a 12v auxiliary power socket into the vertical flat area just above the rearmost hook on the plastic trim panel.


Location of Perimeter Alarm Sounder



Position of 12v auxiliary power socket


#376142 Ford Focus Jacking Points And Axel Stands/ramps ???

Posted by Captain Haddock on 18 June 2014 - 08:14 PM

See this post

#374745 Locking Wheel Nut Removal?

Posted by Captain Haddock on 14 June 2014 - 08:44 PM

Quick (hopefully not too late) word of warning.


Having once had the displeasure of trying to remove a well rounded off wheel bolt (someone obviously thought they were tightening the bolts to hold down a Saturn V) and done what the next sentence describes; it's not a nice feeling.


If you're welding something (socket, nut etc.) onto the locking nuts then you must put the earth lead clamp onto one of the other studs/bolts/brakedrum/brakedisc on the same wheel hub.


If you put the clamp anywhere on the car body (or non-rotating part of the suspension/hub assembly) then the welding current will have to pass through the wheel bearings which mullers them a treat; i.e. the bearings are either welded solid or have flat spots (cobbled street effect).

#374651 Guide To Fitting Vanity Lights?

Posted by Captain Haddock on 14 June 2014 - 05:25 PM

Couple of pics of factory cable and connector (driver side only)




Having had a shufty at the connector and the pins in the light unit they look remarkably like the 3-pin connectors used in PCs for switches, lights and onboard speakers.


#374649 What's This Plug For

Posted by Captain Haddock on 14 June 2014 - 05:19 PM


Is this the plug (pic from underneath my car) ?


If so it's for the factory fit Rear Parking Distance sensors and the cable colours are :-

  White/Red, White/Blue, White/Green, Brown, Yellow, White.

#373557 Ebay Identity Crisis

Posted by Captain Haddock on 11 June 2014 - 08:35 AM

Just tripped over another of Allen Ford's pseudonyms (on uk amazon) - Auto-Accessorize

#373295 Right Tool For The Job Makes Life Easy..........

Posted by Captain Haddock on 10 June 2014 - 12:46 PM

For circumventing the 'air wrench' syndrome I keep the following in my boot :-

  18" breaker bar

  19mm long reach single hex impact socket

Seems a bit odd recommending Halfrauds, but these two items are the dog's dangleys and the plastic sleeve around the socket means your wheels don't get marked.

#371193 Egr Valve Bolt

Posted by Captain Haddock on 04 June 2014 - 03:53 PM



If your car is the one in your profile (2007 Focus 1.6Tdci) then the Finis code for the bolts is 1311175 and they're around £1.30 ish each.

#356488 Ford Light Moisture Rubber Cover

Posted by Captain Haddock on 24 April 2014 - 08:40 AM

The Ford part number (Finis code) for the large rubber cover (as shown in your picture) is 1521246.

For reference purposes the smaller rubber cover (sidelight) part number is 1521201.


Both covers are the same for either Halogen or HID style headlamps.



#350249 Noise When Turning At Low Speed

Posted by Captain Haddock on 03 April 2014 - 08:25 AM

Top strut mountings are another possibility; see Stoney's recent spring related problem.

#345504 Heated Fan Type Washer Jets

Posted by Captain Haddock on 21 March 2014 - 01:25 PM

I fitted the Focus Mk3 Heated Mist washers (FINIS code = 1708797) on my Mk2.5 Focus and they were a direct swap; i.e. dimensions, power connector and wire length, they will also fit a Mk6.5 Fiesta.

Obviously you'll have to add the power+earth cabling to the bonnet to make them work if you car didn't originally have heated washers.  As far as I know the heating of washers is only whilst the heated front screen is on.

#345499 Will My Hids Fault An Mot?

Posted by Captain Haddock on 21 March 2014 - 01:14 PM

To save loads of typing I'll just refer to High Intensity Discharge, Gas Discharge, Xenon Discharge lights all as "HIDs".

Cars fitted with HIDs failing/not failing an MOT test is as correctly stated by FordTech (thumbs up) currently governed by the rules in the April 2013 MOT Testers Inspection Manual and any subsequent amendments; I can't find any MOT 'Special Notice' updates relating to HIDs, but I don't have access to an online MOT work station.

However, the UK Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 (and subsequent amendments) govern what lights/reflectors are permitted for use and they do not mention HID lights, thus HIDs are illegal to use on U.K. roads UNLESS the vehicle has EU type approval to use HID lights AND has the correct 'E' marked light units and bulbs.  This apparant contradiction is because the U.K. can not refuse to register a vehicle that has EU type approval (including those fitted with HIDs).

Therefore to legally use HID lights in the U.K. :-

  1. The vehicle must have EU type approval for the use of HIDs (ECE Regulation 48).
  2. The light units and bulbs must bear the 'E' mark approval code (ECE Regulation 98).

Most aftermarket HID light kits are not 'E' marked and on that basis are illegal irrespective of whether the vehicle has EU type approval for HIDs or not; i.e. no 'E' mark and they're illegal.

As an example a 1966 Ford 105E Anglia with HIDs is illegal (no EU type approval for HIDs) whereas a 2009 Ford Focus ST with HIDs (has EU type approval for HIDs) is legal.
However, retro-fitting HIDs without the self-leveling unit and headlamp washers could be classed as illegal as the EU type approval would only be regarded as being valid if all the components (as present when EU type approval was granted) are fitted.  You may also have to be wary about to which sub-model you're applying the retro-fit; e.g. a 2009 Ford Focus ST/Titanium/Zetec all had HIDs as an extra cost option (i.e. vehicle WITH EU type approval for HIDs) whereas HIDs were not available as an extra cost option (i.e. vehicle WITHOUT EU type approval for HIDs) on the 2009 Ford Focus Studio and Style.

If the HID bulb is not 'E' marked then unless the marking/lack of marking is visible WITHOUT any disassembly then an RFR (Reason For Rejection) can not be issued by the MOT tester; currently no dismantling by the MOT tester is permitted (this of course may change; e.g. regarding method of checking for the presence of a Diesel Particulate Filter (but that's an entirely different bucket of soot :D)).

Note that it's not the DVSA (via the MOT test) that currently enforce the legality of HID lights, it is the Police/Courts via the UK Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 (and subsequent amendments).  Which gives rise to the potential situation of leaving an MOT testing station with a valid VT20 'Pass' receipt and then immediately get booked for using a vehicle on a public highway that does not comply with the UK Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 (and subsequent amendments) by a Police officer strolling past the exit to the MOT testing station.


  • I am not a lawyer and the above is purely my interpretation of the regulations whilst thinking about how a court could potentially view the situation.
  • In short you'll be the one taking the risk; which could also include being un-insured as insurance companies seem to use any excuse not to provide cover (there's usually a clause somewhere about "using a vehicle in an un-roadworthy condition unless being conveyed to an approved vehicle testing/repair station").

Here are the links to the relevant documents (for those with severe bouts of insomnia) :-