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Captain Haddock

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#513921 Ford Focus 2006 Mkii Fuse Box Cover Clips/fastener

Posted by Captain Haddock on 20 August 2015 - 04:50 PM

Those look supsiciously like the clips for holding up the felt cover for the Mk2.5 Focus fusebox which are black rather than yellow; Mk2.5 clips -> Finis code = 1310861, about 75p each IIRC

#484179 Calibrating The Car For Bigger Alloys?

Posted by Captain Haddock on 09 May 2015 - 11:33 AM

205/60R16 = 632mm rolling diameter

225/40R18 = 637mm rolling diameter

Difference = 0.79%

As long as it's within 2.5% the ABS etcetera won't even know and I doubt that the dealer would be able to account for such a negligable difference.

#457884 Popping And Banging Exhaust

Posted by Captain Haddock on 23 February 2015 - 08:36 PM

They've obviously got the German Exhaust system :-

  Der Spitzen Poppen Bangen Tuben


Taken from 'The German Phrasebook for the Common Market" (Motorist's Edition)  :)

#454104 Heated Front Windscreens

Posted by Captain Haddock on 13 February 2015 - 09:09 AM

The heated front windscreen is not a Ford invention and dates back further than you might think.


My old 1969 Mini Cooper S had a laminated heated front windscreen made by TripleX (based in Kings Norton, U.K.); 60W on the driver's side and 20W on the passenger's side.


Considering the relatively feeble output of an original Mini's heater that windscreen was very well appreciated on a cold winter's day.  Flick the three switches (laminated heated rear as well) and listen to the Lucas 45ACR alternator whine whilst scraping the side windows; didn't half make the neighbours jealeous at how quick I cleared my car of snow/ice/frost :P.

#453440 Handbrake Problem

Posted by Captain Haddock on 10 February 2015 - 09:10 PM

The handbrake on my previous Focus used to stick on occasionally (associated with going through water); the cables were fine, it was the damp brake shoes forming a bond with the drum.


After the first time I found that pressing hard on the foot brake, releasing the handbrake and then reversing always broke the bond; here's why ...


The brake shoe linings are optimised for stopping forward rotation (since that's the direction the car spends most of its time heading; unless you're Ken Block :)) and thus the shoes have 'leading' and 'trailing' edge.  When correctly assembled the forward rotation of the drum helps to pull the shoes onto the drum surface thus increasing the effectiveness; therefore if you reverse immediately after releasing the handbrake you get the opposite effect and that helps to break the unwanted sticktion.


Used to happen quite a bit with 1100/1300s and old Minis; the original ones, not the current tat (some of them are not 'Mini', they're more 'Dangerously Obese' :rolleyes:).

#448155 Poll: Longest Time You've Kept A Car

Posted by Captain Haddock on 24 January 2015 - 07:06 PM

Classic Mini Cooper S (i.e. 1968 Mk2) as a daily driver for 14+ years.

Sadly the tin snakes (they were much larger than worm holes :)) got it in the end as it would have required a re-shell to save it.

#435537 Cold Weather Making It Drop Off

Posted by Captain Haddock on 10 December 2014 - 09:48 AM

  1. Get a new sticky pad (don't bother with the Halfords sticky pads - they're rubbish) or get some of this 3M VHB Tape.
  2. It's a bit more awkward now the weather has gone cold, but you need to get the windscreen warm to touch and with no condensation/misting.
  3. Make sure there's no bits of the old tape left on the windscreen.
  4. Remove the remains of the old sticky pad from the camera mount.
  5. Clean your windscreen and the camera mount with Iso Propyl Alcohol (paint thinners may also work) to ensure there's no traces of grease or dust.  Condensation, dust and grease are your three worst enemies when you're trying to stick something to the windscreen.
  6. Apply the new sticky pad (or VHB tape) to the camera mount first whilst not touching the contact area.  Probably a good idea to this inside the house.
  7. Before sticking the camera mount to the windscreen give the windscreen area a final wipe over and dry off with a lint free cloth.

I used the 3M VHB tape when my camera dropped off, did the above and it hasn't moved since.

#434814 Radio Won't Turn After After Changing Battery, 2008 Focus

Posted by Captain Haddock on 07 December 2014 - 11:42 AM

The Travel Pilot FX has a 15A (usually blue in colour) mini-blade fuse in the right part (as viewed from the rear) of the Quadlock connector (the main cable plug) on the rear of the unit.

You will need to unplug the Quadlock connector to gain access to the fuse.


#434293 Snowflake

Posted by Captain Haddock on 05 December 2014 - 09:32 AM

Mine even beeps at 4 degrees which is downright annoying when the temperature is just on the cusp of 4 degrees like it was this morning; sounded like a drunken gerbil with clogs on staggering across a xylophone :).

#428236 1.6 Tdci Turbo Protection

Posted by Captain Haddock on 13 November 2014 - 09:19 PM

These are all for Mk2.5 1.6Tdci (2008-2011) and Finis codes were current as of 25/09/2014; which is when I last changed my oil; changed every 6000 miles since I do 25% local (30mph or less), 75% motorway (60mph max. on M42) everyday.


Finis        Description
1145962  1.6Tdci Sump Plug Copper Washer
1146063  1.6Tdci Sump Plug
1359941  1.6Tdci Oil Filter (includes sealing ring)
1848220  1.6Tdci Air Filter (was previously 1496204,1708877)

Bonus Item
1229959  1.6Tdci EGR Valve Gasket

#427321 Ford Focus 2010 Side Lights Issue

Posted by Captain Haddock on 10 November 2014 - 09:18 PM

Assuming your 2010 Focus is the Mk2.5 (facelift) model (it should be) then :-

  F124 = Left side: Parking lamps, side lamps, tail lamps (main cluster of fuses - column 5, 2nd row)
  F125 = Right side: Parking lamps, side lamps, tail lamps (main cluster of fuses - column 5, 3rd row)

Both fuses should be 7.5A fuses (Brown).


Stoney's signature has the fusebox diagrams for the Mk2.5 here



  Drat !  Ninja'd by James :)

  If the driver's rear tail light is still working then it can't be the fuse as pulling F125 would also cause the driver's rear tail light to be off.

#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