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#263880 How Can I Prevent A Major Turbo Failure (Focus 1.6 Tdci 05)

Posted by grahamp on 29 May 2013 - 09:42 PM

In case anyone's interested, did my car over the weekend, replaced banjo bolts, feed pipe, sump off, cleaned out etc. Car is a 2008 90bhp with no DPF, on 58000 miles. Serviced twice by Ford at 14k and 32k with semi-synthetic, then when I bought at 46k, then 54 and 57k and now again at 58. Luckily I stock up on Magnatec when its £18 from ECP. So quite long intervals between first services and with all the horror stories I decided I'd rather replace possibly OK parts than wait for it to go bang. 
I found the banjo bolt filter was fine, the feed pipe was fine, as was the return, all completely normal. Ford have changed the design of the filter - original parts have the filter in the end of the bolt presenting a small surface area, the revised design has the filter inside the bolt so there's a bigger surface area, therefore less likely to block. So a bit of a waste of time and money but at least I know what's going on under the bonnet.
As for the sump, that was worthwhile. I decided not to bother removing the pickup pick and just fired a can of brake cleaner up through the mesh in the bottom. Each shot of cleaner caused a big load of black gloop to come out. The bottom of the sump holds about 1/4 litre of oil so it ends up contaminating any clean oil that gets put in. Dunno if anyone's had success using a vacuum drainer, the dipstick tube has a couple of kinks in so it might be tricky pushing a tube all the way to the bottom. I was glad I got it all cleaned out, and the oil is still coming up clean on the dipstick which makes a nice change from it turning straight to ink. 
I'll stick a how-to guide in the Guides section if I get time, there were a few gotchas and the usual "why did I start this ****ing job" 
moments so it might be helpful for someone.
So the conclusion.... don't believe all the scare stories about these being unreliable engines - unless your turbo has gone bang of course :-(  there must be some factor that causes the carbonisation problems, either leaking injectors, blocked DPF, poor oil servicing or a combination of the above - or who knows. The question is how would you tell if you had an injector problem or a blocked DPF before the damage gets done? I dunno if there's something an owner can do to diagnose those faults, I guess the problem is hidden away until its too late.

#263849 "twang" Like Noise After Pulling Off Mk2.5

Posted by grahamp on 29 May 2013 - 08:21 PM

Country and Western cd stuck in the stereo maybe?

#208896 Which Brake Discs/pads?

Posted by grahamp on 29 September 2012 - 04:40 PM

Oh, one last thing you might need for the job... a packet of M8 x 60mm bolts, nuts and washers from the hardware shop. This video saved my bacon...

#139405 How Can I Tell If Have A Dpf Fitted To My Focus?

Posted by grahamp on 10 August 2011 - 01:06 PM

This is from another forum and applies to the 90 / 110 PS 1.6 TDCi engines, but I guess the code applies to other vehicles too...

You can find it indirectly :
90 bhp is stage 4 without a DPF. 109 bhp is stage3 without a DPF and stage 4 with a DPF..

Now look at the Vehicle cert label/VIN plate (right hand B-pillar) then read down the 8 fields on the left portion of the plate, at very bottom (8 down from top) - this box shows the Exhaust emission level code:

K > Stage V
S > 2000 EEC (Stage III)
V > Stage IV + Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
7 > Stage IV

If you read "7" your car is stage 4 without DPF and it must be 90 bhp.

if you read "V" your car is stage IV with a DPF then it must be 109 bhp.

if you read "S" its stage III, without a DPF and it must be 109 bhp..