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getfocusworking

Member Since 09 Nov 2008
Offline Last Active Jan 29 2010 09:35 PM
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In Topic: Engine cooling system question?

14 April 2009 - 06:17 PM

This question is about a 1.8 petrol Ford Focus.

I would like to know from any mechanics about what the possible causes may be for the following symptoms :

1. When starting the car from cold in the morning and during the first journey the temperature guage needle after rising slightly then drops slightly (I sometimes actually see it happen) when for example stopped at traffic lights.

2. Secondly, after switching off the engine and then I turn the ignition such that the engine is off but the temperature guage is functional, the needle usually has dropped quite a bit from the mid position even though I have only just switched the engine off (so it is still hot).

3. Lastly, I feel the needle is never exactly mid way between cold and hot but slightly nearer the cold end. Would this suggest a head gasket problem ?

Would any of these symptoms suggest a problem with the coolant pump, radiator or any related component ?


Renew the thermostat but make sure it's a genuine Ford one with a Ford gasket otherwise it will
not last five minutes.
Should clear the problem.

In Topic: Engine cooling system question?

14 April 2009 - 06:13 PM

This question is about a 1.8 petrol Ford Focus.

I would like to know from any mechanics about what the possible causes may be for the following symptoms :

1. When starting the car from cold in the morning and during the first journey the temperature guage needle after rising slightly then drops slightly (I sometimes actually see it happen) when for example stopped at traffic lights.

2. Secondly, after switching off the engine and then I turn the ignition such that the engine is off but the temperature guage is functional, the needle usually has dropped quite a bit from the mid position even though I have only just switched the engine off (so it is still hot).

3. Lastly, I feel the needle is never exactly mid way between cold and hot but slightly nearer the cold end. Would this suggest a head gasket problem ?

Would any of these symptoms suggest a problem with the coolant pump, radiator or any related component ?


In Topic: clutch cable adjustment ?

13 April 2009 - 05:50 PM

you will find that the cables are the gear selector cables and not clutch cables,



Thanks mintalkin I now feel a right prat,never thought of that.

In Topic: VIbration through steering!!

12 April 2009 - 06:38 PM

I have swapped the wheels around from front to back and made no difference really!
i think i'm going to replace the driveshaft after payday!!
If that don't cure it then theres always a can of petrol and a match!! :P



I know that feeling I am getting that way with my 2001 Focus.

In Topic: VIbration through steering!!

12 April 2009 - 06:36 PM

I have swapped the wheels around from front to back and made no difference really!
i think i'm going to replace the driveshaft after payday!!
If that don't cure it then theres always a can of petrol and a match!! :P