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Member Since 10 Sep 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 27 2015 01:44 PM

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In Topic: Help, Alternator

26 February 2015 - 02:41 PM

Purely on maximum output rating you can use a higher rated alternator as it will only supply what is required by the ECU etc.  It also means it isn't having to work as hard as a lower rated alternator because it has excess capacity.

In Topic: Focus 1.6Tdci Display/stop Start Issue

26 February 2015 - 02:18 PM

I'd go for either a battery/alternator issue which is causing an inadequate power supply to the electrical systems.  I'd also check the earth straps are all secured properly as a dodgy earth can cause car electrics to go mental as can a simply loose wire/bad connection.

In Topic: Bonnet Open, Erratic Rear Wiper And No Blower!

20 February 2015 - 09:27 PM

Scanner says loads of shorts to ground in the GEM unit. Doh!

LOL, often it's the smallest thing that causes the biggest problems

In Topic: Bonnet Open, Erratic Rear Wiper And No Blower!

20 February 2015 - 10:53 AM

I've never had anything like that happen on mine in the 3 years I've had it.  I does sound like moisture has got somewhere it shouldn't, especially if you are confident the battery is solid.  You might want to check the earth straps as well, a loose 1 can cause havoc with the electrics.

In Topic: 1.8Tdci Purchased - What To Check

19 February 2015 - 11:40 PM

Hey there i know im probs on the wrong thread for this and im new but i have just purchased a 1.8tdci and im thoroughly enjoying the car but a few minor hicups have occurred, when starting the car cold within the first 5 seconds of driving the car my electrics seem to all stop for about 3 seconds then turn back on and alls fine for the rest of a journey , the problem is i believe its blowing my dipped beam lights, im getting the car serviced and generally inspected tommorow but any help would be great. Great car this issue is just stopping me fully enjoying it as i dont know if the bulbs will blow on a dark road.
Thanks jack


Get the garage to check the battery & alternator to ensure the electrical systems are getting enough juice.  Diesels pull a lot of electrical juice when they are just getting going.  If that doesn't turn up anything I'd ask them to check the earth's to make sure everything is grounded correctly.  As a last resort they can plug in the diagnostics & check all the live data (voltages etc) & check for any error codes (most garages will charge for this which is why I'd say get them to try all the easy/manual stuff 1st).  If they don't sort it for you just post again & plenty of people will try to help.


Good luck