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Removing A Mk2 Front Wing

23 September 2015 - 12:38 PM

Hi all,


I've recently stripped back the sills on my car, treated the metal & resprayed (so far good) however on doing this it became obvious that the bottom section of the front RHS wing is 80% rust i.e. the part which the mud flap bolts through & is beyond being saved.


I know replacement (pre-sprayed) wings can be purchased which my cause a minor colour mis-match due to UV fade etc, my question is does anyone have any idea how to remove the front wing?


The Haines manual doesn't detail this process, I'm confident working on the car & am able to remove the arch liner.  The only Youtube vids I could find for this are MK1's which may not have bolts etc in the same place etc.

Rear Drop Links Query

26 July 2015 - 08:27 PM

Hi all, I recently had to have the left rear suspension arm replaced when the coil spring snapped.  Basically all the bushes etc were seized (I was at the garage at the time & saw the lengths the garage went to trying to remove the assembly).  The car drives OK & there isn't any knocking etc, however I was following my car this morning & noticed the left sway bar/anti roll bar looked to be sat lower than the right.


I've had a look under the rear & taken a few pics, the left hand drop link looks like its bent in the middle.  The right hand one is straight which is how I assume it is supposed to be, I'm a bit confused how the L/H one can be at the angle that it is because the nut that secures it at the top is still in place (unless the bolt section has snapped) but wouldn't it sit lower if it was just "dangling" down.  If I decide to have a little "fun" the rear does feel a little loose but it doesn't feel massively unstable when pushing through a corner at speed.  Looking at the state of the rubber boots on both I'm leaning towards replacing them, I thought I'd check for any advice on doing the job etc from people more knowledgeable than me!


I'm not too bad with a socket set so I'm happy to have a go at replacing them, I just didn't want to start the job & find out there was another part I needed other than replacement drop links such as these http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT or maybe some Lemforder ones as I know there stuff seems to be considered good quality.


Any advice/input would be appreciated.

Removing Mk2 Focus Locking Wheel Nut Advice

24 June 2015 - 09:45 PM

Hi all,


I trusted the wife to take my trusty Focus to have a tyre replaced due to a slow puncture.  My usual (trusted) garage was too busy so she took it to a local independent "tyre place" they managed to strip the inside of the key so couldn't remove the nut.  They swore blind they had the key on straight etc but my wife had her doubts.


Anyway they wanted £60 to remove the locking nuts & replace them & the locking key with Ford supplied parts.  I called them & asked how much to replace the locking nuts with standard nuts & was told it was still £60 as they had to get them from Ford.  I told them to "F*ck off" as standard wheel nuts come in "standard" sizes.


On a previous car I removed a locking nut using the methods shown on youtube e.g. slightly undersized socket, bash it on & away you go.


This option does seem to be viable for my Focus as the locking nut appears to have a collar round it, I also can't get a standard socket over it due to there only being a tiny gap between the nut collar & the wheel itself.


Has anyone successfully managed to remove one of these type successfully?  If so how?  :wacko: (Do I need to chisel off the collar & I'll then have room/access to the nut itself)  I though it best to ask for advice before taking a 4lb lump hammer & a cold chisel to it, lol)


I've attached a couple of pictures to try & show it a little better. One is a fleabay pic of the same type of locking nut Attached File  Locking Nuts.JPG   165.11KB   38 downloads


& the other is a pic of my issue with a lack of clearance/room between the collar & the wheel itself Attached File  My locking nuts.jpg   64.16KB   39 downloads


All sensible suggestions are welcome!  :D

Any Ideas What This Pipe Does (Because I Snapped It!)

02 March 2015 - 10:59 PM

Hi all, whilst I was fiddling about about removing the air temp sensor & a few other bits to clean I managed to snap the little pipe that's to the left of the attached image  :iim:


I've glued it back together & used gaffer tape to reinforce it but I'd rather replace it now I know it's been bodged.


Does anyone know what it does? (my car drives fine incidentally) I was hoping to source a replacement for the weekend when I'm joining the blanked EGR valve club!  :driving:


Thanks in advance for any advice offered.