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#289071 Front Heated Window

Posted by ajt on 09 September 2013 - 05:54 PM

NOT A DESIGN FAULT.... incorrect installation fault, if anything



#253575 Help Please, Dash Pod Gauge

Posted by ajt on 19 April 2013 - 07:24 PM

Thanks for the schematics aswell, It all gives me more confidence that it will work.

Sorry to be a bit ignorant, especially when people showing interest, but I have been "allowed" to reply during Enders, then I have show my own brand of "special" care to my worn out gf!


But my gut instinct is, THIS WILL WORK.


So get the gauges before they start soaring in price!

#251851 Consistent Droning Noise

Posted by ajt on 13 April 2013 - 08:28 PM

Does this droning/whine coincide with person of femal persuasion sitting in passenger seat. I used to get it alot.

#250744 Guide Fitting St Gauge Pod To Focus Tdci Dash

Posted by ajt on 10 April 2013 - 10:31 AM

He hasn't posted yet, and I read the description as including panel to mean the tray, but then thought does he mean the surround only? I didn't want to contact seller and ask as I have already paid and he could turn around and say "Oh no, tray not included, but you can have it for £50 !"


If it turns up without the tray then I will contact the seller and say the listing was misleading, the picture shows the gauges and pod, and his listing states panell included. Which I take to mean a panel not shown in the image. Fingers crossed.

#250728 Guide Fitting St Gauge Pod To Focus Tdci Dash

Posted by ajt on 10 April 2013 - 08:58 AM

Been on the sick since monday and was getting bored yesterday and stumbled across this guide, and may I say to Lenny, thankyou and superb. 


Ten minutes later was on ebay and won this




There was less than two minutes to go, so was obviously meant to be. My problem is I don't think it has the actual tray with it. Can anybody advise as to a part number or "official" name for the tray? I will obviously need to source one before I start cutting my dash.


I will also be trying to wire it into tha can bus. Does anybody have any clear shots of the supplied PCB, so I can read what is written on th ICs, and any shots of the connector and the area it connects to the PCB?

#177311 Dpf, Really A Problem? I Don't Think So.

Posted by ajt on 12 April 2012 - 10:13 PM

I bought a 1.6 TDCi Focus just over 6 months ago. It had 82,000 on the clock. I wanted the DPF version, to get the lower tax rate.

I don't drive massive distances, avergae 7,000 a year. I had a petrol before that avergaed 23mpg, my diesel averages 36mpg. The ecomomics of the newer car work out cheaper.

That is until I have to top up the EOYLS every other month and replace the DPF every time the MIL light comes on @ a cost of £1800 a pop. (<- This is not actually true, but if you read enough posts about DPF then you might believe it is.)

The DPF on my car should have been changed at 75K, and was advertised with FSH, so I enquired if it had been done. The guy selling feigned a complete lack of knowledge regarding the DPF change and implied I was talking rubbish. I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THE DPF (touch wood), 3000 miles later.

Is the DPF "guranteed" to fail on 1 in 2, or 1 in 10 or 1 in 1000 or......

Of the 1000's of diesel cars sold with DPF how many have actually failed? And of these failures how many were down to people ignoring the MIL when partial regens have occured?

I think there is a lot of hype about how crap DPFs are because the silent majority don't post on forums saying "DPF still working fine".

So for all those people who scaremonger about how evil DPFs are, especially ones who don't even drive diesels, could they please backup their authorative knowledge with some published statistics on failure rates.

Whilst we are talking about it, what do we mean when we say failed DPF. I assume it to mean clogged up beyond an on car regen with enough failed regens to set liump home mode. Even then I would think the DPF could be taken off and cleaned with some oven cleaner (designed to remove greasy soot (think about it)) and a pressure washer. The limp home mode would still need to be cleared, but a lot cheaper than a complete replacment (just a thought, I bet dealers/indies make more money out of replacments, rather than off car cleaning)

So anybody on here got a DPF that is NOT giving them any grief (other than me)?

I know I'm tempting fate;)

#170427 Need New Wishbone.

Posted by ajt on 04 March 2012 - 09:29 AM

I fitted the new wishbones yesterday, and true to form not straight forward!

Firstly quality: I had no cause for concern, very sturdy contsruction, bushes looked fine. Don't know if I would recommend (because they have only been on the car hours). For the money I don't think you can go wrong. I think a lot of the ebay sellers are selling exactly the same quality at twice the cost (cheap!=crap as expensive!=good, but a lot of people think this subconciously (my self probably included)).

Secondly my own stupidity!
A week ago I replaced the lower ball joint on the off side arm, and this is when I found out my taper was 21mm. So I promptly ordered 18mm wishbones. Doh!
Had to go to motorfactor and pickup another ball joint and swap over.
Had tracking done for 35 quid yesterday afternoon (front and back checked, only front needed doing). Front was 30mm out, no surprise there. Car feels a lot firmer now. Very happy with results.


Both front wishbones £74.95
Replacement lower joints(!) £30
Tracking £35

Total £149.95 (<-about the cost of one genuine ford arm, and take £30 quid off for my own stupid mistake, £120)

#148117 Ford Focus 06 Heated Screen Drivers Side Failure Real Reason

Posted by ajt on 11 October 2011 - 08:42 PM

Would it be possible to take the wire connector over the top of the wiper strut, to lift the foil above the moving part, and cable tie it out the way. I have read your comment about not being able to move it any where else, but in the vid it does look as if it could go over, rather than under. Or do the plastics preclude this? It's dark at the moment, but if not to much work involved to get to the strip then I shall have a look myself.

Fancy posting a couple of bullet points on how to expose the strip?:)