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#471063 Couldn't Remove A Wheel! Your Thoughts Please

Posted by stef123 on 29 March 2015 - 05:34 PM

thats why air ratchets should never be used to tighten wheel nuts,but how many fast fit cnt's have you seen do this and how many do you see use a torque wrench afterwards.

Although, perfectly fine if it has a setting to limit forward torque (higher spec ones do). There are also special torque limiting attachments too.

I never use a torque wrench but I always do the final tightening with a breaker bar.

#469401 Ford Focus Mk1 2002

Posted by stef123 on 25 March 2015 - 05:35 AM

The brake pipe just comes as a coil and you make it to suit.

#469271 Ford Focus Mk1 2002

Posted by stef123 on 24 March 2015 - 08:38 PM

Can't complain, 13 years from the presumably original steel lines.

I personally prefer kunifer brake pipe, it's easier to work with than steel but more difficult than copper but much more resistant to corrosion and less likely to fracture through vibration. All brake lines should be supported regularly - more so with copper.
It costs a couple of quid more per pack than copper but IMO it's worth it.

The cheap nasty tools available are only any use with copper so worth bearing that in mind. I use a Sykes tool but it ain't cheap to buy for just one job.

#468998 Ford Focus Mk1 2002

Posted by stef123 on 24 March 2015 - 06:29 AM

3 piece clutch kit including slave cylinder, I also do the gearbox seals normally.

#467989 Problem With Car/mechanic

Posted by stef123 on 21 March 2015 - 09:36 AM

I can hardly believe what I've just read!

A timing belt is a simple enough job, a timing belt 'kit' includes all the necessary parts including belt, tensioner, guide pulley and bolts.

I would be contacting trading standards for advise on this matter too, changing an engine because of a tensioner for the timing belt? Something sounds VERY fishy to me.

#466153 Fiesta Mk6 Suspension Spring Dropped

Posted by stef123 on 16 March 2015 - 06:06 PM

The nut holding the top mount on the shock is quite a common problem, presumably water gather in there.

#464013 Cops

Posted by stef123 on 11 March 2015 - 07:29 AM

Lmao, maybe fancied you and liked the look of your pj's :lol:

#463539 Loud Exhaust Advice Needed

Posted by stef123 on 10 March 2015 - 09:41 AM

The thing is, some cars are incredibly loud even with the standard exhaust, Jag F-Type comes to mind. Is this more about the fact that the exhaust has an untested modification than the noise levels?

They must have some means of getting round it.

I know my bike has a valve/flap inside the exhaust which opens once a certain amount of revs/pressure in the exhaust is reached. Once it opens you know about it lol.

#463527 Loud Exhaust Advice Needed

Posted by stef123 on 10 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

There is no official means of testing the decibels emitted from the exhaust at mot but it can still fail for being too loud - presumably testers discretion.
100dB is the limit IIRC when cars are put through an IVA?

Was always led to believe from an mot tester I know that technically speaking any modification to how loud an exhaust is will render it illegal although they will turn a blind eye to it if not ridiculous.

#461703 Basic Supplies

Posted by stef123 on 06 March 2015 - 12:26 AM

A half-decent socket set and Torx keys, Ford are obsessed with them and I swear most of their damn bolts are flipping torx. 

Ford are not alone.

#461047 Focus Mk2 Fuse Size Mini Or Micro?

Posted by stef123 on 04 March 2015 - 02:26 PM

The dash cam will probably draw very little power. In theory if your step down transformer is for arguement sake 90% effecient, putting 1A in at 12v will give you out 2.16A at 5v. (if my maths serves me correctly :lol:)


Also putting 2 fuses inline with each other at the same rating does not provide descrimination between which fuse has blown - nothing wrong with doing it but it does prove to be a pain in the rear sometimes.

#460905 Basic Supplies

Posted by stef123 on 04 March 2015 - 12:12 AM

A breaker bar or extending wheel nut wrench, very handy especially with the windy gun lunatics who dont care when you get new tyres fitted.

#460876 Focus Mk2 Fuse Size Mini Or Micro?

Posted by stef123 on 03 March 2015 - 10:04 PM

I was expecting the usual link where you pay £2 for 5 fuses - they really do cost peanuts so it's good to see some priced accordingly.


the link wasn't for halfrauds though :lol:

#460844 Clutch Clutch Clutch

Posted by stef123 on 03 March 2015 - 09:19 PM

If its not slipping yet I would just keep driving it until you do feel it starting to go or if the high bite annoys you - doesn't sound like there is much left on your clutch to be fair if its as high as you say. Even when you do start to feel it slipping, it will still go for a good bit but i wouldn't advise it.


I changed a clutch for a mate of mine, I could barely get the car out the parking space in reverse without it slipping and revving like mad so i have no idea how he got the car to me but apparently it had been like that for a long time!

was pictures on here somewhere.

#460740 Fiesta St Mk6 Exhaust Width?

Posted by stef123 on 03 March 2015 - 05:58 PM

Looking at my exhaust book here it looks like 2.25" or 57mm certainly for aftermarket standard exhaust.