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stef123

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#478126 2000 Ford Focus With 53K On The Clock???

Posted by stef123 on 20 April 2015 - 12:38 PM

The biggest killer on a 15 year old focus will without doubt be rust! The could be reflected in the price.


#477742 Steering Wheel?

Posted by stef123 on 18 April 2015 - 11:08 PM

First complication is the airbag


#476184 Mondeo Running Issues...unbelievable Result

Posted by stef123 on 14 April 2015 - 05:49 AM

That's why the mechanics couldn't fix it, it didn't show up on the computer - it would seem some mechanics lack the good old fashioned skill of having a look for a problem.

However, great result. Glad your sorted now. Oh and you better get the wife that bag or those shoes now :lol:


#474157 Broken Front Drivers Spring.

Posted by stef123 on 07 April 2015 - 07:52 PM

Replacing the front springs can be done without removing the wiper arms. Done it a couple of times now.


#473079 Broken Front Drivers Spring.

Posted by stef123 on 04 April 2015 - 03:51 PM

It's generally good practise to replace in pairs as the chances are the other side won't be far away if it's the same age. I generally won't replace a single spring. I like to do axle pairs to keep things even


#472892 A Flat Battery Can Strand You..... What Would You Do ?

Posted by stef123 on 03 April 2015 - 10:05 PM

This is the one I have-
 
http://www.halfords....-1-jump-starter
 
Only 17ahc but has saved me time waiting for recovery or begging for a jump start (not good to jump from modern cars anyway).
I have used mine on my car 3 times and also two guys at work and still not needed to recharge it since the initial 24 hour charge I gave it on purchase.


Lead acid batteries should be given a top up charge every 1-2 months even when not used. Also recommended they are charged filly after each use. Otherwise you will significantly reduce it's life span. Doing well to have started 5 cars without it dying though.


#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.