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#518301 Focus Mk2 Onwards Rear Strut Mount Replacement

Posted by stef123 on Yesterday, 06:54 PM

Ive never accessed the nuts from inside the boot on the mk2, always done it off the car.

#517943 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 31 August 2015 - 07:03 PM

Quite often in a tricky spot, rather than trying to use and angle gauge - if for arguement sake say the angle is 90 degrees, mark the starting position of the bolt and the bolt head after doing the initial torque setting, then mark where 90 degrees would take it, that way you are not faffing about with it.


Other than a torque wrench, angle gauge, cam pulley tool, locking kit and flywheel locking tool there isn't any fancy tools but certain tools really do help!


Again as I've already mentioned previously, if the crank bolt aint for budging (even do this anyway) then apply a bit of heat to it first and you will be suprised how much easier it moves.

#517807 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 31 August 2015 - 02:04 PM

When you loosen and tighten the cam pulleys you should hold them with a suitable tool so you dont stress or snap the camshafts.


With the crank pulley, if you have the flywheel locked properly then you can loosen and tighten the crank bolt no problem.


I'm always undecided if i should or shouldn't give advice on jobs such as timing belts because you tend to find those asking so many questions tend to be out of their depth - by the way nothing personal or that.

#516418 Unknown Gizmo On Rear Of Break Backplate

Posted by stef123 on 27 August 2015 - 11:31 AM

its a brake shoe hold down pin by the sounds of things. Any chance of a picture?

#516090 How Necessary Is The Flexi Pipe?

Posted by stef123 on 26 August 2015 - 01:13 PM


I did think about trying to get the clamps upside down (just for neatness), but the rain was coming down hard and I was rapidly losing interest :P


Why can't you clamp a flexi on? So long as the flexi is under the car it should be possible right? I know some cars have the flexi up at the back of the block, which would make it a tricky job.


I could have replaced the manifold + downpipe which would have come with a new flexi pipe, but for me, this way was easier, cheaper and in my opinion a bit more modular. I like modular exhaust components. This is another part, where if it fails in a few years (or before the car dies) again, I can easily replace it with not much effort.


Haha yes the good old rain does tend to do that :lol:


In most cases the bends are too close to the flexi meaning there is no room for the long sections where the clamps fit, where as on a weld on flexi they are very short.

#516058 How Necessary Is The Flexi Pipe?

Posted by stef123 on 26 August 2015 - 12:08 PM

I read this the other night and got side tracked so I forgot to reply lol.

Only thing I would have done is turn the clamps round. At least your exhaust system allows you to for a clamp on flexi, most don't which means welding one in.

#515680 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 25 August 2015 - 05:07 PM

I took the starter off and used a piece of metal to lock the flywheel, it took 2 of us and a bar on my breaker bar to undo the nut.


A good bit of heat on the crankshaft bolt would have helped.

#515629 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 25 August 2015 - 02:52 PM

The reason the pulleys don't have a woodruff key and also need loosening is to achieve perfect (or as near as possible) timing.

A flywheel locking tool will be enough to hold the flywheel solid while you undo the crank bolt. I use an air impact gun for them normally but a breaker bar will do it. Sometimes heating the head of the bolt with a torch for a short period also makes removal much easier.

The crankshaft pulley will only got one way, it will be quite obvious when you go to refit.

Use a jack and a large piece of wood under the sump.

#514977 Just Found This..help Please!

Posted by stef123 on 23 August 2015 - 04:44 PM

No it's only a cylinder head temp sensor not a coolant temp sensor so nothing will happen if it's left open like that

#514939 What Does This Belt Do

Posted by stef123 on 23 August 2015 - 03:42 PM

In future, in getting technical advice it can be helpful to tell people which engine you have (or trim level, if the question is one for which that is relevant).
Remember, that answer is not just for you, it is also for other people who have a similar issue, and they'll want to know they have the same engine.

Chances are if someone doesn't know from that picture what the engine is then they won't know what the belt is.

Looking at the picture it is a 2.0 or 2.2 tdci so it is indeed power steering belt.

#514934 Just Found This..help Please!

Posted by stef123 on 23 August 2015 - 03:30 PM

The rust on yours looks not too bad compared to some I've seen.

#514302 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 21 August 2015 - 02:56 PM

A crankshaft pulley bolt and flyeheel locking tool would be handy too.

#512418 Fiesta Mk7 Petrol Oil Change?

Posted by stef123 on 15 August 2015 - 08:51 AM

13mm 3/4" socket and ratchet / spanner and a pair of grips thats it really

A 3/4 ratchet, blimey that's a bit big :lol:

#512225 Water Leak Spark Plugs 1.6 Mk2

Posted by stef123 on 14 August 2015 - 01:01 PM

I fitted a set of new (revised) washer jets to a mk2, still leaked. So i removed them and applied a small amount of silicone grease to the underside and refitted them - never had a hassle since and that must be a couple of years now.

#511988 Bad Mechanics - Regulation Maybe?

Posted by stef123 on 13 August 2015 - 09:41 PM

I would travel to Bulgaria if they have the skills to sort this engine out and wont scam me. One option for the head is to go to CNCHeads for a gas flowed jobby.  Surely they will just do the job without problems. Maybe I should do that and document it here


Could be struggling in Bulgaria :lol: