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#543393 How To Prevent Smearing/juddering On Your Wipers.

Posted by stef123 on 24 November 2015 - 11:47 PM

Vinegar and newspaper is amongst the oldest tricks in the book

#543134 Fan Dial Switch Only Works On 4!

Posted by stef123 on 23 November 2015 - 11:39 PM

It's not a heater resistor, technically it's the blower motor resistor. It doesn't have any affect of the temperature of the air, it's only job is to reduce the fan speed.

#542787 Yet Another 06 1.8 Tdci Thread!

Posted by stef123 on 22 November 2015 - 11:44 PM

This is in my opinion definitely an early 'warning' regarding the glow plug wiring as already mentioned. Don't put another fuse in that circuit until it's all been tested and ok.

Those are MIDI type fuses.

#542545 Old Focus: Think I Need A New Battery - Advice Please

Posted by stef123 on 22 November 2015 - 02:00 PM

Halfraud's retail prices are often scary - some good deals to be had now & again though


so are their trade prices these days too. I avoid at all costs now. used to get good deals on wipers and batteries, filters etc through trade but its not worth it now.

#542466 Bike Battery

Posted by stef123 on 22 November 2015 - 09:53 AM

Yes they do, the Ctek 5.0 will charge batteries between 1.2-110Ah and maintain batteries upto 160Ah. You can get a 5.0 for about £60.
The next model up, the 7.0 charges batteries up to 150Ah and maintains up to 225Ah. It can also be used as a 12v power source. It's around £100.

Ctek charges can be used on all type of 12v car and leisure batteries.

#542310 Bike Battery

Posted by stef123 on 21 November 2015 - 05:18 PM

I can highly recommend the Ctek range of chargers. I have a few of them now for doing all sorts. One of them however is always used on my blade, whenever the bike has been out and put back in the shed i connect the charger and forget about it. its a 0.8A charger and monitors/maintains as it needs to. Meaning no more battery problems. its very quick to connect, it comes with all the neccessary leads too.

#535967 Timing Chain Replacement Interval 2.0 145?

Posted by stef123 on 29 October 2015 - 09:17 PM

2 completley different designs of engine, old one ford, newer one peugeot derived


explains a lot things ;)

#535791 Winter Tyres For Mondeo

Posted by stef123 on 29 October 2015 - 03:08 PM

I wouldn't bother putting just 2 winter tyres on in all honesty. you might have some extra traction on the front but you have just given your car the potential for dangerous oversteer.


I run winter tyres on my 2006 Mondeo, I have 4 steel wheels with Avon ice touring ST's. Very happy with how they handle and they were only around £60 a corner a few years ago.

#535657 Different Engine......

Posted by stef123 on 29 October 2015 - 09:12 AM

correct, the v5 has a section for engine number if known, otherwise the last 7 digits of chassis number (year,month,vehicle number) is inserted which bears no resemblance to the engine fitted, ive not seen actual engine numbers on engine blocks for a number of years

Me neither. The last VW engine and Mazda engine I done I had to give up looking for it, engine code but nothing else.

#535646 Different Engine......

Posted by stef123 on 29 October 2015 - 08:24 AM

The main area of your concern should be : is the current engine number correct on the V5C ? - if it is not, then you may face issues when you come to sell the car


As far as i know there is no mention of engine number on the V5? I've never noticed or declared any.

#535134 Battery Weight

Posted by stef123 on 27 October 2015 - 06:24 PM

Good way to also drag any muck or sediment out the tank and into the rest of the fuel system. As you will be constantly running on low fuel a lot of the time.


Nothing more than an old wives tail.

#534441 New Mot Rule

Posted by stef123 on 25 October 2015 - 05:13 PM

I've always driven cars away to a 'place of repair' - that being my house. Once fixed and any issues deemed to be not road worthy rectified, I do usually drive them until I can get the retest done. It's always been my opinion that an mot fail is a reason for refusal of a new certificate not meaning the car must come off the road right this minute.

Mot's can be a pain in the back end. I've fixed a few cars now, one of which is the father in laws who literally only uses his car for work and for shopping so only him and the mother in law. But a while back the rear door jammed up due to a faulty motor/mechanism so obviously an mot failure. Given how the car is used it can be frustrating to know you need to fix that despite the fact it's never used to carry passengers in the back.

#534264 Can't Leave This Standard!

Posted by stef123 on 24 October 2015 - 08:58 PM

Well Karl, if it saves you some cash and modifying your car - what if I told you blokes are not meant to like the Ka, full stop :lol:

#534106 Heat Shield

Posted by stef123 on 24 October 2015 - 12:36 PM

If you really want to save it and dont want to faff around with making washers or perhaps the studs are missing or whatever then get some polyurethane sealant such as tigerseal and stick it back on. Ive done a few that way now including my own car and they aint going anywhere lol.

#534048 Steering Wheel Angle Sensor

Posted by stef123 on 24 October 2015 - 09:40 AM

FORscan should let you recalibrate it, it allows me to do it on the Mondeo.