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#410599 Fuel Filter...1.8 Petrol Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 17 September 2014 - 12:00 PM

The whole 'not running the tank down to stop crud getting drawn in' is just a myth.

The fuel outlet and return on the tank is mounted at the top and the fuel is drawn from the bottom of the tank, meaning that any crud in there is being circulated anyway.

#410576 Fuel Filter...1.8 Petrol Mk2.5

Posted by stef123 on 17 September 2014 - 10:16 AM

It will be built into the pump so no you can't replace it

#410264 Car Conundrums!

Posted by stef123 on 16 September 2014 - 01:27 PM

Oil is correct Clive but Karl has it spot on with transmission fluid/gear oil.

Well done folks, who made the comment about thinking outside the box? You should have thought inside the box lol

#409880 Car Conundrums!

Posted by stef123 on 15 September 2014 - 12:26 PM

Sorry Mark, I won't do it again boss :lol:

#408852 Car Conundrums!

Posted by stef123 on 12 September 2014 - 09:08 AM

Slightly controversial but, you want me to run out but you don't want me to run out!

It's something found on most vehicles, to some extent it's found in all vehicles but my clue refers to a particular type.

It stinks

Something you can't see unless you have a problem

Halfords sell this

#407800 Has My Turbo Gone?

Posted by stef123 on 09 September 2014 - 05:17 PM

I would get the map issue sorted first and go from there to be honest.

#407579 Car Conundrums!

Posted by stef123 on 09 September 2014 - 12:17 AM

Lmao nope :)

Haha James! Send you an email tomorow mate

#407490 Car Conundrums!

Posted by stef123 on 08 September 2014 - 08:43 PM


I can see where your coming from but no

#407469 Wheel Nuts

Posted by stef123 on 08 September 2014 - 08:15 PM

Some Focus came with 5 spoke steelies and plastic covers that fitted directly over the spokes giving a cheap alloy substitute.
It is strongly recommended that the correct nuts are used on alloys as a galvanic reaction occurs between steel and aluminium causing the aluminium to corrode.
Also recommended to put copper grease on the area where the wheels contact the hubs too.

I wouldn't be worried about galvanic corrosion on the wheel nut area. Let's be honest, alloy wheel mounted on a steel hub with unreacted particles of copper (in copper grease) and salt water.. Is definitely a perfect place for galvanic corrosion.
We probably have all greased hubs at some point and never had any issues..

I never use copper grease on steel bolts fitted into aluminium, asking for trouble if you ask me.

#404582 Whats Your Barmy Health And Safety Experience? If Any.

Posted by stef123 on 02 September 2014 - 03:22 PM

If it's untrue, why do many of the huge projects start in places like china? They can produce anything at an alarming rate because they are not interested in h&s. I am not saying h&s is the sole reason here but it contributes so much as to why it costs so much to get jobs done - I deal with this every day at work.
They can produce things much cheaper and on budget/time.

So many great trades and skills being lost in this country because work is being sold to other countries. Yes I am in the trade, so I can safely say that it is true.

Yes protecting members of the public is important and like I say common sense applies. When changing a light on a street light for example, common sense (and as health and safety/risk assessments would have it) that you must put up barriers and signage and make appropriate arrangements to stop anyone from entering a potentially dangerous area.

#404493 Tyre Roar Or Wheel Bearing Noise From The Back Of The Car ?

Posted by stef123 on 02 September 2014 - 11:07 AM

Try switching the front and rear tyres round, it could be that one of you tyres is slightly out of shape.

#404104 Focus Mk1 Clutch Change - A Few Pics

Posted by stef123 on 01 September 2014 - 02:16 PM

As the title suggests here is a few pics from a clutch change I done on a mk1 1.6 petrol focus at the weekend.
These are just pictures I took along the way, just a little insight into what your likely to encounter should you ever need to do this job. Not a difficult job, time consuming and horrible to do on the driveway, a lift would be so much nicer.

Total cost of parts was £140 which included the following.

Luk clutch kit (I was sent a Valeo kit instead)
Sachs slave cylinder
3 litres of 75w/90 gearbox oil
2x genuine ford gearbox seals
2x genuine ford pinch bolts
1x litre of brake fluid

First of all, the problem; a leaking slave cylinder

Not looking so good;

The clutch itself, flywheel side;

Gearbox side;

The hole under the bonnet with no gearbox;

The mess when you spill about 2 litres of gearbox oil.. I didn't have time to get a picture of the oil as I was too busy trying to get sand lol;

New clutch fitted and lined up;

Brake fluid cleaned out and new slave cylinder fitted;

Old oil seals removed, note how they get a bit mangled trying to get them out;

New oil seal going in, I was trying to find my set of seal drivers at this point;

Gearbox read to fit back in;

View from underneath. It's not a hard gearbox to refit but it is awkward on your own, having to push it up and roll it round a bit;

And a nice new cv boot. Didn't have the right pliers with me so had to settle for a pair of end cutters instead. Only difference is the proper tool pushes the crimped bit flat - not an issue you need to worry about on the focus;

#402969 Fake Bosch Aerotwin Wipers

Posted by stef123 on 29 August 2014 - 10:52 AM

It's a cost cutting exercise for them, the way they look at it is why make loads of different wiper fitments when they can use one wiper for all.

#402902 Car Conundrums!

Posted by stef123 on 29 August 2014 - 06:56 AM

This clue suggest it's not a spark plug but is a glow plug. Lol.

If the distant cousin is a spark plug.. They are not changed every year either :lol:

#402438 What Could You Share?

Posted by stef123 on 28 August 2014 - 09:01 AM

We used to buy in loads of Lithium batteries (like the cells in laptop batteries), only had one from hundreds which caught on fire, "went up like a roman candle" as the boss says, lol.
Funniest thing, they were branded TrustFire:lol:

Pmsl! The type in a laptop will be Li-ion? Considerably safer than a lipo but no doubt still a great fire out them lol.