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Member Since 07 Jan 2009
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In Topic: High level brake light bulb replacement

08 April 2009 - 09:59 AM

The warning on the dash display came on today and sure enough the high level brake bulb isn't illuminated.

Page 70 of the driver's manual attempts to give instructions on removing trim to get to the bulb, but I just can't work it out from the instructions or pictures.

Any help please?

Hi Gareth,
it is pretty straight forward, I have see one being changed. You just need to remove the the trim pushing it towards the window inside the open tail door, then use small flat screwdriver to release two plastic clips one each side it is not evident and clips break easily.


In Topic: Conversion of RHD adaptive headlights for driving in Europe

08 April 2009 - 09:51 AM

on the xenon headlights there is a switch under the bulb/ light covers to swop the beam patten to europe, might be worth a look for the same on yours.

I am sorry, there is no switch on the smax headlights. As for converters yes, they exist.
Have a look at the last post in newbie questions topic I have posted a link there.

In Topic: Newbie Questions

07 April 2009 - 07:53 AM

Hi! Have collected the car and it is great. However, I tried talking to two Ford main dealers about the stensils and they don't have any! I spoke to the people in the service department, in parts and even in the New Car sales and nobody could help me!

Is there a copy of the stensil on-line somewhere?

Take care.

strange I know for sure ford has one.

found this for you for only 6 pounds and free delivery:

In Topic: 1.8 or 2.0 Diesel?

06 April 2009 - 08:58 AM


At the risk of asking what might seem obvious...are there any strong opinions as to which to go for? I've seen mixed reviews about the 2.0 and little regarding the 1.8. I'd like a pit of punch to the car ideally...but wondered if there is a strong yes or no either way?
I'm looking to buy a low mileage version of either currently...



Hi Scott,
1.8 consumes less and in general with 6 gear box is enough for most situations. 2 liter is a little bit more punchy. 1.8 in earlier (2006 - beginning 2007) builds had quite a lot of troubles - if you go for one take care to take a 2008 model. 2.0 would probably be better in resale value than 1.8, just due to peoples mentality. In general IMHO there is not much difference between the two. If you need a punch and definitely a diesel then you better look at 2.2.

In Topic: noisy power steering

25 March 2009 - 01:07 PM


My power steering started making a loud whurring noise when I was turning a 90 degree right turn in low gear.
I took it straight to the garage and when the technician took the cap off the fluid was bubbling.
He said that he'd seen this before and to book it in. He also said that the one before had to have either the steering (rack or the column I can't remember which one) replaced. Although he did advise that the car is still OK to drive just a bit noisy and that I may find the steering a bit heavier at times.
He also said that I may find that the problem just goes away, either way the cars booked in and hopefully all my hitches will be sorted before the warranty runs out.
When I used the car this morning the noise didn't start until about 15 mins of town driving, it is only happening in low gear when turning.

not heard about this. Have heard about a steering pump noise which some guys fixed by replacing a pipe and others just left as is. It was a 2.0 tractor though, petrol power steering is different to the diesel ones.

Anyway what the guy said makes sence. It is not that dangerous but still in a car like this everything should be perfect and if they replace the rack on warranty, why not.

Good luck