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Member Since 28 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 19 2012 02:13 AM
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Snow Chains / Spare Tyre And Going Abroad Advice

19 November 2012 - 01:00 AM

Driving to a mountain resort in France at the end of January for week of falling down mountains with pieces of wood strapped to my feet. Taking the S-Max X Sport with Xenon headlamps and 235x45x18 wheels.

I've done a bit of research but am interested in anyone with experience of similar matters.

SNOW CHAINS

The French laws require you to carrysnow chains to drive the final leg of where we are going. It seems the tyre fitted to our car can not be used with regular snow chains that go around the back of the tyre due to clearance issues. The options open to me seem to be:

1) Thule do a K-Summit option (K34) which seems to get around that problem as it only fits over the tread and front of the wheel. The only thing is they cost 300 so a bit expensive.

2) There is another chain produced (CK-7) which is thinner than most (7mm thick) and goes around the back of the tyre and costs considerably less at around 170. But I won't know if this works for sure without trying it.

3) Or Snow Socks. www.autosock.co.uk web site claims "Since 2010 AutoSock is certified to comply with the French winter equipment regulations and can be used in France where the snowchain sign (B26) is in place. Please note that AutoSock are the only snow socks that comply with this regulation." Snow socks can be picked up for around 65.

XENON HEADLIGHTS

I was expecting to need some sort of light adjustment or deflector for driving on the wrong side of the road. I've read however that light deflectors are not a good idea as the lights get hotter than normal so the sticker will melt? Also people saying they can't find the template to fit them on newer cars? I may talk to Ford about this but a previous poster said Ford couldn't help!

SPARE WHEEL

For a while now i've had in the back of my mind to get a spare wheel to keep at home in my garage in case we get a local puncture and someone could go to our house and fetch it. I'm having trouble locating the same alloy wheel although i expect Ford would do me a new one for a large wedge of cash. I'm guessing a 16" or 17" S-Max wheel with a 2nd hand low thread tyre would do for getting out of trouble. Anyone got any thoughts? I also read people have carried a Mondeo space saver which has attracted negative comments. Either way I would like to carry a spare wheel to France with me to get me out of any emergencies so any pointers or suggestions (including link to the mondeo thing) appreciated.

X Sport (203) Engine Malfunction / Transmition Failure

28 June 2012 - 01:07 PM

Bought a 2010 Titanium X Sport Petrol last Saturday. Drove it home over 200 miles but Sunday around half way into a 5 mile journey it started jumping when accelerating from a roundabout! I have the Powershift Automatic gear box. It was as if it couldnt change to third from second. This generated a warning notice saying Engine Malfunction and then Transmition Fault or something like that. I pulled over and after turning the car off then on it drove fine although kept the warning displayed.

Aftergettibg the car home I did the self test which brought up no faults and cleared the error message!

3 days later and again accelerating gently around 2nd gear it did it again. Started kangarooing a bit so I pulled over, turned off the car then on again and drives fine. This time the fault warning cleared itself from my display.

Any advice or suggestions please?

I'm taking the car into Ford on Friday but wonder if I may have to try and give the car back to the dealer I bought it from! I'm guessing this may be the reason the previous owner got rid!

For info its the 203 bhp engine and has done 19000 miles. I bought it from an Independent garage not a Ford dealer. It had no service history which was annoying!