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08 Focus Won't Start

15 March 2015 - 09:42 AM

Hey guys,


Having a slight issue with getting my focus started (well when I say me I mean the missus who drives it daily to work) The battery died once a month back or so after being left in the cold for a week without a drive. Jumped it and it worked fine. Then the battery died again when the missus left the lights and radio on whilst sat on the ferry for 15 minutes (that was awkward) 


Now the other day she tried to start it, it was reluctant to start, and when it did it came up with a transmission malfunction error, traction control light came on, and it said it -60 degrees C. She turned the engine off and it wouldn't start again. Still cant get it started now, but I'm assuming it's just a weak battery. I'll jump start it again later and see if that solves the issue for now.




I'm assuming theres either an issue with the battery, or the alternator. I had installed a parrot hands-free system, which thought might be draining the battery after the engine was turned off. I've removed it this morning to see if that solves the issue. Can anyone shed some light on what might be causing the battery to die? Or if its not the battery how I can tell whether its the alternator causing the issue?

New Mondeo Tyres, Front-Rear Swap, Part Worns

29 September 2014 - 10:10 AM

After buying my Mondeo last month it's starting to look like my fronts may need replacing. They still have a decent amount of tread, but they do have some noticeable wear on the outer edges on each side.

My main question is, I've been told that Mondeos (and front wheel drive diesels on general) will eat through front tyres relatively often. My rear tyres are in great condition, so would it be worth simply swapping the front and rear sets to get some more distance out of the worn pair before buying new ones?

Also, a colleague of mine recommended a tyre salesman near me who does great deals on part worn tyres from Germany. I was just wondering if anyone else has had experience with part worns and knows whether they are worth looking in to? Obviously they will be cheaper than buying new but what kind of mileage can you expect to get out of them.

On a side note, what tyre pressures would you guys recommend to get the best mpg out of a 2.2 titanium x sport? Tyre size 235/40 zr18

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Returning Member

28 August 2014 - 12:26 PM

Well I'm back, not exactly a new member, I had some fun making small mods on my 1.6 Focus Zetec with lots of help and advice from the great members here. I gave up after a while as I lost interest in my focus, however I am now returning along with the purchase of my new 59 plate 2.2L Mondeo Titanium X Sport.

Glad to be back and looking forward to adding some slight mods and seeing what you guys have been up to since I've disappeared!

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Shopping For A Mondeo

22 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

I currently have an 08 focus 1.6 zetec, it's been a great car and I had some fun with the modifications, but I'll be changing workplace soon which will involve a much longer commute. In my mind this gives me a perfect excuse to start car shopping.

I really like the look and feel of the mondeo, having test driven an 09 titanium x sport 2.2l, really enjoyed the car but unfortunately that specific car simply had too many niggling issues for me to be happy with the price.

Now that I'm shopping around and having a closer look, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as to how much better the 2.2 titanium x sport is versus the 2.0l titanium x. Obviously the gadgets should be the same being the same trim spec, just losing the red accents to the leather etc. But performance and reliability wise, is there a massive difference? I realise there will be a drop in overall power which comes with 20 less BHP but is it massively noticeable?

Like I said the main purpose of the new car is for comfort and mpg due to the new commute (roughly 100 miles a day) would I be sacrificing decent mileage going for the 2.2 sport if it was driven responsibly?

Also can someone explain the pros and cons of timing chain vs. cam belt?

Lots of questions I know, any insight would be appreciated.