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#469492 Things I Don't Like

Posted by SeanW on 25 March 2015 - 12:46 PM

I think he got 18 months in total, but the ability to knock 6 months off if he did that awareness course... But he didn't do it in time, so he had to do the full 18...

I'm after a 2nd hand transit... It's a nightmare trying to find one I can afford... Think I'll have to sell the focus to just get close to the price...

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Prices seem to be coming down a bit at the moment.

I've been following Transit prices for about a year (I really want one to convert into a camper lol). The average price has come down by about £1000 over the last 6 months

#469486 Everyone Love A Sticker

Posted by SeanW on 25 March 2015 - 12:38 PM

I giggle like a child at the word boobies lol

#469366 Everyone Love A Sticker

Posted by SeanW on 24 March 2015 - 11:13 PM

I like the "Boobies make me smile" :D

#468963 Power Steering

Posted by SeanW on 23 March 2015 - 11:23 PM

The whine is from the hydraulic pump - the extra resistance at full lock is heard by the pump straining.  To shut it up, ease off by a degree or two on the wheel.  It doesn't do any damage either way.


As for the sudden heavy feeling, I'm still not convinced it's your pump at fault.  If it was, pretty sure you'd be struggling throughout the whole arc of movement.


Might be worth starting from the outside

- Check your tyres (pressure/tread wear)

- Suspension in good working order? 

- Steering rack (track rod ends etc)


How long has it been doing this?

#468921 Power Steering

Posted by SeanW on 23 March 2015 - 09:33 PM

That sounds quite similar to a common Punto problem - which had all-electric power steering,  If the potentiometers on the column fail, it made the steering very heavy.  But, the Focus has hydraulic too...


I'll be honest bud, I've not heard of any failed Focus pumps - certainly not a common problem lol


Have you tried it in each steering mode?


The Focus steering isn't exactly quiet anyway (always whines a little).  It also does get louder at full lock.

#468908 Power Steering

Posted by SeanW on 23 March 2015 - 09:11 PM

You've got a dual power steering system - hydraulic & electric.


The 3 modes of steering are controlled by the electric system:

- Comfort = Max electric

- Normal = 50% electric

- Sport = No electric

The hydraulic system maintains the same output regardless.


What makes you think the pump has failed?

#468362 Problem With Car/mechanic

Posted by SeanW on 22 March 2015 - 01:49 PM

Maxine, can you confirm if the garage you're using is the same one you bought the car from?

#468212 Problem With Car/mechanic

Posted by SeanW on 21 March 2015 - 09:22 PM

This guy sounds like a real cowboy!! Forgive me, this is likely to be a long post containing my observations.  I'll do it in order of the posts I read.


Most of what you've relayed to us sounds dodgy as hell!!


First of all, that screeching sound you described - I would have expected that from the auxiliary belt - it's not uncommon.  I'm not saying it wasn't the timing belt.  Fair call asking for new timing belt and water pump, like you said - unknown age/condition anyway.


Next is the talk of his supplier...if he's got a cheaper supplier, why didn't he use them first? 

Then - what the hell is he doing fitting a second-hand one? False economy much?!  And off of a scrap car? Not only that, like Stef says - they come as kits...


Then they've replaced the WHOLE engine? Why?

That's like having a heart transplant because you've cut yourself!

And you've not received ANY information regarding the donor vehicle/engine.


Granted, minor oil leaks are common - but surely that should have been picked up before the car was returned to you?  

The icky brown water suggests to me that it's been refilled with plain water at some point.  The brown stuff is likely to be rust.  Ought to have been flushed and filled with the right anti-freeze/coolant mix.


Water pump vane?  The pump does have vanes - like blades - to make the water flow.  I'm guessing he's told you that one has broken off and has caused major damage to the engine?  In my experience, they tend not to break up like that - they wear away steadily due to cavitation.


I believe you only have to notify the DVLA of a change IF it alters it from its build specification - I could be wrong


He managed to fit an engine in a hour?  He should get a job with an F1 team...assuming he's genuine (yeah...right...)


You say they showed you the old engine, and it's definitely different?

Is that it LOOKS different?  If so, can you get pictures of both the engines and post them? Also tell us what size engine you're supposed to have (there are folks on here who can tell you everything you need to know about a car just by looking at a wheel nut!! Well, almost).


Just because they have shown you another engine doesn't mean they've actually swapped it out.  I'm a little concerned that they happened to have this engine to hand ready to show you.  I would have expected them to have put it out for disposal...


I noticed you said you have breakdown cover through your bank - it's still worth contacting them, they may still be able to help.  Definitely talk to Trading Standards and CAB before you agree to any more work being done.


Write out your concerns in a word document and save it - handy reference if nothing else.


I've googled it - and the engine should have a number etched into the block near the bell housing.  It's worth making a note of the one currently in your car, I would imagine that a Ford Dealer would be able to very quickly tell you if it's the original engine


I'd also recommend sending a message to our very own Caped Crusader: The Dark Knight and ask him to have a read of this thread.  He's our resident legal aide - don't know if he's seen this.  If he had, I would have thought he'd have commented.  

#468145 Cheaper Pop Rivets!

Posted by SeanW on 21 March 2015 - 07:01 PM



Think it was something like 65p for them last time I bought some!! (They have a rubber coating around the body of them - unlike a normal rivet).


Granted, they may have been a different size, but even so!!

#468118 A Big Announcment

Posted by SeanW on 21 March 2015 - 05:52 PM

I'd be more scared of the girls!!  They can be chuffin' vicious lol!!


At least with lads, you know it's likely to be a straightforward punch up lol

#467985 A Big Announcment

Posted by SeanW on 21 March 2015 - 09:26 AM

Mate, don't underestimate girls!! My Niece is incredibly protective over her little brother...God help anyone that upsets him lol

And of it is a girl, there's nothing to stop you putting a spanner in her hand :D

#467647 A Big Announcment

Posted by SeanW on 20 March 2015 - 10:00 AM

Congratulations to you both :D

#464545 Ford Owners Club Stickers

Posted by SeanW on 12 March 2015 - 09:51 AM

It's a well known fact that each sticker adds 168hp and improves handling by 200%

Okay...maybe not...but they do look good :D

And the discount card also work on top of other offers - so Halfords CAN be cheaper!!

#464441 Cops

Posted by SeanW on 11 March 2015 - 10:42 PM

i wouldn't of cared but the fact I was in pjs it was awkward

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Just be glad you were wearing PJ's lol

#464437 Clarkson In Trouble Again - RIP Top Gear

Posted by SeanW on 11 March 2015 - 10:31 PM

I feel sorry for the Stig.
They'll have a hard job preparing him for release back into the wild. :D

A Sheikh has offered him a home at an undisclosed UAE race track. He will be well looked after and have a variety of fast cars to play with.

(The above is quite possibly, maybe definitely made up BS lol)