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#334938 Dpf Removal The Truth

Posted by FOCA on 22 February 2014 - 01:11 AM

saw a snip in the paper today..

uk is facing £300million pound fine for failing to reduce city air pollution to required levels since 2010.


this is why they will now get tough



A DPF does not have a significant effect on nitrogen oxide emmisions - nitrogen oxide causes global warming and is what the UK is being fined by the EU for  


An article with some eye- opening faxts -



#331922 Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Fords?

Posted by FOCA on 12 February 2014 - 09:14 PM

I got 80% - i think anyone who got 20% should be throwm off the site and over 80 given a prize or something - like a golden anorak - just kidding! :lol:  

#331272 Burning Smell At Around 90Mph

Posted by FOCA on 11 February 2014 - 01:32 AM


Its funny, ive got the same problem, exept it happens above 130!


(safely off road of course) Just kidding, at lower speeds (under 80) it will be the tyres and the clutch, and at higher speeds the exhaust manifold, cat/ heatshields, the cat can smell quite strongly, it can get very hot when driven hard, when you are racing you get used to and recognise the different smells (eg the difference between burning clutch, brakes etc)


In normal driving a lot of these things stay fairly cool but if you drive harder they get a lot hotter, ive got an EGT(exhaust gas temperature) gauge - goes up to 1200 degrees! manifold/ cat can reack 700/800 degrees, it could be just dirt, mud water on the exhaust (depends on the smell)


Obvious answer is to keep you foot off the throttle and keep it below 70mph!

#330953 Mk3 Tdci 2.0 Power Drops Away Rapidly When Driving Hard...

Posted by FOCA on 09 February 2014 - 09:13 PM

Ifs def an 2003 model (no DPF) I'll post some pics soon as ...

We all know it does not have a DPF, a DPF on a mk3 Mondeo (2000-2007, 2.0L,2.2L, all power outputs,  trim levels) is as rare as hens' teeth, they have a passive cat     


Good news is it is a Euro3, so the EGR can be Blanked with no problems (solid, stainless plate)


It won't have an Elecrronic turbo actuator or the later type of electric EGR valve - its liable to have a pnumatic VNT, (i have seen fixed vane ones too, but rare) some early models have a rear EGR, and a different inlet manifold,  there are different injectors, the early Delphi ones can be a real pain (coding, etc)      


its Pre OBD11 standard, so you will need an OBD1 compatible code reader (with the Ford protocols) even a garage or main Ford dealer may not realise the compatability issues and may wonder why their fancy, expensive reader does not work (not surprising if you've been following car forums like this one, though!) - to my knowledge, only the F-super or the Bluefin handset is compatible

#330928 Here Is What Town Driving And Riding The Clutch Achieves..

Posted by FOCA on 09 February 2014 - 07:28 PM


#330737 Dpf De-Cat Pipe And Egr Delete

Posted by FOCA on 09 February 2014 - 12:50 AM

Your Mondeo does not have a DPF, just a small passive cat (no elecrical connections/ sensors) it can be removed without issues and replaced with a decat pipe


As far as the emmisions test is concerned, only the smoke is measured, the cat can be removed and the car can still pass the smoke test, it may actually help it pass, as the soot can build up on the surface of the cat


There is a visual inspection to determine if a cat is fitted, and one should be fitted, if one was fitted as standard, you cannot see if one is fitted or not from under the car, because of the undertray, there is a heatshield on top and an engine cover, and it is very difficult to see if one is fitted or not on top, the MOT inspector is not allowed to remove any covers


The decat helps the flow (scavenging) out of the turbo turbine, this helps it spool up quicker, improving throttle response and reducing lag


On a MK3 diesel, it is the exhaust back box that is the main restriction in the exhaust system, there is very little point in de-catting the car without replacing the back- box 1st, (the middle silencer, if fitted, is not that restrictive as it is a "straight through" type)


The rest of the exhaust is not bad, at 2-1/4" (approx 57mm) its big enough for the sort of power/ torque you are likely to get (mine is 160+Hp with the decat and straight-through back-box box otherwise stock, apart from the decat and downpipe being heatwrapped and the downpipe/ flexi is "gas flowed")


The decat and the back box delete can significantly increase the power, and work with other mods, the engne should rev quicker, with much better throttle response and less lag


It may need a remap tweak to make the most out of it  but will work without one, an ECU reset may help and costs nothing


An EGR delete can help inctease power a bit, but not as much as the exhaust would or the Remap did, so more of a subtle improvement but definately an improvement


You may be better off with the stock intercooler, an aftermarket cooler may just increase lag because of the increased internal volume, the stock cooler has 2-1/4" in/out - bigger than a Focus ST225(2") the stock cooler has a small mass so has a lo thermal inertia - this is good on a diesel, it is not "masked" by the bumper, many aftermarket intercoolers are, this is not good


On top of this, i have performance figures from a Mk3 with stock, bluefin only, bluefin/decat/massive artec intercooler, the bluefin only outperformed the one with the decat+intercooler, probably due to the additional lag the intercooler introduces


You can read my build thread for more tuning ideas            

#330715 Throttle Body Spacer

Posted by FOCA on 08 February 2014 - 10:50 PM

Probably a complete waste of time on a modern, stock, or near stock motor


On an older, carburetered car the spacer increases the distance between the carb and the inlet manifold, this can help the fuel atomise and mix better with the air, helping combustion


on a modern engine the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber - so the spacer will have no effect in this case


The spacer has to be a perfect match with the throttle body/ manifold, if it is well designed, it can increase airflow, if it is not, it can cause turbulence that can restrict the airflow and reduce power/ stop the engie revving at the top end  


Its a bit technical/ complicated for this (non-technical) forum, but the inlet has a "tuned length" or "resonant frequency" this may be tuned by the manufacturer to boost low- end torque or "fill in" a flatspot (ie, in the midrange) adding the spacer increases the length of the inlet, this changes the resonant frequency, this can put the resonant frequency outside the engines operating range (loosing power/ torque) or reduce power at some revs, and increase it at others (depends on the specific engine, and many factors)


Off the top of my head, the 1.25 has the same inlet as the 1.4 and 1.6, so is more than good enough for the 1,25 anyway



I would nood to see before/ after dyno graphs (preferably independant/ not run by the tuner/ supplyer of the plate) it would have to be the exact same engine as yours with the same mods (if any) to be accurate


On balance, for you a waste of time/ money, you are paying £80 for a fivers worth of plate - you could make it yourself

#328180 Jean Genie - Focus "stdci"

Posted by FOCA on 01 February 2014 - 09:18 PM

According to Etis my car is fitted with factory privacy glass, but when its bright it doesn't do much for the toddler in the back! I think those blinds look quite tidy as well from pictures.


Given the choice of little stick on roller blinds for the rear windows or a full blind kit, I think I know which one looks better :) Off to Ebay bargain hunting now then I think.

Its a light tint

#325937 Mk3 Mondeo 2.0 Tddi Mods

Posted by FOCA on 25 January 2014 - 11:28 PM

What is the difference between fixed and variable turbos then? And what is the purpose of the tmap sensor?

The fixed vane is simpler than the VNT, it has no variable vane mech to coke up and sieze so is more reliable


it has a simple mechanical/ pnematic actuator that controls the boost via a wastgate, it does not have any electronic parts to go wrong either - in standard form it suffers from lag, low down compared to the VNT,  but can be modified easily by adding a bleed valve, boost controller etc so that the boost level can be controlled and the lag (strictly speaking the boost threshhold) reduced


The T-MAP is a combined temperature and MAP sensor, it reads the temprature and pressure of the air between the intercooler and inlet manifold    

#324346 Clutch And Cruise Control - Are They Linked? Ford Mk4 Mondeo

Posted by FOCA on 21 January 2014 - 08:05 PM

There is a microswitch on the clutch pedal that tells the ECU that the clutch pedal is pressed, the CC disengages when you press it, this may have something to do with the CC or the problems you have encountered with the CC may be unrelated to the CC 


A car could go for 100,000s of miles with no problems or fail/ not start all the time and cost a fortune in parts or repairs - its just a machine that follows the laws of physics, being 100% reliable is highly unlikely


People often apportion human emotions to their cars - they "trust" a car / expect it to be reliable, then when it fails they stop "trusting" it - both are illogical


Almost all modern diesels now have DMFs, and DPFs, EGR valves, etc etc   

#324220 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by FOCA on 21 January 2014 - 04:08 PM

Fords are different from audis etc - remappers that can electronically delete the EGR on other cars cannot do Euro4 Fords  


If he does not sort it out you can get your money back via your credit card company

#323694 Matte Black Vinyl Wrap Hard Water Marks

Posted by FOCA on 19 January 2014 - 11:08 PM

I note the trees in the picture, the leaves can contain sap that can stain paint, the sun can also bleach the wrap,(this is what i think has happened) its possible it has faded so cannot be fixed by washing - if it was paint it could be buffed out - i don't know about wrap    

#323676 Wats Ur Favourite Car

Posted by FOCA on 19 January 2014 - 10:30 PM

That would be my worse nightmare blowing my car up racing it.

Happens all the time when you are racing


Took a brand new (handbuilt/ one of a kind) engine that took six months to build for a test at a track, someone (not me) made a mistake and we only had enough of the special (difficult to get/ordered in advance) fuel we were using for two laps, the driver forgot about the limited fuel and stayed out for several laps, (it was "flying") the engine ran out of fuel flat out in top, at the end of the straight, it siezed, - i was gutted, we had to run with the (crappy) back up engine,as the budjet was not there to rebuild the f-inished engine - i quit soon after that


You might spend £100k on the car, but you probably need another £100k to race it


I like my Mondeo, it is my favorite car,  its fast enogh for me(ish), is practical, economical, can run on veg oil and does not attract attention - no other car mentioned on this thread can do all of that       

#323238 What Would You Consider Fast? 70Mph - 80/100/130/150/200Mph?

Posted by FOCA on 18 January 2014 - 06:51 PM

Well, we have had the 70mph motorway speed limit since 1968, cars have changed a lot since then, and 70mph is a very slow speed, 47 years later, for a modern car  


But - what do you consider fast?


and what would be regarded a quick 0-60mph?


off road, of course!   

#322810 Night Shift Forum!

Posted by FOCA on 17 January 2014 - 01:16 PM

I think both of you need new batteries. Remember to get the silver calcium type though!! :P

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:


Im thinking about the ones the Duracell bunny uses - where would i put them, though?, any ideas? :D