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#413797 Air Intake Pipe Advice!!!

Posted by FOCA on 26 September 2014 - 06:30 PM

You can get an F-super code reader tat can read live data -



#413766 Help Identifying A Mondeo Model

Posted by FOCA on 26 September 2014 - 05:05 PM

The LX in the same color would not have color coded mirrors/ door handles, (they would be black) there would be no fog lights (just "blanks", like fake vents, in black) and would probably not have the same wheels


but you would have to be very observant to notice the difference (apart from the wheels - which i feel would be noticable )


if it had steel wheels (16") you could fit these -



which are similar to the zetec alloys/ look like alloys on the car



the standard pre-facelift wheel trims look like this (no good/ look like trims)-  



#412300 My 1.8Tdci Egr Has Been Blanked Off!

Posted by FOCA on 22 September 2014 - 08:24 PM

And so far it has been a wonderful improvement, acceleration is consistent without the splutter.


I do have one concern however.


My water temp is much lower after the mod, it barley gets past 60 on the gauge, even after a motorway drive!


can this cause problems?

This could be caused by -


1 - A drop in the ambient temp (colder weather+ you are using the heater/ more)


2 - An increase in efficiency (with the solid EGR plate the engine may be more efficient, producing less heat for the same power/ you need to use less throttle for the same effect )


3 - on some engines, the EGR plate blocks the EGR cooler -


The EGR cooler cools the hot exhaust gases coming from the exhaust manifold before it gets to the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve - the cooler has a secondary function, as it heats the engine coolant directly from the exhaust - this can help the engine warm up quicker (the exhaust tends to warm up quicker than the engine (block)) and put a bit more heat into the engine - on a mondeo diesel the EGR cooler is located between the thermostat bypass and the cabin heater (so it helps heat the passesnger compartment before the (main) thermostat opens)


The Blanking plate could be re-located so the exhaust gases still heat up the EGR cooler (so the ehgine heats up as quickly as before/ taking #1 and #2 into account)


And you will still have the benifits of the EGR blanking plate (less hesitation/ flat spots/ better throttle response, less smoke, inlet stays clean, engine is more reiliable)


edit - typo      

#411523 Mapping

Posted by FOCA on 20 September 2014 - 02:55 PM

Im dissapointed and surprized no-one has mentioned the Superchips Bluefin -


These are similar to ordinary remaps but have some advantages -


Superchips has been around scince 1977 - the longest running in the UK (so they did not just get a laptop/ mobile no./ remap they got online last year/ last week) - so they are liable to be still in business when you need them


They have a dedicated after sales/ technical team (that you can actually get a hold of - swiftly)- i have had direct experience with - they were very good/ helpful to me


They have a lot of Ford products and support Ford - not just the performance models but the more everyday models too


You can order your Buefin online, and it gets sent in the post, no need to drive 100/200/500 miles to get your car remapped, and the same again if you want it modified/ revised or there is a problem - Superchips can revise your map online (just by plugging the handset into your PC) - i had several revisions this way - all good if you live in the sticks/ overseas or have a busy job/ one with "anti-social" hours  


Once you buy your Bluefin, you can have your map revised, free-of-charge for 12 months (there is no extra fee)


Often, you can transfer your map, free-of-charge to another car, within 12-months  


If you put your car in to a main stealers, and they update the ECU, this can delete your map, if you left the Bluefin map on and this happens, Superchips can return their  remap to you (they keep a copy of it)  


You can load your remap on at any time, or return it to the original, yourself, in 5mins, i take the performance map off when it snows, or when putting the car in to get valeted/ the garage/ MOTd, or lending it to the wife (its too fast for her even without the Superchips remap)


The Bluefin handset also has a handy OBD code reader built-in



#410519 Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

Posted by FOCA on 17 September 2014 - 01:48 AM

Did you see the middle of the plate?/ was it solid?  - it could just be a thin, steel  gasket


Who knows - one of out members was at Ford and the head mechanic recommended fitting a blanking plate  

#410105 Joke Thread

Posted by FOCA on 15 September 2014 - 10:14 PM

A topical one -




There is only 25-100 years of oil left in the north sea


But England only has 5 days worth left!   :lol:

#410050 Mighty Car Mods Black Intercooler Counterargument

Posted by FOCA on 15 September 2014 - 08:48 PM

Both MCM and the youtube reply have errors (and make assumtions)


The MCM test is done without being fitted to a car, and not done in "real life" conditions (eg- like with the heat from the engine bay/ radiator, etc, or the  heat from a real turbo etc) - so it does not take important factors into account (its a very simple test)  


A regular intercooler on a road car does not have a fan, the radiator fan only comes on at high temperatures, so if the intercooler has no air running through it (when the car is static or moving at very low speed) the black painted intercooler will radiate more efficiently


BUT, a black painted intercooler will absorb more heat (heatsoak) from the radiator (because it works both ways)  


so the best thing is to have the FRONT of the intercooler painted black, and the back shiny silver - so it radiates heat better when the car is static, but reflects heat off the intercooler from the cars radiator and the underbonnet heat


The black front/ silver rear is my idea


You could also put extra fans in-between the intercooler and radiator, and move them apart (not my idea- ive seen it on race cars) this would make the airflow through the intercooler and put a phisical (insulating) barrior between the radiator/ intercooler  


You could also fit a waterspray to the outside of the intercooler (seen it on a EVO on TOP GEAR years ago- originally used in racing/ rallying) - ive got one on my Mondeo - it really works - (its to do with the latent heat of evaporation and the (exellent heat)absorbency of water ) 


The MCM test showed a sight decrease

in efficiency when air was flowing through the radiator (probably due to the insulation effect of the paint) but the effect was only slight,  and as the increase when there was no airflow (when  car was stationary/ not fitted with an intercooler fan) was a significant improvement  


A drag racing car has to wait on the line, a race car has to as well, and a road car is often stationary in traffic etc - so its worth painting your intercooler black (or the front of it) if you dont have intercooler fan(s)  

#409344 Rattle Noise On Acceleration.

Posted by FOCA on 13 September 2014 - 07:42 PM

It may be the DMF or it could be an exhaust heat shield  

#409312 K&n Panel Air Filter

Posted by FOCA on 13 September 2014 - 07:01 PM

Ive done a lot of research on this - ti took a lot of time/ effort to wade throgh all the BS


It depends on the car -


On some it made no difference at all


On some (NA) no difference in power but a slight increase in throttle response


On some (NA) there was a slight increase in power at very high revs (typically 1-3Hp)


On some turbo engines,lag is reduced a bit from low revs and throttle response improved, but no or very slight increase in power - this is typical (what you might expect) from most turbo-diesels


On some cars/ engines new stock/ K&N (or any other make) or no filter at all makes no difference, this is because other parts of the intake/ inducion system are more restrictive than the filter element  


In general you can expect no difference or only a slight difference in power compared to a fresh stock filter - typical independant measured gains are 1-2Hp, you need 10% for a noticable difference in power, though you might notice better throttle response/ reduced lag - or more noise


Often, a "sports" replacement filter replaces a dirty, clogged stock filter so the noticed improvement is due to that - like for like / new for new is a fair comparison


K&Ns are oild cotton filters (like green cotton) they allow small dust particles in when they are new (which can cause bore wear), and need to build up a layer of dust to start filtering properly - stock filters filter out small dust particles, straight from new


a stock filter does not last as long as a K&N (or similar) but a stock patterrn filter costs £5 and a K&N £30 - 6 times as much


I run a stock (paper) filter on my car - (369Nm - independant dyno stock is 209ft-lbs, off the top of my head) - i need to because the CAIS goes into the wing and i tend to pick up road dust from the wheel - the paper filter filters this out and the K&N would not - a K&N would ruin the engine - if i re-located the intake i might consider it, though - who knows - i might need that extra 2Hp


Better get yourself a remap - 9-times out of 10 will make a bigger difference and is probably more cost-effective/ "bang-per-buck"       

#409293 More Power

Posted by FOCA on 13 September 2014 - 06:24 PM

Hey peeps,

I have a new shape ford focus 1.6 petrol titanium. Is there any way to get more power out of it with out doing and drastic changes to engine?



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#409146 My Ford Focus Mk2 Tdci

Posted by FOCA on 13 September 2014 - 01:18 AM

Finally got a engine cover at long last, now what olor should it go hmm, also something i decided to try out, and the new dials which im going to have to go ford to code them

Your open cone filter will lose power,  as it draws warm/ hot underbonnet air 


your diesel has a sealed, unvented bonnet, and the engine bay gets hot, a cone filter may be ok with a vented bonnet and a cool air feed (even with that its usually not as effective as a proper encapsulated CAIS or even the stock air intake) 


its why panel filters are recommended above cone filters, in this day and age


Cooler air = higher density = more oxegen per cc = more power / warmer air = lower density = less oxegen per cc = less power


Its the reason for intercoolers and cool air intakes  


Raplacing the K&N with a stock airbox should increase power (engine should pull better, right through the range)  

#408646 Engine Swap Diesel To Petrol

Posted by FOCA on 11 September 2014 - 05:58 PM

Ive had someone tell me that changing the turbo and diesel pump off a mondeo ST would gove me a substantial increase in power but how easy would it be

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Who told you that? was it a mate of kermit and miss piggy :lol:


I wont even bother explaining (the several reasons) how that won't work


My advice -  get the car serviced, get your Bluefin remap get a panel filter, possibly some exhaust upgrades - there are other things you can do, but they are not going to make a lot of difference and/ or get expensive or require skill/ experience  



Here are some -




heatwrapping the decat/ downpipe


gas-flowing the downpipe


back-box delete


larger diameter exhaust with straight-through silencer


resonator bypass


gas-flow the airbox


fit/ build a large diameter CAIS


larger FMIC (that fits the boost hoses/ fits the space) with waterspray


larger diameter boost hoses


shorter boost hoses/ redesign


EGR delete


replace the inefficient (soaks up power) waterpump with an electric one


lighten the car - fit the lightest wheels you can find, reduce weight / fit lighter parts eg battery etc


fit a solid flywheel carbon fibre/ kevlar clutch/ uprated (to handle the extra power/ torque )  


fit a short-shifter (or modify the original one)


remove the AC (wastes power, adds weight)



These are some of the things ive done on my car - some of these things make a big difference, some just small - but they add up  

#407960 Stopping Distances?

Posted by FOCA on 09 September 2014 - 10:39 PM

The surface temperature and conditions have a greater influence on stopping distances, along with the tyre condition, pressure, make and model  


Temperatue has a big effect - with many tyres, the grip is greatly reduced at under 7 degrees C


Road camber, condition of the road surface (eg, contaminated with oil, stones etc) or if the surface is bumpy, roundabouts can often get "polished" - the very grippy stuff they put on accident black spots/ some juctions is called "shellgrip"  


obvoiusly wet weather, slush or snow has a big effect in grip - but the best tyre for a hot sunny day may not be the best one for a cool, rainy autumn night - its a compromise


On a bumpy road worn shock absorbers can increase stopping distances



the bigger discs may reduce fade from high speeds (100+) but may not make any difference stopping from 30, they may even be detrimental, and imbalance the car (you might have to get the entire, all-round  ST setup)


A magazine tested a Motorcycle against a 911 turbo (years ago) and the 911 had half the stoppingn distances than those shown in the highway code - but as above - difficult to get consistant/ comparable  results when even temperature makes such a big difference, never mind road grippyness and other factors 


 A brand new set of the best "A" rated tyres will probably make a bigger difference than a brake upgrade, in my opinion - like goodyear eagle F1s    

#407946 Focus Hesitation And Dirty Egr

Posted by FOCA on 09 September 2014 - 09:49 PM

after i blanked it there was still hesitation and i believe the egr
can be stuck in the open position by the carbon build up, so i took out
the blank and then cleaned the egr. i have refitted the blank. the egr
is the work of satan on a diesel car, just look at the carbon build up
on the blanking plate in just 3 weeks.

can anyone verify...i
couldnt undo the nuts on the egr so i fitted the plate to the other end
of the pipe on the manifold, is it ok to put it here, does it do the
same job?

Blanking the EGR only fixes / eliminates the hesitation caused by the EGR - not the hesitation from other reasons  


Thing about the amount of carbon the EGR has dumped into the engine (including the inlet manifold) in 10 years (the age of the car) if the plate looks like that after 3 weeks!


The inlet manifold must be clogged up by now (chokeing the engine) this must be taken off and cleaned properly (with petrol, then with a high-power steam jetwash - EGR cleaner etc is a waste of time / money


As Ian has said, no point in cleaning the EGR (apart from the gasket faces) as nothing will flow anyway once a solid EGR blanking plate is fitted  


The plate can be fitted in various locations along the EGR pipe (depends on the car/ engine/ design) it may make subtle changes to the recponse - sometimes, the EGR gubbins can be completely removed and two solid plates fitted - one on the exhaust side and one n the inlet -


There are advantages in doing this - the energy from the exhaust to the turbo (turbine) has a shorter path,(reduced volume to travel) less heat energy is lost - more goes to spin up the turbo (reducing lag a little)  


the inlet (around the EGR valve) stays cooler, making a denser charge - increasing power a little


so the bits that need to stay hot stay hotter and the bits that need to stay cool are cooler and the turbo has a shorter path - i have done this on my car - its not a massive difference, but it is a noticable improvement


Its a bit of an art putting a single EGR blank in the right place - if its too close to the exhaust it has to take a lot of heat, if its the "wrong" side of the EGR cooler the engine can take longer to warm up, but generally, anywhere between the cooler and the vave is usually ok. (if not "optimum")   

#407085 Mark Iv Mondeo, Things To Watch Out For?

Posted by FOCA on 08 September 2014 - 04:35 AM

EGR valve leaking , DPF clogging up/ forced regen, (especially when used for short trips/ driven sedately) oil being contaminated and the level going up etc , DMF breaking up over time, eventually siezing starter , VNT mech sticking (due the extra carbon the EGR valve injects) the inlet manifold getting contaminated with carbon and eventually choking up -  


thats the usual (modern) diesel problems (typical of high-milage diesels of all marques) the engine is a PSA - co-designed/ built by Ford, Peugeot and Citroen, and used in many different cars


exessive/ uneven tyre wear/ having to replace tyres frequently on some cars


The 163 can be a bit sluggish off the line/ needs revved in the lower gears to "shift", ("gutless" is mabee going too far) and can have hesitation / flat spots at low revs (i blame the EGR) - this is what early cars were like but later ones may be improved