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In Topic: Upgrade Discs Pads For 07/08 2.5 Tit X

19 May 2015 - 07:25 AM

While I wouldn't want to dispute the excellence of the DS2500 for the appropriate application, as far as I am aware, Ferodo make no road legal pads for the Mondeo, outside of the MkI and MkII. You might be happy running non-road-legal pads (EU, not Asia/US, for example), but, for many people that won't be something that they would countenance.


(Information from the 2015/16 Ferodo Car Tuning Catalogue and the Ecat Ferodo Racing website, for EC90 pads)

In Topic: Glow Plugs And Smoke

09 May 2015 - 07:03 PM

Checked the glow plugs and none was working so thought that must be the problem. Replaced with four new NKG.

What test did you do to determine that the glow plugs were not working?



My mate who has a diagnostic says it could be the fuel rail sensor pushing to much fuel into the engine at low revs. Just tried a new one, no difference.


Well, I'd say that was one of the unlikelier possibilities. Is it true that your mate did not see any other failure codes, though?


 So far I have changed: Air filter, fuel filter, oil and oil filter, cleaned out EGR and inlet manifold...Could it be one of the injectors? Would that be causing the problem of the smoke?


I would think that the most likely thing is a leak in the pipes from the turbo to the inter-cooler or from the inter-cooler back; now, while these might be amongst the cheaper faults to cure, it isn't always apparent where there is a leak, without a really good inspection.


If it was one injector, I think you'd probably see the smoke coming out in pulses, at least at low rpm.

In Topic: New Brakes

28 April 2015 - 08:56 AM

... is there any proof of the drilled and grooved discs being better i know the pagid discs are vented so assume bout the same thing


Vented and grooved/cross drilled are designed to do different things. 


Vented is designed to get more airflow through the disks and improve cooling. Often, fronts are vented and rears are plain, and you should not replace vented with plain, because you may not get enough cooling. With the lower amount of work that rears have to do, vented rears don't usually make a difference.


Grooved or cross drilled clean up the surface of the pads (and so avoid the problem that pads 'glaze', under some conditions, usually sustained light-ish braking - grooved probably fulfil this role better than cross drilled, depending on the groove design and the number of cross drillings) and they vent the pad surface (some pads can absorb a little water, and when this happens, under braking, the water can escape as steam, and, without some other way to escape, this stops the pads making full contact with the disks, and this 'I've just pressed the brakes and nothing has happened' effect can be quite disturbing, so it really is something that you don't want - on the other hand, if you have pads that don't absorb water, this isn't an issue).


On the other hand, either grooved or cross-drilled can create local weak spots in the disks, and they can crack under high thermal loading, so, if you go down either the grooved or cross-drilled routes, you want good quality disks.


... i seem to havto press the brake to slpw down but to stop havto floor the pedal and when braking on the motorway seem to get the steering wheel kicking... 

Having to floor the pedal is a bad thing, but is probably either air in the system (or absorbed water in the fluid, but you'd expect that to only show up late in a heavy braking phase) or rubbers in the master cylinder being shot. Neither helped by changing the pads or disks, so it is well to know what problem/problems you are trying to cure.


When was the fluid last changed, and what has happened since? How old is the car?


Steering wheels kicking(/vibration) can be caused by disk corrosion, particularly around the edges, but there are probably other causes, too. (Such as 'disk warping' which isn't usually warping that can be measured with a run-out gauge.)

In Topic: Will The Stock Head Unit Work Fine With After Market Speakers?

27 April 2015 - 05:28 PM

In general, you'll need to turn it up a bit more with aftermarket speakers. That's fine, unless you already have it turned up pretty high, and then it isn't.

In Topic: New Brakes

27 April 2015 - 01:56 PM

As far as the disks are concerned, I've got Pagids on the front of my Mondeo, and am happy; they rust less quickly than the Ford originals and generally seem like a good piece of work (although, I'll point out that the decision was influenced by the fact that they were on offer with someone like ECP at the time, and otherwise I might have gone with Mintex).


I can't tell you much about the pads, but be aware that both are in the same group, so they might (emphasis: might) even be the same pads. The TMD group includes Textar, Mintex, Don and Pagid (some bunch of investors has been hoovering up brake companies and putting them together, presumably for economies of scale). Mintex and Pagid, in particular, have a good rep for sporting brakes, but, to what extent that helps with their OEM-replacement pads, and to what extent any one of these companies sells different pads from the others would be speculation on my part.


There had been a problem with Mintex pads just after the takeover, but that's ten years ago now.