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In Topic: Quick Bulb Question

28 January 2015 - 11:16 PM

Note also that some web sites (autobulbs direct, for example) have selectors where you can put your car details in, and it will tell you which bulbs go where. Which they'd obviously then like to sell you, but there is no compulsion to go down that route, if you don't want to, although some of their prices are very decent.

In Topic: Bad Fuel In Mk3 Mondeo 2.0 Tddi

27 January 2015 - 07:53 PM

Can you measure battery voltages with a DVM? My first thought is that the batteries were not fully charged and that's why you flattened them relatively rapidly, but I could be wrong. In any case, more charge in the battery is a good thing.


Secondly, did the engine turn over reasonably quickly (reasonable crank rpm). even a slightly dubious connection (to the battery, wire to starter, ground connection, ground to battery) is enough to slow turn over, and worse reduces the voltage to the ECU, so it may not inject correctly, or the pump(s) may not produce enough injection pressure.


So, what happened when you cranked the engine?


If you can sample the fuel, does it look 'clean' and does it settle into layers? Any junk in the filter?

In Topic: Bad Fuel In Mk3 Mondeo 2.0 Tddi

27 January 2015 - 01:43 AM

On Saturday put some fuel in, proper stuff, diesel. 


When you say it was proper stuff, do you mean you have some reason for thinking it was good (which seemingly it wasn't), or it just came out of a diesel pump?



I have emptied the filter as well and filled in with redex. New fuel in tank and I've flattened two batteries trying to start it.
The fuel that came out was a yellowy almost luminous colour, not nearly clear as it should be.


RedEx - at least the ordinary stuff - is probably a mistake in these circumstances.


At this point the fuel filter is probably full of rubbish, which might be ok if you could get the car started, but you can't.


Odd coloured and cloudy fuel is usually a symptom of something going wrong in the storage. Water can build up in the tank at the fuel station, and, particularly with fuel with Bio in it, you can start getting organisms growing in the fuel. Now this isn't so bad if you only get a minute quantity, but if, for example, you get the bottom of the tank, you might get a whole load of this rubbish and then you are in trouble.

In Topic: Mk4 Headlamp Connectors Burnt Out

24 January 2015 - 12:23 PM

I'd say getting a whole headlamp from a scrappy might be your best move. Then it is a simple replacement (and, last time I did that, I got a full set of bulbs with it!).


I thought that the bulb pushed against two bent wire springs, or am I getting confused with main beam?

In Topic: Focus St Radio Wiring Help?

23 January 2015 - 11:29 PM

The radio didn't work... 


....The radio does work to some degree but it has poor signal and doesn't tune very well.


Bear in mind, that's just as likely to be a problem with the antenna unit or the wiring as a problem with the head unit. 


I'm going to take out the head unit later on hopefully and we will see what wiring looms its got. Hopefully it will be simple.


Based on insufficient evidence, I'm feeling that your car has been got at by a bodger, and it might be a mess - I hope I'm wrong.