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#429714 14 Plate Mondeo Advice

Posted by BOF on 19 November 2014 - 06:20 PM

From a purely financial point of view, I wouldn't buy one, unless you can get an el enormoso discount. And even then, I'm not sure...


The new model is just round the corner, and that will influence the depreciation. I suppose, if you really do keep the car 10+ years, the car won't be expected to be worth much at the end, so it might not might not make much difference in the end, but all that time you've been driving the older model...


Comfort is good, unless you specify the lowest profile tyres, as you might expect. For economy, it is good for such a big car, provided that you buy a diesel. It isn't as good as the Official Figures, but then that's common to many cars.

#426001 Worth It? Sub

Posted by BOF on 06 November 2014 - 06:35 PM

Well, what Gumtree think is that it is no longer available, whatever it was. Maybe that means it was good value, maybe not, who knows?

#418829 Sub Routing Mk1 Focus 2002

Posted by BOF on 13 October 2014 - 09:55 AM

I'd like to keep the ground as short as possible. 


That can be a mistake. (And, I didn't say is, but can be.) If there is any voltage difference between earth at the back of the car and earth where the HU connects (and there will be), this can be seen as noise on the input to the amplifier. Then, it comes down to the frequency spectrum of that noise, any attenuation on the input (to what extent you are using high level inputs) and the response of the sub at the frequencies in question.


So, once you;ve got it hooked up, have a listen and see if any strange noises (ignition/injection, alternator, switching on and off, eg, the heated rear window, etc) are making their way through to the acoustic output. If not, you are good to go, if so, you've got a bit more to do.


The 'electrically correct' place to connect is as a start ground, to the same place that the HU gets its ground, but there may well be other places that work, depending on how critical you are and the characteristics of the various bits in your system.

#418109 Supermarket Diesel = Hesitancy/hunting?

Posted by BOF on 10 October 2014 - 06:30 PM

 I live in cambridge and have texaco, shell, bp and supermarket chains tesco and sainsburys


I know that Texaco garage, and they don't have much turnover (which makes me worry about how long it is sloshing around their tanks) and, because they do not have much turnover, their prices are a bit high when they are on their way down, but can be reasonable when they are going up.


In that area there is also a Shell with a fair turnover (Fourwentways) who are usually reasonably priced.


There is a weird situation with some of the BP stations (it is actually a particular chain, rather than BP themselves) but there are stations that do a 'Cheap Fuel two days a week' deal; if you ever see the 'Cheap Fuel Two Days a Week' boards out, you can mentally add the words '...but you are out of luck, because today is not one of those days'. So, that'll be a couple of days on which their fuel is 2p cheaper. This is also the same chain that puts '3p off' tokens into some local papers, so, by combining those, you can get 5p off. I'll just add that whether you get 5p off, or not, makes a difference to how you look at their fuel prices, and, combined, it is probably cheaper than the supermarket options.


The only Sains would be Coldhams Lane, and they seem to blow hot and cold on pricing; they are either at about the same region as everyone else around Cambridge, or a couple of pence cheaper, and you can't tell which it is going to be in advance.


I've been a bit disappointed , by the prices at the Bar Hill or the A10 Tescos; at the very least, I'd have expected the big Tescos at BH to be cheap, but it isn't particularly.


Compare fuel prices with Stevenage or Grantham (places that I drive past occasionally, and will fill up on my way past), and there are clearly cheaper prices around.

#418085 Duratorq 2.0 Tdci/140

Posted by BOF on 10 October 2014 - 05:17 PM

Just doing a little research has told me that there are at least 3 variants of this engine, with different levels of CO2 emissions,...159...139...and the latest being  119 which I assume has a dpf fitted.

The car I have my eye on locally is a 10 reg, which I think is co/2=159, road tax=£180.

Do they all have a dpf? or maybe just the 119/co2?

Any help or pointers would be very helpfull,   Thanks.



If the concern is the DPF, I think all of the 2 litre Mk IV Diesels have one. I think that early Mk IV 1.8 diesels might not have, but I am unsure about the cut-off date.


Probably an early 10 is a pre-facelift and would be the higher CO2 value, which I thought was 154. At the facelift, emissions were improved (by about 10 - 20, or so). There was also an 'eco' version with 125 BHP, but that had probably disappeared by the time frame that you are talking about (I don't really know when it disappeared, but it was pretty useless, imho, as it wasn't really much more economical than the standard 140...although, you could probably re-map to 140+ levels, if that's what floats your boat; at least smaller engined versions have a more worthwhile CO2/economy impact, even though it is a big old bus and is better with a fair amount of grunt to move it around).


The first reg date isn't an entirely reliable guide, as the car may have stood around on a dealer's lot, unregistered. Or, not. And that might make, say, six months difference.


Better would be to check from the reg on Etis, but better still would be check the vehicle documents. And if the dealer won't let you see the docs, you'd have to get rather suspicious.

#412168 Battery Light Comes On And Off

Posted by BOF on 22 September 2014 - 01:22 PM

I have a 2006 Ford Focus and the battery light has been coming on and off for the past 8 months. I am going on a long road trip so I feel I really need to address this issue.


So, address the issue. If you can't do something about it yourself, pay someone else to do it.


Also the light comes on for what seems like a every 20 minutes or so for a couple of minutes.


If that's what it does and keeps doing, you can probably survive that in daylight and if you are careful. On the other hand, there is no guarantee that it won't get worse and come on for 20 minutes with only two minutes working in between, and you won't survive that.


Another thing is that I feel like it starting happening after getting an aftermarket stereo installed.Another thing is that I feel like it starting happening after getting an aftermarket stereo installed.

Did you install the stereo, or did a professional do it? Do you know what wiring might have been disturbed?

Is this an issue to worry about or should I be ok for my road trip?


There is no evidence that you will be ok. You might get lucky. Or, not. How bad would it be if you broke down?


I drive 40 minutes on a daily basis and have no problems. Do you think an 8 hour road trip would be a bad idea


Well, you can only guess, but, if it was bad, it could be very bad.


Why not get it fixed? If you break down on a twenty minute trip that's one thing - you are always reasonably close to one end the other. Eight hours is different.


Do you have any voltage readings? Currents? How old is the battery? Do you trust the people who said that your battery and alternator were ok? What testing did they do?


PS: this is not a 'General Site |Request'.

#410699 Winter Bulb Upgrade Focus Mk2.5 2008-2012 Model

Posted by BOF on 17 September 2014 - 07:04 PM

Probably the biggest problem with light bulbs is consistency from one sample to another. The trouble is, unless you have an abnormal consumption of bulbs, it is difficult to comment on that, because you only get through a small number, and then can only compare with the last one, and if that one was misaligned  but adjusted, you'll conclude that the new one is 'bad' where it was really the old one.


Anyway, I note that while the Auto Express tests on headlight bulbs used to be an Osram benefit, recently Phillips have started taking the top spot.


That said, recently I have been using Osram, largely because they're the only ones I've seen at a reasonable price (Halfords sometimes have two-for-one offers, but they didn't last time I bought, so it was off to Autobulbs Direct).

#406071 Mondeo St Tdci Gearbox Problem 2006?

Posted by BOF on 05 September 2014 - 07:21 PM

Think I am just going to have to take it into a garage get it checked out.


I think that's right. While I suspect that it is clutch/dmf, there is only so much that you can do via a forum. In this case it stops short of being certain.


One other thing; if you have a noise at idle, and it changes as you depress the clutch, that would almost certainly be DMF/clutch.


63 k would be a bit early for a gearbox problem, but, if someone drove it aggressively, who knows? On the other hand, people do think that you start to see DMF failures from about 80k, so while it is still a bit early for that, it isn't by all that much. And, you can accelerate DMF wear-out by driving badly, and that isn't the same as driving aggressively; some of the worst will be those who think that, because they have a diesel, they should be able to pootle around at 1400 rpm in any gear (I don't know where that idea comes from).

#405464 Mondeo St Tdci Gearbox Problem 2006?

Posted by BOF on 04 September 2014 - 02:22 PM

The rattling that you mention in post #3 does sound like DMF. Prior to reading that, I'd thought synchromesh getting worn or the gearbox oil going off (or, maybe, the clutch not disengaging fully). That would tend to make gear changes more difficult, so if gear changes are still fairly slick, it is more likely to be DMF.

#404716 Mk2 2.0 Zetec Engine Woes?

Posted by BOF on 02 September 2014 - 07:59 PM

So the problem was an incorrect exhaust valve fitted by previous owner(s)/mechanic.

The valve was 1mm too short in total length, quite possible a tad thinner stem as well although I didn't have the means to measure that, just an assumption based on the oil getting into cylinder.

I'm currently in the process of putting the engine all back together :)

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Err, I have to point out that I'd have never have guessed the 'previous owner fitted completely wrong valve' scenario. Just goes to show, particularly with a newly purchased vehicle, you can never dismiss stuff out of hand, however unlikely.


I'll just point out that my local garage, many years ago, had a car in that sounded wrong. The smart money seemed to be on something in the bottom end of the engine, although there was disagreement about exactly whether it was the big ends, or not. When they pulled the engine to pieces it was clear that someone had fabricated their own piston. From wood. No one had guessed that.


PS Hope it is running well now, and you are now enjoying the car.

#401490 Mk2 2.0 Zetec Engine Woes?

Posted by BOF on 25 August 2014 - 01:56 PM

I'd have to say that I've probably run out of usefulness on this.


I'm not sure how the oil feed is arranged on this engine, but, if you could lift that cam bearing and see it, there might be some chance of cleaning it out without completely lifting the cam. It is, however, more likely that you do have to lift the cam in order to get at it, because it is hidden below the split line.


(If you can still get them, a pipe cleaner might be something that you can feed along the oil way, assuming that there is a soft blockage somewhere near the point to which you have access. That may or may not help. What I was expecting was a cylinder head liberally coated in a black, thick, greasy substance. Given that there isn't much thick, black, greasy to be seen, maybe there is a completely different explanation.)


In which case, you do have to lift the cam, at least a little. Maybe there is a possibility of lifting all of the cam bearing upper halves and having enough play to get at the oil feed or the followers without completely losing cam synchronisation (which would make the putting back together easier), but I don't know, I've never taken one of these to pieces. On the other hand, the level of care needed to keep the cam in its position with the drive teeth may just be more trouble than it is worth. But, ensuring that you have the cam timed correctly is a bit of a pain (a fiddle, rather than excessively difficult, and the kind of thing that you worry about having done correctly), so if there is a way around that it might be a short cut. Maybe you can make little alignment marks that you can work to during re-assembly (re-assembly is the reverse of disassembly, as the Haynes manuals always, so irritatingly, say).

#401262 Mk2 2.0 Zetec Engine Woes?

Posted by BOF on 24 August 2014 - 05:43 PM

OK, at least we are somewhat clear what we are dealing with now. There are still two possibilities though:


What you describe is classic 'tappet collapse' (it could have been 'pump up', but this is the opposite). normally you'd expect that the hydraulic lifters had worn, and oil was just passing through them so fast that they would just 'deflate' as soon as they came under pressure. The alternative -usually, less likely- explanation is that one of the oilways has got clogged, and there is no oil supply to the tappets.


Now, as these are two tappets together, there is a distinct possibility that there is one oilway that feeds the two tappets and if that is clogged, then that is one explanation for the two problems, and that might be more likely than two completely separate problems. OTOH, if there is no oil feed to the two tappets, maybe that causes the two tappets to fail, and there is still one root cause.


Did it look as if oil was seeping around the tappets (ie, there was an oil supply behind the tappets)? 

#400518 Mk2 2.0 Zetec Engine Woes?

Posted by BOF on 22 August 2014 - 08:13 AM

Well, it does now sound like grit in one of the hydraulic lifters, presuming that the work on the coil pack leads and plugs has eliminated the possibility of a problem there.


When was the last oil change, what oil was used and did it change at all then? In any case, nice clean new oil is worth trying, but if oil and maybe oil additives doesn't work, it will probably be 'off with its head'.

#400237 Buying Advice For 09/10 Mondeo

Posted by BOF on 21 August 2014 - 12:34 PM

There are certainly expensive things that can go wrong with Diesels (DMF, DPF, Injectors) that aren't such a problem on the petrols. This is balanced against the higher expense at the pumps of the petrols, so it is a close choice... In some ways, an LPG converted petrol would be the best choice, but some of the people who do the conversions don't always produce a reliable conversion, and who knows why the seller is selling.


Beyond 80 k miles, I'd want to see that the DMF has been done, or want it cheaply, so I could get it done. The cambelt isn't due 'till 125k, so that probably can be ignored, for now, unless you also look at higher mileage examples.


At 2010, you are probably not quite new enough to find ecoboosts around, and they can be expensive.


Personally, I'd avoid an 'Edge', because I'd pay the money and get the kit (Zetec, or higher), but, if this is a second car, you might not care that much, I don't know.


There was a facelift (Mk 4.5) probably late 2010, and that must have been a success, because the prices on facelifts are higher - all things being equal, I'd prefer a facelift, but, so far, late non-facelifts seem to be easier to find and cheaper.


The first thing I'd do would be look around at what is available on-line (autotrader, and others) to see what is available for what money. That's the first thing that you want to do so, when you go to see a car, you will know whether it is decent value.

#399602 2.0 Tdci "surging" At Light Throttle

Posted by BOF on 19 August 2014 - 05:30 PM


Could this be a problem with an injector? At 140k miles, is this to be expected?


Possible. can you get an injector leak off test done?


Halfords who did the fuel service did a "before & after" emissions check but didn't give me the printouts as they usually do. Is this likely to be relevant?


Possibly. If one, or more, injector(s) are leaking a little fuel when they shouldn't be, it will affect idle and low accelerator running most. Assuming an emissions test at idle, that might show something. The idle might sound uneven (not a constant speed).


In contrast, running at higher speeds/loads is probably less likely to be affected, so motorway running might be fine.


On the other hand, there are probably other things that it could be, such as partially blocked egr and leaks around the turbo.