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Bottlethroddy

Member Since 31 Jan 2009
Offline Last Active Apr 07 2009 11:05 AM
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In Topic: Manual Gearbox symptoms causes ??

06 February 2009 - 10:42 AM

I ALSO have a 1999 1.8 ghia, however, mines done 170k!

When you say the gears are difficult to select, do you mean it struggles to actually go into gear, or is the stick just sloppy and its difficult to get it into the correct gate?

On mine, the second is true, so I need to adjust or replace the linkgage, but if its the first, it will be a gearbox / clutch fault.

In Topic: No spare wheel !

05 February 2009 - 03:44 PM

it is a cost cutting exercise


I knew the CO2 excuse was bull lol

In Topic: No spare wheel !

03 February 2009 - 11:38 PM

You do all realise that most new cars come with a can of tyre weld, or similar, as a space saving method!?

All you have to do is connect it to a tyre and press, hey presto, tyre is good for a few miles again!!!

Saves weight and space, as mentioned, also easier than getting dirty and changing a trye in the dark or wet!

Just thought i'd mention it seeing as so many people have no clue


But as i mentioned on my previous post, using tyre weld effectively writes off the tyre, so when before if you used a spare you can get the puncture mended, if you use weld, you have to buy a new tyre. And if youve got a half worn tyre, your have to buy two! Not to mention what someone else mentioned that if your sidewall splits, tyre weld is useless. And you dont have to be driving in this situation either, tyres can get slashed by bored teenagers, or a jagged stone on a rough road can bugger a tyre easily enough.

A spare is far more sensible, and cheaper in the long run.

In Topic: Brakes in the snow!

03 February 2009 - 08:20 PM

He said the pedal was ROCK HARD. Had the ABS came into play the pedal would have slowly sank to the floor and he would have heard the ABS 'drilling'


Well ive found in the snow with the focus that the pedal goes rock hard, and didnt 'drill' as such due to the tyres having no purchase. Drilling will normally occur from the tyres taking up grip and releasing under the pulses from the ABS. in zero grip situations, the tyres cant get a purchace so the abs tends to stay released more than applied, so you lose the pulsing sensation. Found the same in the transit in the last bout of snow we had a few years back as well.

Not saying for a second his brakes arn't faulty though, and he should definately get them checked... its just ice and ABS is not a sensation a lot of people have felt. In fact my neighbour near on scared herself to death from Ice + ABS syndrome coming into the cul-de-sac and ended up half in a hedge as it just refused to stop. Luckily there were no cars parked there!

In Topic: ANY IDEAS!

03 February 2009 - 07:38 PM

I have a Focus 1.8 zetec 'T' reg. Sometimes, say every couple of weeks, the clutch pedal goes sloppy and only engages right near the floor. If I push it down to the floor then let it spring up quickly a couple of times it seems to reset itself. The missus reckons that by putting your fioot under the clutch pedal and lifting it up also seems to reset it. Although this has never worked for me.

Any ideas as to whats faulty? I believe there is a ratchet type thing above the clutch pedal that is may be worn and needs replacing (cogs worn?). There is no leekage of any fluids. A local garage suggests its the master cylinder that needs replacing at a cost of - - - - wait for it 400!!!!!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Bob


Im afraid your mechanics diagnosis is the same as mine, definately sounds like the clutch master cylinder :(