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Abs Problem

01 February 2015 - 04:56 PM

I'm having issues with the ABS system on my Focus.


I had issues with the light coming on about 4 weeks ago, and put it into my Ford Dealership who linked the car up to the IDS system and it was diagnosed as front wheel sensors.


These were replaced and the system bled via the IDS system and the light issue was sorted.


However, I now have the symptoms of the ABS pump activates each time I press the brake pedal. Even under light braking the pump will operate. The ABS light remains out, and no fault codes are stored.


Today I thought it might be the brake light switch so replaced that, and I also disconnected both fuse boxes and the ABS pump quad lock connector in case there was moisture or corrosion in the connectors, but the issue remains.


Have any of you guys heard of  or experienced this issue?


Why should the ABS pump think a wheel is locking when it's not?


What else could I try?


Any help would be appreciated.



Focus Behaving Weird

04 January 2015 - 07:12 PM

Hi all,

I have a 2008 Titanium 1.8 tdci, and the week before Christmas the battery light came on whilst driving home from work. I took it to a local garage who said it was the alternator and replaced it.

All was well for about a week, then went out to start it on a particularly cold morning, and as soon as I turned on the ignition, but without actually starting the engine, the speedo needle started jumping up to about the 20mph mark and the seatbelt warning started beeping.

It started ok, but when driving the engine was stuttering and the abs and esp lights came on. The stuttering cleared, but the lights stayed on.

Over the past week some or all of the symptoms have continued, not all at the same time, but sometimes are. Sometimes there are no faults and it drives normally.

I have a basic fault code reader, but no faults are showing.

It might be coincidence that it started just after the alternator was replaced.

Have any of you guys got any ideas or experience of this before I book it into my Ford Dealer at great expense?


Rear Brake Pads

18 December 2014 - 10:15 PM

Hi all,


I replaced the rear pads and discs on my focus about 8 months ago. I used genuine Ford discs and Motorcraft pads.


However, although the work perfectly well, the pads throw lots of black dust over the wheels.


It's at the stage that the rear wheels have more brake dust than the front wheels!


As first thought the rear callipers might be sticking on, and have stripped the rear callipers several times, and when it was in for it's MOT I got the garage to test the rear braked on the rollers, and all is well.


So, so you guys have any recommendations for pads that have a low dust?



Engine Malfunction.

23 August 2014 - 07:51 PM

Hi folks,


I had an issue with the car today, and wondering if anyone could give me a clue as to what it might be.


I was driving up the motorway and when accelerating to overtake the 'Engine Malfunction' message came up on the display. I stopped and switched off and the message cleared. I continued and again under acceleration the message came back. I stopped again, and again it cleared.


When I set off this time I could hear a loud whooshing sound, like there is an air leak in a hose somewhere. When I got home I took off all the air intake hoses to and from the turbo expecting to find a split, but nothing.


The car is maybe a bit down on power when this happens, but only a bit, and no other symptoms.


Any idea what it could be? I was thinking maybe a split or leaking intercooler, but it looked ok earlier from a visual inspection.


My car is a 2008 1.8tdci .


Any ideas will be welcome.




Windscreen Leak Experience.

31 May 2014 - 09:29 PM

Just thought I would make other aware of an issue that apparently common to the Focus range.


I have a Mk 2.5 Titanium, and recently when washing it a drip of water has appeared inside the windscreen from under the interior mirror and was running down to the dash. At first it was only when I washed the car, but got worse so even when it rained it would happen.


At first I blamed the aerial on the roof, and I sealed it 3 times, but still it leaked.


The next stage was the carpet on the drivers side started to get damp.


I called Autoglass as the only other place it could leak was the windscreen, who were really unhelpful. They said they could not remove the screen as their sealant was incompatible with all others and I would need to pay for a new screen at a cost of £799 because I have a rain sensor and it's heated. Sod that! I even asked could I take a hammer to it then get then to fit a new one on the insurance? No, because you've made us aware of it now...bunch of w***s!


Next I called National Windscreens, guy was really helpful and he dispatched a technician to remove the screen and refit it for a cost of £75. When the guy arrived, he said he  knew exactly what the problem was. Apparently there is a wire that is connected to the heated screen at the top of the screen in the centre. Through time it "wiggles" about and causes a gap in the sealer and hence the leak. He pealed back the headlining and sealed the gap, all for £40.


So anyone else who has this problem, or maybe just damp carpets in the front should check this, and gibe the helpful guys at National Windscreens a shout.....