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Focus Mk2.5 2.0 Tdci - Belt Or Chain?

18 August 2014 - 04:06 PM

Very quick question... is the 2.0 litre tdci (mk2.5 / 2008 - 211) a belt or chain setup?  It's the ford/peugeot engine... dw10 i think?



Mk2.5 - Flywheel Hell - Same Old Story??

11 August 2014 - 08:54 AM

So I've had a couple of other focus' and always managed to nurse the DMF's and not had any major problem besides a bit of vibration.


However, 18 months (and 50k) after this post....




I appear to now be in flywheel hell.


I just wondered if anything has changed from previous models - car has done 100k so it's due.  Vibration when idling (but only now and again), vibration through the clutch, rattling noise.  All points to dual mass flywheel right? Starter motor is fine so I hoped that would keep the cost down somewhat.


However, first ford main dealer has quoted £1480.    I knew it was going to be around a grand, but that seems a bit excessive.


Any thoughts?


Also tempted to buy the flywheel/clutch kit off ECP for £200 and have someone fit it - pros/cons/etc


Many thanks!



Focus >2008 Air Con Failed - Light On, No Click

24 April 2014 - 10:29 AM

My Air Con is dead.  I know it could just need re-gassing, but for various reasons I think its more than that, so just humour me - it doesn't need re-gassing....


I was in an accident over Christmas, and from reading various bits and bobs, some air con systems have safety cut offs - could it be that?


If not, anyone got any advice on where to start? I'm just about to check the fuses, but I'm fearing the worst really.


The button light illuminates, but no 'click' is heard.


Any ideas?



Dashcam Videos

27 January 2014 - 09:27 AM

So my focus is back on the road again, and 2 days later this happens


(Advanced warning: it's not that exciting, but it **** me up a bit!)



(jump to 20 seconds in)

So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

08 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

Sadly my focus is in a bit of a bad way at the moment, but I thought I'd share what is a potential good news story...


There I was, motoring along the motorway, when a HGV decided to overtake... into the side of me.  Bit of an impact, smashed me around the front of the HGV, then pushed me sideways along the motorway.


So the car's a bit of a mess, but amazingly, is still car shaped, and even managed to drive me 30 odd miles home (at 45mph just to be safe).




Anyway... you'll perhaps notice the dashcam in the window.... which captured me in the middle of my lane nicely.  Of all the cars on the road, I think he hit the wrong one.


Things to learn from this:


* Focus 1 HGV 0 :P

* Focus is a great, strong, safe car

* Aviva love dashcams (Seriously - they've been great so far!)

* Try not to get hit by a foreign lorry - it's a pain in the *** even if they're insured.

* Buy a dashcam already - lorry driver claimed he was 'just driving along'.


It's touch and go whether it gets written off sadly - though its all superficial damage, but I've made it clear I want it repaired if possible and I'll update and post the crash video soon.