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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.

Uh Oh! Battery Light On.... Whooshing Noise.... Alternator Dead?

18 October 2013 - 08:01 PM

Car running fine, park up, shop, come back... whoosing noise evident.  Engine speed related, but not movement related.


Belt appears to be fine, and based on the fact I didn't fry the engine running it back home, it suggests the water pump is running too!


Quick check online and it seems the alternators on these are nasty and useless.  Can anyone confirm that I'm barking up the right tree, or any other trees which might be of interest?


Also, any ideas on pricing direct from ford (I might be able to source one tomorrow if so), though i suspect crazy money.


Plenty of new and used on ebay.


any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?



Tdci Tuning Boxes (Would You Put This In Your Car??)

16 May 2013 - 08:50 AM

So I've been looking at tuning boxes and other ideas.


For starters, a remap is out of the question, however great an idea it is.


I've looked at blufins, and wouldn't mind but for the cost.  Similar story with DTUK, although some bloke I was chatting to on the DTUK website offered great advice and support.


Then I ended up looking at cheaper stuff on ebay as well, and in fact mentioned this to the DTUK guy who said if I did decide to go for the ebay option, go for the cheapest because they're mostly all the same.  Anyway, I don't think he actually meant this item when he said that:




its £8, and looks 1) crap and 2) potentially dangerous.


But I just wondered if anyone had used it.  I'm sure its just a chip masquarading as a simple resistor like many other boxes, but if its that simple, can it really do any damage, and will it have the desired effect?


Anyway, your thoughts and discussion please :)