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Howard1471

Member Since 21 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2014 04:58 PM
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In Topic: A Little Black Box Under The Back Seats

20 July 2014 - 02:32 PM

It's a 1.6 TDCi Ford Focus Zetec 57plate 5 Door and it needs a wash.  Think I'll do it now :)


In Topic: New Mot Requirements ( Dpf And/or Catalysts )

13 February 2014 - 09:26 AM

When the DPF was removed from my 1.6TDCi it was done for financial reasons, namely the cost of the DPF replacement. Costs appear to have come down significantly in between times so fitting a new one is far more realistic for me. This may reduce the number of people who "have" to go down the delete route.

My car has just crept in under the bar with this regulation, this year.  I now know that before it's next test I shall need to have a new device fitted, if only for peace of mind.

 

For the sake of future readers can anyone provide links to suppliers of DPFs and or Catalysts for the Ford range (other than Ford themselves :P


In Topic: New Mot Requirements ( Dpf And/or Catalysts )

09 February 2014 - 12:39 PM

Thanks Stevegtuk.

 

"On 16 February 2014 Section 7.1 of the inspection manual will be amended to include a check for the presence of catalysts and particulate filters on diesel powered vehicles. Any vehicle where a catalytic converter or particulate filter is missing where one was fitted as standard will fail the test. "

 

This doesn't specify the contents of the DPF ( mine has had the guts removed and the original case refitted ) so maybe it hasn't actually changed anything in real terms.


In Topic: New Mot Requirements ( Dpf And/or Catalysts )

09 February 2014 - 11:04 AM

The advice I was given when I had my DPF removed was that the particulates were not tested by the MOT and that having the DPF removed would not affect the outcome of the test. Similarly when I had my car MOT'd less than a week ago the garage consulted the document and then proceeded without issue, advising me of "the change".  So it's passed 2 years running.

If the rules regarding the presence of a DPF [where one is fitted as standard] has not changed then why would the Dept of transport ( or whatever they are called these days) feel the need to issue a notice to all MOT stations of a change as of 16 Feb 2014.

 

The important fact here is that MOT stations ( and I assume it's not just those that I have used ) have now been given the instruction to fail the vehicle.

 

I've started saving up for a new DPF :(


In Topic: Smelly Focus Tdci And Other Issues

08 February 2014 - 06:19 PM

The car has just been MOT'd and serviced.

The smell turned out to be loose connections on the injector fuel pipes, sorted.

The white smoke is still there occassionally.  Usually first thing in the morning or whenever the car has been standing for a while.

 

New regulations coming into effect from 16th Feb mean that any car which comes with a Catalyst or DPF as standard must be fitted with them or it automatically fails it's MOT. Looks like that'll be the next be purchase.