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#354342 What Causes Uneven Tyre Wear?

Posted by wase16ll on Yesterday, 08:45 PM

sherman tanks tend to go cheap in army surplus stores  :)

#344940 Clutch Replacement Mk4 1.25 Zetec's

Posted by wase16ll on 19 March 2014 - 10:10 PM

tbh, never used them, but remember there was a few hanging up in the spares place i used to deal with years ago...but that was in the day that clutch replacements werent beyond the capabilities of the weekend mechanic..so maybe discontinued.
also remember one of the clutch manufacturers used to have a plasic guide included in their clutch kits, but dont see them any more either.
so apart from the odd one i see hanging on a wall, maybe wrong about 'readily available'

also, you rarely see a 'spigot bearing' clutch these days, so that might explain why you dont see the guides much now...

like you, i tend to use my eyes now, only get the aligner kits to double check if the box doesnt want to play ball and pop back in...9 out of 10, clutch is lined up fine, its just a case of getting the engine/box at the right angles

#344665 Clutch Replacement Mk4 1.25 Zetec's

Posted by wase16ll on 19 March 2014 - 09:08 AM

used to be able to get the plastic aligners for specific makes, not universal..iirc, the ford just needs a straight piece that fits through the driven plate, so can fashion one from a piece of dowel and insulating tape..
its not vital, like you said, aligning with the eye is straightforward enough...no big deal either way

#344611 Clutch Replacement Mk4 1.25 Zetec's

Posted by wase16ll on 19 March 2014 - 12:23 AM

every mechanic needs to be armed with a decent hammer :)

#344141 Fiesta 2008> Intermittent Brake Pedal Feel Issues

Posted by wase16ll on 18 March 2014 - 12:39 AM

have you had any work done on the brakes before this problem started? if so, though ive not experienced it myself, have heard its possible air can trap in the abs unit, which can give a similar condition..if no work has been done to the brakes, then this is unlikely to have happened, so would then agree with the master cylinder being the likely culprit.
though i would have all the brakes physicaly checked before condemning the master...for example, you may have a rear wheel cylinder sticking

#343556 Sold My Focus And I've Gone German

Posted by wase16ll on 16 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

tbh, bmw's are notoriousdly bad on grip in snow/ice no matter what tyres are on it...

#340377 Cat Removal Need Help

Posted by wase16ll on 08 March 2014 - 09:59 PM

ok, so the bolts your struggling with, are they nut and bolts..in which case just cut them off and replace...if they are studs/nuts, depending if the studs go through the joint rather than being threaded in exhaust, easier if you can get them undone, but worse case, cut them, drill the studs out and replace with nut/bolts..

dont know the cat set up off the top of my head, but if your talking about the manifold/downpipe studs then pays to spend extra time getting them undone, as if they shear, can be a right pain getting them drilled out and rethreaded or replaced..

#337451 Rust Hole Repair

Posted by wase16ll on 28 February 2014 - 11:25 PM

re a rough quote...not really, an inch hole often ends up much larger by the time you find clean metal...size of repair makes a big differance to cost...

#337449 Rust Hole Repair

Posted by wase16ll on 28 February 2014 - 11:18 PM

depends exactly where the hole is, still not sure if you mean floor pan or lower sill?

floor pan..yes, can save yourself some money by doing as much prep as possible...welding is best on the inside.. when it comes to removing all trace of sound deadening etc, usually easiest to heat it up with a blow torch and scrape it away..taking all necessary precautions obviously...sometimes its possible to give it a few light blows with a chisel or similar, as this will crack it and break off...
your looking to find good clean metal that is at least 1-1.5" surrounding the hole. plus all traces of sound deadening etc a further 3-4" away from the clean metal
dont be suprised if the welder spends a little time going over what you do though.

lower sill...easier to prepare, just attack it with an angle grinder till you get a few inches either side of the hole, remove all traces of rust/sealant/paint/underseal etc...if you find the hole a lot bigger than it first appears, might be easier to just get a replacement panel or oversill..in which case you may be better off letting the welder do the work.

#337369 Rust Hole Repair

Posted by wase16ll on 28 February 2014 - 08:32 PM

think best way i can answer that is by saying...

if the tester spots a hole in the floor and/or sill panel has been repaired with filler..it will fail.

how you interpret that answer is up to you

hasten to add, its not the route i'd take on a customers car...before anyone tries pulling me up on that

#336633 Focus 1.6Tdi Dpf Replacement

Posted by wase16ll on 26 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

have the codes been cleared and if so, have you attempted a regen by driving ?

codes are suggesting the dpf needs regenerating, the process probably started as you took the revs up, but stopped/failed to complete as you eased off...that triggered the codes and put you in limp..that might not necessarily mean the dpf is dead and buried, just that it needs a regen and because the regen didnt complete, car went into limp to protect it

worth trying before condemning...but codes need clearing first

needs a sustained drive in lower gear at higher revs...should tell you what/how to do this in your handbook as every make have slightly varying methods

if that fails, or already been tried..there is a growing industry in removing and cleaning the dpf off the car, heard they are good at prolonging the life of the filter, not sure of cost or if available in your area but worth a try as probably far cheaper than replacing.

most garages with fairly decent diagnostic capability, will be capable of forced regen and resets, so worth a few local garage calls.

i'm more or less in your area, but i make a point of not working with dpf problems, leave it to the specialists...but ill ask about and see if i can get any local recomendations from others in the game

#336439 Ford Focus Exhaust

Posted by wase16ll on 26 February 2014 - 12:52 AM

bit of advice
should always look at repairing exhausts as a temporary measure...trust me, it wont last

bare in mind that exhaust usually corrode from inside to out, so you have no way of knowing the condition of the rest of that particular section...what usually happens is...if on a silencer, another hole will appear or the original hole gets larger...if its on a pipe, then same again but could also possibly break in half..if its on a joint where the pipe enters the box, then guarantee sooner, rather than later that repair will break away and either rattle like crazy or snap away.

better off changing though a repair will last for a short while....would als be wary of garage that stated this could have ruined your cat???? unless the hole is on the cat itself.

#336110 Lamda Sensor

Posted by wase16ll on 25 February 2014 - 11:19 AM

would make certain you have been supplied with the correct sensor, they all look very similar but many are actually different..


if it is correct, then yes you can, but good connection is vital, so make sure its stable and water tight...


if it was me, id get that sensor changed for exact copy

#334132 Mk1 1.6 Focus Flat Spot

Posted by wase16ll on 19 February 2014 - 06:12 PM

those emission figure may very well back up their diagnosis, so cant knock that.


in a (rough) nutshell

your o2 reading is high: (0.5-1% is the target) 

possibly detecting unregulated air from pre cat exhaust leak...this could mess up all the other figures '(particularly Lambda, which is reading an average of slightly high...expected when you have an exhaust leak)


your CO2  reading is slighly low (14-15%)

only marginal, but a low co2 is normally associated with a misfire, as your reading is close, it may be to do with either the exhaust or possibly the crank sensor issue


both CO and HC are high

again, only marginal, but these are the ones that need further checking once suggested repairs are done..if the new sensors dont correct this then you could be looking elsewhere for a fault...something very minor, such as a need to service injector/s, but if you continue with those figures then long term you will get further problems with 02 sensors/cat

ideally looking for 0.1% give or take CO and an HC lot nearer 0 than 100.


those readouts make perfect sense of the fuel trims though, be interested to hear the outcome



Arts, not sure if that was a typo mate, but your CO is high if it was taken on a warmed up engine, could do with a lower HC too,

if the 0.3% figure is meant to be 02, then that is also slightly high...even the smallest exhaust leak can cause this or possibly an air leak elsewhere.

#332575 New Mot Requirements ( Dpf And/or Catalysts )

Posted by wase16ll on 14 February 2014 - 09:48 PM

no mate, youv'e got my 'rants' all wrong :D


LEZ is a different regulation that was based on pure fantasy without any backing of facts...the whole scheme was a farce.

as an eg...i drove a van that had a passenger mpv  version, identical in every way but windows..my van was hit by the regs, but the car was ok???   how the **** does that work?


what made it even worse, i live on the very edge of the boundary, turn right out of my road, i was ok, turn left and i would have been charged £100...???

was tempted many a time to reverse up to the very edge of the boundary with cameras pointing at me, and rev the bo**ox out of it on a regular basis...but im reliably informed the mayor made a miraculous discovery in that any diesel emission will be stopped from entering the zone by an invisible screen, so i didnt bother... :rolleyes:


i dont have a problem with DPF deletes, but i do have a problem with people promising it can and should be done without issue..


i have major problems with the bodies that come out with these retrospect regulations....who was it that promoted the sale of diesel vehicles all those years ago, constantly telling us that fuel savings was the way to go....then when people took up that advise, instantly hiked the price to above that of petrol....now they are having a go, by accusing owners of causing major harm, and its the owners that will get punished for it..

with diesels, it will get worse, like i said, dont be suprised if they start tinkering with the idea of banning egr blanking...already been talked about..latest diesels will start to see even more emission busting devices being fitted...expect to see NOx filters coming soon if not done so already..


simple answer...forget retrospective regs...with DPF, if you had them deleted already, you get away with it, but firms offering deletes get stopped in their tracks from the day of the announcement...you will always find the odd car getting round it, but its the odd one, not the 10's of thousands that have already been tampered with...in time, what you set out to achieve, is achieved.



similar with the LEZ....there were far better ways of ridding the area of non compliant vans, for example, make a road tax incentive that will encourage owners to comply, not forcing them to flood the rest of the country with non compliants in a very short space of time, making them worthless...how does that improve air pollution?. i ended up virtually giving mine to a very nice lady that wanted it to do short journeys from lock up to market, all of which were 3 miles outside of the zone...yeah, that helped london LEZ


DPF are different, i understand the need for them, but i also understand the wish to remove them....its the controlling bodies that are to blame here for ignoring the very public issue of DPF deletes...now they want to screw you to the wall


all im saying is...understand what they do and why they are necessary..then, and only then, you can make the decision of trying to get round the rules or not...that is your decision, not mine...nor anybody else that has already had it done and spouts the usual 'they cant ever find out..because its only visual' tosh

anyone that decides that its the best route to take just because the firm that will profit from the work says its all ok and nothing will ever come of it...are making a bad decision that can really come back and bite them in the rear


would also add that dealers need to up their game and stop selling inappropiate vehicles to new owners....diesels are no longer cost effective to anyone doing less than 12/15k miles a year...and with new regs, that mileage will rise