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Lost Horses???

04 August 2014 - 08:53 PM

Hi. Car as in sig.
Recently noticed that it needs a bit more 'work' to keep up with how it used to be, a bit more right foot needed so to speak. Car has done just shy of 151000 mainly motorway miles, and has been serviced as per guidance. Theres no smoke at start up, cold or hot and it uses no oil as far as I can see. Recently changed oil, cleaned air filter and the maf sensor. Injector 1 was out a couple of months back to replace a leaky copper seal, and it looked fine and peering into the bore looked ok too. Have visually inspected the egr valve and it looks ok. There is a flat spot sometimes at low revs, and coming to a junction, dropping to 2nd and pressing accelerator again there is noticeable judder a bit like a misfire, lasts a couple of seconds. No codes been generated. Im at a bit if a loss. The power is there but it appears to be a bit gutless. Would terracleaning do any good? Am I missing anything? Or is it thats shes just getting on a bit in mileage. Only possible thing I can think of is the throttle position sensor possible having worn a bit at the start of its travel....

Aux Connector Questions

07 July 2014 - 07:34 PM

I am going to fit an Aux connector to my car, as we are sick of having to burn CDs to get different music, and we have an MP3 player, so it would be ideal.  I dont see the fitting being an issue, I dont think I have the wire there already.  My issues are which is the best cable kit to get.  The ford genuine, or the ones on E-Bay that end in a 3.5mm jack plug? The ford offering seems a faff to be honest, drilling bits out of the glovebox, and seems an odd place to have it, and people have said its not the most stable of fitments. 


I can see areas where I can feed the cable out of the underside of the heater controls, there seems to be 2 areas where the power socket is if you pull out the rubber mat thingie.  Also would it come through the grill that is where the heated screen buttons are?  I would like to make it look a bit neater though...  I have seen through searches here this on E-Bay.




Im not fussed about the USB but it appears to have a socket for a stereo jack plug, and has a socket on the other side.  Would this work??? 

I suppose I could but the plug off and solder the connections to a stereo plug socket, and drill a small hole in one of the blanking plates.


Can anyone offer advice, or piccies of how they have done it.

Coolent Hose

01 March 2014 - 02:02 PM

I wondered if anyone could offer any advice. The car recently decided to drop all its water when I was in the middle of nowhere, needing me to be towed home. We thought it was the water pump, but after stripping down one side of the engine to get to it, it turned out to be a small hose on the front of the engine has split right down to the braiding. Pic below.
This was replaced at a cost of £24 for the hose. All seemed fine till last night when I parked up at a supermarket steam was escaping out of the engine and it was dripping water. Turns out this hose has failed again after 20days. It also feels dreadfully soft to the touch. What comeback will I have with ford for this, will they be saying it faulty fitting...... is this a common thing to go? The older one was as soft when it was removed. Would welcome any advice.

Ticking From Engine

14 January 2014 - 09:42 PM

My 1.8TDCI started ticking this weekend.  I first thought it was tappet noise, as car has done 138000 miles, but it was only heard at idle, and as soon as a little revs were put on, it went away. I have read about ticking injectors, and wondered if it could be this.... Sunday evening when going for some diesel, the noise just went away. (the tank was pretty empty all weekend, which is not normal for me). Anyhow, filled up with Shell diesel (normally use shell or BP), and still OK.  On way home from work last night it started again, but went away again.  Is this more likely a dirty injector, or a faulty injector.

Would running some BG244 through the system do it good.  I have seen something called Archoil Ar6400, anyone used this at all???


Thanks for any advice guys


Odd Hesitation Issues

26 August 2013 - 08:06 PM

My reliable 1.8tdci has developed a couple of annoying issues. First is occ hesitation on the throttle mainly when dropping a gear at a junction, but then you can accelerate away, and then also when setting off sometimes it feels if its about to die. I have run injector cleaner through, and used egr cleaner. Also found the map sensor vacuum tube was broken and replaced but its still there. Fuel filter was changed 18mnths ago at 94000miles and car has now done 127500ish. Could this be the issue.

Also its developed what I can only describe as a low pitched woah woah noise that increases with road speed up to around 40mph and then fades off. Its more prevalent at 30mph, and more so turning left. Theres no clicking. Is this a symptom of wheel bearing failure, and how hard is this to sort...