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S-Max Front Brake Discs: What Size?

07 March 2014 - 11:09 AM

I've got a S-Max 2.0 petrol Ecoboost SCTi (203PS version) and need to know what is the correct size for the front brake discs.


Confusingly, some websites selling car parts tell me it's 300mm diameter, others 316mm.


I think the 300mm is for diesels and I think, also for the older pre-ecoboost/non-turbo petrols. The 316mm seems to be for the older 2.5L petrol Turbo.


Does anyone know better?





Screeching Noise When Reversing

11 December 2013 - 10:46 AM

I get a very audible low-pitched noise when my S-Max is reversing - almost always when the brakes are applied when parking the vehicle.


Any idea what's causing it?


I'm not sure if it has got to do with the brake pads or discs because I don't get the same problem when the brakes are applied during normal forward driving.


Thanks for any feedback,



Driving On Poor Quality Roads: Suggestions?

17 July 2013 - 11:01 AM

I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations as to how to improve the ride quality.


The roads around my area are generally poor and my S-Max thuds about when going through potholes (some of them quite deep) and bumps, even at low speeds of ~15 mph.


Otherwise, the occasional journey on motorways and most A roads is generally good, although I'd say there's always room for road grip to improve.


Wheels and tires are the factory standard 17" alloys. Vehicle has clocked about ~20k miles.


Is it worth changing the OE shock absorbers, and if so what should I change them to?

Brake Fluid Levels Empty/low

29 June 2013 - 07:54 PM

I just noticed that the brake/clutch fluid resevoir in my S-Max was pretty much empty, i.e. below the Min line. I thought that this is kind of strange, as it was serviced 4 months ago and definitely had a full top up.


So I'm not sure what happened in between those two times. I am pretty sure that it was ok maybe a month ago. When I drive the car, it all seems normal so this is rather strange.


On consulting the manual, it says to have it checked out asap, rather than just advising you to top it up which would have been sort of the instinctive thing to do.


Wondering if something else is amiss that I should be concerned with? Any advice appreciated.



Strange Problem With Electric Windows/mirror Controls

08 June 2013 - 10:06 PM

I've got a strange problem with the control panel on the driver's side door which controls the mirrors as well as the electric windows,


1. The controls work in reverse: front and back are mixed up, and so are left and right. Applies to both for windows as well as the wing mirror adjustments. Both still function and operate normally, just that it's rather annoying.


2. The child safety lock button on the same control panel DOES NOT seem to work, and I had a scare when my daughter reached out of her toddler car seat and managed to open the door whilst we were driving. Clearly this is not just annoying but a security problem - I'm using the manual child lock for now. 


I'm wondering if:

- the two problems are linked

- if this could have been caused by the garage which fixed a broken (driver's side) wing mirror very recently.


Thanks for any comments received