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Car Servicing Advice!

01 April 2014 - 09:37 PM



Does anyone know the cost for a reasonable independant garage to service my car if i supply the parts.


How long does a full service take to do and what labour charge would they be looking to ask for.



I will supply the oil (i got some shell helix ultra 5w-30 for £25)

                         oil filter (wix)

                         air filter (wix)

and the spark plugs dont need changing due to new ngk iridiums being installed recently.



So what would i be looking to pay roughly.

And will most garages be ok fitting my own parts

Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30 Advice Please!a

20 March 2014 - 10:55 PM

Hi all


I am looking to get my local garage to fully service my car in the next few weeks, and i was looking to supply the oil for them to use as i like to know whats gone in the car.



I am looking to try some shell helix ultra on this service as it seems to get decent reviews (though its still just an oil) i have used castrol magnatec the last time.



Anyway a couple of things, firstly which is the correct type of shell helix ultra to use, on the shell oil match this comes up... Shell Helix Ultra AF 5w-30 though when i search for this oil, it seems really hard to find this oil and even when i do the price is up around £50 for 5 litres.


I have seen shell helix ultra extra 5w-30 is this ok in the focus and if so which one.



Any help would be great.

Magnecor Ht Leads For Mk2.5 Focus

10 March 2014 - 11:20 PM



I am looking to upgrade my ignition leads to better aftermarket ones.


I have seen that magnecor do decent ones from reading reviews but which ones will fit my Focus mk2.5 1.6 petrol.


After scrolling through different websites and ebay i have seen these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400637031141?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 that fit the mk1.5 focus 1.6 but i am unable to find anything in concrete to 100% confirm that they will fit the mk2.


Magnecor must make leads for the mk2.5 but which ones.


Any help muchly appreciated



Battery Voltage Level - Focus

25 February 2014 - 12:54 AM

Hi all


Just wanted some info on a ok level for my car battery to be reading at.


I did the dash trick to get all the live info up, found no fault codes stored, but i did notice my battery voltage level with the car not running was spot on to 12.0v it flickered up to 12.1v but no higher, i havent tested the level with the engine running, but i am wondering if its time to replace the battery with a new one.


I assume the battery is from when the car left the factory which is nearly 4 years ago now and i am thinking ahead with some preventative maintainance which wont harm anything except my bank balance.


With this anyone got any recomendations on which is the better car batteries to aim for, seen some bosch s3 or s4 and halfords sell other brands but seem very expensive.

Spark Plug Recomedations

09 February 2014 - 02:37 PM

Hi all


I am looking at changing my spark plugs on my 1.6 petrol zetec 100bhp focus.


Currently i am using original ford plugs from motorcraft the fomoco on the plugs.


I am having rough acceleration and lack of power throughout the rev range and i have been reading that other spark plugs i can use can sort out these issues.


Before anyone mentions leads and coil packs, i have replaced all of those a while back all with genuine ford parts and the plugs were changed too.


I have found that if i remove the ht leads from the spark plug and then re-insert the car runs smooth again for a while, which i think could be a sparking issue.


I have also had a oil change 4 months ago and used a genuine ford filter and castrol magnatec oil, the level has been spot on and has never needed any extra top ups. Also its had a new air filter also genuine ford part.


So i have seen ngk and bosch plugs available to buy, any preference on either is there an upgraded option i can get (iridium/platinum).


Anyone used these other plugs and what are your experiences of using them.