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Cleaning Alloys - Tip

01 April 2014 - 07:07 AM

As it was really nice weather at the weekend so I decided to clean the alloys, I assembled all the usual stuff; Alloy wheels cleaner, tar remover, brushes, rags etc. . . . After about two hours work the wheels were a looking a lot better but still with a lot of tar and engrained brake dusk especially on the inner part of the wheels. I was starting to get a few comments from the girlfriend about me getting obsessive about my wheels and I had about had enough by then anyway so I decided to call it a day. Yesterday a friend of mine suggested using something I had never heard of; “Bar Keepers Friend” not that easy to find but I found some in Waitrose. Tried it on just one wheel last night; brilliant stuff!, gets off all the stains and its only £3 for a bottle, certainly won't be buying alloy wheel cleaner again.


Tips For Removing Glue Deposits From Alloys?

16 July 2013 - 10:39 AM

Does anybody have any good tips for removing glue deposits left from old weights from alloys?, just gave my wheels a good clean and these things tend to spoil the appearence a bit.

The Interior Trim Rattle Thread

05 July 2013 - 10:16 AM

As much as I am happy with my Focus the one thing that bugs me is the amount of rattles, knocks and creaks that come from the interior trim (not mechanical noises) so I am on a mission to find and fix as many of these as possible.  I thought it might be useful to have thread to post found fixes, so I shall start off . . .


Underside of rear seats (hatchback)
Attached to underside the cushion of the rear seats are two foam rubber pads, the purpose of these is to stop the metal of the underside of the seat cushion hitting the metal of the floor. Mine had broken and  come away from the cushion, on the other side the pad was totally missing, the solution was to buy a roll of 8mm foam rubber with self adhesive backing off eBay and make some new pads, I even added extra pads for good measure – one rattle / knocking fixed. Photo shows new pads fitted.




Rear parcel shelf (hatchback)
Although the parcel shelf has two little rubber pads attached to the sides mine was still rattling and knocking particularly on poor surfaced roads. I then noticed at the back of the shelf (near rear window) the plastic ledge where the shelf sits was worn slightly on both sides where the self repeatedly hits and rubs. The solution again 8mm foam rubber with self adhesive backing and to make two little pads to cushion the shelf. Another rattle / knocking fixed. Photo shows one pad fitted (nearside).



Driver’s door window rattle
I have also posted this in another thread, have still yet to find a fix for this :angry:

Missing Rubber Trim From Mk2 Hatch Tailgate?

26 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

Can anybody help please and tell me if there is some rubber trim or fitting missing from my 2008 hatchback tailgate . . . the ford dealer tells me there is nothing missing but it ceratinly looks as though something has been stuck there to align with the other rubbers on the sides when closed, this is a bit difficult to explain so I have attached a photo.





Mk2 Window Rattle

26 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

I am new here so hi to everybody here on the forum.

I have had a 2008 1.8 Zetec Mk2 for about 8 months now, it is a low a mileage good condition car and I am generally very happy with it, however . . . recently it seems to have developed a rattle which seems to be coming from the driver’s door window. It’s not loud but as its only about six inches from my ear, very irritating. I have read that Focus’s are prone to window rattle, has anybody else encountered this and found a fix?