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#487180 Timing Belt Kits (Ford Or Spurious)

Posted by sonic113 on 18 May 2015 - 10:45 AM

cept it isn't just the belt, its the tensioners, bolts and water pump, your probably right and its the same gear and possibly even QC'd the same, but probably isn't good enough for the sake of 20 quid.

Ill be having mine done soon and ill be using ford.

Perhaps whats more likely to cause problems is the garage its done it.


It's seam there is some confusion here. There are 3 levels of parts consumer(Cheap) O.E. quality and Ford supplied. Just because ford supply the components does not mean they make them or even would supply it on a new car. Simply means they consider it the correct quality and price for a replacement part.


So you could simply work out which O.E quality parts ford use and purchase those items at a lower price than ford parts. This makes the assumption your get it right. Worst case is you buy the cheapest parts you can find and hope nothing goes wrong.


The safe and best route is get ford parts and be sure they are the correct items and get some support if thing do go wrong.


Pays your money and take your choice.



Agree here fellas.


Its up you yourself at the end of the day but in my own Opinion if a Im ever in doubt over the quality of a part (ie timeing belts, water pumps ect) I just go to ford because the way I see it they built the car so if they think the parts good then so be it.

At the end of the day  I think that if you want the best stuff then the guys who built, designed and maintain the cars are the best people to go to and as Darren as said genuine ford parts are not that overall more expensive than cheaper counterparts on most occasions. For example last year when servicing my and my father in laws cars local independent autoshops wanted £68 for the usual service stuff (oil filter, air filter ,pollen filter spark plugs and oil ect).

Now thats ok but when I priced genuine ford parts from local ford (which we went for in the end) it was a total of £83 so all in all we where happy with that and in good mind frame that we have the best stuff we could afford on the cars. Another thing to is that the genuine part from ford will always moire likely be 100% of a fit. examples of this for me are old escort battery boxes which again from local auto shops where a universal type fit so where always off a little but from ford they where a 100% fit and sealed better I have has this experience with a few parts over the years from time to time.


I do believe that all parts from a local autos shop are bound to be checked and probably and have to pass a certain type of safety type test or something before they can sell them so if budget or money is an issue then these parts are 100% but in my eyes if the genuine ford part is only a little bit more expensive then just get it even if its just for a piece of mind. 


Now guys this is only my OPINION so please don't jump at me here lol!   :)

#487151 Electrical Shock

Posted by sonic113 on 18 May 2015 - 09:35 AM

I always get it if I wear a particular pair of boots (pure rubber soles) but if I wear ones with carbon rubber soles then no shocks.
Definitely be aware of static at garages, there are cases where a static spark can ignite petrol fumes.


agree 100% with stoney here on the petrol fumes.


here is an example lol!



#486904 Electrical Shock

Posted by sonic113 on 17 May 2015 - 02:44 PM

agree with stoney here  :)


I used to get that alot with my old escort and pinned it down to the shoes I had at the time. Its weird but it is the static, some get it from cloths like stoney has mentioned. It used to spark me when I was getting out of the car especially on longer journeys.

just decharge before fuelling up lol!  :D

#475575 Dpf Update

Posted by sonic113 on 12 April 2015 - 03:17 PM

Dpf filters are a nightmare when they play up. It's these especially thats why I keep with petrol over the years. I would of thought a new one would of cured the issue first hand I haven't heard much about these new versions from Ford that are maintenance free to 200,000 if they worked they sound like a better job.

#473819 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by sonic113 on 06 April 2015 - 09:55 PM

Pics of my current on going rear set up. Few things need sorting. need to remove my foc sticker sadly.

Cable is held on with a bit of tape temporary this is stop the cable from twisting the cam when the boot lid is closed, the tape is temporary until I am fully satisfied with the setup then I will use some sort of glue that isn't permanent or visible.

Unfortunately there is some slight vibration going on, not enough to bother me but is isn't vibration free like my front cam



Nice work there Kurt.  :)

#471313 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by sonic113 on 30 March 2015 - 11:57 AM


New Mobius Dashcam (V.3) has arrived today.  I purchased the Camera, Mount, Piggyback and Hard-wire kit from 4 different sellers.  Today the Camera, Mount and Piggyback all arrived - just waiting for the hardwire kit now.  All took only 10 days to arrive (placed order 20th March, delivered 30th March)






pretty good delivery dates. I have the older mobius hardwired in and its a great cam. please do post up your installation pics and let us know how the new version turns out as I'm thinking of getting one for the rear view window. Great quality from a little camera though.  :)

#471280 Focus Mk2 Cam Belt

Posted by sonic113 on 30 March 2015 - 10:49 AM

Hi Ian, I've bought the cam belt kit from carparts4less. You give your car reg and they supply the correct product for your car, which is only one belt and an idler. I've had the cover off the timing belt, so I can say with some certainty that my 1.8 durotorq diesel engine has the one belt. It may well have a chain elsewhere, but my understanding is that this seldom needs changing unless the car has a particularly high mileage. The 1.6 is a different beast altogether, and looking at the Haynes manual, it seems far more difficult to deal with.


Barrymx5 From some research I think that what is mentioned above by iantt  is correct about the 1.8 having 2 belts. (Timing Belt + Chain). Crankshaft and diesel injection pump are connected by a chain an then the diesel injection pump is connected to the camshaft by a timing belt. 

I think after 2008 ford changed the chain to a belt known as a wet belt. Both version are changeable although the chain may last a lot longer but you would be safer maybe changing all when at it. I also think the 1.8 mondeo diesel engine had the same or similar set up. Just from memory but someone might be fit to give more details on it.
Hope this helps.  :)

#466291 Elm327/forscan

Posted by sonic113 on 16 March 2015 - 11:03 PM

Glad you got the DDS up, as I said before you need to let the system learn your values which could take up to 10-20 miles from memory. I would suggest resetting your osi levels and reset via the cluster then after a few days of driving try it again by taking a tyre down to say 12psi and the warning message should come up

Thanks jbeer I will drive a while and try again. I will keeppost updated.
Thanks again

#466103 Elm327/forscan

Posted by sonic113 on 16 March 2015 - 03:44 PM

Thanks fellas.

It will be late on tonight when I get back to try this out but I will report results when I do.

Ford should of included it as standard but I guess any way they can make an extra few pounds they will lol!

My car i think auto turns on the heated Windows front and bck when it 5 degree or below handy features especially when you get in and start it up on a frosty morning. I must try out the auto lock at 5mph and other features when I get round to it.

At the moment I'm making small notes of what is what in elm kind of a self guide to help me remember what options do what but so far great kit to haveat home for Ford owners. Thanks to Darren and jbeer for the help and as I said I will report back when i get a chance to test the dds out.

#465757 Elm327/forscan

Posted by sonic113 on 15 March 2015 - 06:15 PM

Thanks fellas. Could not of done it with out your help Darren. Thanks also to jbeer for the DDS part. I will try to get it going tomorrow if I get a chance.

So do you have to set your actual tyre pressures first before resetting it in the menus?

Also does eco mode reset with the average fuel reset option?

Thanks again they all add some nice features to the car. Is there any way to set the over speed limit to a speed of your own choice I think it's set at 112kmph which is roughly around 75mph I think.

I guess this is for motorway driving to warn if over the limit or something.

#465413 Elm327/forscan

Posted by sonic113 on 14 March 2015 - 05:41 PM

I've read the YA is specific to another region, Russia or something, I've also read folk that have tried to use a YA image on a AX car had issues. The 512 is the last ROM that supports the smaller screen, the 509 and 512 support both small and large screen

Thanks Darren.
I will hopefully try this later tonight and see how it goes. If you think
of anything else I may need to do let me know so hopefully all goes well lol! I will keep you posted.
Thanks again.

#465389 Elm327/forscan

Posted by sonic113 on 14 March 2015 - 03:57 PM

Acc is accessory key position I.e position 1 providing power to Windows etc.

Thanks for that simon.

I have been reading in the other thread about her updates and level 1\2\3 corresponding to each focus screen size. I have a level 2 ( if I'm reading that thread correctly !) Which is the 2009 petrol zetec small screen not the larger screen (level 3) found on some models with sat nav ect.

My question is will the ROM 512AK be OK on the level 2 screen or is it just an update for the focus models with level 3 screens?

#460579 Focus Mk2 Fuse Size Mini Or Micro?

Posted by sonic113 on 03 March 2015 - 10:52 AM

Hi all,


as per the title can anyone give me a clue on fuse sizes in the passenger side fuse box, I only have ato sizes so i can't measure and can't find the info online.


focus 55 plate 1.8 tdci


many thanks :)


It's the 'mini' type blade fuses you need.



Yes its the "mini" type it is. you can get small packs online with a few different fuse sizes (ie 10amp,3amp 5amp.......ect) that are very handy to have as spares when you need them.


I included a link below to give you an idea. 


http://www.amazon.co...ini blade fuses



Hope this helps



#458841 Eonon Stereo Replacement - Which One ?

Posted by sonic113 on 26 February 2015 - 11:17 AM

agree with Darren here. He is a big help with these units and knows his stuff. Hopefully get around to getting one of these very soon when I get a few pounds saved up.

#457688 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by sonic113 on 23 February 2015 - 01:40 AM

I think I got 2h 20min on one charge, so I'm guessing you were getting about 1h 30min on the older battery?

Ian I was getting about an hour or just over  (1h 5 min something like that) on the original version with a full charge. so Looks like the upgraded battery is a good job then. I wonder will it heat up much in summer or maybe just be the same as the smaller battery.



Good call on that yeah i did notice that going through the updated instructions. Curious to hear about the performance of the new battery from anyone who's got one. The above link i posted also comes with an adaptor, any genuine card should come with an adaptor as standard but that is most definitely a good card to go for

Kurt great job on second cam. Please do post some pics of the final installation on the rear window and keep us posted on how the new firmware preforms. I will be adding another mobius as a rear window cam in the next few months myself so may need some help/advice near the time. I highly recommend the mobius I myself have been running mine almost a year now and have had no issues at all. Its a great cam all round.