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#499130 New Today To Ford!

Posted by sonic113 on Yesterday, 10:24 AM

Glad to hear you all happy Gordon. The cmax is a lovely and very practical all round car. I wish you all the best for the future with it. :)

#498863 New Today To Ford!

Posted by sonic113 on 27 June 2015 - 11:01 PM

Zetec is mid spec and doesn't normally have the extras unless modified or ordered after.

Wheel size cam differ but ordinarily it's a 16 inch wheels with 205/55 16 tyres and commonly a v rating.
There can be a configurable I believe on the mk2. 5 clusters to show radio info on the instrument cluster.

As for the sensors, as mentioned they can be very expensive at a dealer. I installed my own for 20 quid, easy enough to do, but if this is your first ford in 60 years (I hope this isn't offensive) but I wonder if as a wiser individual with years of experience would make the art form of modifying a tad more tricky. Either way bought for 20 and installed at a garage or by yourself will not break the bank.


Agree with James here. when I got my focus I got sensors for £20 and installed them usinh guides from the good folk on here and 3 years in they are still working 100% , best money I have spent lol!  :)



In regards to being new here, welcome and I can say its the best forum ford ford owners of any age. The guys on here are very helpful and can offer great advice and tips. Also my father inlaw changed over the same time as me to his 1st ford, he got the 2010 cmax which is the facelift version like your 2009 one and to be honest is a pretty good spec from the box, so I think you will be well pleased with yours. He has had 3 years of trouble free driving and thinks that's its great. As I said to him and tell others , if looked after the great fords will reward you back lol!  :)


Good luck my friend.  :)

#498860 Is the Focus RS the best hot hatch???

Posted by sonic113 on 27 June 2015 - 10:45 PM

For me personally it has to be the focus RS    Big Ford fan here lol!  :)

on a serious note I do like what ford have done with the New RS.

#498242 Oil Catch Can Install - 1.6 Tdci

Posted by sonic113 on 25 June 2015 - 09:43 AM

Great job Darren.

Good information there for those with the tdci engine. Looks like it took you a good while to get all installed and seated neatly ect but well worth it in the end I would say.  :)

Great pics as well fella.

#497626 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by sonic113 on 23 June 2015 - 09:16 AM

Looking good pree. the spoiler sets it off perfectly.  :)

#496582 Oil Filter Removal Nightmare

Posted by sonic113 on 19 June 2015 - 09:39 AM

Alz that tool you have posted is fine if the filter have been tightened spot on, anything tight and they just bend.

Good quality pliers or even better a filter cup is the way forward.

The new filter would be better with a mark permanently scribed on it, brake cleaner does amazing things including removing permanent pen.


spot on fella. I have always used a wide set of water pump pliers and they have never let me down over the years when undoing tight filters. When installing a new filter I just smear it with fresh new oil and tight it up by hand and give it a little more by hand. I find that's all that's needed and makes it easy to remove when next service comes.  :)

#496441 New Dvd Satnav Unit Fitted (Pics)

Posted by sonic113 on 18 June 2015 - 03:35 PM


Thanks mate, I agree that the silver one looks quite nice. Will you be getting the same A-sure unit? In terms of colour, it's not an exact match, but close enough for me. I only noticed the very slight colour difference, when the car was in direct sunlight today.


Today was the first day using it, left the house at 8 AM, and did a fair bit of driving, and although it's not perfect, I am still quite impressed.


I will defiantly be going silver to keep things OEM looking lol! It will be a while off yet has the wife has just talked me into booking a family holiday so there are a lot of little mods that are on hold at the moment these units being one of them, But I will get on after the Holiday is over. There are a lot of different styles ect I like the Eonon units like Darren has but to be honest I will have to see what is about and best prices ect at the time of purchase. But your install there looks 100% from your pic so job well done. Keep us posted on ho the unit plays out for you.  :)

#496398 New Dvd Satnav Unit Fitted (Pics)

Posted by sonic113 on 18 June 2015 - 10:06 AM

Finally got around to installing my unit today. Feel free to ask any questions about the unit in question, or the installation procedure.




Great job fella.

when i get around to getting one i will be going for the silver effcet one over the black one. Does it match the surround trim in color pretty well? from your pic it looks like its perfect.  :)

#495861 Wind Deflectors

Posted by sonic113 on 16 June 2015 - 10:33 AM

Curious, an possibly really stupid so take it easy on me, what is the benefit of fitting these? is it just for windows down, driving slow, fast, is there any benefit for windows up, genuinely I haven't a clue, never had them before. the wee product description seems to suggest they are suited to smokers....


Good for smokers but also help to keep a car ventilated even in heavy rain (reduces misting), reduces water running off the roof onto the inner door sills and complement the shape of the car.


I myself have Team Heko and i think they are great value and quality against the likes of climair which are fairly expensive. I got these because I thought they look well on the focus. Very easy to fit and also like stoney says have a few benefits like helping to ventilate the car in heavy rain and even on a sunny hot day you can park your car and leave the windows open a little but from the outside they still look closed  ;)

#495582 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by sonic113 on 15 June 2015 - 10:20 AM

Great Job Pree.

Car is looking well. Cant wait to see some pics of your new spoiler fitted. Heko deflectors look great and make a differnence to the shape along the windows. Health to enjoy Fella.   :)

#495227 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by sonic113 on 14 June 2015 - 12:07 PM

nice car Pree. colour looks good as well. I will be upgrading to a ecoboost engine on my next upgrade which will be a good few years of yet lol! :)


Have to say ford have really done themselves well with the new cars they are bringing out. I was lucky enough to see the new mustang at the causeway ford fair here in Ireland last weekend. stunning car and far bigger than I had expected as well. my two wee boys where very impressed with it over their dads mk2.5 focus lol!  :)

#492792 Wheel Alignment

Posted by sonic113 on 05 June 2015 - 10:28 AM

Is that what your wanting tom?

Thanks Darren 

Very useful to have these.

#492790 Focus Mk3 St (Facelift) Petrol Vs Derv?

Posted by sonic113 on 05 June 2015 - 10:24 AM

I own a petrol mk3.5 ST and drive a diesel mk3 ST estate for work.
I also drove a diesel mk3.5 ST for a few days while my own car was having a tracker fitted and getting a scuff sorted (noticed on collection and sorted by the dealer).
I prefer the petrol ST hands down with no reservations.
I didn't buy it for economy, it's purely for fun and the performance doesn't disappoint at all.
Trust me when I say that one day you will look at the diesel model and say to yourself "Damn, Wish I'd gone for the petrol engine" 8)

agree 100% stoney.


Id always go for petrol. Any diesel I have tried never felt the same in any way. Yes the low torque is good but I find the diesels get flat very quickly  when you compare to it to a turbo charged petrol engine. The fact that it red lines higher and takes the pull across the whole revs of the engine is what sells the petrol  to me and always has done. I so believe that if I had a diesel I would one day be kicking myself and saying " I should of got the petrol" lol! 

The car tax is another good thing with diesel but I also tell my family and friends don't buy a car just for the cheap tax as I think its a sales plough most of the time because this time next year the Government could change tax rules and every one who is paying cheap car tax may well be paying dear car tax or vice versa so for me its not a deal breaker and neither is mpg because as I said before in towns city's any car will struggle great Mpg (unless your in a rc car lol! :) ).


Then there is expensive diesel repairs as well which in my opinion out way any savings. An example is my Mother in laws sister owned a VW Scrap (I mean Golf !!!  lol!  ^_^ ) 2011 and was £30 a year tax . she got talked into buying this at the time with 4000 odd miles from new. she thought is was ok on mpg and when  we had it for 2 weeks last summer we where putting the same amount of fuel in it as we where our own petrol car so for us that part was a no go but anyway she had it nearly 4 years she though it was ok and nice until the DPF and injectors give up.  VW would not stand by it for what ever reason and so she paid all in the guts of £1000 odd to get it fixed then she sold it two month later. So when we looked  at what she thought was savings on tax ect all the rest it turned out she she saved next to nothing as the little she did saved was poured back into services and fixing the likes of injectors and the DPF. sorry for ranting stoney but had to get that off my chest lol!  :)


so the deal breaker is if you like the car and want to go for it. simple as that and personally the petrols are also more fun to drive and prove more reliable so in the long run money is saved as best as it can be and every one is happy lol! O by the way your new ST colour is very nice fella , a good choice you made there. 

#489983 Washer Jets

Posted by sonic113 on 27 May 2015 - 10:26 AM

The problem is solved, it seems that in the past a new windscreen had been fitted and when it was done they trapped the heated washer wires against the bonnet hinge and over the years it wore the cable


I had a feeling it was something simple lol!   :)

well at least its all sorted now for you.

#488835 Low Washer Fluid!!!

Posted by sonic113 on 23 May 2015 - 05:57 PM

I just had a look behind the passenger side kickplate and have spotted an orange and black wire in among the loom of wires. Is this the same on you wired to?

I think I only have it running into the top of the plug but it doesn't come out the bottom of it so I guess the float wire must Run from the washer bottle to this orange and black ?