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Focus Osf Droning Noise From 40mph

29 August 2015 - 07:01 PM

Hi people :)

I have just fitted a new OSF wheel bearing. Pressed it in with a proper front wheel drive press kit and it turned nice and smoothly no noises etc. I had replaced it on advice from mechanics at work so was sure it was a problem. However on driving the car now I am getting a droning noise and some vibration ( I can feel it on the acellerator pedal!) bang on 40mph and above. Below that no problem car drives as it should. Can the new bearing be bad? There is no difference when cornering. Sound is vehicle spped related and not engine speed or gear related and seems 99% to be the OSF area. The wheel balance weights are still on and I am a bit stuck now. Would the bearing behave like this?

Any help appreciated.



1.8 Tdci Flat Spot & White Smoke

27 May 2015 - 07:12 AM

Hi folks, I may already have guessed the answer to this but I don't want to jump to conclusions so here I go..........

I had the high pressure fuel pump replaced by Ford a few months ago and when I got it back all was fine. Car ran better even though fuel consumption had risen a bit from 58mpg (indicated) to 55mpg. Then a week or so ago I noticed fuel consumption rising again to around 52mpg and at the same time there was an annoying flat spot developing intermitantly around 1800 rpm. This was mostly whilst warming up but occasionally when fully warm. Now I have fuel consumption up to 50mpg and when I have been mooching around the sticks for a bit the slightest acceleration produces a cloud of white smoke. Also on hard acceleration there is white smoke evident looking in the mirror. Previously I have had no smoke at all noticeable in the mirror.

I'm off to Cornwall soon and don't want to end up on the hard shoulder. I'm wondering if the old pump going hasn't damaged the injectors? After the £1865 bill for replacing the pump (and a few other bits) I am not relishing another £1k to get all the injectors done. I could have bought another car at that rate. Any thoughts????


Focus 2006 1.8 Tdci 'engine Systems Fault' Again!

02 March 2015 - 05:39 PM

Hi all,

This is a long one, please bear with me. A few weeks ago my sons friend kicked the GEM in the passenger footwell and disturbed a connector causing numerous problems. This I found and after taking the time to clean all the connector blocks (should not have done that) the car was fine except for the 'Engine Systems Fault' coming up and going off on the screen. I had this before and after chaging the fuel filter it went. This time though with a better scanner I get the fault 'Pressure Control Valve Malfunction'. Still I changed the filter and it got worse. Ran the live data on my scanner for the PCV and Fuel rail pressure and noticed that the rail pressure was going to 15 - 20k psi when the system fault was showing and dropping to 4.5k psi when the message went out. At the same time the PCV was running between 0 to 20%. Checked all the connections and the rubber seal in the filter, all ok. No air in the system. Still get the fault on the screen. So I think I'll check the Pressure Control valve. It's getting a healthy voltage at 12.5v engine off and 14.5v running on one wire and between 3.7 & 4.5 volts on what I suppose is the control wire. I have no scope so I cant get a waveform.

Then I restart the car and the system fault stays on permanently, the PCV shows a flat 15% on the live data with no response to differing fuel rail pressures. It is also almost impossible to start now.

Everything I've done seems to make it a little worse. I may be a complete idiot and have buggered something up I dont know, I'm only a hobby mecahnic and really wish I had points and distributors back but, alas it's not to be. Is the fault electrical or is the PCV at fault????

Your thoughts would be appreciated.



Bonnet Open, Erratic Rear Wiper And No Blower!

20 February 2015 - 09:47 AM

Hi all,

Just wondered if anyone has had anything similar to this before delving into the electrics.


Got into the car this morning and it said the bonnet was open. It wasn't. Then the rear wiper started going a third of it's usual sweep at each click of the relay. Then as the car misted up I realised I had no heater blower. The car was working perfectly when it was parked up but it had been raining heavily.  A fault or loads of WD 40 and wait for it to dry out?

Any help appreciated.




Oh yes and its a Focus 1.8 TDCI 2006. Might help!

Focus Vacuum Pump

17 November 2014 - 08:19 AM


My wife's Focus 1.8tdci 2003 has oil leaking from the union with the pipe on top of the vacuum pump. I have replaced the O ring but no change. I taped PTFE tape round the thread and the top of the pipe flange which solved it for a bit but now there's a leak again.


I am thinking of just getting a new pipe but was really wondering, if it's a vacuum pump should there be oil in there to leak out? Or is something internal in the pump shot and I need a new pump?