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Eggy Smell

21 May 2010 - 10:38 AM

Hi my second thread today.
When I put the cabin fans on either with of without A/C it gives a pungent eggy smell any ideas. I'm hoping to sell the car asap and so this kind of needs sorting. I replaced the cabin/pollen filter only a year ago so it can't be that dirty yet, I noticed the smell after washing the car and wonder if it could be water ingress?

Any thoughts would be very helpful,

Thanks, Matthew

Problems Replacing Front Lower Arms

21 May 2010 - 10:33 AM

Hi I had ago at replacing the lower arms last weekend and have two problems firstly the torque pinch bolt head holding the ball joint knuckle in place disintegrated I was using the right size torque socket but it just ate it. So any ideas on removing this now would be most welcome the bolt was very tight.

Secondly after removig the otherside I found I couldn't get the new arm to sit right at the back and couldn't get it to go low enogh to get the bolt through the whole. the parts are pattern and not Ford but look right it appears that the rear bushes are just alot stiffer than the ones I took off. A friend suggested putting them in hot water, will this work or do I need to pay 4 times the amount for Ford ones?

Any advise greately appreciated.

Thanks, Matthew

Rattling From Rear Of Car

26 April 2010 - 09:39 AM

Hi all,

There appears to be a ratling noise that seems to come from the rear of the Focus I have removed everything from the boot and it was still there. Jacked it up and removed the wheels for a good look round underneath and there are no obviously split bushes or anything. I took photos that I can post though in case I was missing something.

I know that the front lower arem ball joint bushes have gone both sides but the noise does appear to be coming from the rear or could it just be the noise traveling down the chassis from the front bushes?

Any advice gratefully recieved at the rate I'm going with the Focus it won't be long before I replaced most of the car :angry:

Any one interested in a 2005 MK1 Focus 1.6 Zetec with 92K :lol: (wishful thinking)

Lower Arms And Ball Joints

18 March 2010 - 10:35 AM

Hi all, I took the Focus into a dealer to get it serviced yesterday and they said that both the lower suspension arms needed replacing because the ball joint seals were split and quoted me 315 for the pleasure :lol: . I declined their kind offer to fleece me as I already knew about the seals and the independant I use said not to worry abou them until they start making a lot of noise. What do you think is it something thats urgent or shall I just leave it for a bit, I just don't want it to damage any of the other suspension components it only had new springs last year.

Also is it best to replace the whole lower arm or should I ask for just the ball joints to be drilled out and replaced, has anyone done the job DIY and is it as straight forward as it looks (replacing the arm)? Does anyone have experience of using pattern parts over Ford parts as they are a lot cheaper 32/51 vs 105(dealer quoted.

Thanks, Matthew

Focus 1.6ltr poor mpg

02 January 2010 - 06:43 PM

Hi my wife drives a 54 plate 1.6 zetec that has covered 89K. Since we bought it our fuel bills have been a third larger than before around 300 - 350 pcm.
I calculated over the last three fill ups that it is only achieving an average of 28mpg. She drives a lot of short journeys mainly city but does have a few stretches of 40mph A roads in her week.

But the official urban cycle figure for the car is 30.1 mpg. I have given my wife some green driving advice and she has stopped using the aircon but there has been littel improvement what do you think could be causing such poor economy.

Thanks, Matthew