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In Topic: Best Tyres?

11 March 2015 - 07:37 PM

I would try out a set of Linglong "Ditchfinders"  :lol:


Serious answer.......... Dunlop Sport Bluresponse or Goodyear Efficientgrip are my usual choices.

In Topic: Inside Tyre Wear ?

07 March 2015 - 08:34 AM

I've had this problem on my Focus for 2 or 3 years now and I can't sort it. I keep the tracking adjusted and the pressures correct but I always get wear on the front inside edges. Last year I asked my garage to give the front suspension a good look over for problems but they say its fine. Its never failed an MOT in its life.


I think its the camber out of adjustment (although there is no adjustment). I figure my 140k springs and dampers are worn which will increase the amount of negative camber, causing the wear on the inside edges. The 2.0 diesel engine is quite a heavy lump on the front and the car certainly doesn't handle as nicely as it did when it was new.


I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it. If I knew that new springs and dampers would sort out the tyre wear, I'd replace them but I don't want to throw lots of money at a 9 year old car in the twilight of its life. I'm off to get new summer tyres fitted this morning. They will be knackered after 10k.  :(

In Topic: Clutch Slipping?

05 March 2015 - 10:17 PM

I've had it 12 months and already put a new turbo on it :(


Is that really how much it would cost to have the clutch changed? Assuming that's correct, I'm assuming that this job isn't something I could rope my mechanic next-door neighbour into doing on his driveway?




The £800 I mentioned was parts and labour quoted by my trusted independent garage when I was chatting with the owner a couple of months ago. Its quite a big job and it would depend on how experienced your mechanic neighbour is.

In Topic: Clutch Slipping?

05 March 2015 - 08:57 PM

Sounds like the clutch is going. Have you had the car since new? If not, previous owner may have abused it. Mine is still original at 140k and I'm praying it lasts a couple of years longer. like you, I don't know what I'd do. I've had the car almost 10 years and its never let me down. I'd pay the £800 for a new clutch if I knew I could get another 50k out of it but it would be a gamble.


Don't do anything rash. You should be ok for a driving it for a bit while you confirm it isn't something else and perhaps contemplate your options. Good luck.

In Topic: Acceleration...

05 March 2015 - 02:05 PM

I don't think I've ever put my foot to the floor while pulling out of a junction, even when pressing on a bit. You will get a better response if you feed the power in gradually, as you have found out.