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#464318 Best Tyres?

Posted by Vendee on 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.

#444245 Advice To Lease Or Finance?

Posted by Vendee on 12 January 2015 - 10:22 PM

Mind me asking what version of the ecoboost she has?


1.0 125.

#410384 Headlight Bulb Recommendation

Posted by Vendee on 16 September 2014 - 06:42 PM

I know there are lots of high wattage headlight bulbs out there but a lot of them won't last a year before blowing. What bulb gives the best compromise between better performance and decent longevity?


#373393 Crunched A Doormirror

Posted by Vendee on 10 June 2014 - 06:46 PM

I had mine knocked off by another driver a couple of months ago. I got a replacement off ebay. New but not original Ford. Go to ebay and type 291116906849 into the search box. That will take you to a passenger side, heated, electric mirror. Its the same seller I bought from. Cost £37. Its not quite the quality of the original in that the pivot point is not as tight but the cost is reasonable. The cover on the one I mentioned is primed but it unclips easily so you can either spray it with a spray can or maybe use the original cover if its in good nick.


I lost mine on the way to work and ordered at about 11am. It arrived at 8am the next morning. Not bad for free postage.


You need to pop off the little speaker trim first to give you access to the other screws. ISTR one of the screws is well hidden so be patient and don't try and wrench anything off. 

#332203 Water In Engine Oil - Head Gasket Job?

Posted by Vendee on 13 February 2014 - 09:54 PM

Thanks for reply - No, collant is all at stable levels - so not sure what's causing it?


It does look like HG failure but the other thing that could possibly account for it is if the car is used only for very short trips and the engine never gets hot enough to burn off any condensation. Check that your coolant doesn't look oily and then perhaps drain your oil, flush and refill.

#325045 Have Just Put A Deposit Down On A Ford Focus Diesel But Worrying Now.

Posted by Vendee on 23 January 2014 - 07:03 PM

To look after the DPF you should ensure that you take it for a good run every few weeks to a month to keep it in top nick. Run it up the motorway for a junction or two to keep it in perfect health. If you cant do it that often, then look to do it every month (max 2) and you should be fine :)

He lives in Lincolnshire.........he won't know what a motorway looks like :P

I live in Norfolk, I'm just getting used to those dual carriageway thingys.

#318031 Do Badly Timed Injectors Sound Like Noisey Tappets On A Petrol Engine?

Posted by Vendee on 05 January 2014 - 11:03 AM

Well it can't do any harm can it!

I mean, if my car hasn't been serviced as they said it had then that means that it hasn't had an oil/filter change for over 20k miles.

Come to mention it, I checked the oil not long after I got the car and it was jet black. If it had been recently changed it would/should be clear!

I've read on here that to keep your engine running nice and smooth, it is advisable to change it every 6k miles or so.
I have also learned on this forum that you should never fill oil on a diesel to the "max" level when changing it.
You should fill it to around 3 quarters I am led to believe.

I have arranged with my mate to have it done.
Will put a can of engine flush in then go for a good drive to get the engine to temp then bring it down to him to have it done.
Apparently, the engine flush treatment helps "soften" the oil so you get more of it out when changing it....


Firstly, new oil in a diesel engine will turn black within a few miles of it being changed.


As for 6k oil changes, I don't think that's a bad thing, especially if you do mostly short journeys. Having said that, I've had my current Focus 2.0 TDCi from new and stuck to the 12.5k oil changes and its now at 125,000 miles with no problems. I do mainly longer trips (30+ miles) in mine.


Filling the oil only to 3/4? I've never heard of that before and I've owned 3 diesels and covered almost 300k miles in them total. As for flushing oil...... I don't really get that. It was a must in the 80's and 90's when black sludge was a big problem in engines but with modern engine design and modern synthetic based oils, this should not be a problem anymore. I think its driven by the flush manufacturers. If you do use it, read the instructions carefully. Normally, only 15 minutes at idle is called for. Personally, I would save my money and use good quality engine oil and increased intervals if you feel the need.

#305781 Steelys To Alloys

Posted by Vendee on 15 November 2013 - 06:27 PM

yeah thats what it looks like, so im going to be needing new nuts and spigot rings?


Check to see if the spigot rings are already fitted to the wheels. They will look like this (colour may vary):-