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#537922 No Rear End Grip On Tyres In The Wet. Dangerous!

Posted by Vendee on 05 November 2015 - 04:58 PM

Conti's, Goodyear, Dunlops...... don't waste your money.


A set of Linglong "DitchFinders" is what you need  :driving:

#537107 Focus 1.6 Tdci Oil Change - Using A Pump

Posted by Vendee on 02 November 2015 - 06:24 PM

when you put it like that lol!

800 quid for a clutch and DMF tho? I priced up sache parts to be about 300 plus labour, 10 hours seems a little on the taking the pee side


You may be right. The £800 was an "off the top of my head" quote from my trusted indy garage that I've used for years. I've just checked and a Sachs kit for the 2.0 TDCi will cost £395. Garage charges £53/per hour and I reckon it is a 3.5 hour job. so I would probably be looking at about £600 all in.

#537045 Engine Transplant Tech Question

Posted by Vendee on 02 November 2015 - 03:11 PM

What are they doing with the clutch and timing belt if there is no history documenting a change?

That's a very good point. Changing the timing belt with the engine out will be much easier/cheaper than when installed. Clutch kit for a 1.8 mk1 Focus is around £50 so that's got to be worth thinking about.

#536654 Squeak When Pulling Away??

Posted by Vendee on 01 November 2015 - 11:28 AM

From experience, I would also say its the clutch release bearing. To be honest, I'd leave it if the clutch is otherwise ok. I had the problem on a Mk1 Focus and lived with it for a few years before selling it.

#534390 What Cars Have You Owned In Your Driving Life.

Posted by Vendee on 25 October 2015 - 02:57 PM

In order of ownership:-


Mk1 Escort 1.3  (rolled it after 2 weeks, paying for it for 3 years)

Mk1 Cortina 1.5 (Engine blew up when friend borrowed it)


After the first two disasters, I went back to motorbikes for 10 years then:-


Mk2 Escort 1.3

Mini 1.0

Mk2 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.3

Rover Montego 2.0 TD (first brand new car)

Ford Mondeo Mk1 1.8 TD GLX

Ford Focus Mk1 1.6LX

Ford Mondeo Mk2 2.0 Ghia X

Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Ghia

#534056 Communication Skills (Getting Old?)

Posted by Vendee on 24 October 2015 - 10:17 AM

OK, so I'm in my late 50's and when I was a kid I used to get fed up when old folk used to complain about the way youngsters did things. I vowed to try and avoid falling into the same trap when I was their age. So it is with some hesitation that I'm actually posting this.


There are people who believe our langauge is constantly evolving and some who believe it should be set in stone. My position is somewhere in the middle. We went through a period where people wrote in txt format because that's what they did on their (pre-smartphone) mobile phone. It was understandably quicker to do that with the slow input speed of those keyboards. Things are not so bad today with the superior keyboards and predictive text our smartphones have.


Should we still be writing in perfect English with perfect grammar and correct punctuation? I'm not suggesting we should jump on every mis-spelling or apostrophe that's in the wrong place.... that really would be anal but I've just read a technical post in one of the car specific forums where I genuinely have not been able to understand what the poster was saying because of poor punctuation and spelling. This can't be good for the poster with the problem because people who might be able to help him, hold back because they don't understand what he's saying.


Please excuse me while I put my flak jacket on and open another pack of Wurthers Originals. ;)

#520417 Diesel

Posted by Vendee on 08 September 2015 - 01:28 PM

It's not a new car...someone has probably been filling it with the cheapest ASDA diesel they could find for the first 46,000 miles of it's life. I don't keep cars long enough to worry about longevity anyway, a year is usually my limit though I am aiming to keep this another year tbf...


Don't worry. I've had my Focus from new and I'd say that 98% of the diesel that has gone in it since new has been Tescos. The car is currently on 150k miles and it hasn't missed a beat :driving:


The oil companies just love it when they get us to spend more on a "premium product".

#518691 Focus Mk2 1.8 Or 2.0 Tdci

Posted by Vendee on 02 September 2015 - 09:11 PM

1.8 TDCI is an old school Ford engine (8 valve, cast iron engine block) with the modern bits bolted on e.g. a turbo & common rail injection.  The 2.0 TDCI is a Peugeot engine (16 valve, lighter weight aluminium engine block).


1.8 doesn't have a Diesel Particulate Filter (a good thing) & the 2.0 does have a DPF (not good a is expensive to remove or replace when it eventually dies/fills up).  The 1.8 has about 15-18 BHP less than the 2.0 & is a bit less efficient.  The 1.8 gets a 5 speed box & the 2.0 gets a 6 speed box which is handy for 70+ cruising on the motorway (fuel efficiency etc).


It I guess it comes down to which pros & cons are most important to you.


Not all 2.0 TDCI's have DPF. Early ones like mine don't have one (good thing too).

#517324 Focus Osf Droning Noise From 40mph

Posted by Vendee on 29 August 2015 - 09:31 PM

Was it a genuine Ford bearing or pattern part? My NSF bearing lasted 90k miles from new and I had it replaced with pattern part. This only lasted for 20k miles and was replaced by another pattern part. This one was defective from new........ droning  and howling as soon as I left the garage. Garage replaced it, obviously free of charge and used another bearing manufacturer. Ironically, the car has now done 148k miles and the other three wheel bearings are still original.

#500089 Cylinder Head

Posted by Vendee on 02 July 2015 - 09:00 PM

Nope. Why would you want to?

#492870 Cause Of Heavy Clutch On My 2005 Focus Diesel?

Posted by Vendee on 05 June 2015 - 06:16 PM

I suppose mine is quite heavy and thinking back to when I had a 1.6 petrol Focus, that car's clutch was a lot lighter but I've had my 2.0 TDCi for about 145k miles now and I guess I've got used to it. Have you considered taking out a gym subscription?   :rolleyes:

#479658 Mk1 Focus 1.8 Tdci Or Zetec?

Posted by Vendee on 25 April 2015 - 04:10 PM

Given your projected annual mileage, you should probably have bought a petrol engine rather than a diesel but you have made your choice and I think you will lose money if you trade in. Its unlikely you will see the £1000 you paid if you trade in your current car. A service history on the TDCi would have been nice but given you only paid £1k for it, I think its worth the risk. Its worth noting that both cars will need a cambelt change pretty much right away based on age rather than mileage. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I think the cambelt interval on both cars is 100k miles or 10 years.... whatever is sooner. If the 1.8 zetec you are looking at has a cambelt change shown on its service history then it might be worth thinking about. Otherwise, keep the TDCi and use the money you saved to make it look nicer (although I would do the cambelt first). 

#479542 Mk1 Focus 1.8 Tdci Or Zetec?

Posted by Vendee on 25 April 2015 - 08:17 AM

Are you more concerned about looks over practicality? You don't say what you need the car for, what mileage you do etc. If you only do low miles and are more concerned about how the car looks then perhaps you shouldn't have bought the TDCi in the first place.

#473479 Loud Rattle After Oil Change

Posted by Vendee on 05 April 2015 - 09:49 PM

With 5w It should be thin enough when cold to power up tappets etc instantly, sound like the quantity is low or its wasnt 5w


On the Mk1 Zetec, Ford stated 10W/40 oil, but that made a huge noise on start up, they very quickly specified 5W/40 which fixed the issue

Maybe use 0W/40 next time,


But first top it to the max which it should have been after an oil change anyway!

Mk 1 Focus was 5W-30 from day one.

#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.