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Member Since 05 Dec 2013
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In Topic: Oil Sump Plug

Yesterday, 06:50 PM

My 2007 1.6TDCi has a copper washer, 10mm internal diameter, 20mm outer diameter.  I have been meaning to replace it for ages but never got around to it and have reused the same one for the last 8 or so oil changes. 


The bigger problem I have is that I think I have striipped the thread on the plug - it tightens then suddenly gives and I need to go around another turn to tighten it again.  I check the oil level regularly and it is ok, even though there is a slight seep from the drain plug.  I might go to Ford to get a new one for the sake of £8 and peace of mind, and get a new washer at the same time.

In Topic: Another 1.6 Tdci Turbo/dpf Problem

Yesterday, 06:43 PM

This all sounds the same as I had on my 2007 1.6TDCi, except for the whoosing noise.  I drove it with the engine warning lights on for the best part of a year until the performance and economy really started going bad and then took it for a dpf delete and remap.  All is good since then and its been over 6 months.  The performance and fuel economy has never been better, about the same mileage as yours.  There will be people coming along to warn about the MOT implications of the dpf delete so it will be up to you what you do, but I have yet to hear of anyone fail due to this.


BTW the oil in the turbo pipe has always been there on my car.  I take take this pipe off at every oil change to get access to the filter and it always needs a wipe.  I have been told that a bit of oil is ok.


Hope this helps.

In Topic: Mk2 Focus Estate Boot Won't Open

26 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

Mine has stuck a couple of times, the first time for a few days before I worked out that if you push down at the same time as holding the switch then it disengages the lock and opens.  It happened again a couple of weeks ago, years after the first time and the same trick did it. It must be a design flaw, or mine is just dodgy.

In Topic: Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

26 July 2014 - 07:53 PM

That was quick, I think mine took about 3 weeks to come in from China.


The other thread I linked has quite a lot of stuff about the 12V/5V connector and a guide to hardwiring if you look through it from the start.  I just added my couple of photos as I deviated a bit from the guide that was already on there.  My battery is still going strong after 6 months of use - it used to be able to record over an hour on one charge but to be honest I haven't tested it fully recently to know if that is reduced or not.  There is a way of connecting it to an andorid device using the OTG cable but I haven't tried, so others ahould be able to advise.  Hope all that helps, and don't forget to let us know how you get on.

In Topic: Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

23 July 2014 - 05:48 PM

To answer these questions all together:


I am using the stock battery, but as it is hardwired and it only draws power for the 10s it needs to power down when the ignition is switched off.  I read that the battery does reduce in capacity over time but I'll see how long that takes before putting in a super capacitor or new battery (which are only a couple of quid anyway).  I like that I can take the camera out and use it off the battery if I want to.


My install is shown in this thread  http://www.fordowner...dashcam/page-14  It is worth reading the whole thread and there is some really good stuff in there to make the most of the Mobius.  Basically I only needed a piggy back fuse tap, a 3m long cable which included a 12V to 5V transformer and ended in a 90 degree mini USB connector which plugs into the back of the Mobius.  I added a second cable to the storage compartment on the dash for my SatNav which was easy to do as well.


I can't remember which fuse I tapped into but it is in the thread I have linked above and is ignition live, which means it is only powered when I turn on the ignition.


I don't run a rear cam but this could be an option sometime if I want to.


I used normal bathroom clear silicone, although my first attempt used stuff I had for gutter repair and it fell off so not all silicones are the same.  This one has held firm for a few months now and that includes days at 35 degrees in full sun without any problem.  I basically squirted it onto the back of the mount and pressed it onto the screen, wiping off the excess.  Not sure what happens if I need to take it off, but I'll worry about that when I need to.