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south_bound

Member Since 05 Dec 2013
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In Topic: Changing 12V Input From Constant Live Feed To, Ignition Feed.

Yesterday, 11:12 AM

Exactly what I did - piggyyback cable from the fuse box, up the A pillar and headliner to the r/view mirror.  I ran another cable to the top of the dash to connect in the GPS and both have worked perfectly with ignition live for about a year now.   That way the factory fitted 12V supply is available for other things when needed.


In Topic: Timing Belt And Performance

26 May 2015 - 07:06 PM

I have only noticed one small difference since getting the belts changed.  Before, the engine would stutter a bit - barely noticeable excpet to me as the driver, but it was there nonetheless.  It only really happened as I picked up from coasting in neutral into a high gear (4th or 5th) and accelerated slowly.  I thought it might have been linked to clogged fuel filter or something but anyone think it could have been the old belt or tensioners flexing and on their way out?  It hasn't happened since but its only been a few days so I'll wait a while longer before being sure its gone.  Any thoughts?


In Topic: Dual Mass Flywheel-Other Jobs Too???

26 May 2015 - 03:25 PM

£800 for the cam belt - even for a Ford main dealer that is expensive!  It should be done though, and I have just had mine at 105k miles and expect the car to be good for a few more years without too much more expense. Sorry, but don't know too much about DMF and fingers crossed I won't need to for a while at least.


In Topic: Timing Belt And Performance

21 May 2015 - 08:25 PM

Thanks, all makes sense..  I didn't expect any change for the reasons you give but if something changes over the course of a long time you don't notice it, but then even a small sudden change can make you sit up and notice.  I think I am very sensitive to changes such as new noises or vibrations and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.  If anything, I think I would have been more likely to have noticed if something was not fitted properly so I'm releived there is no change.  The longer drive to work tomorrow should make sure of that.


In Topic: My Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci - To Maintain Or To Upgrade To A Mk3 Focus

01 April 2015 - 11:20 AM

I had the same dilemma - 2007 Focus with just over 100,000 miles on the clock, now not worth much more than £1500-2000 as p/ex.  I reckon that any depreciation on a newer model in the first year will be more than the maintenance bill to keep the existing one going for the next few years (as long as nothing major goes wrong).  Its been really reliable so far and I like it so even with the thought of a big bill for the timing belt, tyres suspension I will get it done.  I did the brake pads a while back, only £30 for the bits and fitted DIY.  In any case, that new car feeling disappears after only a few weeks.