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#532863 1.6 Tdci Loss In Power, Excessive Fuel Consumption

Posted by south_bound on 19 October 2015 - 03:21 PM

What about a Terraclean session which is a bit more expensive but I have heard great things about?  If you go with the BG244 can you post some feedback as to how effective it really is, even its in a month or two to give it time to work? 

#525670 Rumbling Noise At Speed

Posted by south_bound on 23 September 2015 - 07:25 AM

Quick update on this - the rumbling noise is still there and possibly getting a bit louder but not by much.  Popped into my local indy garage who I've used before this morning to get them to take a look and quote for the job.  He took it out for a spin and is 99% sure its not the bearings but showed me that the tyres are a bit deformed.  Basically if you spin the wheel and hold your hand against the tread near the inside of the tyre then you can feel bumps as it spins past your hand.  He didn't know what causes this but suggested I change the tyre when it needs doing (got a few '000 miles on it yet) and see if the rumbling noise goes away.  That's one less bill to pay and impressed that the guy was honest enough to basically turn down a repair job that doesn't need doing - not all of them would do that I'm sure. 

#517976 1.6 Tdci. Dpf Deleted From Map. What To Do With The Dpf Itself

Posted by south_bound on 31 August 2015 - 08:06 PM

As I understand it the ECU does need to be told not to look for the DPF so some form of software modifiacation is needed or it will throw up errors.  Also there is a plug under the the rear seat which needs to be disconnected to break the link with the Eloys fluid tank and I guess the ECU needs to be told that as well.

#513050 Removing Spare Wheel

Posted by south_bound on 17 August 2015 - 03:10 PM

Each to their own I guess.  I've had 2 blow outs as well, both times in the fast lane of the motorway which destroyed the tyre completely.  The space saver at least got me off the motorway without having to wait for the rescue van which in some countries such as France would cost €150 minimum.  In one case I continued the journey with the space saver as it was a weekend and everything was closed, but 200 miles at 50mph is a pain to do. 


I am looking to go the other way and get myself a full sized spare wheel and tyre so that it just costs me the time to change it over if this ever happens again.  I think its just a case of building up the boot base a bit to allow for the extra thicknes of a proper wheel and I lose a bit of boot space.

#506976 1.6 Tdci Dpf Delete

Posted by south_bound on 28 July 2015 - 07:28 PM

I would recommend Avon Tuning near Bristol - not near you but it would make a nice day out in the west country!  Seriously though I drive a lot further than you to get there and they have a lot of customers who come from Yorkshire and further due to their good reputation in customer service. 

#506604 Turbo And Egr

Posted by south_bound on 27 July 2015 - 02:21 PM

Terra-Clean charging 380euro to clean DPF

MFK Autocare charge 350euro to cut it open and gutt it then remap ecu far better job lads cleaner ;)

Terra-Clean charging 5h1t the bed 400euro to clean the EGR 400!!

Ebay sell Stainless Steel EGR blanking plates for less than 5 euro shipped!!
Once blanked doesnt need cleaned.

Terra-Clean standard fuel injector clean is reasonable enough though
135 euro for engine below 2.0ltr


I was thinking exactly the same thing when I saw the DPF and EGR clean prices on that website - does include a normal Terraclean in that price though.  You could get shot of both problems for life for cheaper and then pay seperately for the Terraclean.


The specialist tuning place I have used a couple of times now does Terraclean as well so I will definately be going there sometime soon after all the good stuff I have heard about it.

#506507 Took In With Dpf Issue - Almost Drove Out With No Brakes!

Posted by south_bound on 27 July 2015 - 07:21 AM

I drove mine with warning light on for a good few months while I decided what to do, and the performance wasn't that great but I don't think I did any damage to anything.


The article you linked to was debated at length on this forum at the time it came out in Dec 2013, about the time I went ahead and got the job done.  As above, they cut open the cannister and remove the internals then weld it up again, and in any case the whole lot is hidden behind a heat shield so hard to inspect.  The MOT tester didn't even try to look for it last time so there is a big difference between what a government website says and the real world.  Anyway, your choice.

#505940 Took In With Dpf Issue - Almost Drove Out With No Brakes!

Posted by south_bound on 25 July 2015 - 12:11 PM

There are lots of threads discussing the options on this forum if you do a search.  I had the same issues as you and so got mine deleted at Avon Tuning near Bristol a couple of years ago and its been great since - better power, better mpg and no MOT problems at all.  They take out the DPF itself and remap the ECU to delete it from the system, and they really know what they are doing.  I would get the EGR blanked off at the same time - I declined at the time but went back for that recently and it has further improved the drive.  You will then never have a problem with DPF or EGR again while you own the car, and all much cheaper than the quotes you have been getting from Ford.


No doubt others will give their point of view but this is mine based on my own experience.

#505713 Windscreen Replacement

Posted by south_bound on 24 July 2015 - 04:41 PM

Good idea Stoney, I'll give it a go but its 35 degrees here at the moment (and not less than 25 degrees at night) so not sure the steam will condense on the window, but will try it.

#505621 Rumbling Noise At Speed

Posted by south_bound on 24 July 2015 - 08:51 AM

I decided to go ahead with the 2,500 mile drive anyway as I didn't have time to spot it out beforehand.  All went well on that front but had other problems which set me back the cost of a fuel filter, glow plugs, EGR delete and new windscreen so had other things to worry about.  I drove another car for a bit last week which had so much noise coming from the back wheels that I thought they would fall off at any moment, so that gave me more confidence that my bearings are good for a while yet.  I will keep listenning out for any chance in noise though and be ready to change them as soon as it sounds more urgent.  Got another trip to Italy next month coming up so willl see for that.

#504875 Windscreen Replacement

Posted by south_bound on 21 July 2015 - 07:58 PM

Needing to get mine done as of yesterday evening - crack coming up from the scuttle panel about 4" long.  Autoglass couldn't do it before I go to France tomorrow so they have arranged their French partner company Carglass to do it when I get there.  Hopefully I have as good experience as you had.  I had a chip repair done a couple of years ago and while it is still visable it did the job at the time.  He even moved the template a bit as it was on the edge of where they should have replaced the whole windscreen so avoided having to replace and pay the excess.  Also hopefully more professional than one of the others (National Auto Winscreen I think) who tried to sell me new wiper blades before thay had even booked me in!

#498288 Rumbling Noise At Speed

Posted by south_bound on 25 June 2015 - 11:45 AM

Still haven't got around to looking at this, but will have to find some time over the weekend especially as I have a 2,500 mile trip planned in July for holidays.  Would bad bearings be someting that tends to deteriorate quickly once it starts to get noisy, or can it generally be left a while without too much risk? 

#494950 Oil Catch Can Install - 1.6 Tdci

Posted by south_bound on 13 June 2015 - 11:35 AM

Brilliant, thanks for sharing this with us.  Looks like a good job for a weekend if I can get organised with getting all the bits and pieces together.

#472050 My Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci - To Maintain Or To Upgrade To A Mk3 Focus

Posted by south_bound on 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.

#462945 New Towbar...bargain!!

Posted by south_bound on 09 March 2015 - 08:35 AM

Mine tows great with the 1.6TDCi engine.  I have a 1 tonne four wheel trailer and have pulled it a couple of times fully loaded from Ireland or Wales to the south of France without any issues, just dropping down a gear on the motorway when hitting the mountain regions.  Constant 65-70mph alll the way stoppping only for fuel and toilet breaks.


I thought I had done the clutch once when pullling uphill out of the local quarry loaded up with sand - it was a choice of ruining the tyres with wheel spin or controlling it on the clutch.  Plus when I told the loader driver that I wanted 1 tonne he thought I was asking for 1 cubic metre with is more like 1.5 tonnes!  I wasn't going to start shovelling it all back out.