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#390708 Oil Sump Plug

Posted by south_bound on 27 July 2014 - 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.

#388187 New Oil Filter

Posted by south_bound on 21 July 2014 - 09:48 AM

I always end up loosening the intercooler piipe as well - the screw cap catches on this either on the way out or the way back in afterwards.  I'm sure its not the most difficult access to the oil filter in the world, but Ford could have made it a lot easier if they had thought about it!

#388186 A Little Black Box Under The Back Seats

Posted by south_bound on 21 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

If its like mine its to do with the Eloys fluid control - mine got disconnected when I had the dpf removed and it has come up here a couple of times when talking about that subject.  You really had to go digging to find it there under the carpet - were you looking for loose change left by the previous owner?

#386346 Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

Posted by south_bound on 16 July 2014 - 07:41 AM

I've had my Mobius since about Feb/March and all working well - bought it after reading the very good reviews on various forums.  I made a custom mount to put it behind the drivers side of the rearview mirror and hardwired back to an ignition live fuse tap under the glove box (fit and forget, and very discrete).  I take it out every now and then to download any interesting footage and it has always shown what I expected.  The only thing is that I have a magnetic mount and I don't always align it perfectly so sometimes have the corner of the rain sensor in the picture if its a bit skew, but no big problem.


The longest trip I have done with it filming is about 13 hours non stop (well only for fuel and toilet stops) and while the heatsink was hot to touch it didn't cause it any problems.


To be honest the cost of these things is no more than a reasonable meal out (and I don't see too many people spending weeks deciding which restaurant to go to on a Saturday night).  I would just order it to try and you will be pleasently surprised

#351498 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 06 April 2014 - 07:52 PM

Just hardwired in my mobius following the guide - worked a treat and thinks for taking the time to put it together.


I just did a couple of things different, like running the wire along the top of the roof liner where it joins the windscreem instead of going behind the roof lights, and running down the A-piller instead of the door seal.  I also tucked the usb transformer in behind the rain sensor plastic cover and made the cable come out right behind the mirror which looks quite neat.  The fuse box is completely different that most others it seems and so I had to plug into fuse 68 which does the same thing as 108 on other cars.


I took the time to connect a mini usb to the dash storage compatment while I was at it so that I can run the satnav without a cable going up in front of the radio and now it frees up the power socket for other things.  The cable (1m long) went behind the air vents and then down to the passenger footwell where I put it into a cable block with the other usb cable and switched live.


These photos show the way I connected the two systems together and the finished article in the storage compartment.  I am finishing my custom mount for the mobius to replace the standard stick on holder and then I will add photos of that too when it is done.

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#341036 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 10 March 2014 - 04:02 PM

yes the wire is thin - I thought the same, what I did is solder the thin wire to a bit of thicker wire then heat shrink it, To be honest I actually didn't connect mine to the piggy back fuse directly I connected it to spade connectors as I tapped directly into my retrofitted auto-dimming rear view mirror loom and used spade connectors/plastic connector blocks. I would deffo recommend this to ensure there is not too much strain on thoose thin wires and they are reinforced.


Personally I think the cam is better mounted passenger side of the mirror - a few reasons. 1) is means the camera is completely out of view (on my install anyway). 2) there is more space on that side as the rear view mirror tilts towards the driver, which means the gap between the back of the mirror and the windscreen is greater on that side.


As for motion detect - I want to try this (if its possible - not sure it even is) ideally what would happen is ignition would turn off and the camera would then stop recording video and switch to motion detecting still photos on battery power.  I don't think you can actually do motion detection recording - its still photos (could be wrong I will have to double check)


Thanks for that. 


Thats interesting - I originally thought of tapping into the courtesy lights on the roof but was pursuaded to run the cable back to the fuseboard.  I have the auto-dimming mirror and rain sensor as standard in ghia spec and it might be easier to tap into them if its possible - what do you think?


You are right about the mirror tilt giving more room on the passenger side, but it just seems more exposed there.  I will play about with various options before I stick anything permenently in place to get the best combination.


I will play with the settings and try the motion detection, but as you say, the most important is that it is reliable in filming automatically with no fiddling around day to day.

#340958 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 10 March 2014 - 11:32 AM

Hi guys. 


This is a great thread and I have now received my Mobius and other bits and pieces to hard wire this using a piggy back to the fuse holder.  The wire from the USB lead looks very thin comapred with the fuse tap - did you have any issues connecting them together?  Now that the mobius has a motion detection capability I am considering having it connected to be "always live" so that it automatically starts recording whenever it detects movement, which includes when I start driving.  Has anyone done this and got any feedback?  Finally, I am looking into other ways of fixing the camera.  Ideally I would place it just behind the drivers side of the mirror, but the windscreen mount is too big to allow this so I might make a custom mount using a strip of aluminium bent into shape and either stick it to the winscreen or screw into the plastic leading up from the rain sensor - any thoughts?

#334170 Dpf Removal The Truth

Posted by south_bound on 19 February 2014 - 07:49 PM

It seems that VOSA have the same level of aversion to any kind of punctuation as your good self...

#333611 Dpf Removal The Truth

Posted by south_bound on 18 February 2014 - 08:20 AM

Out of interest, is this a cut and paste from an email, a letter or a transcribed phone call with VOSA? 

#331886 New Mot Requirements ( Dpf And/or Catalysts )

Posted by south_bound on 12 February 2014 - 08:30 PM

It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has had a dpf removed and then failed the MOT for this reason - in theory this should be happening over the next year or so.  In the meantime its all hyperthetical and not based on any direct experience.  I did previously suggest one guarantee would be to get the removal job done at a garage which also does MOTs and go back there every year.


BTW, mine was removed and went through the MOT the very next day without issue (after the anouncements).  The MOT tester basically said that as there is no access to the empty cannister due to the engine block, heat shield and under tray then there is no way they can even inspect visually on the Focus without taking off a load of stuff, let alone tap it for a hollow noise or look for weld marks.  I'm still sleeping easy at night over it.

#331882 Ford Focus 1.6Tdci 57 110 Acting Strange

Posted by south_bound on 12 February 2014 - 08:20 PM

I was just going to suggest plugging out the sensor under the back seats, but looks like you worked that out already, well done and enjoy.  I still need to blank off the egr and hopefully get that benefit as well (same car and engine vintage as you)

#322519 Egr Valve?

Posted by south_bound on 16 January 2014 - 08:03 PM

+1 that brighened up my day :D

#316834 Green Cotton Performance Induction Filter Fitting Guide

Posted by south_bound on 01 January 2014 - 07:45 PM

Thanks Lenny for a very comprehensive reply.  I'll look into all this as soon as time allows.  I have read somewhere that the dpf and/or egr can lead to dumping unburnt diesel into the oil sump, or something like that.   I'll do as you suggest to clean up the hoses and induction system, and see if it is still happening.  I have bought some stp engine flush ready for the next oil change - I guess this does the same as the Wynns you mention?  And thanks as well for the egr blanking guide - its after reading it that I decided to go ahead and do this job.

#316513 When Does The Turbo Kick In ????

Posted by south_bound on 31 December 2013 - 05:33 PM

lenny im sure they miss you too lol......


EMISSIONS & FUEL ECONOMY Urban MPG: 42.1 mpg Extra Urban MPG: 65.6 mpg
Combined MPG: 54.2 mpg

Fuel Tank (Litres): 53 litres

Emissions - CO2 (g/km): 137 g/km

Tank Range (miles): 632 miles


these having a laugh.......



Not impossible - smooth driving has got me an average 60.7mpg over 80,000 miles, measured brim-to-brim with each fill (Mk2 2007 1.6TDCi).  Dropped to mid 50s over the past few months but now better after taking out the dpf.  Managed 65mpg on a 1,000 mile trip from Wales to the south of France last weekend, mainly 70mph motorway speeds with the odd slower section due to heavy traffic.  I've got an egr blanking plate but not fitted it yet - might see a small further improvement after that.


On the turbo question, we seem to have a range of between 1000 and 1700prm for kick-in from the posts above - is there a definitive answer or does it depend on the engine model and the way its tuned?  I used to notice a pick up in accelearation at about 1500rpm, but now it pulls nicely right through the whole range - is this due to the remap done at the same time as the dpf removal?

#316453 Green Cotton Performance Induction Filter Fitting Guide

Posted by south_bound on 31 December 2013 - 02:26 PM

My 2007 Mk2 has the flat air filter and the air inlet is from below, which looks different from the photos here of the Mk2.5 - would I need to buy a new air box to allow me to fit a conical or cylindrical filter?


Also, seperate question - I have oil seeping at the hose joints between the air box and turbo, and a bit of staining on the filter itself, but not too bad.  I've been told that this shouldn't really happen but a small bit of oil like this isn't a problem.  What are your thoughts on this?  Logically, I would have thought that the air flow from filter towards the turbo shouldn't let this happen, but it clearly is. It has been like this since the first time I openned the bonnet about 80,000 miles ago and I tend to clean it with a rag whenever I do an oil change.  I guess I should change the air filter more often than normal to keep up performance and air flow.  Should I be worried?