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Timing Belt Renewal

08 October 2014 - 07:16 AM

I need to get my timing belt changed soon and have been phoning around for prices and Ford garages who are quoting between £430 and £470 (excluding water pump) which seems very high compared with the prices I have seen people quoting on here.  I read that Ford garages are more likely to have all the right locking pins and tools to do this sort of job which an independent might not for every car manufacturer so would be more likely to botch it.  I know there are a lot of good indys but I just don't know any of them well enough to be certain they would do a good job.


My question is seeing as the 1.6 TDCi is a PSA engine, are the tools needed all the same between the Ford TDCi and the PSA HDi engines and would a Peugot or Citroen garage have all the same tools and be just as capable as a Ford garage to do a Focus?  I ask because there is a Citroen garage near me who might be worth asking - I know he will say yes he can do it because he won't want to turn away the work, but I want to know the chances that he has the right set up to do the job properly.


An other option is if anyone can recommend a good garage who could do this near Watford or Swansea (not exactly near eachother but I will be spending time in both places in the next few weeks). 

In Car Camera (Again)

16 January 2014 - 08:01 PM

I know there have been a few threads on cameras in recent weeks but please bear with me. 


This one seems to tick most of the boxes for me - discrete and simple


http://www.blackvue....dr350-detail or



There are a GPS versions but I don't see the point - I know where I was if I ever need to review any footage.  The first one looks great, but would bebetter if available from a UK seller in the event of being sent a dud.


The main question I have is whether anyone has thought of connecting the power to the map lights console no the roof near the rear view mirror, rather than having to take the cables around the windscreen to the power plug?  If I disconected the bulb and connected in the camera, and set the switch to permanently on would this work?  I think the light goes off a certain time after switching the engine off and locking the door, but thats no different (or even better) than a cig lighter plug that is switched by the ignition - it will keep recording a few minutes longer but no chance of the draining the battery.  What do you guys think, would this work?


Dpf Removal - South Wales

06 December 2013 - 08:04 AM

Hi all,


I have just registered here, but have followed a lot of the threads as I try to understand my focus a bit better.


it looks like I need to sort out my dpf and have found a couple of places which can do this near to Swansea, where I will be over Christmas.  They both seem to know what they are doing from speaking with them - they plan to strip out the dpf and put the empty cannister back in so it looks the same, and then delete on the software side.  One has also offered to blank the egr and delete from the software, while the other has offered a remap, both a a smallish extra cost.  Both claim to have done lots of Focus jobs and coming in at about £320-£350 +vat.  Is there anything else I need to ask about to help decide, as I am a bit nervous on this one in case I am left with a car full of problems later on, especially as I need to do a long drive afterwards and don't want to get stuck at the other side of the country over the holidays.  Has anyone had any experience gettingt his work done in that part of the country and could make recommendations?  For the egr, am I better off just fitting the blanking plate myself?


On another related question, my red engine management light, yellow engine block light and "engine systems failure" light are all on permenently, but the car is driving normally.  The only problem is a clear refusal at high revs eg. when I have to pull out quickly at a junction, which to be honest I don't really do that a lot.  Is this what is known as "limp home mode" - someone told me that it limits the engine to 3000rpm which might be what I have experienced?  If so, then does it really matter if I never go above this rpm?


Sorry about the long first thread, but just trying to get my head around all this.  BTW, this is for a Focus Mk2 (2007) 1.6TDCi Ghia, 85,000 miles.