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Mk 2 Reverse Switch

05 January 2015 - 01:30 PM

I got a few jobs done around the car over the holidays, including replacement of the reverse switch which has been playing up, first intermitent and then completely stopped working and I was getting fed up of not seeing anything when reversing in the dark and reverse sensors not coming on.  I put the multimeter on the old one which showed that the ball needs to be pushed in completely to register a short circuit and there was some resistance if not pushed in fully, so maybe getting worn out.  The new one gave a short circuit even when not fully pushed in.


Euro Car Parts had three different ones come up on the search using my reg no but they narrowed it down to one in the shop so I took that one.  You can see from the photo that the new one on the left has a shorter body and longer threded section so I was a bit unsure of fitting it.


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The longer thread means that it fouls in the gearbox when selecting reverse gear and stops it going in.  The solution was to unscrew a few turns until the gear can be selected without resistance on the gear stick which at frst I was unsure about in case it starts unthreading itself or does not seal properly and could start to leak.  There is an o ring which I think is pushed into the threaded section to seal it, and it needed a wrench to turn it (wouldn't turn by hand) so tried that it so far there is no oil leaking from the gearbox or anything.


Anyone else come up against this, and if so did you do the same?  My only other complaint is the lack of working space between the top of the gearbox and the underside of the battery compartment - my sockets were too short and an adjustable wrench handle was too long to allow it to turn so i ended up botching it a bit.  Hopefully it will hold long enough to not give me any problems.

Fuel System Cleaner

05 January 2015 - 08:32 AM

Hi,  I must be on a mailing list for PFJones (think I bought a towbar from them a few years ago) and this came through over the holidays - fuel system cleaner.  Any thoughts from anyone as to whether this would be effective at all or is it all hype?  I couldn't find it on their website so no idea what it costs.


(Sorry about the formatting below - I just cut and pasted the email)




your car or boat this Christmas by using

Dieseljones Fuel system cleaner


  • Highly Concentrated
  • One product for both
    Petrol and Diesel Engines
  • Cleans fuel tank, fuel
    line, fuel pump  removing lacquer- varnish, acid and soot
  • Cleans Lambda/Oxygen
    sensors, Fuel Injectors & EGR valves
  • Reduce noxious exhaust
  • Cleans carburetor
    needles & Jets 
  • Improves fuel
    consumption reduces costs
  • Improves
  • Reduces exhaust
    emissions & black smoke  
  • Removes water/moisture
    from fuel tank/lines 
  • British made product
  • Eliminates conditions
    necessary for microbe growth and microbe clogged fuel

  • Area_cleaned_by_diesel_jones_fuel_system

    “in tank” treatment is all that’s required. (1 can + (a min) 25 ltr of
    fuel every 6 to 10k miles)


Fitting New Radio - Adaptors Needed?

14 December 2014 - 06:48 PM

Hi, not a Ford question but we all know this is the best forum so why would I want to join any other one?


My wife has a VW Fox which came without a radio - seems it was an optional extra at the time!  I want to fit an aftermarket one on for her and have found it is already wired up with what looks like a standard quadlock, but an unusual looking aerial fitting.  Looking up Google, VWs have something called FAKRA (?) and I need an adaptor to ISO type...is that right?  Would it be as simple as buying the adaptor off ebay and thats it, or is it more complicated?


Also, any ideas on a basic but reliable head unit (single DIN) for this - just radio and aux/USB/SD card inputs are fine as its a second car and she only does about 3k miles per year.

What Make Of Filter?

09 December 2014 - 09:41 AM



I was looking through the Euro Car Parts website to get a full set of filters - there seems to be a sale on at the moment as everyting looks to be reduced, but not sure how genuine that is.


I normally just take what I get given over the counter at the local motor factors, but EuroCarParts have a wide range of different makes such as Crossland, Bosch and Mann.  Is there much of a difference between them in terms of quality to justify the price differences or are they all much of a muchness?  I see some people saying to buy quality, but its not obvious what is quality and what isn't just from awebsite.  For info, I try to change the oil at least every 10k miles and clean out the air filter between changes. 

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).