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Mk2 Exterior Door Handle Broken

17 February 2015 - 03:29 PM

Hi, my driver's door handle broke a while back and I have been managing since by openning the back door and reaching in to open the front using the inside handle, or asking the passenger to open it for me, or leaving the window open and reaching in that way.  I'm getting fed up of that, and my MOT tester told me it is a reason for a fail so I should sort it out soon.  The handle pulls out and springs back when released, but it just doesn't do anything to open the door.


It broke when I tried to open it - I heard a metalic noise of something falling down the inside of the door so I'm guessing it a metal clip or something that has sheared off.  I have been reluctant to open up the door card as I will probably end up driving with it in pieces for ages until I get around to buying the replacement part, once I find out what it is.  Is this a common problem, and what part is it likely to be?  I'll probably just have to take the card off to have a look, but is there something specific I should look for (I'm hoping its just a clip and not a whole new handle mechanism)?  as an aside my wife's VW had the same thing but it was the inside handle and it turned out to be the plastic moulding on the door card that holds the cable to the lock mechanism - so I just cable tied it back together.  Hope its as simple on the Ford.

Heated Front Windscreens

12 February 2015 - 01:03 PM

Hi, since owning the Focus which has an electrically heated windscreen I have found this one of the best innovations on it, especially this time of year.  I'm always amazed that even much higher spec and expensive cars from other brands don't have this and I had understood that Ford owns the patent and wouldn't share it with others.  Funny  that all cars have rear heated windows but not front ones, but there you go.


Then last night I saw an advert on TV for Vauxhall claiming that all their new cars now have this exact feature - how did that suddenly happen?  And on Vauxhall of all makes, have they bought a license from Ford or developed it themselves without infringing on Ford's IP?  I guess we will see this on more than just Ford and Vauxhall in the near future.

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

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    “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.