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Air Conditioning Condenser/radiator

07 August 2015 - 07:25 AM

My recent run of bad luck is continuing, so after splashing out on new tyres after a blow out, timing belt change (OK, that was planned maintenance), diagnostics and new glow plugs, EGR delete and new windscreen, my a/c has packed up and I have been told it needs a new condenser fitted as there is a leak.


The parts themselves don't come too expensive but the garage has quoted me 4 hours labour plus the cost a refilling the system.  Total comes in at €450 which is about £320.  Does that sound reasonable, especially the labour time?  I am tempted to leave it but it does get very hot in the south of France where I spend a lot of time.  My other car needs a new compressor which is even more expensive so I have to mae do with openning the windows on that one!

Failed Glow Plugs Lead To Limp Mode

24 July 2015 - 08:12 PM

So last week I found out that if the glow plugs fail then this throws the Focus into limp mode, with no codes to help diagnose this.  This happened to me just after filling up with diesel in the south of France and a ferry to catch in Calais the next day, just before a bank holiday when everything would be closed (and this being France I mean everything).  Didn't know what it was but took the risk and drove on as fast as the car would allow, which was about 65mph on the flat at 30mph going up hills.  The worst thing was in town as I just couldn't pull out until there was a huge gap in the traffic, and no cheeky lane changes...glad to make it to the ferry though.


Back in the Uk the first  guy I saw couldn't pull out any codes so changed the fuel filter and crossed his fingers.  To be honest he is a good mechanic but probably not too good on the computer side of things.  Then I carried on and went to Avon Tuning near Bristol who I have used before and they did the business, diagnosed the problem and changed out the glow plugs.  There were some EGR codes so I got that blanked and deleted from the ECU as well.  I had already bought the blanking plate but never got around to fiitting it.  Suffice to say it all works great now, better than it was before the limp mode came on.  A big thank you to Gareth, James and the crew at Avon Tuning for their efforts.  They now also do Terraclean so I will be calling back there sometime soon after all the good things.


So anyway, why do Ford prgramme the car to go into limp mode (I assume to protect the engine system) over something which does not even affect the driving?  No codes, no nothing to help work it out.  Now, I have since read on this forum about this, but didn't have the time or facilities to do that while on the road and  under pressure to get to the other end of the drive in one piece.  To cap it all off, the trip back ended with a cracked windscreen and a/c stopped working - just not my week.

Rumbling Noise At Speed

04 June 2015 - 10:33 AM



I did a 300 mile round trip this week and started to hear a rumbling noise on the motorway at specific speeds.  Basically this happens as I get to 58mph on the speedo, then goes away when I accelerate faster, but comes back at 68mph.  Again it disappears, or at least is very much reduced above this at least up to 75mph.  It is not engine related as the noise is the same if I accelerate, decelerate or just coast in neutral, uphill or downhill and not affected by bends in the road.  I can't tell where the noise is coming from exactly because I am driving and can't crawl around at the same time, but I'll ask my passenger to do this next time I have one.  Apart from that there is no change in the car handling or fuel consumption.


I just got the timing belt done last week so thought maybe they didn't tighten up the under engine tray or something and that this was causing vibration - but I checked this and it all looks ok.  I got new front tyres about a month ago as well so I thought maybe its balancing but the balancing weights and pressures look to be ok.


Its weird that it comes and goes at exact speeds.  Is there anything mechanical I can check before taking it in to a mechanic, bearing in mind I don't have a ramp but can take off wheels and crawl around the car if needed.



thanks in advance for any iseas.

Timing Belt And Performance

21 May 2015 - 07:21 PM

Just had the timing belt done, including aux belt, water pump and recharge air con - car 8 years old and 105k miles.  Should I notice any difference in the way it drives compared to just before it going in for the job?  I have to say I didn't notice anything on the short drive home from the garage.


One other thing, the garage ran the car at idle with the bonnet up for a good hour and a half after doing the job - is that normal and just to check that everything is ok?  Can't think of any ofther reason and only saw it on the dashcam afterwards so couldn't ask them.

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.