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In Topic: Helloo!

07 January 2014 - 09:00 PM

Welcome to the forum, Joe :)

In Topic: What's Wrong With My Car?!

07 January 2014 - 07:59 PM

Hi Hanna,


How quickly do you need this solving? if you can wait, have a look at my signature for "got an error on your car", and you can get yourself a code reader. Otherwise if you need it sorting sooner, you will need a garage to have a look.


Hi James, I've got it sorted today thanks! :) I'll have a read quickly though, OBD and codes tend to interest me for some reason!


It turned out there was a leak... but in the thermostat holder, spewing out water! One of the bearings had gone on the cambelt pulley too which was triggering the warning lights. 

So, waterpump, cambelt and oil change, new thermostat holder and a quick look over. Not as bad as I'd expected! Thank you everyone.

In Topic: What's Wrong With My Car?!

05 January 2014 - 04:43 PM

The light with the exclamation mark - I had a Mk1 Focus for eight years up til 2 years ago and don't recall any such light, other than the brake fluid/handbrake warning light.  Are you sure it's not that?


I'm very sure it's not that. The one you're on about is red, and on the right side of the dials. 


The warning light that came up on mine was yellow and on the left, right above the 'check engine' warning light.


There is a a powertrain light on fords yellow light on left side of cluster u will need fault codes checked


I'm quite convinced it's this.

In Topic: What's Wrong With My Car?!

05 January 2014 - 03:50 PM

I've had cars for nearly 20 years (some I didn't maintain at all, because they were rusty old runabouts and I didn't care as long they worked), and I have never seen brown oil, even after 20k without changing it.


For the oil to be brown, something must've got into it, which would probably mean you've got problems further up the engine - maybe this is what the Ford spanner-monkey meant?  Why wait for it to get that bad??


Just change it as per the manual recommendations.  Every 6k or 6 months is a good guide - more often if you do lots of short runs.


I was going to get it serviced next weekend actually, as it had been just over 6k since the last one. I had it booked in weeks ago. Thanks though.

In Topic: What's Wrong With My Car?!

05 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

Can I ask, what colour are you expecting the oil to go when it *isn't* OK?


I was told by a ford mechanic months ago that it goes either milky when it mixes with water or brown when it's used. Is this not correct?