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Key Fob

14 February 2014 - 08:52 PM

What does the double arrow head button do, on the Focus key fob?

Guide To Replacing Intercooler Pipe On A Mk2 Focus 1.8 Tdci.

27 January 2014 - 06:09 PM

Please note that, although this is a fairly straightfoward job (well within the ability of most people), you do it at your own risk, and I accept no responsibility for loss, damage or injury, howsoever caused.


Start by removing the plastic engine cover, which is held in place with four plastic clips, similar to pop fasteners.


Simply pull each corner up gently, until the clips release.


To gain proper access to the intercooler pipe, you need to move (but not completely remove) the expansion tank, and disconnect the plug attached to the sensor, fitted in the metal intercooler pipe.


Begin by unclipping the green plug (indicated by the arrow on the right in the picture below).


To release it, gently lift up on the tag protruding from the bottom of the plug (the opposite end from the wires) and draw the plug off the sensor, then tuck it out of the way.


Next, remove the expansion tank, by pulling it upwards.


If it is stubborn, insert a narrow bladed screwdriver (eg. a mains tester - see picture 2) into the outside (ie. the side farthest from the tank) of the holding clip, indicated by the arrow.




then pull the tank upwards.


An identical clip is moulded into the rear of the expansion tank, directly behind the filler cap.


Once both clips are free, gently lift the expansion tank up and forward, toward the front of the car, and prop it up against the bonnet support.




The pipe to be replaced can be seen in picture 3, marked with two arrows.




To remove it, loosen the two jubilee clips (arrowed) and waggle the pipe free of the two unions.


Replacement and reassembly is a reversal of the removal process, but note the following.


Ensure the pipe is pushed up tight against the shoulder on the union of the turbocharger (the silver grey object directly behind the engine) and that both jubilee clips are properly, but not excessively, tightened.


Make sure the plug is reattached to the sensor on the metal pipe.


When replacing the expansion tank, secure it on the rear clip (the one nearest the filler cap) first.


Don't forget to replace the engine cover.


And that's all there is to it.  :D

Hissing Noise?

18 January 2014 - 07:59 PM

This may be something that has always been there, and I just haven't noticed it before.  :mellow:


When I accelerate, I can hear a hissing/blowing sound, like the heating system fan speeding up, although it's not that because it happens even with the fan turned completely off.


I recently changed the reversing light switch, which necessitated removing the air box (replaced the filter at the same time), but I'm pretty sure it all went back correctly.


I put a lamp inside the top air pipe, to check for splits, but couldn't see any light leaking out from any splits, nor can I find any from a visual examination.


Power seems unaffected.


Any suggestions?



Four Fords In A Row.

18 January 2014 - 07:44 PM

Hi there, new member signing in.


I'm middle aged (ish  ;) ), live in Lancashire, and my last 4 cars have all been Fords.


First was a 2.7 diesel Maverick, which went missing one night.  :angry:


Next was a rather elderly, and somewhat distressed, petrol Mondeo, which was bought as an urgent replacement for the aforementioned Maverick.


Next was a diesel Focus estate, with 200k on it at purchase, due to it having been a taxi earlier in its life.


I am now the proud owner of a very tidy, 07 plate Focus 1.8 diesel, Zetec, Euro 4, Climate Pack, with a mere 70k on it.