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Bristol Mechanic

23 May 2014 - 10:08 AM

I have found a very good mobile mechanic in Bristol. He changed my cambelt for £150 and replaced a T shaped pipe at the front of the engine while he was at it. He told me that the timing was out by one tooth on the exhaust camshaft and that my front brakes discs were badly worn. He took my car away and left me his till he came back as security. All round good lad. He has quoted me £279 for a genuine clutch kit, fitted, with a guarantee. I was thinking of having a go at the clutch myself but a genuine clutch kit is £91.92 on ebay.. How difficult is it? I do have a trolley jack and stands. Mind you the last gearbox I took out was on an Iveco 190/30 tractor unit in 1985!

Ghia Trip Computer

11 May 2014 - 06:07 PM

I seem to have the only mk1.5 Focus 1.6 Ghia(53 plate) without a trip comp. Maybe a previous owner sold it! It doesn't say it doesn't have one on the build spec. (Etis).

If I got one from a scrapper it should just plug in if the wiring is there but if it doesn't have the requisite washer bottle temp sender( for exterior temp) could I just ignore it and would it work ok for the fuel figures etc?

1.6 Ghia Just Bought. Clutch And Trip Queries.

08 May 2014 - 03:45 PM

Just bought a 53 plate 1.6 Ghia for not much money as a run around. Apart from the fact that my knee nearly hits me under the chin when I let the clutch out before it bites she seems a rather nice drive. One owner from new who obviously lost interest in Ford service at about 50000 miles. It has been serviced though, last one last year. My last few cars have been automatics with big engines, yes there is a reason for this. Until recently I drove an HGV with a manual box and when you come back from eastern Europe or further and get into your car the last thing you want to do is to have to change gear, believe me! I take it that Focus clutches are not supposed to be like that. I have been quoted nearly £300 with a new slave cylinder for this, about right?

My other query is ref the trip computer. Do all Ghia's have them or are they an option? Mine doesn't have one and it isn't mentioned along with the huge list of extras my car also doesn't have. (FordEtis vehicle summary.)

Apart from that she seems OK and I was pleased to see that the engine bay had not been steam cleaned (to hide a thousand sins) She does seem to turn over reluctantly at first but fires up within a second. Is this normal or signs the battery is on the way out or the timing is iffy? I can't find any mention of a cam belt change in the service history. Also she does have the correct silver calcium battery fitted.

Ford Indie In Bristol

07 May 2014 - 04:28 PM

Could someone please recommend a good cheap ford guy in Bristol. my usual garage have just quoted me nearly £500 for a cambelt and waterpump change. They want 4 hours labour to do the job at nearly £200 +Vat if I supply my own parts. This seems a bit steep to me. I can get a kit cheapish on Ebay.

2003 (53) 1.6 Ghia Equipment

07 May 2014 - 07:21 AM


Does anyone know where i can find what should be fitted to a 53 reg 1.6 Ghia? With my old x type I sent the vin number and reg number to Jaguar and they emailed me back the original build spec. Do Ford do this? Does anyone know what should be included in the Ghia? For example trip computer, climate control etc. The reason I ask is that I have one lined up and would like to know what it should have.

Thanks Steve