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Steering Knock

10 June 2010 - 10:22 AM

My 03 Focus 1.6 seems to have aquired a knock on the steering. I first noticed it when parking in a tight spot and having the steering on full right-hand lock and it knocked when it reached the 'stop'. Since then, I've noticed that the steering isn't as precise as it used to be and on checking the tyres they had worn on the inside edge. I got the tracking checked but it was apparently fine, but the vagueness is still there and now it will knock when the wheels are straight ahead - more noticeable with the engine off. I can't find any play in either the rack, the track rod ends or anything elseon the front end, so am at a loss to what it can be. The only thing I can think of is a fault in the rack itself, but with there being no obvious 'play' I can't be sure. Can anyone give any suggestions what it might be?

Dashboard fault?

16 January 2010 - 02:48 PM

When I turned the ignition on, so that the dash light illuminate, the speedo and rev counter dials moved slowly round to their maximum before returning to their 'rest' position, also the trip meter went back to zero. The car has never done this before, has anyone any ideas what the cause is, and whether it's anything in connection with it not starting?

Cambelt snapped

16 January 2010 - 10:28 AM

Went to start the Focus this morning and got the clunk-whizz of a failed cambelt! How hard a job is it to fix? It's an 03 1.6 Zetec SE engine, with 58k on the clock - Ford dealer told me the belt would be fine till 100k, even though I had my doubts!

Mk6 knocking rear suspension

17 November 2009 - 12:21 PM

My 56 plate Fiesta TDCi seems to knock quite a bit on the rear suspension, the dealer said there was nothing noticeable to them, but I'm concious that it's there and want it fixed before my warranty runs out. I also think there's a bearing type noise on the front end, but again the dealer says they can't find anything. Has anyone here had similar symptoms and managed to get them fixed?

Diagnostics on P0420 code

09 November 2009 - 11:25 AM

The engine management light has been coming on for a while now on my 2003 Focus (1.6 Zetec SE engine), and after a bit of searching the internet I have found this could be either the lambda sensors or the cat. I used my diagnostics software on the car and found that once the engine had gone into 'closed loop', the pre-cat lambda was switching but the post-cat was giving a steady reading. Problem is that after a few days, when the light had come on again, I re-did this test and found both the pre and post cat sensors were switching with a very similar pattern, indicating a failed cat. Am I right in assuming that the cat might be borderline failing hence giving me the different results?