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In Topic: Ford Focus Tddi 2001 Starting Problem

27 November 2015 - 08:00 PM

The way you describe it, it does sound like the battery being nearly flat, Have you tried, or could you try, putting it on charge for 24 hours or so?

In Topic: Another Problem - Whining Noise When Accelerating And Idle

25 November 2015 - 10:07 AM

Could be the auxiliaries drive belt. Some people suggest applying some talc to it to see if the noise goes away.

In Topic: Judder On Taking Up Drive But Only Once When Engine Cold..

22 November 2015 - 11:21 AM

I'm sure I've read on here that petrols don't have a DMF.


My 1.8HE goes through a period of uneven running just a few hundred yards after moving off. It only lasts for half a minute or so then it's fine. I just assume it's the ECU not fuelling properly as the engine warms up, maybe leaning the fuel/air ratio too early or too late. It's never been a big enough issue for me to get it looked at.

In Topic: Focus Dipstick

21 November 2015 - 06:50 PM

.....something of the night about it. By that I mean it does (or has done) some odd things. All of my cars have male names but I call this one Christine....


A lady of the night, then :lol:



....next time I decide to drain the oil and measure how much comes out. Amount is half a litre short of what I originally put in when I changed the oil. Assuming there is some oil still in the filter then that should be OK. Put it back in, check level, OK.



Let's get this right - are you saying that next time you found the dipstick clean you drained it and found it half-a-litre short then put that oil back in and it came halfway up the dipstick?


I have found with my 1.8HE petrol that I need to dip it twice to get a true reading because an airlock seems to develop in the dipstick tube due, I think, to the 'O'-ring that seals it at the top. From what you've described this isn't the same as what you're seeing, though, which does, indeed, sound weird. If you'd really lost a litre or more that would have to have made a real mess.

In Topic: A Few Issue And Clueless.

19 November 2015 - 12:30 PM

Your problem is a classic case of a broken earth connection. This diagram should help you to understand it. Note the arrows denoting current flows when just one bulb is energised and when they both are (on the affected side). When one bulb is energised the current returns to ground through the other bulbs but in the second case the voltages applied to the two bulbs with the broken earth cancel out, hence no current. If, as you say, it is a combined stop/tail bulb it might be no more than corrosion between the bulb cap and housing. If you've cleaned this up and it still fails then you'd need to check the earth wire to the lamp unit :-


Congratulations on the wedding btw. :)