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#522367 An 06 Focus 1.6tdci Has A Dpf Doesn't It

Posted by mjt on 13 September 2015 - 07:27 PM

We've had our old Mk1.5 1.8TDCi 115ps Ghia estate for 7 years and it's now done 120K. It was our first (and only) diesel so I can't compare with any others but I can say it's been one of the best, if not the best, car I've owned in over 40 years of driving. It's also one of very few that hasn't shown any rust at this age (12 years). Although it's starting to show its age mechanically - I think the DMF is on the way out - the lump has been totally bomb-proof (touch wood), still runs very sweetly and still has impressive acceleration, much better than my 5-year-old 1.8HE petrol Focus. It's quieter too.


It was pure luck that I bought it not knowing that it was one of the few diesels without a DPF. I'm now, at last, looking for a petrol to replace it as I don't want to get involved with all that DPF nonsense.

#521963 Noisy Mk2 Focus

Posted by mjt on 13 September 2015 - 10:13 AM

This is a FRENCH CAR and it's not skipped a beat...


Wash your mouth out! :lol:

#514587 2008 Mk2.5 Twisted Bar Under Chassis

Posted by mjt on 22 August 2015 - 03:30 PM

Looks like it might have clouted some bl**dy traffic calming.

#512193 1.6 Tdci. Dpf Deleted From Map. What To Do With The Dpf Itself

Posted by mjt on 14 August 2015 - 11:36 AM

Nuclear Thorium reactor, electrolysis, hydrogen.

Until they can get Fusion working and generating usable electricity that little combo is as clean and useful as you can get, not that it will make any difference as population increases and so does livestock to support it.


Now we're on the same wavelength! :P

#512184 1.6 Tdci. Dpf Deleted From Map. What To Do With The Dpf Itself

Posted by mjt on 14 August 2015 - 11:28 AM

There isn't any CO2 from hydrogen, my understanding is the only by product is water. The biggest problem with hydrogen is the delivery method and storage.

You misunderstand - I was referring to the CO2 generated in the process of producing the liquid hdrogen.

#512125 1.6 Tdci. Dpf Deleted From Map. What To Do With The Dpf Itself

Posted by mjt on 14 August 2015 - 09:14 AM



I take Lenny's points. It's a pity that so many have been hoodwinked into buying diesel cars, me included. It was pure luck that I chose the Ford 1.8TDCi which doesn't have a DPF as I didn't know anything about them or their problems at the time. It's been a great car, reliable and lovely to drive but it's now getting time to change it and with what I now know I won't be getting another diesel.

#512002 1.6 Tdci. Dpf Deleted From Map. What To Do With The Dpf Itself

Posted by mjt on 13 August 2015 - 09:53 PM

I paid 400 euro for the dpf chamber gutted and remap,
Has since passed MOT with lower emissions than stock


You do realise that the DPF has no bearing on the emissions? They check for nitrous oxides, carbon dioxide and probably carbon monoxide. The DPF is there to trap the particulates which are the cancer-causing particles small enough to get into the bloodstream. The emissions test doesn't detect those. The particulate problem is the main reason I won't be buying another diesel. Particulates have been identified as a serious public health risk so if you consider yourself a responsible member of society you shouldn't be gutting your DPF.

#505481 Is There A Headlight On Alarm

Posted by mjt on 23 July 2015 - 05:28 PM

On our 2003-plate the lighting switch has a parking light position anticlockwise from off. You have to push the knob in slightly to select it. This puts the side and tail lights on without the number plate lights and doesn't activate the chime. It's quite easy to turn the control past OFF to this position if you're not aware of it and you happen to be applying enough pressure to the knob. Maybe that's what caught Malcolm's wife out. It definitely chimes in the normal sidelight position.

#504023 Very Bad Cold Starting And A Lot Of Grey/blue Smoke

Posted by mjt on 19 July 2015 - 10:53 AM

The light won't give any indication of the state of the glowplugs. You need to disconnect the wiring and do a resistance check. I replaced the plugs in our 1.8TDCi, similar age to yours and done about 89,000 miles at the time. When I tested the plugs I took out three were open-circuit and the fourth was high-resistance.


The glowplug light on ours goes out in under a second, summer or winter, but I found by connecting a lamp across the supply they actually stay on for about 5 seconds. I have read that in really cold conditions they may stay on for a while longer after the engine is started to help warm-up but I haven't tested this.


It does sound as if yours might be getting air in the system when it stands overnight.

#500609 Project Black Mac

Posted by mjt on 05 July 2015 - 11:16 AM


The windows don't shut when locked.


If global closing is enabled it should work by holding down the lock button on the remote for a few seconds. Have you tried that?

#500397 My Focus Is Dying 2003 1.6 Petrol Automatic

Posted by mjt on 04 July 2015 - 10:17 AM

As the oil capacity of the engine is 4.25 litres that means it must have virtually run dry of oil which poses the question of how you came to let it get in that state? Unless you have a catastrophic oil leak or it's burning vast quantities you shouldn't have lost 4 litres in a normal service interval. How long since it was serviced? Have you ever checked the dipstick?


If it really needed that quantity of oil it's pretty well certain you've trashed the engine.

#492819 Installing Drl's..

Posted by mjt on 05 June 2015 - 01:14 PM

I MUST understand how it works!!! lol :D

I agree with you Darren. As an electronics engineer I have very firm views on what is, or is not, good practice and I want to know how this works. If it is, indeed, detecting a voltage change at the battery I imagine this has been done to simplify installation but personally I wouldn't choose to design something that way.

#492801 Installing Drl's..

Posted by mjt on 05 June 2015 - 10:55 AM

Mine is connected to the battery and come one when I start the car. I think it's to do with the relay and the drop in voltage when you start the car.

If it works connected that way it must be detecting the rise in battery voltage when the alternator starts charging.  If so that seems a bit 'iffy' to me though. Personally I'd want it sourced from an ignition-controlled circuit.

#483626 2004 Mk1 Focus Intermittent Speedo Fault But Not Vss

Posted by mjt on 08 May 2015 - 08:59 AM

We had the same problem on our 03 1.8Tdci estate when we first bought it. The vss and cluster were both changed but didn't cure it. It was eventually found to be the loom chafing against the gear linkage. Has been fine since (7 years).

#482617 Ford Focus/ Mondeo Horn Again

Posted by mjt on 04 May 2015 - 11:00 PM

Hi Dave,

No the position of the relay won't make any difference - the overall run length of the wire, battery via relay to horn, will be much the same. The fact you're using thicker than stock and probably a more direct route, hence shorter run, should give an improvement.


I don't know the Mondy body. If the bracket you're referring to is welded to the chassis and you're sure you've got a good clean connection to it then running the new ground wire from it ought to be all that's required. If the bracket is bolted to the chassis you'd need to make sure the electrical contact between the two isn't being degraded by corrosion.


If you're happy with the electrical connections but are still getting poor results the only recourse, really, is to do some voltage checking with the horn operating. Check the voltage across the horn spade terminals if you can get probes onto them and see how much, if any, voltage you're losing. If more than, say, 0.5V then check between the horn ground spade and battery negative terminal and between the horn +ve spade and battery +ve to see if you can pin down where the voltage is being lost.