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#542484 Judder On Taking Up Drive But Only Once When Engine Cold..

Posted by mjt on 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.

#541627 A Few Issue And Clueless.

Posted by mjt on 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. :)

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#539606 Running Lights

Posted by mjt on 12 November 2015 - 11:24 AM

I do not sit stationary in traffic with my foot on the brake pedal as it can be a bit blinding to the person behind]


I'm glad to see you're such a considerate driver Jim - a rarity these days! I often wonder if the instructors teach the use of the handbrake nowadays.


Regarding dipped headlights being anti-social in traffic in well-lit areas I think it's actually a legal requirement to use headlights (other than when parked) after dark. Clive (Stoney) can probably confirm this. If they're correctly adjusted they won't cause undue dazzle, in fact they're less likely to do so in a well-lit town centre because driver's eyes will have adjusted to the overall higher light level.

#538559 Mk1 And Mk2 Focus Video Reviews

Posted by mjt on 08 November 2015 - 08:07 PM

The mk2.5 has more insulation in doors and dash to reduce road noise which was a reported problem on the mk2


Mine's a facelift Mk2 (Mk2.5) and definitely has more road and wind noise than our facelift Mk1.



One thing I would say about road noise is how much of a change tyre choice makes. I had a MK1 and the previous owner had fitted Sunny brand tyres which were awful, it actaully sounded like there was an issue with wheel bearings, as soon as I got rid of them for Dunlop SP Sport the road noise was massively reduced.


The Mk1.5 has cheap budget tyres all round. The Mk2.5 has Contis which were original fit. I just had 2 new Contis on the rear and the old rears moved to the front to keep the same on all axles. There is no question that the road noise is greater in the Mk2.5, making conversation difficult and trying to listen to the radio a waste of time. Very disappointing!.

#538479 Mk1 And Mk2 Focus Video Reviews

Posted by mjt on 08 November 2015 - 03:40 PM

I think he's got the comparison fairly right although I'd disagree with some of his comments about the Mk2. We currently run an 11-year-old facelift Mk1 and a four-year old facelift Mk2 and, as I've stated in other threads on this forum, I think Ford really took a step backward. In my opinion a lot less care has gone into the interior design of the Mk2. It's much less practical, for example the door pockets are now so small as to be almost useless, the drinks holders have shrunk, the interior looks more hard and plasticy (as he said), the switches and door handles feel less robust (the indicator stalk has a horrible plasticy 'clicky' action) and the overall layout looks much less harmonious and stylish.


I really dislike the Mk2 instrument panel. To me it looks cheap and tacky. There's far too much silver. By comparison the Mk1 looks quite refined with all the instruments clear and uncluttered and the warning lights arranged where they will easily attract attention. The indicator repeaters on the Mk2 don't exactly jump out at you and the clicks are so quiet they're drowned out by the higher noise level (see below).


I also find the road and wind noise levels in the Mk2 are greater than the Mk1, although admittedly that's not comparing like with like as the Mk1 is a Ghia and the Mk2 a Zetec so I guess the Ghia may have more soundproofing. The Mk2 feels more nimble than the Mk1 but, again, that's a slightly unfair comparison as the Mk1 has done about 120K and is a diesel estate while the Mk2 has 30K on it and is a petrol hatch.


These are just my opinions. Others will, no doubt, disagree.

#537307 Mk3 Focus 2011 1.6Tdci - Pcm Update

Posted by mjt on 03 November 2015 - 10:35 AM

When the warranty was issued you should have been given a copy of the terms and conditions which will state what is, and is not, covered. Have you read through this to check? Often these extended warranties only cover failure of major mechanical assemblies and may specifically exclude electrical items.

#529380 Help Me Please Anyone

Posted by mjt on 06 October 2015 - 10:29 AM

You should be able to be in stop start traffic for hours without burning a clutch plate unless you are riding the clutch and holding it on the biting point rather than taking it out of gear and using the handbrake.

I don't know if it's the way driving is taught these days but most people don't seem to know what the handbrake is for.

#528789 'quick Clear' Heated Screen

Posted by mjt on 04 October 2015 - 11:09 AM

Are you quite sure you've actually got a heated screen and that it hasn't been replaced with a non-heated one in the past. You should be able to see the elements as a zig-zag pattern in certain lighting conditions

#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.