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Remapping Around Cambridge

18 September 2015 - 11:40 AM

Can anyone recommend a good remapping service within easy reach of Cambridge. I found a couple locally that looked promising on their websites but found they are both operating out of private houses. One didn't respond to my enquiry and the other bounced back.

1.8tdci Starting Problem

01 September 2015 - 09:50 AM

Our Mk1.5 1.8TDCi has started suffering from a slight starting problem. I don't know when exactly this began to appear because it only happens in very specific circumstances and these don't happen very often:-


Basically if I turn the engine off then try to start it within a minute or two it struggles to start, coughing, spluttering and then not firing. After several attempts it will start and once running it runs sweetly.


This happens both when the engine is cold and when fully warmed up after a long run. I first noticed it when the wife & I were about to leave one morning. I'd just started it when she dashed back inside for something she'd forgotten. I turned it off and then had real trouble re-starting it when she reappeared a couple of minutes later. It happened again yesterday in a filling station after a 30-mile run when I turned it off whilst waiting for a pump.


It always starts fine when it's been left for a while. It's a bit clattery when the starter is operating but I think that could be the DMF. The car's done 120K. Has anyone any idea what might be causing this?

What Type Of Keyless System Do Ford Use?

12 July 2015 - 08:46 PM

I've been looking at newer Foci some of which, the Titanium models apparently, have keyless start but still have a lock barrel in the drivers door. Having done a web search on keyless entry/start systems I'm confused as to which of the systems are used on these models. Do the doors unlock automatically - the proximity system - or do you still press a button on the remote? Once the car is unlocked is the immobiliser automatically cancelled? Without an ignition switch is there no steering lock?


I have serious misgivings about buying a car with these systems so any advice that would boost my confidence (or otherwise) would be welcome.

Anyone Know How These Should Be Fitted?

30 May 2015 - 11:24 AM

I took off the panel at the base of the windscreen of my Mk2.5 to clean out the debris and try to sort out a problem whereby it wouldn't stay clipped to the bottom edge of the glass. When I came to refit it I couldn't work out how the two items arrowed below went back in (ok, I know I should have taken more notice when I took them out, but a new screen had been fitted by the dealer when I bought the car and I'm not sure they were put back properly then).


They seem to be intended to keep water off the heated screen connectors but the tabs and other shapes moulded on the back don't seem to fit whichever way I orient them, so does anybody know how they should be fitted?


Oily Smell Inside Cabin

27 April 2015 - 01:44 PM

I'm getting an oily smell inside my 2010 Zetec 1.8HE. I usually notice it when I stop after a run although a few days ago I could smell it whilst running after slowing down for a built-up area. Popping the bonnet and taking off the engine cover I can't see anything obvious, nothing covered in oil, no split or disconnected pipework and the engine oil level is rock solid but the smell is definitely in the engine bay.


It seems to have become noticeable since its last service so I'm planning to take it back for the garage to have a look (I'm getting too creaky to drop the undertray and crawl underneath these days :unsure: ) but I just wondered if anyone might have come across this before. I also wonder how the smell is getting into the cabin when the ventilation intake is at the base of the windscreen. The car's done just under 30K.