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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.

1.8Tdci Shuddery While Cranking

14 February 2015 - 06:33 PM

Lately our old bus has been getting very shuddery whilst cranking. It's worse on frosty mornings but even does it when starting a warm engine. My first thoughts were engine mounts, especially the bottom one, but I got the garage to take a look at them during the last service and they said they were ok. I replaced the glow plugs 2½ years ago at about 90K, it's now on about 112K. Other thoughts are slow cranking speed due to tired battery or voltage loss somewhere. I wondered about the anti-shudder valve but thought that only came into action when switching off and it doesn't shudder noticeably then.


Anybody have any thoughts about this before I go down the route of getting codes read? Bearing in mind it's age and mileage I don't feel inclined to spend shedloads of cash on it so if it's going to be expensive I'll live with it as it is. I'd welcome suggestions, especially from anyone who has had a similar problem.

Front Mudflap Clips

04 February 2015 - 10:11 AM

On my wife's Mk1.5 one of the front mudflaps has lost both of the spring clips and it's flapping around on the single bolt into the sill. Anyone know if there is anywhere I can get some new clips? The car's too old to justify nearly 40 quid on new flaps. I'd rather just take the existing ones off.