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#354134 Ford Focus Mk2 Common Problems Thread

Posted by artscot79 on 16 April 2014 - 12:48 AM

Refitting new plugs won't stop it the plugs have a foam seal this saturates and leaks only sealing them will solve the issue been there done that sometimes they work for a bit then leak again poor design plain and simple ford know this

#351381 Coolant Replacement

Posted by artscot79 on 06 April 2014 - 03:03 PM

The ford stuff is 10 year coolant so its pretty early for doing it i wouldnt use that 5 year stuff for a simple reason if you have issues it will be blamed on not using the correct stuff if you want to do the change buy the right stuff from ford.the ford system isnt easy to bleed to empty youll need to pull the bottom rad hose to refill without getting air in is the hard part ford dont pour it in the expansion cap stoney will likely know the proper process if you have the pink stuff ford would then put purple stuff in

#349385 Focus Mk2.5 Brake Pad Question

Posted by artscot79 on 31 March 2014 - 06:09 PM

i should hope not that would be a reason or concern either that or youve got life insurance and the mrs was trying to take you out ^_^

#346466 1.6 Zetec 55 Reg Spark Plugs Help Please

Posted by artscot79 on 23 March 2014 - 09:47 PM

its from when the plugs were last checked dust and debris gets into the area around the plug hole i try to clear it out with compressed air first garages dont so when you copper grease the threads and try to put them back in the grease picks up the dust and crud and it gets caught in the threads

#346417 Leaving Car In Gear

Posted by artscot79 on 23 March 2014 - 08:48 PM

its standard on vauxhalls now theres a sticker inside the car telling you to leave it in gear after many handbrakes went faulty and cars started rolling away lol

#346314 Water In Plug Ports Issue, With Pictures

Posted by artscot79 on 23 March 2014 - 06:03 PM

core plugs its a common issue yet many gargaes will charge for a new head rather than admit its a simple job usually the core plug next to spark plug 1

#345490 Focus 2005 Mk Ii 2.0Ltr Petrol Under Seat Fuel Flap Release Lever?

Posted by artscot79 on 21 March 2014 - 12:47 PM

the flap opens by simply opening it once the cars unlocked theres no flaps or pulls

#341924 Rough Idle

Posted by artscot79 on 12 March 2014 - 05:11 PM

number 8 is head temp mate or engine temp not the coolant temp which is whats on the  dash gauge to work out coolant temp from head temp its 40 degrees less than the head temp so head at 136 means coolant is 96degrees


but youre right the focus idles pretty low and to keep emissions down it will continually go up and down which can cause a little shudder sometimes its not something to worry about unless its knocking out any fillings you have or trying to stall

#341810 (Cambelt Snapped On Me Last Night ) Pics.

Posted by artscot79 on 12 March 2014 - 08:38 AM

hopefully its an easy fix mate.


yet people argued with me that these belts dont snap and not early either

#340907 Focus Zetec S Mp200 Upgrade On The Cards

Posted by artscot79 on 10 March 2014 - 07:55 AM

With the ti vct engine have they mentioned the ti vct cam at all yes they tune the car but ive been told it will wear that cam out quicker its a very precisely timed setup it would be intetsting what effect this will have on the car then again its s ford approved mod i believe from mountune

#340371 Breaking Ford Focus St-3

Posted by artscot79 on 08 March 2014 - 09:39 PM

In an accident like that you can rule out wheels and most of the front end boot spoiler some interior parts exhaust maybe

#340366 Rumble And Hummimg

Posted by artscot79 on 08 March 2014 - 09:31 PM

Wheel bearing i had the same no play but when it was changed it was close to collapsing garage did mine as the hub rusts to the backing plate and isnt easy to get off also the rear abs sensor is there £126 for bearing labour and tracking fords a lot dearer

#339652 Please Help Diagnose This Problem

Posted by artscot79 on 07 March 2014 - 01:16 AM

Its likely youre habit causing the problems with the throttle sensor speed sensor etc registering a moving car yet the car not in gear the sensors dont know whats going on

#339032 Strange Smell Coming From Focus Zetec S Diesel 1.8!

Posted by artscot79 on 05 March 2014 - 01:56 PM

Often a noticeable sulfur smell in the cab can be confused for a rotten
egg smell in the exhaust. The only thing under the hood that will likely
emit a sulfur smell would be your battery or batteries, depending on
your vehicle's set up. This will involve looking into your alternator or
generator's performance, as well as the voltage and amperage it should
be supplying. An alternator that is faulty or has a bad external
regulator could be overcharging the battery, causing the electrolytic
fluid inside to boil

There are a couple of things than can cause a sulfur smell to be emitted
with your exhaust gases. The first of which depends on the quality of
the fuel available from your local gas station. If your gas station
supplies the lowest grade of diesel, there could be up to 5000 PPM in
sulfur content, which could cause a light-to-moderate sulfur or rotten
egg smell in your exhaust. Pay attention to the grade of fuel you
purchase, . The only other likely cause for the sulfur
smell, barring fuel quality, is either too much fuel being wasted and
burning off in the catalytic converter or a clogged catalytic converter
that releases too much sulfur. However, your vehicle may not be equipped
with a catalytic converter, since diesel engines release lower amounts
of noxious gases compared to gasoline. If your vehcile has a catalytic
converter and ULSD grade fuel doesn’t solve your problem, you should
probably look into replacing the converter
fords took the mick out of you mate you didnt need the srvice nor did you need the pcm update i would have asked for the money back and an explanation as to how the pcm would have fixed this issue its also worth noting is the smell inside or outside if its inside the pollen filter may need replaced and the aircon given an anti bacterial treatment

#336285 Strange Things..

Posted by artscot79 on 25 February 2014 - 07:17 PM

it refers to the fact if you park up and switch the main beam on after switching the ignition off then lock the car the lights will automatically switch off after 30 secs its like a guide home function