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#428936 Plastic Above Grill

Posted by artscot79 on 16 November 2014 - 08:26 PM

The mk2 one can be seperated and removed its fiddly and the clips can break easily the plastic poppers come out allowing it to be seperated at least on yhe petrol but it looks similarly built

#428705 Mk2 Heat/fan Problem Or No Problem?!

Posted by artscot79 on 15 November 2014 - 09:37 PM

Ide have a test done first before contemplating a dash out the water pump may be leaking the cap may be leaking etc

#428510 Mk2 Heat/fan Problem Or No Problem?!

Posted by artscot79 on 14 November 2014 - 10:35 PM

I doubt its the gasket they arent known to be an issue the cap may have a twisted seal ten quid replaces the whole cap and eliminates that it sounds like a matrix which is worse a gaskets easy to get to the matrix isnt easy way to tell taste the water in the footwell youll know instantly if its coolant or plain water you will need to add coolant to the system not just water.if the footwell is tasteless its from a leak if you have aircon possibly the aircon drain hose behind the drivers left hand kick panel

#428311 Mk2 Heat/fan Problem Or No Problem?!

Posted by artscot79 on 14 November 2014 - 03:00 AM

Lots of ways to explain it but think of it like this youre cooling sytem is like a pressure cooker its a sealed pressurised system when the engines warming up the thermostat doesnt open it instead diverts the coolant directly round the engine allowing quicker warm up time when the engine reaches optimum temp the thermostat opens allowing the coolant through the radiator however if the external temp is low the coolant will get too cool and so the thermostat closes and the process is repeated using the interior fan takes heat from the coolant sytem and therefore the engine.if the coolant is too low one you dont get enough pressure in the system so the coolant actually boils off second as theres too little coolant theres not enough heat in the system any heat there is the heater is stealing so luke warm air when you switch the engine off as the water pump isnt running the engine actually gets hotter hence why the fan comes on to cool the engine which is monitored by the ecu.

Hopefully youre matrix isnt leaking causing the loss of coolant

#427655 Ownership Experience So Far.

Posted by artscot79 on 11 November 2014 - 09:29 PM

well first off im going on the info you provided and secondly i have fixed over 30 rovers and i havent seen a good one yet rusty falling to bits blown head gaskets cracked heads failed oil pumps ignition barrells and gearboxes  most of them on the same car having owned a rover 25 from brand new it was a rubbish car full of issues it needed repaired so much that people brought there rovers to me to fix ide like to say it was the only one but ide be lying having also worked in a gagrage they came in time and time again over any other make now that may be down to the owners but you if you read youre post sound disrespectfull to the ford marque im not being disrespectfull im being honest theres fords out there and minis and bmws that are just as bad so im not picking on you


Was hoping this one might be a good car but its about as problematic as
my ZTT was, in fact this had more faults in the first 3 months than the
ZTT did.


so please dont complain at my trying to help based on the info you provided even if its out of warranty and bad a garage shouldnt put a used one on the fact it failed meant even though it was out of warranty the fault was there just not as bad within the warranty period so they by law were responsible for repairing it these items dont suddenly fail


youre first post was how bad the car was no positives about it just how rubbish its been compared to youre rover if thats not how it was meant its how it reads

#425846 Air Con And Heated Windows

Posted by artscot79 on 06 November 2014 - 10:07 AM

the aircon is set to windscreen if its on this it will come on automatically the rear window on any car isnt quick to demist and doesnt sound abnormal

#425494 Spark Plugs????

Posted by artscot79 on 04 November 2014 - 11:16 PM

The old gap is 1.3mm all gaps now are 1.0mm even on newer fords and yes it was done to stop coil pack failures and rough idle issues

#425356 Heated Door Mirror

Posted by artscot79 on 04 November 2014 - 06:17 PM

both should be heated and they are ativated with the rear demister front windscreen activates heated washer jets sounds like someone replaced the glass after it was broken with a standard glass the wiring should be there unless the mirror was torn off ripping the wires

#425206 Spark Plugs????

Posted by artscot79 on 03 November 2014 - 11:24 PM

Ford branded ones are both ngk or bosch as long as you check the gap on them and gap them to 1.0mm either will do they are pregapped but at old specs

#424362 Focus Zetec Climate 1.6 2005

Posted by artscot79 on 31 October 2014 - 11:24 AM

can mechanics not do anything without codes these days it may well be the temperature sensor on the head live data will show thw values

#422806 Installed New Stereo, Car Won't Start

Posted by artscot79 on 25 October 2014 - 09:09 PM

Couple of hours with engine off? To prevent battery drain ford put a 1hour limit on it so youve probably drained the battery remember its not just the stereo youre powering the ecu pcm various dials etc

#422805 Mk2.5 Front Bumper?

Posted by artscot79 on 25 October 2014 - 09:05 PM

Easier to put a mk2 st or cc coupe bumper on that way its just the bumper and the lower grill for the bumper

#421794 Timing Belt + Water Pump Kit

Posted by artscot79 on 22 October 2014 - 05:48 PM

Defo genuine parts had to do a mates water pump twice after he bought a cheap one it lasted 5 weeks the genuine one is far better quality

#421793 Lowering A Focus....

Posted by artscot79 on 22 October 2014 - 05:44 PM

Ford use eibach from the factory on lower cars not sure now but mk2 zetec was 10mm lower as standard depends on the roads it can be pretty jarring if the roads are bad coilovers are better but more expensive springs on their own work as long as the shocks are good

#421125 Engine Management Light

Posted by artscot79 on 20 October 2014 - 05:34 PM

No fault codes mean it was inlikely it was the egr start the car up wiggle the coil connections and leads and the coil wiring there can be small breaks in the wire that will cause these issues that wont throw up a fault code common on all fords cheap leads arent good but fords own brand leads are bosch so you can get them far cheaper than what ford qoute sadly its a process of elimination