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#347796 Leaving Car In Gear

Posted by catch on 26 March 2014 - 11:42 PM

been doing it for 50 years...................just incase

#345388 Buying Guide

Posted by catch on 20 March 2014 - 11:50 PM

Okay, where upgrading the 2006 Focus to a newer model. We are looking at a 2010 model or later, Is there a buying guide anywhere. Can the good people on here point me out what to look for. Bad or good points.





Do you mean a newer Focus model? If that is the case, then you will find the Mk2.5 model which was not built after late 2010 early 2011 is basically the same car as the Mk2 under it's skin.


If you go for the Mk3, it is claimed the driving experence is not as good as the Mk2.5. that said, buying petrol you now have the option of the newer ecoboost engines. Better fuel economay, but not what is promised in some cases so best visit  http://www.honestjoh...uk/realmpg/ford Lower road tax, but a big nono for me was the smaller boot.


And Ford have obviously not been totally happy with the Mk3, because they are bringing out the Mk3.5 in July. It's been said it is a marked improvement driving experiance wise. In fact a Ford designer involved in it's developement reckoned it should actually be seen as the Mk4.


You seem to buy your motors like I do, not new but paying circa 50%  less than their list price when new. Infact this week I traded in my Mk2 55 plate Zetec Climate , against a Mk2.5 11 plate Titanium. Thinking being I will skip the Mk3 offering , and possibly buy a Mk3.5 if I can then live with a smaller boot.

#344987 Facelift Focus - Mk3.5

Posted by catch on 20 March 2014 - 12:56 AM

Not interested now, just gone and bought a three year old Mk 2.5 Focus Titanium :D


Wife said thank job for that, she was fed up with me chopping and changing my mind   :wacko: 


I'll just wait for the Mk 4 with a bigger boot to come out :rolleyes: 

#344635 Tyres

Posted by catch on 19 March 2014 - 01:13 AM

I've been running on Goodyear Optigrips on the rear axle since October 2010, and same tyres on the front axle since August 2010. Due an axle swap September this year.


I researched and opted for said tyres on their competitor beating "anti aquaplanning" properties.


It's stopping capabilites that matter, and wet stopping more so, four bits of rubber between you and the road, they better be good. Mine were manufactured in Germany, so quality should be good.


That said, as Incontro intimated, the Goodyear Efficient Grip is an excellent tyre, scoring well above the Optigrip in the fuel economy index. And came out top in the Auto Express Tyre Test 2012.

#344236 Sold My Focus And I've Gone German

Posted by catch on 18 March 2014 - 11:38 AM

You only live once Bruce, you fancied one, you bought one, enjoy.


Lifes a Lottery at the best of times.

#294451 New Tyres On Front?

Posted by catch on 04 October 2013 - 04:39 PM

Thanks Jeeb,


I do have the odd look in now and again, I posted on this thread because tyre set up can be a life changer.

Hope you and the family [and your motor :) ] are all doing well.



#293577 New Tyres On Front?

Posted by catch on 30 September 2013 - 03:43 PM

Because we all have to live in the real world, where trading off the safety against the cost is a reality.
Commonsense needs to be used when applying the rule “ New to Rear”


Now you may laugh or be a confused [considering what I said in my first post] when I tell you the tyres

on my car, by axle and years on there, are as follows.

Rear axle put on as a new set : 21st October 2010 tread depth 7.95mm

Front axle put on as a new set: 22nd August 2011 tread depth 7.95mm


Here is the common sense approach explained:

You see when the fronts came to be replaced with new tyres, the rears although having been on for 10 months already, had 7.13mm of tread on them.

So the Rears had been on 2 years 11 months with 6.10mm tread depth on 28th Sep 2013

And the Fronts had been on 2 years 1 month with 5.46mm tread depth on same date.

As you see, the rears are now sporting the greater tread depth overall.


Now there is nothing haphazard about my tyre management, it is done on a planned basis. I inspect tyre

pressures regulary, adjust dependent on load, and inspect wear rate and wear pattern [with digital gauge] twice a year.

As has been said fronts being the drive and steering wheels wear at a greater rate of knots than the rears. In my case on the same brand of tyre on both axles over the last 8,154 miles.

The wear rate is as follows:

Fronts wear down 1.00mm of tread every 3,275 miles

Rears wear down 1.00mm of tread every 7,765 miles

The wear rate factor depends on style of driving, ratio of motorway driving against urban, so not a hard and fixed ratio. My last 6,714 miles has been a mixture of 37% touring [a lot of motorway miles] and the rest country roads and urban type mileage

Anyway come May 2014 [ on current usage mileage] the tyre tread depths should read circa:


Fronts 4.60mm
Rears 5.74mm

And at this point in time they will be swopped onto opposing axles. This means if I were to keep the car until April 2016 the fronts would be down to circa 3.15mm ands the rears 3.51mm.


You see the "The New to the Rear" rule is applied if your rears are well worn. Lets say New tyres  are 8.00mm, your tyres on rear are 2.60mm! The tread depth ratio difference between my tryes when axle swopped will be much closer, plus I'm using Optigrips [see below]


I renew my tyres when they wear down to ball park 2.5 to 3.0mm. Couple that with the fact I run on Gooidyear Optigrips designed to widen the water channels as they wear down. [ live link to video] I'm confident the car will be sure footed in standing water conditions, and wet braking conditions.


At 3.00mm the average premium tyre stopping distance in wet conditions increases 8% on that of a new tyre.

At 1.6mm the legal limit, the stopping distance increases by 37% on that of a new tyre!


So providing you can keep your back end straight, you better hope the guy in front in an emergency stop aint on new tyres. Because if your on worn out ones, bang goes your no claims bonus.


Edit: By adopting the axle swop method I expect to get circa 22K out of a set of tyres renewed when at 3,0mm .

#293203 New Tyres On Front?

Posted by catch on 28 September 2013 - 11:13 PM

So, what do you reckon? Listen to the professional, or should I swap them over when I get home?
Thanks in advance :).


Thats right listen to the professional, unfortuneately the guy  you are listening to is obviously not a professional. He is a  tyre monkey, tomorrow he could be cleaning windows.


Watch why and listen to the advice offered by proper professionals All be it the video is fronted by a motoring journalist I suspect.


If there are two things you should get right on your car above all other things, it is tyre / brake management and maintainance.


You would really have to be brain dead to watch that video and then think.................right its the front axle for those two new tyres. If the monkey wont fit the tyres on the axle you want them fit on, go else where, where they will. If it was me I'd go elsewhere in any case


Sorry lads you all got it wrong, I mean I wrote a thread on the very issue eons ago, Jeeb, Lenny, artscot79 you cannot all have been asleep :angry:

#183631 Tdci Owners Check Your Oil Levels Now

Posted by catch on 21 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

Hi Ron welcome to the forum mate,

from your post and posts over on the Volvo DieselDPF recallthread started May 2010, which I linked to at the beginning of this thread [ now 41 pages long with 31,127 views and 409 replies to date] I have gleaned Ford, Mazda and Volvo now have a Diesel in Engine Oil" contamination warning light.

So the problem is indeed real and ongoing, and think on never mind diesel destroying the lubricating properties of the engine oil. In worst cases, it could lead to self fuelling of the engine.......... a runaway car. Just think wife's out in the car and that happens!

As to your remarks about the wife's petrol variant, I totally agree. I bought a 04 reg S40 2.0 turbo diesel Volvo back in Jan 2008 in total ignorance of the implications of DPF's. And that was before the issue of engine oil contamination came to light, to be fair I never experienced any DPF issues in nine months of ownership, but I moved it on and came back to a petrol Focus.

And that is why I started this thread back in Sept 2010 to warn others. Now I'm no expert on DPF's or the law. But that said, had I at The Point Of Sale been made aware of the potential for issues with DPF's equipped cars, given certain driving styles and conditions. Then I would not have bought the car in the first place. So IMHO I reckon any purchaser themselves not made aware of those issuse could contest that the Contract of Sale was null and void. Obviously I'd run that opinion past your local Trading Standards Office, and or a decent lawyer before I'd go down that path.

Myself, I reckon my next car [ two years down the road when it's purchase price is circa 50% off it's List Price when new] will be the new out this year Focus 1.0 125 Ecoboost .................I'm a patient kind of guy who puts conserving his hard earned cash before the impulse for instant gratification. :D

Ron please keep the board informed as to how you go on at the dealers. As all input adds to the knowledge base that we all use when we hit the web search button on our PC's ...........long may the Internet empower the masses, in the face of Big Moneys attempts to bury the Truth, whatever the issue in question is. :)

#171875 Focus Mk2.5 Drl Lights Ebay.

Posted by catch on 10 March 2012 - 05:52 PM

The drl's must be a maximum of 400mm from the outer edge of the car as taken from that halfords info. I don't think there's a minimum distance between them but I could be wrong.

Now I come to think about it reesmew I think your right, because I've just been out to the car with the tape measure again.

And considering Plan A was:
the only place I reckon they would look right on my Mk2 is in the lower part of the "fish mouth" opening directly below the licence plate.But on measuring it from the outer edge of the car, they fell outside that measurement [500mm] but the height from the ground would have been OK at 300mm.

Plan B:
I then looked at mounting them flush in that black plastic section above the spot light housing. It would have meant not only cutting into that black trim but also in to the plastic bumper behind it. Now I was not 100% sure I would miss the crash bar that is positioned behind the bumper . Then for them to fit flush they would have been pointing not straight in front but slightly to the outside of straight ahead......could they be a nuisance to on coming traffic? Would cutting out the bumper and black trim weaken both when tying to clip the black trim in .

In the end I thought to many what ifs to be considered for the sake of trying to do a mod my car does not really need.

Now considering what artscot79 said re MOT testers, guy who does my servicing also does my MOT testing so I'm 99% sure Plan A would be fine with him.

jeebowhite re the sig,

I just thought if anybody kicks off because they misunderstand my intentions. I can just refer them to my sig instead of resorting to handbags at dawn ;)

#171373 Focus Mk2.5 Drl Lights Ebay.

Posted by catch on 08 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

UK Legal Requirements :

Height above the ground must be 250mm and a maximum of 1500mm



Just an observation [don't shoot the messenger] yours don't appear to conform to the legal requirement.

When I was looking into fitting something similar I found height wise I was OK. But fell foul of the requirement that they needed to be a minimum of 400mm apart. So in the end, not wanting to risk invalidating my insurance cover I decided to not bother.

#151163 Regen Problums

Posted by catch on 03 November 2011 - 04:21 PM

Catch - what can I say - I love you!! lol

it's reciprocal :D

And james_60 as your last post/question was directed to all thread participants.....yes I did read your quotes from your manual. And I thought that's good of James to copy all that info down, but I did not realise you wanted an accolade for doing it ;):P

I myself can write pieces on a thread subject that some on here may consider boarder on challenging Leo Tolstoy's epic War and Peace :rolleyes: And some posts even appear to become the grave stone that marks the end of a threads interesting life............but as I'm not "needy" I don't take it personally :D

But in all seriousness, as the post in question was directed to artscot79 ...............I reckon he owes you a box of chocolates or possibly an oil filter as an act of contrition.

And Chutney, jeebo is right, he bought a motor he thought was the "dogs whatsits" ...............I mean come on who doesn't. You don't go to a dealers look at a motor and think I reckon I could have a load of hassle with that motor but I'll buy it anyway. As it turned out it was the spawn of Satan.

#149235 2011 Mk2.5 1.6Tdci Focus Dpf Filter Type ??

Posted by catch on 20 October 2011 - 04:16 PM

Well Jamie PM'ed me his VIN, I rang our freindley Ford Dealer Parts Desk, he looked it up, then went and spoke to a technician. and come back with an answer.

And guess what, it's eat my hat time :D Oh your a set of happy bunnies, you have the newer non maintenance DPF. So I asked Andy [because I did not want 20 Vin's in my PM box ] :D What denotes it's the newer DPf, now he thought it must be the Stage V Emissions Designation.[he was not sure hence he went and asked a techi which one it was, and he said he had worked on a V emissions one and it did not need the eloy's additive, nor was there provision for it. So there you go, like I said sorted with a phone call.........simples :rolleyes:

#148713 The Ultamate Rear Seat Cover

Posted by catch on 16 October 2011 - 10:28 AM

Waterproof rear seat cover!!! So what do you get up to in the back of your Focus!!! ;)

(must admit that the 2 baby seats somewhat puts that idea out the window LOL)

On the contrary, I'd think it gives credence to your original enquiry :D

#147427 St220.

Posted by catch on 07 October 2011 - 01:37 PM

i couldnt make my mind up if this was a spammer or not so i thought i would just answer it knowing that we will probably never hear from the OP again..


the longer your on this planet the more cynical you become.................wait until your my age :rolleyes: