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  1. 3 points
    Nick Y

    Things I do like

    It's finally here. Hello PS5
  2. 3 points
    jsk

    Stolen Fiesta

    Life was so much simpler in those days Bob I remember them well.
  3. 3 points
    dtulip8

    Magnetic paint colour

    Nah, speeling mistooks are trendee these dayz!
  4. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    Magnetic paint colour

    £250 for Frozen White? What a rip off...they just lacquer the undercoat don't they? 🤭 Also, surely 'Freedome' is a typo?
  5. 3 points
    Shimmers

    Just a story about my Mk 1 Focus

    Recently I asked some questions on here regarding a breakdown I had. Helpful replies. Massive Coolant loss required a £180 tow home from RAC. As I couldn't drive the motor, I booked it into an auto garage literally 3 doors away from my house, though I was very dubious about their reputation. As they didn't look at the car the day they said they would, and I had slept on it and felt uneasy about them, I decided to bite the bullet have it towed (£70) to another garage 3 miles away that I had used before satisfactorily, in fact I liked them. They booked me in a phoned me with findings. Coolant loss due to the gasket failing on Thermostat housing. I was extremely concerned that the overheating breakdown may have caused damage elsewhere. I instructed them to replace the thermostat and housing and to change the timing belt which was way overdue. The next day all was done and I picked up the car. Immediately I knew something was amiss. The car at idle was very lumpy. I phoned them and they said, ah yes, we noticed that but forgot to mention to me! I ran it for a day very tentatively and they said if it doesn't get better, to bring it back. So I did. I asked them again, "are you sure you set the timing correctly?" and received the answer, "Steve, we do thousands of timing belts." They they changed the PCV, positive crankcase vent valve, but this did not solve the rough idle problem. They admitted that any further investigation was potentially a long process and they were not really set up to investigate as this was not their speciality. They did not charge me for the labour or PCV valve and was left with a car I could not trust. Reluctantly I booked it into Ford. For which I had to wait nearly 3 weeks for them to look at it (covid). 3 weeks where I couldn't really use the car as I couldn't trust it. They had booked me for a diagnostic, £150 fixed price. It then took Ford another 4 days to look at the car due to backlog. Next day they rang me. Car all done, I could pick it up. Problem...the timing belt had been fitted incorrectly, 2 teeth out on the cog! I was gobsmacked! A mechanical basic. Ford told me they re-time many belts incorrectly fitted by independents. Ford charged me £125+vat to refit the belt and did not charge for the diagnostic. I emailed the previous garage, rather than phoning, not trusting myself not to loose it and shout at them. So the email was reasonable. They had fitted the belt incorrectly, despite telling me they had checked it twice and Ford had charged me £150 to correct it. To their credit, I suppose, she immediately rang me and reimbursed the £150. No apology mind. Moral of the story...I have no idea really. If they had fitted the belt correctly, not difficult, I would still have trusted them and they would have been my go to garage, but not anymore!
  6. 3 points
    Tom44

    full led lights

    exhibit B - xmas lights remap.😅
  7. 2 points
    Really ! You want an electric car that'll not charge above 79% full because the smart battery thinks that's all you need and then it'll start shutting down systems it hasn't enough charge for .
  8. 2 points
    All fitted and up and running. Piece of cake to change them thanks to the tips above otherwise it would have been a right pain in the you know what. Only took about 10 minutes per unit from taking the unit off the car to swapping the bulbs. Yes it's a bit fiddly but thanks to the instructions it was no problem. While I had the units out I removed all the rubber covers and placed the units near a radiator to dry out some condensation that had built up over the car's life. Initial impressions, after panicking because my adaptive lenses stopped working, until I figured out I had moved the lights switch from Auto 😉 is very good. They are a lot whiter and definitely a better throw into the distance so once they burn in properly it should be a big improvement. Overall it was worthwhile.
  9. 2 points
    Used to change them on tilly lamps, very fragile and the original ones were asbestos iirc. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  10. 2 points
    Those mantels were tricky buggers to change, god I'm old...😢
  11. 2 points
    Stoney871

    Things I do like

    If they added a mouse and keyboard to it for a gameplay option instead of a controller I may consider getting one but I can't tolerate controllers and much prefer a mouse/keyboard interface. Games look better on a PC and especially on my triple screen set-up Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  12. 2 points
    I can't really say much as I still have a 6700 somewhere , along with this beauty. Keep thinking I should get a PAYG sim and leave one in the glovebox just in case.
  13. 2 points
    alexp999

    Things I do like

    Mine arrived to my work at 10:30 this morning and is under my desk, I'm just waiting for the work day to finish so I can go home and plug it in!
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    I'm pleased to see though that electric cars are starting just to be e-versions of their normal ICE. I don't want a tesla where I have to go down 15 submenus to open the chuffing glovebox, I just want an electric Focus. I do appreciate though that electric is far easier when you're middle-class and have a drive. I don't know how it will work in the type of estates I grew up in.
  16. 2 points
    F0CUE

    Anti freeze change

    Did you run it and wait on the level dropping? Refilling/Bleeding The System 1. Fill the reservoir a couple inches below the bottom fill neck 2. Set the Climate control to Fan Speed 1, and the temp knob all the way to hot. 3. Start the engine and let it run. 4. Start filling the resevoir to the "Max" line. Watch the fluid level and keep filling it to "Max" as fluid enters the system. Listen for the fan to kick on. Make sure fluid is at max at this point. 5. Fasten the lid back on the resevoir
  17. 2 points
    StephenFord

    Water inside Focus! Help!

    Tom will be along in a moment 🤣
  18. 2 points
    st line x 140 driver

    Magnetic paint colour

    That would only cost you 12500 groats
  19. 2 points
    Bobr

    Magnetic paint colour

    Just my four pennorth
  20. 2 points
    The car has neither the power nor the torque to exceed 120 MPH. The aerodynamics will not allow it. 1100 kg, 100 bhp, auto box. Egyptian temperatures. 120 MPH? Unlikely. Any quicker? Very unlikely.
  21. 2 points
    Eric Bloodaxe

    Magnetic paint colour

    Absolutely - I've found that Race Red adds at least 5-10mph and clips at least 2 seconds off your 0-60 time! And it's the free colour so why spend up to £650 more on another colour only to make your car slower? Unfortunately I made that up - it does look smart on an ST or ST-L, though, and I've found it quite good at still looking fairly clean even when the car's absolutely filthy - which mine is at the moment!😃
  22. 2 points
    Eric Bloodaxe

    lockdown

    Not quite a lockdown thing, but my mate told me this story about his grandson's best friend, lets call him Peter (not his real name of course): Peter was part of a family `bubble’ and had to self isolate because he went to see his grandad who later tested positive. He saw out the next two weeks with no coronavirus problems and went back to school. A close friend at school then tested positive and Peter had to go back into isolation for a further two weeks. Once again he showed no effects during this period. He then went back to school again and someone else in his class tested positive. Peter was judged to have had close contact and has now had to go into isolation for the third time. Peter's father is now very worried about his son's mental health. Even though he is normally a very well adjusted 13 year old from a nice family, he is really starting to feel the strain. To rub salt into the wound, a few days ago they had a letter from the education department asking them to explain why Peter had recently missed so much schooling. His parents were not pleased with the letter and have replied accordingly!! I've mentioned elsewhere the flu epidemic of 1968 (my GCE O level year) which claimed 80,000 plus lives but my education was not affected in any way, and really it got very little attention in the media. I really feel for children at school (or not!) this year.
  23. 2 points
    I live in Egypt, almost two years now and my steering wheel is OK, we have 2010 fiestas here on streets with nothing wrong at all with the steering wheel, summer in Egypt reaches 42 Celsius on a hot day 😄 35 most of the time in summer.
  24. 2 points
    zain611

    Fish Keeping/Aquariums etc

    Nice. My tank the heater I have never worked since I bought it however the cold temperatures we have never drop the water temperature to low numbers. Generally in hot weather that's when you may have to keep an eye on the temperature. I used water bottles in the freezer to drop the temperature. Here's my 130 litre tank. @iantt about 2 feet wide mine is but about 72cm tall
  25. 1 point
    Or petrol... Can't just be me that always gets the dribbly pump!
  26. 1 point
    dtulip8

    Magnetic paint colour

    I wasn’t sure on it for my car, but seeing it in the flesh I was and still am really happy with it.
  27. 1 point
    TomsFocus

    Water inside Focus! Help!

    Sorry, I must have missed that post! Yeah it's easy for one person to do, don't even need to jack up the car. Just put an old towel or sheet on the ground to rest the bumper on so there's no risk of it getting scratched. I did put up a few pictures from when I did mine though they're probably lost in that thread by now lol. They're not still on this phone unfortunately.
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    Eric Bloodaxe

    Magnetic paint colour

    White was a "free" colour on most makes as far back as I can remember, usually along with red and a nondescript blue. We last got it foc on a Mk 7 Fiesta in early 2012, Ford started charging shortly after that, with others quickly following suit. Never really understood the basis for paint charges (other than they do it because they can). Sure, metallic costs more than flat red, but £650 on a Fiesta? Really? Back when I used to buy a lot of fleet vehicles, we got a discount for ordering vans without the factory top coat (ie in primer) then negotiated a deal with manufacturers to have our corporate colour factory applied as a special vehicle option at pretty nominal cost. (Can't remember the exact figures, it's a long time ago now and as I'm sure Tom will point out, we were still using groats then!😃 Tried that Freedome (or whatever) Blue on the configurator and wasn't keen. Do like the Chrome Blue, though.
  30. 1 point
    Yes I agree, some of the modern plastics these days have plasticers which react badly to other substances, I have a guitar stand with a plastic cushion supposidly to protect the guitar from the stand, but instead removes the varnish in that area from the guitar. Had a telescope with a plastic coating to assist in grip, left it inside its plastic case for a year and the telescope was stuck to the case. So I suspect a chemical reaction, such as maybe gloves, and certainly hand gel, which I know I have been careful with, definitely not sun. Dig your heels in with Ford PH69 and get replacement, I would suggest dealing with Ford customer service, keep phoning different people there until you get the right response good luck
  31. 1 point
    TomsFocus

    Anti freeze change

    Doesn't matter whether it's ready mixed or concentrate as the process is the same. If concentrate, I'd recommend mixing it in a clean bottle first rather than just pouring and guessing. Old 5l screenwash bottle is ideal but a 2 litre drinks bottle will be fine, just need to fill it 3 times. I'd stick with pink stuff personally as you'll never get all of the old out, some gets stuck in the heater matrix and engine block. I wouldn't flush it as some plain water will get stuck in the system and bring the concentration down when you add the new stuff. Tbh you'd be best asking the garage how much they'd charge. Coolant is a right pain to dispose of, you can't pour it down the drain or take it to the tip. It'll only take a few minutes for a garage to drain and refill so cheap labour as well.
  32. 1 point
    ScaniaPBman

    Just a story about my Mk 1 Focus

    Thanks for coming back and letting us know how you got on. Many disappear into the wild blue yonder leaving us wondering what happened. Good work, ScaniaPBman.
  33. 1 point
    BigLen

    Things I do like

    Further progress today; I didn't enjoy painting all of the strips while trying to hold it not smudge and prevent any paint runs, Left them to dry since 9am this morning, Pieced it back together there at 15:00 and measured the wall; I fitted four 90 degree brackets with two holes, Brackets are screwed to the wall then a small screw goes through the bracket in to the frame of the unit securing top and bottom inside the brackets, All the effort painting was well worth it though guys; check this out looks very cosy and functional since he's still only five; well six before Christmas. The paint colour is a close match to the bed frame too. Since this one has turned out to be a success; I hope to purchase another one soon and fit it four cars higher than this one and around 15cm to the left of this one, They look great and saves lifting them up off the floor as he won't be spilling them out now to find a perticular model.
  34. 1 point
    Hey peeps it's been a while since I've posted and I'm hoping every one safe and well, I've been able to do some bits on the car since the last post like adding mudflaps and also change all the front lights to ice white and a set of leds for the fog lights and nice set for the rear number plate lights. I was also able to sort out the lovely intake on the car as I was able to get another one of ebay and give a really good clean to get rid of all the soot and grime and also a good coat of gloss black paint to tidy it up abit. I've been also able to keep clean ish through all this lovely weather so I've thrown some pics in to of her clean.
  35. 1 point
    I wonder what all these boy racers are going to do in 15 years time when most cars will be fully electric, stick a massive speaker on the outside to make pops and bangs and turbo whistles? 😂. For what it's worth, my advice on filter mods is to save your money and spend it on something that will improve the performance or handling instead.
  36. 1 point
    MarksST

    Melted steering wheel on a 2018 Fiesta

    Been using a lot of hand sanitiser?
  37. 1 point
    saves going to a Wok in center
  38. 1 point
    Comares2001

    Mk8 Climair Wind Deflectors

    Try manipulating them, ie pulling inwards and outwards at same time as operating window switch. Its probably just one small area that's blocking the window
  39. 1 point
    Bobr

    Stolen Fiesta

    Back in the late 60s I was walking the touchline at Nottingham Forest FC when a youth spat at me. I knocked him out and the crowd applauded. Think it might have a different response nowadays?
  40. 1 point
    Good luck with the job! If you have Haynes manual use it, helps a lot!
  41. 1 point
    Absolutely. Can't help but feel that if everyone had stuck to the fairly simple (and not particularly onerous) measures you mention, it may not have been necessary to introduce some of the further restrictions. I feel at times that everyone is being punished for the actions of a few - bit like when you were at school and the whole class got detention 'cos the culprit wouldn't own up!
  42. 1 point
    Powershift is just a description, not a brand name. Ford Powershift units are manufactured by Getrag and there is more than one type. Volks/Audi dual clutch units are manufactured by Borg Warner Just to clarify re the Getrag Powershift, the vast majority of problems relates to the Getrag Powershift DCT250 which has "Dry" clutches and was fitted to Ford, Renault and Citroens with the lower powered engine units in – these have well known problem that have been kicking about for years. This DCT250 is the trans that was fitted to Ford Fiesta that the USA market purchased 1,000s off, hence the problem being mainly in the states as uk and Europe usually buy manual trans for their small cars. The unaffected Getrag Powershift DCT450 which has "Wet" clutches is fitted to numerous Volvo models and higher powered Fords such as the Mk4 Mondeo (petrol and Diesel, excluding 2.2 diesel), the Mk5 Mondeo diesel, S Max diesel and Focus ST diesel. On certain current Ford models it is now also available in 8 speed spec The DCT450 clutches are not slipping/burning when the the veh is stationary/speedo at zero as the trans has a unique feature of releasing any pressure/load onto the clutches in those circumstances. As long as the DCT450 trans oil and filter are changed every 37, 500 miles or 3 years, whichever occurs first, it is pretty reliable. Dave, you don’t have to wait until 2020 – The Mk5 Mondeo Petrol models have had “normal” torque converter type trans since introduction in 2014. It is called the 6F35 Mid Range designed by Ford USA and GM (General Motors) in a joint venture quite a few years ago. Each now manufacture their own now “in house” It is a 6 speed trans but has been available in the American Ford Fusion in 8 speed format for quite some time. It is now also available as 8 speed in the Mondeo Mk5 peterol models. 2015 onward Ford Diesels still use the Getrag Powershift and some current models are 8 speed. Ford may have stayed with the DCT450 Powershift on diesel models as it takes more max torque than the 6F35, which leaves the 6F35 a bit “close to the mark” if it was fitted to a current twin turbo 2 litre diesel (This is only my opinion, not a published fact) Also Focus Mk3.5 (approx 2016 onwards) use a “normal” type torque converter trans designated the 6F15 The new Focus Mk4 Auto again uses a “normal” type torque converter trans designated the 8F24, and it is an 8 speed trans. I do agree the ZF 8 speed is a great transmission and used in vehs such as BMW and Jaguar. As Ford have manufactured/supplied their own in house torque converter type trans since at least 2014 you will not see the ZF 8 speed in a Ford. If Powershift was originally designed just for Formula one, then so must the DSG unit made by Borg Warner have been! The Mk4 Mondeo petrol and diesel use the DCT450 except for the 2.2 Diesel which uses a “normal” type torque converter trans
  43. 1 point
    I realise this is quite an old thread now, not too sure if its still active but for any others attempting this Iv'e been successful, and thought i would share some info. I have a version C GEM, OP suggested they may work but can't confirm. Mine did, don't want to suggest that means it works for all though... I also had the issue with updating the config for the PCM, Empty VID block related error from what i remember. Following above by @TitaniumPenguin worked perfectly so thanks for sharing! I did it with V2.17 of ELMConfig end to end. Read elsewhere that 2.10 was needed for the upload section, no need for 2.10 on my machine however. I had a fun issue where if i selected 500k speed manually it wouldn't connect. However if i let ELMConfig auto select it chose 500k speed and everything was happy. Took me 17 min to dump the PCM firmware and just shy of 10 to upload. My cable came pre-modified but Win10 wouldn't auto install drivers, so wouldn't appear on a COM port for ELMConfig. Don't know if that means its not geniune but installing drivers from here sorted that issue. http://www.totalcardiagnostics.com/support/Knowledgebase/Article/View/1/0/how-to-install-elm327-usb-cable-on-windows-and-obd2-software I don't believe sharing that link is an issue, but a quick Google search would find it again, only followed step 1 to install the drivers however. Hopefully that will help others still trying to do this 7 years on from the original post! EDIT: Oh and just buy a four spoke wheel, its a hell of a lot easier than retrofitting buttons to a three spoke. It can look quite neat if you fabricate a cover plate for each side but a ridiculous PITA.
  44. 1 point
    hampi

    B&O play sound upgrade

  45. 1 point
    Hi all, Just carried out this upgrade on my car so i thought i'd post the Guide for anyone else who may be interested.
  46. 1 point
    isetta

    Key Fob Falling Off

    mine is like the Karlos picture above. Never really examined it in detail before but it does look quite flimsey there like the gap between the two halves would open up very easily
  47. 1 point
    Hi, I just fitted a non-return valve to my 1.8TDCI. It was to make filter changing & priming easier. The valve I used was a nice one, with a low pressure drop to open it: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Non-Return-Valve-Fuel-Washer-Jet-Water-Pipe-5-6-8-10-12mm-For-All-Ford-/291512397207 It went in the pipe to the fuel filter, there is a removable section in my car, with a connector for the filter at one end, and a pipe connector at the other end. But it is not critical, anywhere convenient in the supply pipe to the filter. Putting the end of the pipe and the filter spigot in very hot water helped get the stiff pipe on. But shake off all water vigorously first! I have not had any ill effects on the engine after putting it in. It enables a priming bulb to be used between the valve and the filter, then the bulb can be removed without all the fuel rushing back down the pipe.
  48. 1 point
    Tdci-Peter

    Hard Brake Pedal & Airbag Light

    Forscan, with an ELM327 can diagnose SRS systems (airbags etc), I am pretty sure. If you need more info of Forscan, see Re vacuum servo problem: As you probably know, failure of the vacuum servo system is the likely cause of hard but ineffective brakes. There should be enough vacuum stored in the servo unit (*), for about 3 full applications of the brakes, even with the engine stopped. You can test this on the driveway: start engine, check normal brake pedal feel. Wait a few sec, stop engine, press brake fully a few times until it goes hard. If the pedal goes hard as soon as the engine stops, then the non-return valve is faulty, so the vacuum leaks away (*). Diesels have an engine driven pump for servo vacuum. Check the hose from pump to servo. I once had a hose that collapsed internally (no visible external signs), so stopped the system from working on occasions. Then check the vacuum pump. Probably needs a vacuum gauge, but I expect these can be got quite cheap now. Which cannot be said for the vacuum pump, I believe. If pump, hose, valve all ok, it must be the servo unit itself. Obviously this is a critical problem that needs pretty urgent attention! Peter. (*) yes I know vacuum is absence of gas, and so cannot really be stored, or leak away, but you know what I mean!
  49. 1 point
    JW1982

    Ford As Built Data

    If you want you can send me a personal message with the VIN number of the car and I will send you the complete AS-Built data of the car.
  50. 1 point
    Did this test earlier and found that it did not cancel when ignition turned off. Had to follow same routine e.g. press and hold heater button on ignition to disable it. Thought i'd be stuck with it on whilst driving - not good... All fine now.. ^_^