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  1. 7 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    EGR is primarily for NOx, not hydrocarbons. It reduces the cylinder temperature during lean burn conditions where NOx would otherwise be produced in huge quantities. It does this by recirculating exhaust gas which is mostly made up of Nitrogen (inert gas), this Nitrogen simply means there's less space in the cylinder for fresh Oxygen which is the combustible part of air. Unfortunately, due to the way diesel burns there will often be soot in the exhaust which gets recirculated as well. The problem with the latest Euro6 emmision's regs is that the NOx limits are unrealistically low, so the EGR is having to work stupidly hard, several times as hard as it did on the old Euro 3 or even Euro 4 engines. What I don't understand about the emmisions regs is why they're still allowing oil vapour back in the intake, soot on it's own doesn't create the sticky mess you find in the intake, it's caused by soot combined with oil vapour from the breather. This oil obviously gets burnt which adds to the HC's and creates particulates that get stuck in the DPF. It's about time they started fitting proper oil separators or small catch tanks to the breather systems imo. As for DPF regens, the DPF catches particulates and doesn't let any* pass (*in real world conditions its not quite 100% tbf lol). Despite wasting a gallon of diesel, it won't be chucking out particulates during that time, it will be producing far less CO2 than a petrol engine under the same conditions, and because it's revving hard it won't be producing much NOx either. Really the only environmental issue with a static regen is the waste of fossil fuel.
  2. 7 points
    Stoney871

    Forum hissy fit!

    I personally blame Brexit [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  3. 6 points
    Stoney871

    Things I Don't Like

    I don't like assembling wardrobes. Had 2 to build and instructions quote 3 1/2 hours per unit. Took me 2 days and a lot of cursing to do one even though I'm pretty good at woodworking and usually enjoy doing flatpack stuff. Super heavy mirrored sliding doors didn't help either. It would be easier if my wife stopped buying so many clothes & shoes [emoji2955] Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  4. 5 points
    pragmatix

    New Topic

    Its a car driven by old codgers that no longer fix thier own cars and can no longer get into mondeos😂
  5. 5 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    I think you've been watching too many '70s 'Adult' films Lenny 😁
  6. 5 points
    Yeah, these ford dealership technicians are some right crooks!! Who in there right mind would use rtv sealant on a sump. Oh yeah , ford do from the factory. Looks like original sealant too. The robot applying the sealant must be a right crook . Lol
  7. 5 points
    WES180

    Things I Do Like

    I like that despite knowing diddly about computers I've managed to follow a guide on YouTube and have now extended my Wi-Fi using an old router I had lying around! I already have one of the plug in type extenders but due to the size and construction of my bungalow it never reached ours and our daughter's bedrooms. Previously when I was renovating the bungalow I ran a couple of cat6 cables from the living room to the bedroom so I've used the spare one of those to connect the two routers and then reprogrammed the old router to work as a Wi-Fi booster. It's so satisfying when you can improve something using items you had lying around, especially when you haven't got a clue lol. This was the very helpful guide I followed -
  8. 5 points
    Stoney871

    Things I Do Like

    I like a nice sunset. Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  9. 5 points
    wilto

    My Mk3 ZS - Brake Calipers

    Oh deer, I've painted mine yellow, 😚 I'm only 52 though, if I were over 55 I wouldn't have bothered 😂
  10. 4 points
    This morning I went to open the boot of my MK2 Focus, on pressing the 'boot' button, nothing. Bugger, well at least it opened on the general unlock button. On getting back home, I tried again, then remembering that on my Merc, you need to hold the button in for several seconds, but again nothing, Then tried to do a diagnosis in my head. The other buttons on the remote work perfectly so unlikely to be a battery. so a last resort, looked up the owners manual to see if there was a 'what to do if it didn't work' bit. Then I saw it - you have to press the button twice in succession within 3 seconds! Honestly folks, try your best not to get old, it can make an awful fool of yourself! 🤣
  11. 4 points
    iantt

    Things I Do Like

    I'm not gingerist. Some of my friends are ginger. Lol He was just a gob *****
  12. 4 points
    The main problem with spacesavesrs is heat. As long as it's correctly inflated (around 60psi iirc!) and you do not exceed 50mph it should be ok for days or even weeks in theory. They affect handling badly though so I would get it sorted asap, I know of a few people that have crashed on them, they can be lethal in the wet.
  13. 4 points
    Tekman

    Instrument Cluster Light Change

    Ok these are the before and after the top pic does have the dials already on they look so much better now
  14. 4 points
    Tori woods

    Things I Don't Like

    See you are an under toaster maker !!!!!!!! And whats the point in measuring the bread, ull only say its 8inchs when its clearly not
  15. 4 points
    Lenny

    Things I Don't Like

    @tomfocus swap you my toaster for a clean saucepan, Even a frying pan will do
  16. 4 points
    Hi I came across a 2012 1.6tdci mk3 today that had an issue where we had ignition lights but no crank. After the key was release from the crank position an error message would appear on the display saying “Steering Malfunction”. After investigation we found that although there was power to the grey relays in the engine bay, there was no switched earth. Now the earth has to be be present only when the ignition is on/engine running but this wasn’t the case. I’d imagine this earth is fed out from the immobiliser. After splitting the fuse box and tracing a green/purple trace thin wire back down the loom towards the direction of the abs pump, beneath the battery tray, we found it had snapped at the 90° angle as the loom turns to the left. Simply opening the loom up and replacing a section of this wire has cured the issue! It maybe worth checking this section of loom should any other electrical circuits stop working due to the tight turn in the loom / faulty manufacturing. its worth noting that a temporary earth taken to these relays will get you off the road to a garage but running an earth full time will leave the relays energised and flatten the battery hense it’s better to find the broken wire.
  17. 4 points
    Yesterday, I was proudly showing off my DAB conversion to a friend, explaining how easy it was, and that I was just in luck with the amount of cable supplied with the aerial as there were only a couple of inches to spare. I demonstrated how I fed the wire along the full width of the roof lining, then down the driver side A pillar, then down under the dash to it's eventual termination. He then just looked at me and asked, 'why did you do that?', then following up with he'd have fed it down the passenger A pillar, and under the dash, making the cable run half of what I did. I stared at him, then wondered why people let me out without the aid of adult supervision!! Of course that's what I should have done, D'oh!! 🤣
  18. 4 points
    Lenny

    Things I Do Like

    I reckon the lecturer is thinking: if you weren't there he could have Monday's off, 😀
  19. 4 points
    Sorted it. My foot fidgeting passenger had managed to unclip on of the connectors on the box under the glove compartment. That explains why so many things were affected at once. Thought I was looking at a LOT of hassle there!!
  20. 4 points
    Tdci-Peter

    Things I Don't Like

    I think priorities are going badly wrong. There is so much talk about NOx and tiny amounts of micro-particulates, and about scrapping this, that and the other, just to replace them with short lived new stuff. But very little being effectively done about the CO2 problem which really will kill millions, maybe billions, if it carries on rising indefinitely. There can be no doubt that ever rising CO2 will eventually render substantial parts of the habitable and useful land on this world, uninhabitable, under water, or almost useless. Then people will have to fight for somewhere to live, and for things to eat and keep warm with. That means war when lots of people start fighting. It is all driven by cities, who think NOX and particulates are big problems. The truth is our cities have never been cleaner, in the "Western" world at least. My parents lived in London with real smogs in the 1950s and before. Then we had petrol cars pumping out lead, CO (monoxide) and unburnt fuel by the ton. Plus trucks, taxis and buses with old diesel engines billowing out huge plumes of black smoke on a regular basis. We have done a good job of cleaning up the most serious problems, removing dirt that did kill and injure, but also it exercised and conditioned our immune systems. As we have removed one threat, allergies and other auto-immune problems have soared to compensate. You could well be right there, there must be huge amounts of dust circulating in those tunnels. Brake dust, crushed ballast, and fibers from clothes and hair of millions of people. It will not settle much with the constantly moving air down there. And a good number of bacterial spores and virus particles with it. Further reduction of NOx & particulates will result in huge wastage of scrapped vehicles, with all the extra CO2 and use of irreplaceable resources that replacing them will cause. Cars are getting too costly to repair, they will just be scrapped when they fail an emissions test. And as for battery cars, full electric or hybrid, who is going to buy a second hand one of those? Once that massive battery pack shows any signs of ageing, it will be the end for it. Second hand value will be almost nil unless it has a fully guaranteed new battery. Recycling may be better than burying rubbish, but it still consumes massive amounts of energy to recycle and then make new stuff again. It is a shame because the motor manufacturers made huge improvements in vehicle lifespan in the 90s. Rust problems were greatly reduced, even eliminated in some cases. All my early cars from the 70s and 80s had gaping rust holes in doors & wings by about 5 years old. Engines and transmissions were lasting far longer too. But now Cats, DPFs, GPFs, fancy over-complicated electronics and ever increasing pointless regulations are taking us back to the bad old days! My Euro 4 Focus, with no DPF, is going very nicely at the moment, better than for years since replacing a few bits. I just hope it continues for some time, as I really don't know what I would want to replace it with!
  21. 4 points
    Oh dear!! That didn't go at all well... 😦
  22. 4 points
    Eric Bloodaxe

    Things I Don't Like

    The gov.uk website is surprisingly helpful in explaining income tax, national insurance and other employment related matters and is pretty easy to navigate, so well worth having a browse some time. Blimey - I've said something complimentary about the government - better go lie down for a while!😀
  23. 4 points
    zain611

    Turvey's New House Troubles

    @Turvey you tag someone by putting the @ in then it'll generate names as you type in 👍. That pressure wash made a difference on the walkway and driveway. It's surprising how dirty the floor gets. Might pressure wash my drive when I clean the car 🤣
  24. 4 points
    Jonro2009

    Fuses - Relays?

    You’ll also need an alibi with this type of kit in your boot lol Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. 4 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    I do like getting 4 wheel nuts today to replace the broken locking nut(and all the other ones just to be safe) for free today! 😎 On the down side there's a V reg Focus estate running around now missing a nut on each wheel 😗 😀 Disclaimer: The owner was agreeable as the car doesn't run and is getting scrapped.
  26. 4 points
    martinf64

    new st-line, worried about security.

    I find the insurance very reasonable. When I looked at the difference between the 125 and 140 there was only a few pounds between the two so opted for the 140 just for that little extra bhp under the bonnet. 12 months fully comp with protected no claims, no claims came out around £170 (just slight higher than the 105bhp Twinair Alfa Mito it was replacing), just renewed this month and same cover but with 1 claim £200...thought I got off lightly once inflation factored in. As for if it gets stolen...hope they write it off because my insurance will replace with new car for first 12 months. Before its first Birthday I will get GAP insurance from TotalLossGap at around £120 for two years...worth looking at instead of the expensive Ford Gap insurance. Have a butchers at their web-site. Hold on, heard someone shuffling by the Fiesta...might be Shepster checking to see if the obd port is disabled when the alarm goes off...sorry mate couldn't resist that one 🤣 Oh well black balled by the mod again.....😛
  27. 4 points
    Nick Y

    Things I Don't Like

    Dropping my stupid pizza on the stupid floor whilst taking out of its stupid packaging to put it in the stupid oven.
  28. 4 points
    WES180

    Ford ST Line front grill badge

    Yes, the 'Line' bit!😂
  29. 3 points
    Lenny

    Things I Don't Like

    Some places accept photo of documents instead of scanned, Can post all originals to me and I'll scan them for you 😂 The should hold off on requiring so much until such unfortunate time as of when a claim is made; then if x, y, and Z are not as promised by the policy holder then the insurance is void, This would save alot of office staff wages as only claims would require such processing.
  30. 3 points
    Lenny

    Things I Don't Like

    Trouble continued as our ten year old daughter required €5 for Drama class 😭 couldn't give her that one for school or let her see it at all. Had to withdraw €20 from ATM 😢 Damn you Dennis ya snake
  31. 3 points
    Just wish they'd make indicators standard fit on BMWs as nobody seems to purchase this optional extra.
  32. 3 points
    dezwez

    How far can you go on a spacesaver?

    I've got a full size for mine I hate them space savers 😊
  33. 3 points
    F0CUE

    Power socket in dash top

    If you remove the stereo you should be able to see better up there to get an idea where to do it safely. Here is Lenny chopping away at his dash
  34. 3 points
    WES180

    Things I Do Like

    How did you get them to commemorate your 'Long reach wand' Lenny? Have you been sending out dic pics again?😂 Wait for Tori/Vicki's reply now "Long reach wand???? More like a little crevice tool!"🤣
  35. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    So, I've finally completed AC Odyssey this afternoon after the wind has forced me to stay in lol! £30 game, lasted 150 hours! Not bad value tbf! However I don't like sticking in the Call of Duty disc that I got for my bday but not used yet... Yes that says 75GB download... 😮 Glad I upgraded to fibre broadband now, will still take ages though!! Also, Lenny, this is the colour toast should be.
  36. 3 points
    WES180

    Things I Don't Like

    I've not actually tried Barbie and Ken roles, I might order some outfits for the weekend. Not sure if i will be able to get that leotard in my size though.😂
  37. 3 points
    Micro

    Things I Do Like

    The lass on the desk at the dealer where I had the brake fluid changed, referred to my car as "mint" after going through the paperwork and health check and "well looked after". I might have had a little smile on my face - I do try! I was not as in depth as this with my previous car! (If you're on here, hi! 😁)
  38. 3 points
    OK An update for any one using an aftermarket radio and when your engines on even if you turn your lights off the side lights stay on I got to the bottom of it its the Can Bus i spoke to a guy from down south (i'm from Yorkshire) at dynamic sounds explained the situation and he said it just may be the Can Bus as i had no steering wheel stalk adaptor so i spent the £38.99 and bought one and to my surprised it worked turns out the can bus was sending power to my stalk on the steering wheel and because it had no where to go was feeding back into the cars electrical system don't know if its designed like that or its a error but the stalk adaptor removed the error and now i have use of my stalk again, win win in my eyes.
  39. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Do Like

    I don't even want to know what the stain is on that seat... What's the point of a module without exams out of interest? Can't be worth the Uni paying the lecturer for his time if there's no 'visible' result from it?
  40. 3 points
    Lenny

    Things I Do Like

    We're you soaking wet in a T-shirt & Was she holding a Dildow or a cup of tea at the window 😂 you got me all wet in the process Kevin #DirtBird Is your neighbour Chinese?
  41. 3 points
    zain611

    Things I Do Like

    It's the thought that counts 👍. With the really windy weather at the moment the bins keep falling down in the front so in the morning I'd pick up both mine and my neighbours bins
  42. 3 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    I do/don't like being caught out by my elderly neighbour earlier today 😀 I pressure washed a bit of our fence this morning and in doing so I managed to spray dirty water on her conservatory. Had a quick look to see if her car was there(I didn't see it) I started to give the glass a quick hose, at which point she appeared at the window 😆 thankfully with a smile on her face. We had a yarn over the fence and I ended up washing the whole of the conservatory and back windows with a proper brush and soapy water and rinsed it off.
  43. 3 points
    Wow, what a kit and a brilliant price! The package is about the size of a shoe box and arrived 48 hours after order, simply don't know how they do it for the price with free P&P! Anyway, just fitted it, took about 20 minutes with the longest bit tracking the aerial wire to the center console. Fired her up, she immediately tuned in all available DAB stations, and then shot out an FM broadcast which I just tuned into. Sounds brilliant. It's almost worth the £99 that Halfords sell it at, but that £23 Ebay link is amazing!!
  44. 3 points
    Nick Y

    Things I Do Like

    You can see the pic here
  45. 3 points
    mmm... whereas the Focus dash is a thing of beauty! LOL 🤣
  46. 3 points
    TimST2

    Things I Don't Like

    As for the other posts - I think not being able to see photos on Tapatalk at the moment might be a good thing...
  47. 3 points
    muggit

    Alternative heatshield fasteners

    I got 9 spare, PM me your address and you can have 'em
  48. 3 points
    Steve

    Forum hissy fit!

    really sorry about this. Was an update that screwed it.
  49. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    Most Economical Focus

    Most economical petrol Mk3 Focus will be the 1.0 EcoBoost 99ps. Pretty slow though and can have big bills if things go wrong. 1.6 Ti-VCT will cost a bit more to fuel & tax but there's less to wrong with them. Overall cheapest to run by far is the 1.5TDCi but not worth the hassle of constant DPF regens if you don't do the miles. The 1.0 125ps costs slightly more in fuel and a tenner more tax than the 99ps version, and has more to go wrong, but it's a bit more appropriate for modern traffic. This is the one I'd go for...and just hope nothing major breaks.
  50. 3 points
    stef123

    Stripped thread

    I was thinking change the glow plugs