reilig

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    Daniel
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  • Ford Model
    Focus Zetec Edge 1.6tdci
  • Ford Year
    2012
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Leitrim

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  1. Well my mechanic diagnosed it as a worn engine mount - the one over the gearbox. He has ford transit connect which exhibits the same symptoms - I assume that they are both built around the same chassis. He is replacing it as we speak and he is going to replace the mount on the driver's side too (Its a pretty cheap one to replace anyway). Hopefully it does the trick.
  2. Replacing the bottom dogbone mount hasn't 100% solved my engine movement. I'm still experiencing a knock when I change down from 4th to 3rd and from 3rd to 2nd. Also a knock when I move from 3rd to 4th. I'm wondering if the upper mount could be gone too? The mount over the timing belt still has the oil in it - it looks in hod shape. Does that mean that it is OK? Or could it still be worn? The mount beneath the battery is the one that I suspect. Is there a way to check them?
  3. I'm no expert, but I have been doing a lot of research on this recently. There are 2 top engine mounts (on mine anyway). One just under the coolant resevoir which is clearly visible when you open the bonnet - this mount has fluid in it. You can check it by pressing around it with your finger to ensure that it has not burst and lost the fluid. The second one can only be seen when you remove the battery and the battery casing. I don't know how to check it. My mechanic says that 9 times out of 10, the problem of shaking is caused by the bottom mount being worn. He put it up on the lift and was able to check the movement in it with pry bar. I had a long trip to do in my car yesterday. My mechanic worn't have the new mount until this evening. But during my drive yesterday, it got progressively. When I started it this morning, it had an audible rattle on idle and there is much more movement in the engine when I drive it than there was 24 hours ago. I know that this might not be much help to you, but its just some things that you can check.
  4. Thanks, I brought it to my mechanic this morning. He put it up on the lift and confirmed that it was the dogbone mount. He has one ordered for it and will fit it for me later this week.
  5. Over the last 4 days I have begun to notice a clunk when I move up gears, especially 2 to 3 and 3 to 4. Also when I change down gears, 4 to 3, 3 to 2, and 2 to 1 (especially). Took me a while to figure out what was going on, but I'm 90% sure that it's excessive engine movement. I opened the bonnet and had someone jerk the car forward and back with it in gear, and the engine moves quite a bit in each direction - kind of in a circular motion. So what I am deducting from this is that the 2 side engine mounts are doing their job, but the bottom dogbone mount is either broken or it has a lot of play in it. There is a small amount of a vibration rattle when it is started cold, but that disappears when it warms up. Anyone got any experience of these mounts failing? Are they an expensive fix?
  6. I'm down to the final piece of the jigsaw on my focus. I know that it needed a new control arm bushing, but when he put it up on the lift yesterday, it was clear when he pried it with the bar that the right side was well worn to the point that it needs replacing and the left side rubber has started to deteriorate to the point where he can get slight movement with the pry bar. Also from driving it, I'm finding that it doesn't sound right when it runs over little bumps or rough tar spots on the road and its handling is a little bit sloppy. I don't think that there should be any movement in it at all? So he has ordered the 2 of them in and will replace them tomorrow. This is my first ford. There is 100k miles on it. Previously I had a Renault Grand Scenic which needed control arm bushings at 100k miles and again at 200k miles. Previous to that I had a toyota Auris which never needed a bushing or any part for that matter in the 250k miles that I drove it. What would be the normal life of one of these bushes in your experience? They appear to be a relatively easy and cheap fix in comparison to the Renault
  7. Do you know what? He didn't have the common sense to seal all 4. I just per chance arrived back as he was about to put the bumper back on and I asked if he sealed all 4 and he said that he only did 2 because the 2 smaller ones had a good seal. He wasn't too impressed when I demanded that he take out the 2 smaller vents and seal them too before putting back on the bumper.
  8. Well it's done. The side vents were tight and appeared well sealed, but the 2 larger rear seals were loose and grimey when checked. Once removed, both cavities had water in them. So he cleaned it all out, dried it up, and sealed all 4 vents back up with sealer. He checked the light seals and they were all good. Finally, he washed and valeted all of the carpet in the car. So its like new. Hopefully it will keep the water out.
  9. Thanks for that. I really just wanted to know how much oil I would need and what spec is required. I have just bought 2 litres - that should do the job. I'll leave the rest to my mechanic. Appreciate the info!
  10. Thanks, I dropped it in to him this morning and he seems to have a lot of knowledge on them - he was able to tell me everything that I read in this thread. Yesterday I went looking for the grommet in the base and I took out the big grommet that is in the chassis rail - but no water came out. That's what lead me to believe that it might not be the vent that's leaking. So after looking through this thread again, I went back at it and found the smaller grommet closer to the bumper and when I removed it, water flowed for ages from it. The car is stink, so he's going to have to wash all of the boot linings as well. I went through the floor pans in the back and front and thankfully it appears that no water has gotten in there! Its a new car to me - I bought it at a significantly reduced price knowing that this needed to be done. Hopefully the sealing of the vents will solve it!
  11. Could the leak be around the light? I have a small amount of water around the spare tyre and dampness in my lights and on the inside of the windows. There is also a damp smell in the car. The water is coming in on the left side. The left side light is loose - it is not clipped at the front. Could this be allowing water to come in or should I be looking at the vents? My mechanic is going to seal the vents tomorrow. I will get him to seal the light too.
  12. Hi, New to this forum and have my 2012 1.6tdci for 2 weeks now. It has 100k miles. Have booked to do the timing belt on it this week and also want to have the gearbox oil changed. Can anyone tell me what spec gearbox oil I should be putting into it? Also, how much oil will it take? Daniel