Dark Andy

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  1. Yep, I think I've found it but it's inside the rear door and so I would need to get the door card off to have better look. I've looked on YouTube, etc but no-one's posted a video walkthrough of how to do this on a Mk4. Obviously I don't want to go breaking things and making them worse so I wondered if anybody on here has taken the door card off successfully.
  2. My car prior to this one was a VW Group one too, a SEAT Exeo (basically a rebadged Audi A4) and that was fine (well, except for the "diesalgate" cheat mode fiasco) until all the wiring rotted - apparently they switched to biodegradable wiring in 2011, the year my car was made. The car might not have been as technologically advanced as the Focus and had its inherent design flaws (ie. Biodegradable wiring and Emissions cheating software) but at least it was screwed together well.
  3. To be honest, I'm not too impressed with the reliability of my Mk4 either - this will be the third time it's gone back in less than a year 😡
  4. Yep, tried multiple pulls - nothing. There's no resistance on the lever other than the return spring, so like I said, I think the cable's either snapped or become disconnected somehow.
  5. I thought it might have been easier - didn't you just flip the badge over and put your key in on the old Focus? According to the Trust Ford website they are open for key workers (which I am) so hopefully they'll be able to fit me in without having to wait too long.
  6. I decided to check and top-up my screen wash last night but when I pulled the bonnet release lever, nothing happened. No feeling of a cable tightening, nothing, almost like the cable just isn't there (snapped or disconnected?). I've already seen the thread about removing the lever and cranking the mechanism with a socket but that's not working either so I was wondering if there's another way to release the catch from the grill end?
  7. The same applies to doors - I've noticed that you cannot drive off unless the driver door is fully closed (I guess it's the same for all doors). Even if your door is closed, it could have a dodgy sensor.
  8. Just in case it helps anybody, the place I got my paint from was BSB in Rochester. They do the paint either in a tin or an aerosol, and the colour was a perfect match.
  9. Which colour are you after? I was after "desert Island blue" a couple of months ago and there was nothing available from Ford yet, so i had to get an industrial supplier to mix some for me.
  10. Hi, I've got an annoying buzz / rattle from the driver's side rear door. With things as they are, taking it to the dealers and getting them to look at it isn't an option, so I'm going to have to have a look myself. Has anybody taken the door card, inside handle, interior door release handle, etc off? I've found plenty of mk3 tutorials but can't find anything for the mk4. Any ideas?
  11. Is there an easy way to check if it has downloaded?
  12. I've come from an Audi (A4 rebadged as a SEAT Exeo) to a Mk4 Focus and despite the Focus being German built and apparently an improvement over the Mk3 in terms of cabin quality, I'd say it still has a way to go to be equal to what I had become used to and what you may be used to with the A3. Give it a good test drive first - try a variety of road surfaces and speeds and if possible try to stretch it out over a decent amount of time to make sure you're comfortable in the driver's seat, and happy with the overall driving experience. Don't get me wrong, my Mk4 (1.0 EcoBoost 125ps by the way) is OK - it's got a decent amount of space inside (more than the Exeo) and a lot of tech in the higher spec'd models but it's not quite as refined as some of the reviews would lead you to believe.
  13. I had a similar thing in the same place on my first car, a Nissan Micra. As previous posts have said, once you start picking away at the paint, it will start flaking away and you'll wish you never started. With my Micra, I used a product called cure-rust (It might have been spelt differently but it was something like that). This is a very thin, milk-like liquid which you can carefully brush into the exposed, rusted area (and it will seep under the seal and possibly even some of the bubbled paint as well) and it stabilises it, so that you can then use your usual paint to paint over it. In my experience, this probably won't be a permanent fix and the rust will eventually win but this should buy you some more time.
  14. Thanks, I'll have a look - do you access it from the front or the rear of the seat?