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  1. Hey Gents, Have an odd issue that no one till this day has managed to figure out including three mechanics and two recommended alignment centres, so I was wondering if any advice can be chimed in here. I have a forever right pull when driving. The car simply loves to sit to the right no mater how much money I through at the problem to try and solve it. The wheel itself is pretty much dead straight however If I let go of the wheel at say 40mph, you will find yourself in the next lane in around 6-7 seconds, you have to 'slouch' left on the steering wheel at all times. Oddly enough, its barley noticeable at lower speeds, but its there. The tyre pressures are constantly checked and they remain correct. The following has already been changed in the last 3 months: 1) Wishbones 2) Ball-joints 3) Droplinks 4) Outer Tie Rod End 5) Driveshafts 6) CV Joints 7) Brand New Front Tyres (Continental) 😎 Brand New Brembo Discs & Pads So pretty much everything steering related. I've even done the engine and gearbox mounts, although for other reasons. Everytime I have had something changed, I have taken it to the alignment centre. I have spent now £350 on alignments alone at two separate very well recommended centres. It almost feels fixed for the first few minutes but then, bam, there it is again. The forever right 'tug' lol, I mean after all of this money being spent, I would love some kind of a result but nada. Any ideas? Cheers 👍
  2. No problems, thanks guys! I know how annoying it is to read through a bunch of old threads that get so close to a solution, just to find out that the OP stopped posting. I spent 3 months going through thread after thread with the same problem. Seriously disappointing that most never return to update or follow up with some results to help others out. For the record, for the first few minutes of giving it the beans I did see some black smoke, but that slowly cleared up, so I just assume it was soot and carbon build-up. The first thing I noticed when I got back home was how much more quieter the engine was idling. So that's a bonus. 🙂 Regarding air in the fuel lines, even though we bled the system, I checked after the test run and you can still see some air bubbles so it definitely needs a few bleeds to clear out the air. You've all been great! Much appreciated!
  3. UPDATE! SOLVED! FIXED! SOLUTION! (Euro 5, Delphi, TDCI, MK2/MK3 Focus, MK4 Mondeo, MK3 Galaxy, MK1 S-Max, MK7 Transit, Volvo, Peugeot, Citroen) I finally managed to get the car to the guys who refurbished the injectors, who kindly offered to remove them and take a look. The injectors were leak tested and no fault found. The injectors where then removed completely, and IMMEDIATELY the problem revealed itself! A) The incompetent mechanics that re-fitted the injectors, failed to remove the two out of the four injector WASHERS from the engine before fitting the new injectors in (which had new washers fitted already by the re-furbishers) so two of the injectors where sitting elevated on top of two washers, forcing the ECU (I'm guessing) to overcompensate the fuel to keep the flow even across all four cylinders. B) Furthermore, the injectors themselves where drenched with copper grease when being refitted - which with newer modern engines is NOT recommended! This is an old, outdated technique used for older cars. The injectors guys commented that even a tiny bit of grease touching the nozzles, coupled with the idiocy with the washers, may have been the reason for the absurd amount of smoke ploughing out of the exhaust. I just came back from blasting the car down the motorway, not a spec of smoke to be seen! Not sure if this is allowed, but I'm going to post it anyway. The guys that went out of their way to solve my problem where C.A.E Diesel in Waltham Abbey, North London. PS: DO NOT FORGET TO BLEED THE AIR OUT OF THE FUEL SYSTEM! YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE THE AIR BUBBLES FROM THE CLEAR PIPE THAT RUNS TO AND FROM THE FUEL FILTER HOUSING! Thanks Everyone!
  4. Regarding the HP pump, yes, that was kind of my fault but my mechanic should have been the wiser one to be honest. I simply took it off, took it to a diesel specialist, who said it was fine, then I went back to the car and left it in a box.... in the boot. We later found out that the Delphi pumps/injectors are super sensitive to even microscopic dust so no surprises when the injectors got shot the second we refitted it. That's why they were refurbished in the end. One thing to note regarding this, whilst trying to diagnose why the car was having a hard time starting/staying on after everything was put back together (injectors clogged) the mechanic did use a mighty amount of diesel start down the throttle body... He must have gone through a few cans trying to diagnose each and every thing, by starting the engine trying to get it to stay running, using the diesel start spray.... Could this have damaged something? I'm going to disconnect the MAF sensor tonight then take it for a spin. Could you clue me in on why I would need to try this? Does it retar-d the timing or something? Thanks fellas!
  5. Hey, why would the head start leaking randomly however? From my observations, my coolant levels are spot on. The amount of miles I've churned out in the last few months would have burnt a hell of a lot of coolant by now. No this is not regular smoke, or cold conditions. However I need this to be clear, it only happens under LOAD fully warmed up, I don't see anything on cold starts. As in regular cruising there is NO smoke! Only when I put my foot down to gain some speed, and the engine is on the lower side of the RPM's, it CHUCKS out white smoke in a nice stream.... I know cars slow down to avoid it its sad really.
  6. Yeah all checked and nothing note worthy he said. Cleaned it up and put it back no play. We refurbished the injectors because they got clogged up due to the fuel pump gasket needing changing then leaving it exposed for weeks (for other reasons) when everything was reassembled the fuel pump must of dried out at some point and ended up wasting the injectors in no time. Even with dodgy injectors, there was no visible smoke. Only a day after they where refurbished it progressively appeared and worsened. The injector shop told me over the phone that if its only happening at night time and if you can not see anything during the day/when stationary/revving, then it can't be injectors. Totally lost.
  7. This is what I thought but the supplier is telling me they've sold a bunch over the last few months and nobody has called to complain. They told me to put in a claim and that they won't be replacing them again. Sadly, it was me that purchased the original set, like an idiot, in the hopes to save a buck. The mechanic has been dealing with it on his end however as he has their details. My mechanic said its possible that the CV joints are not lubricated correctly from the factory, and that once you start hearing noises, its game over. It means they are damaged. I'm just curious, weather or not it could be something else, but nothing comes to mind. Could it be a rough bush somewhere causing this headache? I just can't get my head around it. It definitely sounds like the creaking/pop from the joints.
  8. The closest I got to an answer was this thread, but sadly, the guy stopped posting so obviously he found a solution in the end but didn't post back! I'm so gutted!!! https://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/65170-focus-18-tdci-smoking-when-accelerating/
  9. Guys I just want to follow this up as it has progressively gotten worse to the point that I get scared to take off from lights. Just some observations over the last few weeks: 1) It only happens under LOAD. So if I take off with my foot at around 30% throttle, I see white hazed smoke thinning the air behind me. If I floor it, I cover the whole road with a STREAM of white smoke! I usually observe the cars behind me slowing down to avoid the steam show!!! 2) If I gently take off, I barely notice anything. If I "coast" along, its fine, no smoke. HOWEVER, If I am coasting along at say 40mph and need to climb to 50 quickly SMOKE EVERYWHERE. So 100% I'm confident it is under heavy load and not regular driving. The question is, what causes this? If you read the first post, you will see that it only started after the injectors and fuel pump was replaced. I'm seriously lost here. All the help is appreciated.
  10. Thanks guys, this is much appreciated. I've already ordered the reader just waiting for it to arrive. 👍
  11. Hey, Hoping someone can help me with this. My right driveshaft was acting up, clicking, poping sounds when turning or reversing etc, so I went ahead and took it to the mechanic and had it replaced. Shortly after (the following week) my left driveshaft stated vibrating and CV joints started popping, so without delay I had that replaced too. Around a week later the CV joint on the left side started clicking/poping. I first heard it when I reversed up a slight incline (where I live basicly) so every morning it started popping. Then without fail, the right side went, and both started to click/crack/pop every time I put the car into reverse --- I want to note that this does NOT happen in any other scenario, just when going into reverse, usually up a slight incline. I returned back to the mechanic, and he simply contacted the supplier, who sent out new CV joints. He replaced them and within about an HOUR.... the clicking sound on BOTH of them RETURNED. Surprised I go back to the mechanic who listened out, and says its definitely the CV joints. This time he ordered the full driveshaft & cv joint assembly on BOTH sides of the car, so he has now changed the driveshafts AND cv joints!! All was well until the morning, when I had to reverse up an incline, I put it into reverse, and BAM there it is again, a different note/tone, but definitely the CV joint, which one however I couldn't tell. I phoned the mechanic who is seriously suprised and telling me this is impossible and to bring it in when I can. My question here is this... If its NOT the CV joints, what could be causing near identical noise? After googling nothing but CV joints come up, a random post mentioned that it could be brake pads that are worn jumping around, but that's not the case as they are new. And trust me, I could tell the difference. The cracking/popping noises are definitely metallic stress related. Could the replacement shaft/joint be also faulty? The supplier has rejected to replace them for the third time, and told us to make a claim. So I'm stuck! Quick note: wishbones, ball joints, drop links, gearbox mount and front shocks/suspension were all replaced recently for nice tidy bill. Nothing I can think of could be wrong causing this problem. Any clues to this oddity?
  12. Hey, wait your telling me an injector coder is £20???? 😡 Yeah, I'm okay with cars, I usually do my own servicing... usually.... its just with this one, I was really lazy and just paid my mechanic to sort it this time around, its cold outside 🙂 On a serious note, I'm really pee'd off the guy charged £100 call out to reprogram the injectors. I thought you needed a specific Ford software to do that?? He was gone in under 5 minutes.
  13. Thanks for the reply! I will ask the mechanic to take a look at the turbo and then take it back to the injector place, I just hope it is injectors otherwise that's a £200 bill to just test and refit them. The Turbo is an interesting theory, I mean, I know its high mileage, but right after injector replacement? seems odd but not improbable.
  14. Hey, the problem is getting significantly worse.... Now its at full rev band, especially at take off. Please, any suggestions would be a start.