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  1. Thanks man! My only concern now is, the hot engine smell that came from the engine bay when I stopped at the mechanics. I hope I didn't do serious wear/damage to the engine running it with no water. Thankfully it was a carriage way most of the drive so no stop/starting.
  2. I could only hope for something like this, would be a much less costly fix. The odd part is the oil pressure light disappeared when I restarted the engine. I then drove around 15 miles and the light never came back. Oil was definitely checked and it was bang on the max line, as it was serviced the week before. No signs of visible oil loss either. Really puzzled. Hoping for the best, bracing for the worst, what kind of cost would I be looking at for a full head/gasket job? Thanks!
  3. ooops sorry! Forgot to mention the engine! It's a 2.0 TDCI 2013 140bhp. Thanks!
  4. Hi, nope temp gauge was bang on the middle as always. That's why I didn't think to check the coolant to be honest. I just don't get how the vehicle SUDDENLY lost all coolant with no visible leaks. Is it known for the oil pressure light to appear randomly? Stabbing at the dark here, hoping for the best.
  5. Hey, I've just racked up 220,000 miles, vehicle serviced every 7,000 miles / 3 months. Was just serviced last week with a little coolant top up too. Driving into Blackwall tunnel, I turned off the heating, as soon as I exited, I turned the climate control back on set to auto. After a few minutes I realised cold air blowing instead of hot air. I set it to max to see what would happen but nothing. It was freezing cold air. Thinking it was a solenoid or something to do with a sensor I ignored it. After about 5-10 miles and half hour or so, the low oil pressure warning lamp came on.
  6. POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOUND !!! Whilst tinkering with the vehicle with a friend on an unrelated matter (trying to find an odd leak) he made an observation that the right side ball joint's nut looked a little too high up. So he undid the ball-joint, popped it off, slid it back on and tightened the nut down good and proper... I completely forgot we had done this a few days prior until I hit the motorway today and realised... MY CAR NO LONGER PULLS RIGHT! I had a grin from cheek to cheek! How such a little thing could bring so much happiness to my little world is unbelievable! This is espec
  7. 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
  8. 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 qu
  9. 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
  10. 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 every
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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, we
  14. 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/
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