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  1. Rear Wiper Problem

    Have just purchased an 02 reg Focus hatchback via auction. Only driven it home so just discovered a couple of 'niggles' which need sorting. 1) The rear wiper does not work correctly. Just gives a part sweep of blade then stops....usually mid screen. It does not complete a full wipe and return to parking. Is it the motor which is at fault? 2) The roof radio aerial appears to have been snapped off at the base mount. Is the thread fitting on the mount 'male' with the aerial rod being 'female'? How simple is it to fit a new base....i.e where is the cable routed and does any part of the dash need to be removed other than the radio?
  2. Further to my previous thread concerning the reprogramming of a second fob and key, just thought i'd update after making a few phone calls today. One auto locksmith in my locality told me outright that "no it cannot be done even if the fob part numbers are identical," so I wrote him out straight away! I then contacted Bristol Street Motors, the local main Ford Dealer, who confirmed it can be done, takes about an hour and costs £75 plus vat. :o After searching Google I located another local auto locksmith and he charges £75 all in. Plenty of locksmiths in my area but very few auto locksmiths, so 'shopping around' for a better price would seem to be impossible. All told this 'exercise' will have cost me just over £100 in order to get a spare key up and running.....the morale of which being never ever lose that spare key which all cars should come with, second hand or not. If you buy a used car with only one key then dependant upon make/model you should either get the seller to pay for one or knock the cost off the price. My son has an Audi and the keyfob for his particular model costs £400!
  3. I'm considering replacing my 02 reg 1.8 petrol Focus with a Fiesta (current shape). But which one is best to go for? Not particularly bothered whether it's 3 door or 5 door as there is only myself to worry about. I will go for the diesel but which is the best engine and model type? For example, what is the difference between the TDCi Zetec and the TDCi Econetic?
  4. New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

    Reason I said "possibly my last car" was maybe a bit of a fatalistic view but also trying to look at my situation realistically. I'm over 62 now and assuming I hang back a bit and wait until next year, I will be approaching 63. As long as I can drive I will drive and would like to think I will still be around and physically capable at 70. So that would be seven years which isn't a long time. Believe me.....as you get older the years simply whizz by.....you wonder where they went!! In the past i've driven long distances between Switzerland to UK, which I often did in one day, and also Germany. Often used to drive over to Belgium and back in a day. But I can't do that now. Driving down to my sons in London (170 miles) is about my 'max' for an easy drive. The last three months i've spent touring Europe in my Motorhome and the most I drove in a day was 250 miles but would try to set lesser distances. I don't want to be driving long hours any more....I don't need to. However I would like to be able to visit my Grandson more often than I do and the first 'new' Fiesta I saw, I liked everything about it. I've never really been a fan of big cars having spent my car 'tinkering' years building and modifying Mini Coopers. So I like small cars. The low tax and high mpg figure of the Diesel Fiesta appeals for obvious reasons. During my last tour I travelled through nine European countries and by far the most expensive fuel is right here in the UK (Austria I filled up at £1.25 a litre, Poland £1.07, Bulgaria £1.05 and so on). So 60 (or more) mpg is very appealing! I figure if I buy 'the right model', 1) it should last me at least seven or eight years and 2) if I have to sell, i'd still get a relatively decent price. I wouldn't be buying new.....i've always bought in the used market cash outright. Hope this has given a clearer view?
  5. New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

    Thanks for the info chaps.....excellent. Holding off till early next year is no problem, especially as I like the prospect of "tumbling prices"!
  6. New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

    My annual mileage is relatively low now as i'm retired plus I also run a Motorhome. My son and grandson live in London which for me is a 350 mile round trip and as long as I remain physically capable to drive distances (just spent three months touring East Europe in my Motorhome), i'd like to be able to visit more often. My Focus returns around 38mpg driven carefully but, like me, is getting pretty old now! I like the new shape Focus but if I go for one it will no doubt be the last car I buy. Whilst diesel fuel is a couple of pence dearer than petrol, I think it's a better choice engine should I ever find the need to sell. It's just knowing what you get with which model etc. As for this 'ecoboost'........never heard of it so what is that!!?
  7. New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

    Good point.......but what for example does the Titanium have that the others don't? One of these caught my eye on AutoTrader recently which was in a nice metallic red colour. But a very !Removed! interior with salmon pink dashboard just wasn't for me!
  8. Engine Oil Overfilled

    Must admit i've lost count of the times i've put a bit too much oil in, though never by that amount plus it was on old cars with pretty basic engineering. Thats one big advantage of any basic engine....it will stand up to all kinds of abuse. 'Modern' engines don't. They nearly all use expensive synthetic oils now and needless to say replacement parts don't come cheap either, even on something as plain and ordinary as a Focus! Anyway as you found out for yourself, an oil change is relatively simple to do yourself though in my case the guy who does my MOT and repairs actually charges me far less for an oil change (using Ford oil) than what I can buy the cheapest brand at.
  9. Ignition Problem

    Depends on how much money you want to spend. If you want to save and have time then i'd go to a breakers yard and dismantle the ignition to look at how its made up. The important part to look at is the actual switching mechanism.....forget the barrel. If that switching mechanism is plastic nylon then thats the part you will need replacing because it is that piece which wears. It may not be like Transit ignition switches....I don't know even though I have a Focus. But the symptoms you describe lead me to think that it may well be. Alternatively just go along to any Garage with a Ford trained mechanic and he will tell you for free.
  10. Outside Temp

    Seems likely as it's been nowhere near that the past few days. No idea where the sensor is but my advice would be to stick some tape over the dash readout and forget about it! Car temp readings are pretty much inaccurate anyway.
  11. Ignition Problem

    Don't know how Focus ignition switches are made up but if they are similar to Transits that "something further back" could well be what is sometimes referred to as the "black cap" which is the actual switch mechanism itself. Simply replacing the barrel itself won't resolve the issue. Whilst the barrel is made of metal, the switching mechanism is made of..........plastic/nylon of all things! The barrel does very little work, so Ford make that of metal, whilst the part which does ALL the work they make it in damn plastic! Needless to say it eventually wears away and one day you will simply be left stranded.....unless you are familiar with 'hot wiring' the ignition?
  12. Wiper 'bug' Finally Solved!!

    At long last i've managed to get to the bottom of an annoying niggle with my rear wiper. Since having the car five months ago the rear wiper has never worked right and failed to complete a full sweep. Took the motor off and a local auto electrician bench tested it....and the damn thing ran perfectly! So then I tried another stalk, but it wasn't that! Decided on a long shot that the motor must have some kind of fault somewhere so got another off eBay. Just fitted it today and hey presto.....a wiper that now fully works properly! :) First wiper motor i've ever had to replace in my entire life of owning cars.
  13. Reprogramming Key Fob...update

    Understood. And that was my problem.....only one key (when car purchased) because some previous plonker owner 'mislaid' or 'lost' the other. So now if the fancy takes me I can go out and get a couple of more keys and do it myself I suppose, but one spare is enough for me and i'm not in the habit of losing keys! Not to mention it's been an expensive exercise!Yeah i know you might feel you've been bangin' at a brick wall the last few posts but hey...this grey matter of mine is 60 years old now! ;)
  14. Reprogramming Key Fob...update

    Arty.....apparently programming the fob/s is only a part of it and can easily be done. I'd already achieved that with mine and the fob would operate the c/l system....but that won't start the engine.This guy explained to me that the key transponder then has to be programmed into the cars electronics so that it will 'recognise' both keys, and that can only be done through the diagnostics plug. It cannot be done just from the fob. Later model Fords are even more difficult with Ford flatly refusing to sell the software other than to their own dealerships....neatly cornering the market and thereby forcing the owner to go back to the main dealer. The computer appeared to be similar to what Ford Garages use to run diagnostic checks on various parts of the engine.
  15. Reprogramming Key Fob...update

    My second fob came via ebay but i'd already been told I had to make sure it had the identical part number, and in my case the sellers description was correct.In your case i'd say the fact you managed to get the "wrong" fob reprogrammed, for £45 is a real plus! Nobody in my area doing them at that price. I've just had mine done and it's working 100%. Whole job took no longer than 20 minutes. A nice little earner considering the guy had three cars in just from today where the owners had lost the keys!
  16. Re-Progam Key Fob Problems

    OK.....hope Artyscot or anyone else can help out here! As previously posted my car (typically ) only came with one key. Not very clever as lose that and i'm up the creek. So I bought another fob off eBay making sure that it was the identical matching fob number to my original fob. It arrived today and I fitted a new battery plus freshly cut key. I had previously read Artscots post regarding programming of key fobs plus checking the owners manual description. I followed the procedure only to find that 1) my new key would not work at all and 2) i'd completely knocked out the remote central locking system from my old key. Fortunately the old key will start the car.......but thats about all! I can now only lock the doors manually and for some odd reason tonight when leaving work, could only gain access via the passenger door! Where do I go from here guys?
  17. Re-Progam Key Fob Problems

    Unfortunately I think you may well be right on this in my particular case. If so, even my local garage guy who is a Ford trained mechanic hasn't fully grasped the situation either! All I was told was that both fob id numbers must be identical (which they are).A friend suggested trying again with the fully working key (Key 1) well away from the fob (Key 2) I am trying to programme. It was a good 15 or 20 metres away and I managed to programme the central locking....but it would not start the engine up! So I am no further in this and so far it's cost me £20 for fob, battery, key blank and cutting.
  18. Re-Progam Key Fob Problems

    Hmmmmm.......can you clarify this more Arty because i'm still having problems. For ease of reference I will call my original key which came with the car, key 1....and the fob i've recently bought off ebay as key 2. First I got Key 1 reprogrammed and that now works fully the central locking and boot lid. Then I tried to programme Key 2 via the same procedure, but all that succeeded in doing was disabling the remote functions of Key 1. I have now once again reprogrammed Key 1 and left it so at least I still have one fully functioning working key, but am now left wondering why/how I get this other key to recognise the coding and actually work! As far as I can see I have followed exactly what you guys told me and also what is says in the manual.....but i'm getting nowhere!
  19. Re-Progam Key Fob Problems

    As the old original fob is now not working correctly (as described in post), do I have to now reprogramme this key first....and then the additional fob second?
  20. Rear Wiper...poss Bad Earth?

    The rear wiper on my 02 Focus hatchback has never worked properly....just intermittent short bursts of a sweep. I've been told the fault is possibly a bad earth (apparently commonplace on Focuses) and the earth runs through the rear hatch hinges. The suggestion made was to knock out the pin, clean it then smear in copperslip. Having looked at the pins they seem pretty much permanent! So what are the chances of getting them fitted back in? Anyone had similar problems with the rear wiper and if so what did you do?
  21. Rear Wiper...poss Bad Earth?

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I can now rule the wiper motor out. I've had it off, dismantled and all is perfectly clean and sound inside. Bench ran it using a live feed and earth and it runs perfectly doing a complete sweep totally uninterrupted. Only thing left now is the stalk but that feels as though its making good contact (i.e. not sloppy or weak). Spoke to a local auto electrician and he ruled out supected bad earth straight away. He's asked me to fit the motor back on and take the car over to him so he can try and locate exactly where the problem is. I've used him before and he's got a very good reputation locally and his charges are very reasonable and fair.
  22. Focus Mk1 Key...price?

    Unfortunately my Focus came with just one remote key and no spare. Have replaced the battery so fob switching now works better than it did but could really do with a spare. Anyone any idea of cheapest price on these?
  23. Focus Mk1 Key...price?

    Cheers 'arty' Unfortuantely i'm a good 200 mile north of London but the link could be useful as my sons gf lives there. Had a look at those on eBay and assume it's just a matter of getting the correct fob part number plus a key blank? Those selling appear to come complete with re-programming instructions though at least my car did come with owners manual.
  24. Anyone has a standard factory fit Ford 6000CD radio/player in their car. Do you know if it will handle discs burnt in mp3?
  25. 6000Cd Player.....anyone With One?

    Thanks guys.....think i'll stick with what i've got then as i dont intend keeping the car too long. Just pees me off that the cd unit which should have been with the model Focus i have, has been removed (suspect the dealer as it was traded in) and a radio/tape player stuck in!