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Russ last won the day on April 23 2017

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    1.6L Focus Titanium mk2 facelift
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  1. Russ

    Lucky escape with engine?

    Keep your eye on the coolant level for the next few days, It’s well known that once the coolant has leaked the damage is done and you only find out a short time later! Do you know if the garage did a pressure test on the engine?
  2. Russ

    Stuck Oil Filler Cap

    If you get the cap off or if/when you buy a new one smear some silicon grease around the seals on the cap and on the internal neck of the water tank and it’ll never seize up again. Don’t ask ford for the grease as it’ll cost an arm and a leg, get some from a shop like maplins for about £5 👍🏼
  3. Russ

    wheel bearing and diffs?

    I know your using your local garage but to give you an idea of Fords pricing against your local garage .....
  4. Russ

    What the heck has happened to my rotors?

    The dark patches on the disks could just be ‘hard patches’ of material in the original castings before the machining of the disks. Cast iron although easy to machine often has hard/tough bits and some places anneal the castings to remove this effect.
  5. Russ

    Rear Boot Trim

    Should’ve removed it and built up the supports that are broken with LOTS of araldyte rapid. That fixes it and it dries within 15 minutes. Did mine a while back on my titanium as I refuse to pay the price Ford ask! A few quid for a pack of araldyte rapid and 30 minutes of your time is better even than that one on e-bay at £105!
  6. Russ

    Mk6 fiesta clutch slipping

    The ‘pre facelift mk6’ or 5th generation 2002-2008 fiesta was referred to as the mk6 in the UK ( )
  7. Russ

    Removing this broken bolt

    Drilling it outs your best bet. As you say start with a small drill progressing to bigger diameters. You ‘may’ need to run a tap down the hole to remove the last remnants of the old bolt. 👍🏼
  8. Russ

    Noise after start up

    I have what can only be described as a ‘rushing’ sound like a kettle boiling after starting the engine on my 1.6 petrol focus. (Non Vct) You hear the pump prime on startup, start the engine then you hear the sound for maybe 2-3 seconds. I’m assuming it’s the system pressurising but it’s only happening the morning after a long run and (at the moment) it doesn’t seem to be causing any other problem. Could this be a sign of a failing petrol pump or air getting in somehow (no signs of leakage anywhere from engine or under the car)
  9. Russ

    Hello from Cockenzie

    Hi & welcome from Livingston, West Lothian (if your in Cockenzie your in East Lothian)
  10. It’s more ‘peace of mind’ than anything rather than ‘is it worth it on a 27k car’ and it’s a chance you take which is up to yourself. I didn’t get mine done on my focus when I had the belt changed, I didn’t get my mk6 fiesta done either when I had the belt done and didn’t get it done on a Vauxhall Cavalier when I had it’s belt done but I did have to change the water later pump as it started leaking.
  11. Russ

    Sudden Gearbox Failure. How?!

    I once ‘wrung’ a gearbox mainshaft in two on a rear wheel drive Vauxhall 😁 mind you I used to wheelspin it then one day with 4 passengers pulling away from the kerb it just went BANG in a cloud of smoke! When we stripped the box down the mainshaft looked just like a stick of soft rock that had been twisted until it broke into two pieces. (The Vauxhall garage had never seen that before - I was dead chuffed 👍🏼)
  12. Russ

    hello from scotland

    Hi Craig, waves from a chilly Livingston 👋
  13. “You May have done long term damage”........ answer “it’s fine now, there was no oil,” 🤔😱😱😱😱😱😱 doh!
  14. I had a listen with the bonnet up this morning and it wasn’t as bad but sounds like coming from the bottom pulleys area. I’ve had the manifold cat replaced a few months ago so it could also be something associated with that so I’ll keep my eyes and ears open. ** edit: I think I’ve found the culprit.....there’s a bit of shielding against the bulkhead that has been distorted when they’ve done the ‘manifold cat’ and it’s ‘awfy’ close to the heatshield where the O2 sensor is, I think when the load pulls the revs down slightly causing the engine to shudder slightly the 2 heatshields are making contact so once the rain/snow stops I’ll get out and manoeuvre the bulkhead heatshield back into place. 👍🏼
  15. As it’s already cold the idle is above 1000 anyway, if I rev the car it gets louder! Not wanting to ‘chance’ anything as soon as I start the car, the windows get switched off then after say 20/30 seconds I switch them back on with no noise. As I said once I drive off there is no noise from the car so I don’t think it’s a heat shield/mechanical type of rattle.