soulman123

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    Help with starter motor

    Hi all, So still intermittently having starting issues with my 1.8 04 petrol focus. Very on and off really but a sign of impending starter motor failure. I figure may as well sort it before it leaves me stranded. I wonder when my t'stat housing was leaking if it got in to the starter and helped it along its way. Are there any guides on changing the starter ? Or tips, the Haynes manual says very little. Access looks awkward from the top, maybe moving the air pipe would help. But I would assume access from from the bottom is the way to go ? Thanks
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    Grinding when starting

    Focus 1.8 04 95k When I start in the morning for the last few days I turn the key as normal and it attempts to start but there is a grinding noise like a screech! .. horrible noise. I tried a few more times then it starts no noise. I leave the car for an hour come back a slight squeal but fires up. Is this a sign of starter motor failure looming ? Is this home fixable on a drive way ? Thanks
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    Rear pads and discs

    Thanks, hooing tonget at it soon. Gettimg low on the pads. I am fittong standard pagid ones.
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    Rear pads and discs

    So its come time to do the rear pads and discs. I have a rewind tool front whem i did the fronts years ago when i bought the car never had to do the rears. Do they wind clockwose or anti clockwise ? Do you need to replace the pad carrier bracket bolts ? are the pins 7mm ? Looks straight forward so says the brave man lol .. any thing to watch or for ? Other than rain
  5. 1.8 focus 92k petrol Changed a leaky thermostat housing yesterday and thermostat. Topped up. Drove for 20 mins got it nice and hot heater for once was hotter than ever. Had the heat up and cap off and and fan on full too to work out air. Squeezed a few hoses too. No signs of any leaks. Let it cool down and topped up to max line as it dropped slightly as expected. This morning it had dropped 4 cm aprrox and no signs of leaking from the tstat housing or pipes connected bone dry and the ground was bone dry too. Stuck my finger under it all too to feel for coolant but nothing. I guess its got to be leaking somewhere ? Or is this an air lock ? Temp gauge sits bang on as well no over heating. Thanks
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    1.8 thermostat leaking

    Hi all So it looks like I have leaky thermostat housing. Tight side is a puddle on the bottom bolt and the bell housing is covered in that white crust. Ibtop up every 4/5 days where it is under min. I could spot the leak before but looks like the stat housing. I notice you can buy a seal from Ford which is what I guess is worn ? Or should I replace the housing and seal ? Euro do the seal for £3 and a non grm circoli housing for £40. Is it hard to do this ? At a glance I see a few 10mls and some torx screws. Is itba case of draining it off via the rad drain screw. Disconnect all the hoses and undo those bolts and screws and replace ? Any things to watch out for do ? Wonder how long it lasts till it fails entirely. Hmm dancing in limited time I think Thanks
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    1.8 thermostat leaking

    Wow £15!! Where's that from ? Ford quoted me £101 but Eurocarparts was under £40 plus the seal is a few quid. I have to admit I was tempted to do just the seal to see if it works but could be good.measure to replace all and not.look back.
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    Creaking Turning Right

    Spryed the rubber at the top of the shock with plenty of spray not sure it was fully covered but the noise was slightly less. Possible i imgined it lol when you listen so hard. I sprayed the ball bearing parts of the links aswell no change. I wonder if i should remove them and check for play. Both sides were changed for ruocarpart ones qdrive. Been changed twice in 4 years. Guess i should just buy ford ones.
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    Creaking Turning Right

    2004 focus 1.8 Basically every time to turn the steering wheel right be it round abouts .. right turns etc so e loudly creaks. Its coming fro the rear. I toom it to the grage and he could only replicte it rocki g my car by the door which i wasnt too happy about. Pushing down on the boot didnt make the noise interestingly. He said its definitey the suspension, amd thought it was the banana looking suspension bit .. sprayed it with silicone spray i think it was took it for a drive and still did it. Said he was sure it was it but couldnt explain why the spray didnt temporarily stop it. He said its not dangerous or an mot fail just annoying. Not convinced its this as the spray didnt work altjough may e it didnt get in to the bush well enough. Are there any common faults with this symptom ? Creaky on right turns. Thanks ☺
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    Mk 1.5 Rear Springs

    How doable are the rear springs on the 1.8 04 petrol ? Mines are very worns and corroded and begging to snap. Just wondering if there is a how to or if they are doable. I have a set of spring clamps. Thanks and happy easter all
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    Mk 1.5 Rear Springs

    Thanks for the update William, I know that feeling of pain in the bum jobs. I hate anything to do with springs lol always a grief without the right tools. Over the years I used my spring clamps but so awkward with space. Hope it all works nicely. Thumbs up on work well done chap
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    Inside Tyre Wear ?

    I have noticed both front tyres have worn on the inside front, what are the likely causes of this ? And also on the rear n/s inside too. Curiosity really is booked in to be checked. I'm guessing something in the suspension worn ? Lol no very specific with rods bushes end ball joints lol What are the likely fails on these ? I did the arb bushes a few weeks ago nothing else caught my eye but I was not really looking. Guess could be worn shocks ?
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    Inside Tyre Wear ?

    Those bushes have now been done, yesterday. The car handles tightly on cornering again, not vague with the worry of the feeling it's wondering. Tracking done to. Time will tell I guess. Also passed it's mot, phew lol.
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    Brake Replacement Which Method????

    Method 2 for me too.. garages I believe do it it like that.
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    Focus Key Battery

    Very easy did mine recently in the middle of the key insert a small flat blade and wedge apart replace with a cr2032 battery as quick as you can.
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    Pcv Valve

    Hi all, I was poking around under the bonet and the pcv valve hose has collapsed at the part behind the throttle body. I can see the end closet to the front of the car goes in to a metal pipe and then the end of the other end is attached behind the throttle body. It's attached with one of those nightmare spring clips an little access to get the water pump pliers on it my weapon of choice for those clips. Does the valve live on the bit of hose behind the throttle body ? What actually needs replacing it is just the hose and valve ? Also that metal tube the other end of the hose connects too does that need replacing ? Thanks
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    Pcv Valve

    Sorry for the late reply, have just seen your post. It was a pain. I took to big pipe off from the airbox for more access and after a bit of fiddling I managed to angle my water pump pliers to pinch it. Hate these clips been the pain of many doy jobs. Have uou managed to undo it ?
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    Mk 1.5 Rear Springs

    That's kind of you *thumbs up* .. I'm contemplating adding it to my summer to do list lol .. I'm guessing your local ? .. I saw a few interesting methods on YouTube if you search focus rear springs some amusing methods hehe but they worked. I did read someone used a ratchet strap somehow.
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    Mk 1.5 Rear Springs

    Ahh I see .. I'm near ferndown.
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    Mk 1.5 Rear Springs

    Drats, is there another way to safely remove them with out one ?
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    Mk 1.5 Rear Springs

    Hi william I have ones that look just like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B009YEVLHO/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1428155783&sr=8-3π=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=spring+compressor&dpPl=1&dpID=41oyAfhSbRL&ref=plSrch The black ones
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    Inside Tyre Wear ?

    Typing on a 7 inch tablet is just not my strong point. Apologies for the tedious read.
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    Inside Tyre Wear ?

    So the garage havr had the car back up on the ramp and have said they goy the wrong part. The part or bush on the main suspension arm is shot not the banana one or dog bone shaped one .. he said gord do the bush which will need the rear subframe to drop ans they can press it in situ hopefully. So all tyres have been changed I supplied 3 they supplied ome part woen one, tracking not done they supplied one tyre and a oil and filter change and charged £100 inclidong cost of chamhing other tyres. Booked in for a few weeks for them to do it. Ashame they misdiagnosed it they could have done it today. Hey ho .. hope my tyres dont get chewed up in 2 weeks .. minimum driving I guess.
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    Oil Change

    I think you need 4.3l of oil
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    Lost My Keys

    I know how this feels, night mare.