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  1. I was driving my girlfriend to a train station this morning and on the way there I felt my power steering fail and saw that the battery light had come on. (Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec-SE 2003) This lasted for about 10 - 15 seconds and then it came back on and the rest of the journey was ok. I recently upgraded the speakers in my front doors and they are running off an AMP in the boot but they shouldn't have been drawing too much power even though I was listening to music at a reasonable level yesterday for around 90 mins while driving. If that had sucked some charge from the battery, I would have thought I would have experienced problems starting it this morning? It started without fault today. I've just checked the voltages as follows: Ignition off - 12.5v Idling + heated rear window and dipped beams (With 3 pin smart charge system plug on alternator in) 13v Idling + heated rear window and dipped beams (With 3 pin smart charge system plug on alternator unplugged) 15v From that I gather that the smart charge system is still functioning as it should and that the alternator is working. Could it be that the battery is possibly on its way out and while running it discharged enough for the light to come on? The battery in there is an OEM Motorcraft battery. Does this imply it's been there since new? If so I could believe that it's on its way out as the car is an 03 plate!! Any help would be great. Thanks.
  2. 2003 Focus Zetec 1.6 Se - Low Idling

    Well, I did that test this morning and it just went straight from 3000+ RPM straight down to 650 RPM without any slow down. That would imply the actual valve is cattled.
  3. 2003 Focus Zetec 1.6 Se - Low Idling

    Cheers for that... Where is the PCV valve? I'm going to do a little test I read earlier tomorrow when I drive to work: 1. Warm car up to normal temp. 2. Switch all electrics on - heated screen/window/fan/lights etc etc. 3. Rev up to 3,000 rpm and hold for a couple of secs. 4. Let go pedal and watch revs drop. 5. If they drop to about 1,000 then slowly down to around 850, the valve is ok. 6. If they drop straight to around 600 or so, then the valve is faulty. Might not be 100% accurate but will give me an idea if the ICV is actually dead.
  4. 2003 Focus Zetec 1.6 Se - Low Idling

    It was only serviced a bit before xmas. I think they are meant to idle around 850 ish. Had the cam belt done in November and they checked the aux belt at the same time and said it was ok. It doesn't try to stall no but it is still lower than it should be and I'm going to be upgrading the stock speakers in the summer so it might start struggling with the increased load. I've gotta get a key coded soon so I might just get them to read the ECU for any errors at the same time if there isn't anything else I can check reasonably easily.
  5. Hi all, Just wanted some advice really. My 2003 Focus Zetec 1.6 SE idles at about 650RPM which is a little low and I can notice the headlights dim a little on occasion when sitting at traffic lights. I've done a bit of searching around and have read that cleaning the ICV and throttle body might help, but I've done both of these and it hasn't made a difference. I also read that it could be the MAF sensor but my model doesn't have one of those instead having an MAP sensor. Could it still be that the ICV is just faulty? Is there a way to test it? What would starting the engine with the ICV unplugged do out of curiosity? Any pointers at what else it could be would be much appreciated. Cheers.
  6. Nope... Officially it's a 55 ltr tank. That's what my owners manual says anyway. Don't think they changed the fuel tank size between 2000 and 2003.
  7. I have exactly the same issue currently in my 03 Focus Zetec SE. I've done a bit of reading and it seems to be fairly common and the above post is the general consensus. Clean the MAF sensor if you have one (not sure if my model does from what I read and too cold to check) and also the ICV. Some said also cleaning the throttle body wouldn't hurt either.
  8. Gear Lever Return Spring - Mk1 Focus 1.8

    Yeah, I think I used that guide too. I did find that I didn't have to remove the whole centre console though. I just removed the gaiter shroud bit. Can't help with the TC question, but I'd definitely be interested in finding out.
  9. Gear Lever Return Spring - Mk1 Focus 1.8

    I had to do exactly the same when I bought my mk1.5 Focus. It's a common problem with the longer side of the spring snapping off. It's pretty easy to take apart and only slightly more difficult to get back in but all in all can be done in 15 mins. I paid pretty much the same from a local parts supplier. Just over £6 from what I remember.
  10. Cambelt Cost

    I had mine done in November at a good local indy and they supplied and fitted the belt, tensioners and water pump and fresh antifreeze for a total of £256.20 inc. That was the best price I could get after ringing around 5 - 10 garages. I said to them to change the aux belt at the same time if it needed it and they said they will check it out when they have it apart. They said they would only charge the cost of the belt if they did it. I gave them an opportunity to charge me more and they didn't take it as they said the belt was fine. I'll be going back there needless to say.
  11. Intermittent Fault With Flick Wipe

    You'll be fine to detatch it. I had the same problem a month or two ago and just swapped the rear and front relays which resolved my issue. I had to remove the panel too but it wasn't too much hassle.
  12. Tdci Focus 1.6 Mpg Seems Bad

    Yup agree with above. I generally stick 8 gallons in which is roughly 36 litres which is also roughly £50 depending on the garage. I fill up as soon as I can when the fuel light turns on. I reset the counter and then just divide the miles it's on when the light comes on again by 8.
  13. Hi, First post here, but I'm really hoping someone can help me out if they happen to have already removed their front speakers from a mk1.5 Focus. I'm replacing the standard speakers with some 6.5" Kappas and have been searching around for a template online that I could print off for mounting / shape of the original speakers so I can make a spacer / adaptor from some 3/4" MDF. All I'm after really is a doc or PDF to doanload and print out if possible? If I really can't get hold of one, I'll have to remove my speaker, do the template and put it back in as I've got a few things to cut and mould and make before I do the actual install. Cheers, Marc