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    6'7" Focus Driver

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    1.8 TDCI Focus Titanium
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  1. Not a thing. I know from my own research that others have fitted the blanking plate to the 1.8 TDCi and it's been fine. If any errors are thrown up they can be cleared, but so far all positive. Throttle response is better, boost and overall power through all gears increased - simply a nicer, more enjoyable driving experience. I was always aprehensive pulling away from lights as the car could / would labour in certain weather conditions, cold starts, low fuel level - no longer. Do it... worse that could happen is you may decide to remove. Stu
  2. I'm the other way round. Hands are too big, bang my head on the bonnet and when it comes to cleaning the wheels I've bought one of those little steps to sit on as it plays he'll with my knees. It's all good fun :)
  3. ha ha .... I didnt get on much better. One dropped 8mm sapnner, sliced the end of my finger opened and got the elbow on only to discover it was slightly too long (hence the trimming). Good to know its a tight fit though! My brother was helping me - imagine to two giants (i'm 6'7 and 18 stone / he's 6'4" and 18 stone) wrestling with a silicone elbow and the metal straight :) Just a full set of discs and a bleed to complete now ;) Stu
  4. :) exactly what I fitted. Needed to trim it a little to get a perfect fit. But good quality and snug fit. Stu
  5. Hi, Thanks for the reply. I tackled the pipe / elbow replacement and EGR blanking this past weekend and all went well.... Well apart from a dropped spanner. Thankfully I had my bro to assist and we managed to recover it without having to remove the under tray. Gave the EGR valve a clean with Wynns EGR3, which I know attracts positive and negative opinions. In my experience it worked well, although not much crap came out, probably because I regularly boot it :) The EGR blank has been well worth it and the car is running sweetly :) I would recommend it wholeheartedly Stu
  6. Hi, I recently started to hear a whoosh when hitting 2K. With no loss of performance I suspected a tear in the right angled hose leading to the turbo from the intercooler. On my first inspection all looked OK. However, after looking closer I could see a concentrated amount of oil / general crap towards the rear of the turbo. I reached back and found a large tear / crack in the pipe just before the jubilee clip. I'm going to replace it with a silicone version, but while I'm at it I though it wise to ask for any basic cleaing tips while the hose is off, or any general hints and tips? I'm pretty hands on and can see what needs to be done. While I'm at it I may also clean and blank the EGR - any tips for cleaning? Full removal? Thanks in advance. Stu
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    Why Does My Temp Gauge Read -57C

    This happens to my car when the battery is disconnected. After a few hours (or over night) it returns to normal. I assume its just a case of it self recalibration. Unless it stays that way for a few days I wouldn't be overly worried. Stu
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    Audio Fuse Blown

    Probably also a good idea to disconnect the battery next time ;) Although this doesn't apply here, make sure you have your radio code if replacing the same unit.
  9. At 6'7" and 18.5 stone (lean) I'm consider by most people as 'huge'. I've owned my Focus for the past 18 months and typically drive 50 miles a day commuting to and from work. While I don't suffer from any back issues I do find it hard work on my ankles as I have a 37 inch inside leg and size 13 feet. As mentioned above, raising the seat from the lowest position and playing the reach and rake of the steering wheel has helped. I find that by not having the wheel pushed all the way in (further away) allows a small amount of bend in my arms which is much more natural, doesn't force the elbows to lock out and reduces strain on the shoulders / upper and lower back. If I were doing more miles I would get a bigger car, but for now it suits me fine. Stu
  10. Thanks Clive. I was fairly convinced but with lack of the right tools (pump) and most importantly free time, I wanted to rule out any other possibility (although it may well be something else) On the drive up to Edinburgh last night I didn't experience the same problems. But to be fair, I drive a little differently on my own / without a load ;). My uncle is an ex Ford tech and now works in hydraulics. I'll see if he will hold my hand while I do the swap. Thanks Stu
  11. You're right, but I'm now in Edinburgh for a few days and couldn't have the car off the road. When I get back and can work out a car swap with my misses on her day off I'll leave it at the garage and get them to check. Stu
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    Making The Focus More Sporty.

    *EDIT* artscot79 just beat me to it ;) I think the reference to tinted glass all round is slightly darker colouring that the glass has. I know my front aren't completely clear. Here's a bigger version of my avatar. Although not a clear shot, it does make the car look mean ;)
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    Making The Focus More Sporty.

    Tints are not standard on any Titanium model (MK2 - 2.5). My MK2.5 does have factory tints but this was part of the sport pack (inc. 18 inch alloys). I also have BT and VC which are also an extra and not fitted from factory. The only thing it lacks it leather seats. From an ETIS check you can find out if you car came equipped with tints. This will be noted under 'minor features' (drop down list) as With Privacy Glass https://www.etis.ford.com/vehicleRegSelector.do * to look up by reg number ensure you select 'United Kingdom' from the preferences page (https://www.etis.ford.com/options.do) also found via the home page top nav. Stu
  14. Morning guys, A couple of months back I made a trip down to Lincoln with my other half (from Carlisle). This was the first long trip of the year for the Focus. Typically I do 50 - 60 miles a day and average 1000 miles a month. During the trip down my other half was driving and I told her to give it some 'welly' when overtaking a lorry on the A1(M). While doing so she said 'The cars shaking.... :( ' I replied with 'don't be silly' as I couldn't feel, see of hear anything. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago I started to notice that when I attempted to accelerate hard in 3rd / 4th the engine started to feel lumpy and drop off around 3 - 3.5k revs. The shaking she was referring to was feedback through the accelerator pedal / low levels of hesitation. This morning I gave the car a good thrashing on the way to work (rural A road) and could still feel the problem. In 1st, 2nd (with normal turbo boosting at 2k revs) and any other gear at normal driving speeds (with normal acceleration) the cars is fine and I've not received any engine malfunction lights. I've not had chance to read any codes yet, but I'm thinking it could be the fuel filter? I purchased the car February 2012 and was told at the time the car had been serviced (national dealer) when I checked the air filter a few weeks later it was filthy. Considering this is a 2008 car it looked like the original filter (which didn't fill me with confidence). I purchased the car with lower than average miles for the age and it appeared to have missed a service. I had a service (oil and filter change) last October, which was done by a prestigious car dealer as a mates wife is service manager. To be fair I only asked for an oil change and the experience was great (they treated my car like a top end motor rather than a lowly Ford) but thinking back I'm now convinced the fuel filter is overdue renewal as I've never done it. Do this sound right to any of you? I'm thinking a filter change and for good measure I'll chuck in a tin of BG244. Any advice gratefully received. Stu
  15. Replacement arranged. Just waiting for the call back to give me a time. I appreciate others may come along with differing opinions, but thought a post like this might be useful for other Focus owners who are unsure. Stu