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About woody190881

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    55 plate 1.6 (100) Zetec
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  1. Hello all, I have bought some Bosch HT leads for my 55 plate 1.6 focus to hopefully solve misfiring problems. With them came a small pouch of silicone compound. Im not 100% sure where this go's! I have highlighted below where i think it should go, based on googling! Do i smear a small amount on the bottom of the red highlighted area or around the perimeter of the actual plastic itself? Help would be much appreciated! Thanks PS: This is a stock image of a HT lead, not the actual leads i have.
  2. Focus 1.6 55 Plate - Ht Leads...bosch??

    Jeebo: I don't blame you, especially given that Kia give such a good lengthy warranty id be tempted to do the same. Unfortunately we aren't in a position to buy a new or nearly new car so sticking with the focus is the only option at the moment. We could get rid and put an extra £1k in to get another used car but theres always a chance we'd get another lemon. Artscot Thanks very much. The coil pack I changed at the weekend was like for like and a Bosch one. At the moment its running great so i'm reluctant to change the leads while its doing this. Although you can get a set of bosch ones for £30 on ebay so I might just buy them anyway and have them ready if the misfiring starts again. Its obvious the current HT leads aren't bosch or ford.
  3. Focus 1.6 55 Plate - Ht Leads...bosch??

    Absolutely Jeebo. I hope that's the last, if not ill have to get a new set of good leads and see how it performs then. The wife is losing the confidence in the car as am I to be honest. Only just 60k on the clock and this past years its cost nearly a £1k in repairs (Power steering pipe, wheel bearing, clutch, 2 front suspension arms, new coil pack, new plugs, service!).
  4. Focus 1.6 55 Plate - Ht Leads...bosch??

    Update to this. It was doing the same again on the way home last night - under load "jerking" etc. When the car had cooled down I re-seated all the HT leads both at the spark plug end and coil pack end. I tidied them up and made sure they were all neat and clipped in stable. This morning the car wasn't "jerking" under load at all! im pretty sure one or more of the leads was the problem and maybe the connection wasn't quite right to either the coil or spark plug. Fingers crossed! One other note, the HT leads on my focus don't have any noticeable part numbers, they just say "Silicone Lead" on them. I suspect these may not be original Ford ones and a previous owner had changed them. Can anyone who has genuine Ford ones confirm this please? Thanks
  5. Hello all, Recently ive been having the problem where the car has been "jerking" or "misfiring" when under load (For example when revs are low in 2nd or 3rd gear and you put your foot down there is a pause then power eventually comes). I had this earlier in the summer and changing the spark plugs fixed it (I bought 4x from Ford) but recently it has returned. I've just replaced the coil pack and this morning it was much better. There was one occasion when it did "misfire" again but to be fair I was very low on revs and was at the point where I should have gone down a gear. I was "testing" the car to see if the new coil pack had fixed the issue. If it does start to "misfire" again then ill try the HT leads next. The price from Ford is extortionate though (Around £85 for a set) but you can get a set of Bosch ones for around £30 delivered on Ebay. Are the original ones Ford use Bosch and are they just making a killing at the dealer? The new coil pack I bought was Bosch as I know this is what Ford use so i'm thinking maybe the HT leads are Bosch too? Does anyone know? Any help is much appreciated :D
  6. Hello all, over the last couple of weeks ive noticed a droning sound from the rear of the car. Its only noticeable on really smooth roads (Not that there are many of them around Leeds!) and the noise go's away when i turn right, but returns when driving straight or turning left. Therefore it should be the right hand side bearing thats at fault. Can anyone give a rough idea of the cost to get this replaced at a local garage please?
  7. Air Con Leak....

    I know in an ideal world a new compressor is what is needed. However if the guy at more than one ford garage have done this with success to avoid the £350+ cost of a new compressor im happy to do it too. For how often the weather is like this I can't justify it at the moment. I know you need to run the air con through the winter too so I'll make sure I do this.
  8. Air Con Leak....

    Cheers artscot. Ill give it a go over the next few days. Ive just checked and there are still drips of green oil coming out and its 2 days since the attempted regas was done, so the leak cant be that big. ill give it a good clean with water and wipe off as much crap as i can before putting plenty of hammerite underseal on. ill do two coats to make sure :D
  9. Air Con Leak....

    Thanks artscot. Im pretty sure its the same one. Below is a diagram of the one i mean. When i lay down and look up, its the bracket that is closest to the road. Just wanted to make sure we were talking about the same one :) Vince - they quoted that just to do some underseal?!?!
  10. Air Con Leak....

    That's a relief to know. I might give it a go myself now you ve told me that. If I can undscrew the scuff panel I can easily reach the area and get some underseal to put plenty on. Thanks very much!
  11. Air Con Leak....

    I only bought it in Oct last year so it was difficult to tell if it was working then or not. I hope so, at the moment im debating if its worth it at all. Im struggling to find a recommended air con engineer locally to see what the likely cost is.
  12. Possible Power Steering Leak? (Picture Included)

    No problems Andy. It will give people an idea of what a local back street garage will be roughly charging. I heard horror stories over £350 upwards if going to a Ford service centre :D I had that on my old astra, it worried me for a while until i realised what it was! :D
  13. Bonnet Latch Problems

  14. Air Con Leak....

    The air con in my 1.6 zetec wasnt blowing cold at all. I took it to kwik fit for a £49 re-gas. Once the vacuum had pulled out any old gas, one the new was been pumped back in it was obvious there was a leak. Gas was steaming out, I wasnt charged and was given a number of an air con guy who could arrange to see the car and diagnose/price up repair. Last night i could see lime green on the drive. The leak is coming from the bottom of the compressor unit. I couldnt see very well due to the scuff panel blocking my view but it looks like its coming from one of the joins on the compressor. Its definitely not coming from up the top end of the engine where any of the pipes feed to. Does this sound like this has been hit at some point and thus a new compressor is highly likely? :(
  15. Possible Power Steering Leak? (Picture Included)

    Finally got round to getting this fixed. Since the weather warmed up over the last few months the leak was very very slow and intermitant. I needed to top up the fluid every 6 weeks roughly. Mechanic had a look and it was the power steering pipe at fault, the joint that go's into the pump was leaking, albeit very little. £220 later (New pipe and labour) and its fixed! :D