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  1. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    OK, (my mate's doing all the work!) Head removed revealed movement on piston 4. Dropped the engine, removed sump and everything else, removed crank: big end bearing (?) as thin as !Removed! paper, needs crankshaft regrind and new piston. If you're interested, the regrind and new piston and oversized bearings etc. are costing 370€... will need head and sump sets for rebuild, my mate's done a deal with me for labour! The question is: what caused this in the first place?
  2. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    My mate is mobile, I'll PM you with more info! Sterling Automotive, did they start up a couple of years ago (maybe 4!) or at least had a big advertising campaign. If it's them, I did go once and was quoted absolutely ridiculous prices... Well a denuncia (or complaints book) might do the trick, the only thing is that they service the cars for the Guardia Civil...Hmmmm!
  3. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    Oh yes, seen that one many times!
  4. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    Hi Andy I asked about the boat because I've just bought one, purely because it was an unmissable bargain! I'm not really nautical so this is going to be a new experience. It's small enough to store inland (6 metres) and launch as required (about 20€ in Fuengirola). If you were an owner I was hoping to pick you brains because I need to change to a smaller trailer and the boat needs some re-upholstery (it's an open boat, so needs waterproof stuff). I actually have a mate who is a mechanic, he does most of the work except for the very modern, specialist stuff which requires computers etc. Yes, we have learned the hard way, in fact have an ongoing experience/nightmare. My son has an Alfa 156 Selespeed which has been in the garage for over 4 weeks, was 'fixed' at just under 1000€ and lasted less than 5 minutes. I was actually still near the garage when my son called, and took a mechanic out to recover the car, it had exactly the same problem as when it went in, God knows how we're going to get out of this one!
  5. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    Hi Neil The Focus just has about 5 dings, a small scrape on a door and a dent in the sill, so it's immaculate, in Spanish terms!! Yes, the Spanish do seem to treat their cars purely as workhorses, very little interest in cosmetics. We do see the rare car 'kitted', generally badly done. My son reckons there's a business opportunity there, I'm not so sure. I've no doubt you've witnessed the parking, then? They manage to get them into spaces smaller than the actual car (well almost), and bumpers are, well, bumpers, what else can they be for? The rule is: reverse until the car behind you moves, then forward slightly! The most important components on a Spanish car are the 'Hazard Warning Lights', by applying these you are permitted to double or even triple park or park in any illegal place, especially where it will cause utmost obstruction. Your permit to park anywhere ends when at least five drivers have sounded their horns for at least five minutes. Obviously the 'hazard warning lights' should never be used singularly, this might be construed as an indication of you changing direction! The most used gesture is the 'flat palm open hand' out of the driver's window. Using this allows you to pull out in front of any vehicle which actually has the right of way, especially useful when entering a roundabout. Anyway, enough of that, I actually do enjoy driving in this unrestricted environment! As for the sump, my mate is working on it tomorrow so we'll see how it goes, thanks for the warning!
  6. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    Hi Andy Could be Spanish weather (or drivers)! ;-) Is that a view from your boat? I think I recognise those mountains, I'm in Fuengirola... Salud! Brian
  7. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    Update! OK, we didn't try flushing as the noise seemed to get a lot louder when the engine is hot (which is what I heard when I was hurtling down the 'autovia'!). We've taken the head off and there is movement on piston 4, also valve marks on the top of the piston (the head is OK)....so, it's down to look at the crank and the piston itself...fingers crossed!!!!
  8. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    This is a Spanish car (I'm in Spain!) and the service history shows that the car had been stored or at least little used for 18 months, it had only done 2000Km since it's last service in Feb 2011. However, when my mate, the mechanic, changed the oil and filter, they weren't very 'fresh' (I know, not really a technical term!), which was a little worrying. Anyway, until now it has been running beautifully. Thanks for your reply, we'll try 'flushing'...I'll report back...
  9. Engine Rattle 1.8 Tdci

    Hi I've had this 2007 Focus 1.8 TDCi for a couple of months. It suddenly developed a loud rattle, which does not happen all of the time. Changed the oil and filter which seemed to help but rattle started again after a few minutes driving. Here is video/audio of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWsm2kEIfsM&feature Someone suggested that it might be an injector, any ideas anyone? Thanks in advance
  10. Welcome to the Ford forums NilTox :)

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      Hi, thanks! I don't suppose it's too unusual but I was 'nudged' into joining because my Focus developed a problem! However, the obvious camaraderie is very heartening. I'm over here on the Costa del Sol, so sometimes can feel a little isolated, especially when dealing with Spanish mechanics.... ;-)