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    TDCiI 2.0
  1. Replacement Pads For Roof Bars

    Thanks a lot - that's an idea! Never thought of that. Yes, it is the washers that fell apart.
  2. I am on the second set of roof bars for my 58 reg S-MAX Titanium (without panoramic roof). They are the genuine Ford ones. First set failed - well the rubber pads disintegrated - after less than 2 years. Had the whole thing replaced by my dealer with a new one which has now failed in the same way. Any idea how to get hold of just the replacement pads? The roof bars are these ones: Locking Roof Bars Genuine Ford Product Reference Number 1383997 I think they are re-badged Thule, but I am not sure.
  3. I am pretty clueless when it comes to car, so please bear with me. A few days ago I started to notice a faint noise coming from under my 58 reg 2.0 Diesel S-Max when the car was moving. Best way I can think of describing the noise was as it I had some chicken wire wrapped around the wheel and the noise was made when it was grinding against the metal arch around it when moving. Not very scientific, I know... It was so convincing that I even stopped to have a look it there was anything there (there wasn't). The sound seem to come and go, but I couldn't find any correlation between speed, road condition, etc and the sound itself. Anyway, today the sound become more prominent, so I tried to give the car a shake, and there seem to be a sound coming from the side when doing it. Not the same sound, but none of the other 3 wheels makes any sound when shaking. I therefore suspect something to do with the suspension for that wheel - I wouldn't be surprised considering the state of the roads here... Am I on the right track, and if so what shall I do next? It is a matter of straight to the garage for example? Thanks in advance, J.
  4. Tyre Load Rating

    The label on the door pillar only states dimensions (same table as the one in the manual) - simply states 225/50 R17 and the tyre pressure. Managed to find my car on etis, but couldn't find anything there about tyres...
  5. Tyre Load Rating

    Went into a pothole over the weekend, and one of the front tyres was gone. I was in a hurry to get two new front tyres, but couldn't find anyone local stocking an exact replacement (mine are/were Goodyear OptiGrip 225/50 R17 98W). Finally managed to find a garage with a near identical match (Goodyear as well), but their load rating was only 94, not 98. The garage assured me that unless I load the car to an extreme, these should be just fine. As the worst case scenario I could think of in term of load was: 2 x adults + 2 x young children + either 2 more adults in the car (v rarely) or equally as rarely maybe 50kg in the boot + 50kg in the roof box, I told them to go a head and fit them. Now I am a little worried about safety and my insurance... Is here anything to worry about? I cannot see the car ever carrying more than 4 adults + 2 children or 2 adults + 2 children + say, 100 kg of luguage split between the roof box and the boot. I checked the manual and here is no reference to the load rating of the tyres as far as I could tell. Any adice will be much appreicated.
  6. How to use "voice"

    Hi again, Many thanks again for taking the time to look into this and uploading - all is now working! Much appreciated! J.
  7. How to use "voice"

    Thanks for the offer - I'll wait before I give the dealer a call. You are right - it is a Sony MP3 radio one - single CD though.
  8. How to use "voice"

    Hi All, I just bought a new TDCi 2.0 (manual) Titanium, single CD player, and I love it to date (300 miles on the clock so far - a 1000 mile trip booked for this weekend). All going well so far, and I particularly like the Bluetooth integration with my Nokia mobile. Only issue I have so far has to do with using the Voice Activated feature. I was under the impression that my car does not support it (couldn't get to the 'Setup' menu as indicated in the manual). However, driving yesterday I suddenly noticed that the screen entered the setup mode for it - I possibly pressed a button by accident whilst driving, but cannot remember which one, etc. As I was driving on a busy road I was unable to proceed with the setup, and after a while the screen returned to the 'normal' driving mode (I think I was listening to the radio at the time, but possibly a CD). Any idea how to use it? Thanks in advance. J.