Big Bob

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    Fusion Durashift Problem

    I have recently had increasing problems with the gears not changing, not starting, stalling at lights etc, with the transmission warning light on. The only info I could find was a suggestion that the gear change actuators may be seizing, so I removed & stripped these. There was nothing wrong with them, but on refitting them the fault had worsened to the point that the car would not turn over just the warning light on all the time. The fault was a broken data link wire inside the conduit going down the front of the gearbox at the point where it separates to the two actuators and the ECU/clutch pack. A cheap and easy fix once I found it, certainly worth looking for if you have gear problems on these cars. I hope this will be of help to others. Cheers
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    Fusion Durashift Problem

    Sorry I've taken so long to reply, finding the fault was more luck then anything else. I just noticed the broken wire inside the conduit at the join where the wires from the actuators meet the main harness low down in front of the g/box. The conduit on mine is open at the joins which is an obvious weak point. I had been trying to find a decent (understandable) wiring diagram without success. But I have some experience of data links from HGV work & they are a source of problems. Data links are fairly obvious as they are always twisted pairs of wires to reduce interference. Be careful when testing as they run on variable low voltage signals, if you put full voltage down them it can damage ECU's. I would recommend stripping off the conduit & inspect visually, you could also pull the wires to see if they spring which means the wire is broken inside the insulation. Sorry again that I can't be more helpful than this. Hope you find your fault.
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    Fusion Misfire

    It was indeed the coil pack and she's running sweetly again thank you all for you input.
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    Fusion Misfire

    Hi folks, I have a bit of a misfire on my 04 Fusion 1.4 petrol. It feels like a spark plug but I've replaced them a couple of months ago. I've done the dash board thing & got a DTC d262. I've googled the code but every link seems to give a different response, [none give a cure] Ranging from #1 injector to message not received to the code means nothing at all. Does any one know, or have had this code & then actually cured the fault. Your help would be greatly appreciated. TIA Rob
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    Fusion Misfire

    Thanks for the quick response, is there any way to check the coil pack or is it a swap it & see?
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    Advice on tow bars

    Got you now, just me jumping to the wrong end of the stick.
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    Advice on tow bars

    Sorry to side track from the topic but I noticed on your drawing you have n/s o/s the wrong way around [assuming right hand drive veh] which is a common mistake :( also can cause confusion with left hand drive vehicles. May be better to refer to Left & Right as seated in the drivers seat. Otherwise the drawings look pretty good ;)
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    Locking Problems

    Sounds similar to how mine was, I fitted a second hand door lock assembly [off ebay] which cured the problem. The job is a bit fiddly, especially getting the unit in and out of the door, but not too difficult.
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    While you're at it, on other forums you can have the first few words of the post appears when you hover over the title, giving you an idea what the post is actually about, saves opening stuff you aren't interested in. Any chance of that on here Thanks to all who help to run the forum.
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    Uneven handbrake?

    Depends on the amount of bind, as the springs will overcome a small amount of bind allowing the brake to come off but the free side will apply more easily, giving the reported fault of one side coming on slightly before the other
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    Uneven handbrake?

    I would have thought more likely to be hand brake cable starting to seize on one side. But if it locks wouldn't worry too much.
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    Knocking from O.S.F

    As you say it could be almost anything, but I had a similar fault on my Focus which was the ball joint on the anti roll bar link arm. With the car over a pit & someone bouncing the car it was quite easy to find. [iknow we don't all have access to a pit] Prices for a replacement varied from over £100 for a pair to less than £15 for one so it pays to shop around [i got mine off eBay]
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    C Max auto/CVT?

    Hi, I'm thinking of upgrading my Focus estate auto to a second hand C Max auto, probably next year sometime. My question is about the CVT, was the C-Max ever fitted with a conventional auto or are they all CVT, and are there any reliability / drivability issues either way? We have a Focus with a conventional auto & a Fusion with durashift. We both prefer the Focus to drive but the Fusion is more economical, any feed back on the C-Max would be welcome. Thanks
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    C Max auto/CVT?

    Thanks for the replies, you're not very impressed are you. I may have to start looking elsewhere then.
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    Why do my breaks squeak

    There are different types of brake squeal, pedal creaking, brake squeaks when pedal is pressed, prolonged squeal as the car is slowing, intermittant eek eek eek as you are driving along. I assume you mean the prolonged squeal as you are braking, which can be due to dry rusty backing plates on the pads, the usual first fix for me is to remove the brake pads & clean them up, then apply a thin smear of copper grease to the back of the pads & to the contact points on the edge of the metal backing plate. MAKE SURE NO GREASE GETS ONTO THE FACE OF THE PAD. Power washing will remove any lube already there & may cause the caliper to sieze later on, so I would not advise excessive power washing of the brakes, you may also force water into the wheel bearings.
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    manual vs auto

    As far as I'm aware man / auto rev the same, the difference is the torque converter, which is a fluid coupling between the engine & gearbox. This is where power is lost, a bit like slipping the clutch.
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    smoke from ignition barrel

    That sounds about right to me, I've had it in the past on an old Cavalier, stripped the ign switch & cleaned the contacts, I doubt you could strip a modern switch though. :(
  18. I was just wondering if anyone has tried the upgrade aero wiperblades that are on eBay? If so are they any good or are they like the super 5 blade wiper blade "you'll never buy another blade" junk that was about a few years ago?
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    Fusion Durashift

    Have you thought of having the pedals swapped, I've done a few a long long time ago (on mark 3 Cortinas) for left footed drivers.
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    Aero wipers on eBay

    Thanks for the reply. I got a set for my Focus first to try them, as you say no complaints, they do clear the screen, so got a set for the Fusion too. I suppose only time will tell if they are good value.
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    There is probably someone about who will check it for you FOC, but do get it checked, colour is a rough guide only. When I was a lad we used to test it by taste :o do not try this, it is poisonous and not a good guide. I'm not sure about present recommendations for your car, but it is usually to have A/F changed every 2 years, has yours been changed? I believe this is more related to anti corrosion properties than anti freeze properties.
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    Front Passenger Locked Inside

    It sounds like something has come adrift inside the door, which is jamming things, if you have any warranty, take it back, if not take the door card off & have a look.
  23. You need to fit a relay into the feed wire, signalled by an ignition feed.
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    Scratch repairs?

    Hi all, just wondering if anyone knows a good, easy to use product for covering scratches? Just after I bought my Focus 5 or 6 years ago some low life scratched the bonnet with a knife, I had arranged to have the bonnet resprayed, then before it went in to be done the b*******d did it again, :o same place, so I decided to leave it as it was until I sold it, expecting to only keep the car for a year or two. It's hardly worth having it sprayed now, it's showed no signs of rust but it is through to the white underlayer of paint. I had the idea of a wax type filler like French Polishers use, I've tried the colour wax polish without success. I am hopeless with body work, hence something simple & not touch-up paint would be good. The car is pepper red, so, any ideas? TIA
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    Central Locking Problem

    I had a similar fault on my Focus but drivers side, got a used lock assembly off ebay, that sorted it. The lock assembly is quite a large unit & a bit of a puzzle to get out of the door, I had to move the window runner to get it back in, but otherwise not too bad a job if you have some mechanical ability & some Torx bits.