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  1. I still don't know what could possibly get clogged up in an empty pipe...once you've removed the filter it's completely derestricted. The only exception is the people that just smash a small hole through the centre of the DPF, instead of removing the whole lot but I don't think that's what happened to yours from the sounds of it. Anyway, 2 of those codes are for the MAF so it would be worth checking that's still plugged in. The other is a boost code but probably a one-off. If the MAF is found to be faulty, that's potentially causing the smoke. The DPF is under the car on the 2.0 so not really accessible unless you've got ramps or axle stands at the very least. Did the garage that changed the injectors offer any thoughts or advice seeing as they were so sure it would fix the issue...?
  2. It's an MOT fail now... Some people get away with it but I'd assume the minicab MOT is even more strict. If you're only ever going to take town fares on short journeys it may be a problem, but if you're doing longer trips as well it should be ok. These use a coated DPF which is far more efficient than the old additive type.
  3. Smart charge is a bit of electronics magic... Basically, conventional alternators pump out 14.4v regardless, but SmartCharge (on all Fords from the early 2000s) raises this voltage when the battery is cold as that's when charging is most efficient and drops as it heats up... When the system goes faulty, the voltage can be all over the place. You will see just one plug on the alternator, remove it and see what the charge is very careful not to touch the thick positive wire terminal when poking around there. Oh wow, at 124k I'd be getting the timing belt done asap, you'll have to remove the aux belt for access to that anyway!! I've never had to replace a smartcharge loom, but obviously if you see it's broken or damaged then it'll need sorting.
  4. Nope, no clutch cables nowadays. Gearshift is done via cables instead though. 1st is often a pain to get unless you're stationary, I don't think it's actually a problem, although I appreciate it's annoying. If you were struggling to get all gears then it could be clutch drag but unlikely a new clutch would fix this unfortunately. You could try having the clutch fluid bled in case there's a bit of air in there.
  5. It's a 1.6TDCi right? Firstly, unplug the Smart Charge plug on the alternator, that should default it back to 14v charging if there's a smart charge issue. The 1.6 TDCi has a very simple belt run... For the sake of £8, it's worth replacing the belt BUT the extra tension on the new belt often ruins the tensioner...I've made the mistake of just changing the belt...and then having to change the tensioner a week later, twice lol. If you've recently had the timing belt done, you probably already have a new aux belt so iy wouldn't be worth changing in that case. My money would be on the alternator personally.
  6. The working class would have struggled under Labour as well I'm afraid... You can't just magic money out of nowhere and writing a few words in a manifesto is very different to actually raising the money in the real world. Boris isn't going to sell the NHS. But he's also not going to get Brexit 'done' in the next month... It's simply not possible. As I said earlier in the week, I didn't want to vote for either of them, we'd end up worse off either way.
  7. Funnily enough I was just writing the same post! 😮 Over 40% majority here now and a bigger turn out than 2017... I'm honestly shocked after all the Labour support I saw on social media locally. I didn't expect a Labour win but I certainly didn't expect them to lose votes to Conservatives! Lib Dems picked up fewer than before and the Green candidate did so badly he's lost his £500 deposit! Also very surprised to see that nearby Ipswich (which was the only bit of red on the Suffolk map) has now been taken over by Tories as well... Genuinely don't understand how they've got such a massive majority across the country this time.
  8. Hmm, 00's clothes...baggy jeans, open shirts over T-shirts, hair bleach and gel everywhere...including frosted tips of course! Plus 'sports' wear was still big...I think you'll be part of the Total 90 astro boot generation? Think you may be too young to remember the 'flame' shirt that was big in the early 00's though! If you've seen American Pie, that's a good reminder of the 00's clothes and music!
  9. Ah, at least it's sorted now so you can advise on future threads!
  10. I'm pretty sure tape came as standard on Mk1 Mondeo's...been a while since I've seen it on a newer one though!
  11. After your mention of shiny leaflets and now know they make dedicated toilet roll nowadays? No need to buy physical newspapers anymore, it's all online!
  12. I do like seeing plenty of youngsters at the polling station this morning... Don't remember seeing that at any previous election so far! I did end up choosing one in the end, voted for the hard place instead of the rock, couldn't face spoiling the ballot.
  13. I could just buy some tape until they can come and fix it?
  14. Don't all modern cars have automatic rear wipe? It was notorious for failing on the 306s when the reverse wire CANBUS back then lol. I only had one or two where it still worked after 10 years! For me it has to be auto wipers...I know most of you hate them lol. In the Golf specifically I'd have to say it's the large audio touchscreen with DAB & SD input... Mk2 Focus audio unit was poor in comparison, and the Mk3 had far too many buttons and unintuitive processes. Oh...and the optical parking sensors...
  15. I think you can do it all from underneath, hence not being fun in winter, but Haynes probably wants you to do it from above?
  16. Not a fun job this time of year, it's on the back of the engine on the DV6. Not really any need for a guide though, starters are still the same as before, a few bolts and electrical connections.
  17. Ah, I definitely will vote, just not sure who for! 🤔 I don't agree with spoiling ballots but I'd rather do that than not vote at all... I was surprised to see Farage say he was going to spoil his rather than vote conservative as his own party aren't running where he lives lol. Tories had a 35% majority (17k) last time in my area so if they do lose I'll eat my hat. I don't think we have any independents running, I can only see the big 4 - lab, lib, con and greens on the below checker...not sure how else I'd find out?
  18. No, but you can usually find what you're after online these days. If you're after torque figures, try and find a mate with access to Autodata!
  19. I do have a genuine don't like today... I don't like how I feel I can't vote for either of the big 2 tomorrow for different reasons. I live in a safe seat so technically it doesn't matter who I vote for, however I can usually pick the lesser of two evils, but not this time. I've watched plenty of debates, including the under 30's QT on Monday, and I've got both far left and far right voters on social media, who make good arguments against each others parties... I honestly believe we'll wake up on Friday to another hung parliament and this election will all have been a waste of time & money. (Just to clarify, I'm not asking who to vote for lol)
  20. To bring this back on topic... What are the fashion trends of the 10's? The 'more on top fade' replaced the 00's quiff. Skinny jeans maybe, don't remember them in the 00's! The Superdry/Northface black jacket... Pre-ripped jeans...
  21. Ah that's the Eibach Pro Kit, those springs are aftermarket, but they're also a Ford optional extra. You will need to declare those but if you say they're an optional extra it might not cost any more. They'll be around 25mm drop if they ask.
  22. This is a classic slipping clutch problem. Almost certainly means a trip to a garage for a new clutch kit I'm afraid!
  23. Do you watch The Apprentice @zain611? It's interview week this week (Weds 9pm)...that should give you an idea of how harsh some interviewers can be!