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TomsFocus

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  1. AC Condenser Top Hose Quick Access

    Hi Steve, thanks for that, very helpful. I'll be honest, you're gonna hate this lol...I used a Halfords can this morning and it's still working currently. Have used them before so still had the trigger attachment. If it doesn't last I'll try replacing that lower pipe (last pic in post above) as there don't appear to be any other possible leaks that I can see. The garage did pressure test it the first time (well, they said they did) but without removing the undertrays or bumper so couldn't find the leak.
  2. I've really cocked up here... Had AC regas two weeks ago, they wouldn't fill it as it didn't pass the vac test. Fitted new condenser on Thursday, partly in a rush in the dark. Had the system regassed today by the same place - only took half an hour which seemed quick but now thinking about it I guess they didn't vac test it this time. All the gas had fallen out within the hour. I can see a load of flourescent dye on the left hand side of the rad pack, pretty sure it's coming from the top hose, either I left it loose or damaged it maybe. Is there any quick way to access the top hose connection to check though? I don't want to be on the floor removing both undertrays and the rad support just to get to something that is inches below the grill. Can I get there through any of the grills? Or I'd even remove the bumper if that's easy enough without having to jack up. If I can fix it early tomorrow morning do you reckon the garage would give me a discount on another regas? If the pipe is loose obviously that's my fault but I did expect them to test it again before filling.
  3. DPF Soot Loading FORScan

    Morning, Which DPF soot load parameter is the useful one? One is 'closed' and the other 'open'...not sure what the difference is? Just want to make sure there isn't another issue causing my jerking problem before I have the PCM update done. EGR & MAF are working fine (although it is them causing the pull away dip same as it was on the mk2). Temp sensors all seem to be fine. Glow plugs cycle as they should. Rail pressure is reasonably smooth, no major spikes or dips.
  4. How low do you go before refuelling?

    So after the light coming on at 75 miles, I ran it down to 13 (should've been 25 but they were unexpectedly closed the night before lol) and still could only get 45 litres into the 53 litre tank! The range has given me over 600 miles from this fill though, so hopefully it'll be a bit more accurate this time... MPG was 53.8 when calculated manually for anyone interested.
  5. Interestingly, I found this morning if it's a cold day and the engines cold, switching on the AC after start up doesn't immediately switch on the fan or open the grill shutter, despite the compressor running and icy air in the cabin. Spent a few minutes thinking I had more issues after refilling the AC gas earlier lol. The intercooler on the 1.6tdci at least isn't covered by the grill shutters. It can be bypassed using a throttle style valve in the boost pipes instead. Not sure if the ST uses the same system though.
  6. Wheel drum

    Careful with WD40 around brakes... It's fine as you're replacing the shoes this time but you don't want it on the friction material in future.
  7. Guess the engine/car (bit of fun)

    Engine problems? It's the same as the 1.6 TDCi, not sure why I thought it was the THP, brain hadn't engaged that early lol. Good thing about these is the spec you get on the midrange Active model. I quite like the body shape too.
  8. DPF Soot Loading FORScan

    A static regen would need to be triggered by a laptop and FORScan. I've done a couple myself with the old additive type of DPF but I'm really not a fan of doing it, even with the fan on full and the bonnet open the under bonnet temps get ridiculously hot without 70mph airflow, I wouldn't be surprised if the heat caused problems later on. If it needs doing then fair enough but I wouldn't just do it for the sake of it. I took this video a few years ago now, might be a bit different on the cDPFs, not tried it one of them yet. I reckon your driving should be ok... It's similar to mine, most journeys around 10-15 miles each way on 60-70 roads but with short town drives between. I've had the mk3 for 550 miles now so still early days for me but the mk2 was stuck trying to regen constantly from the day I bought it until changing the DPF so this is a better start at least lol!
  9. Guess the engine/car (bit of fun)

    1.6 THP engine... And the Peugoet logo on the slam panel, and the PSA sticker on the AC pipe lol. I wouldn't have known the model though tbf!
  10. Fiesta Mk7.5 Blowing Hot Air

    Hmm, that is odd. I get the acceleration blasts as well, it's just the extra air coming in from outside I think. Try it with recirc on.
  11. Weird rectangles on the roof

    Yeah its just condensation. It's because the roof is 'thin' there so stays colder, there are cross braces across the edges and centre where the headliner touches keeping those areas warmer.
  12. Fan belt replacement

    £10 for the belt and half an hours labour. No more than £50 all in imo.
  13. AC Condenser Top Hose Quick Access

    The answer is yes, you can get there through the bumper. It's easy to remove as well, though would have been easier to refit with 2 people. Top and bottom grill duct and intercooler duct also needed to come off. I'm such an idiot Reseated it now so hopefully that'll be alright, but found this on the lower pipe, do you reckon that's a small leak as well?
  14. Fiesta Mk7.5 Blowing Hot Air

    It tries to get to your desired temp as quickly as possible. So yes if it's ~10c when you get in and you've got it set at 17c, it will switch on the electric heater and blast hot air for a few seconds until the temp gets to roughly the right place. However I have noticed it often over shoots the mark and has to blast a bit of cold in after that lol. It should settle in a few minutes though, does it do it all the time? If it's like the Focus, you also need to have the centre vents open so it can get an accurate reading at the cabin sensors. Just having it on feet doesn't work that well.
  15. How long do you keep your car for.

    Haha, I'd be a terrible car thief...would have to post a thread on here asking how to hotwire... No, stupidly I believed a part time dealer when he said he'd driven the car 500 miles since being part ex'd. I drove it 10 miles to the supermarket and came out to find all of it's coolant on the floor, waterpump was leaking badly. The irony was, I'd bought it as a quick, local stop gap because my daily had just blown the turbo the day before! It didn't cost much above scrap value tbf, but the dealer did give me my money back.
  16. handbrake cable

    This is the two long cables https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Ford-Focus-MK2-Focus-C-Max-Parking-Hand-Brake-Cable-1707756/272378051214?epid=1109769678&hash=item3f6aff3a8e:g:oN8AAOSwmCVY~Amx This is one of the two short ones (both the same each side) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Ford-Focus-MK2-Focus-C-Max-Parking-Hand-Brake-Cable-1525806/252764977574?epid=1209791250&hash=item3ad9f779a6:g:busAAOSwr~lYnkb8
  17. Fish aquariums

    I read the wrong thing on the water website, it's 12mg/l average nitrate. But still fairly low then. I don't really know how big it is, about 6ft by 3ft, and 2ft deep, but it's curvy rather than square so hard to work out. The fish were won at a fun fair many years ago and have just bred ever since lol. I suppose the biggest are about 6" long.
  18. Fish aquariums

    Water change is usually once a year now. Average nitrate is 12 mg/l. There's an iris, a lily and some weird yellow flower in there. The only shade comes from the plants but the lily leaves cover a large area. I have thought about adding some more plants but not sure what's cheap and effective? Due to my Nan's lack of mobility, she wouldn't be able to add any partial shade during the day unfortunately.
  19. Fish aquariums

    Anyone got any free/cheap tips to keeping a pond clear? My Nan's seems to go green within days after cleaning it out each spring. We've tried barley wheat, barley liquid, running a fountain constantly etc but nothing seems to make a difference. There's about 30 gold fish in there and they're happy enough it's just that we cant see them most of the year lol.
  20. I've really cocked up here... Had AC regas two weeks ago, they wouldn't fill it as it didn't pass the vac test. Fitted new condenser on Thursday, partly in a rush in the dark. Had the system regassed today - only took half an hour which seemed quick but now thinking about it I guess they didn't vac test it this time. All the gas had fallen out within the hour. I can see a load of flourescent dye on the left hand side of the rad pack, pretty sure it's coming from the top hose, either I left it loose or damaged it maybe. Is there any quick way to access the top hose connection to check though? I don't want to be on the floor removing both undertrays and the rad support just to get to something that is inches below the grill. Can I get there through any of the grills? Or I'd even remove the bumper if that's easy enough without having to jack up. If I can fix it early tomorrow morning do you reckon the garage would give me a discount on another regas? If the pipe is loose obviously that's my fault but I did expect them to test it again before filling.
  21. Unknown Pipe...

    It's not air con either. Looks like the oil breather under the inlet manifold on the Zetec engine but you'd know if that was missing. Has it been to the garage for any work recently?
  22. Auto Headlights

    No, effectively the light sensor just measures light levels abd is a simple on or off switch The sun load sensor is variable depending how how much sun is hitting it so the climate can adjust in increments rather than just on or off.
  23. handbrake cable

    No that's for discs. The drum one is below that on ECP, about £40. Can't link it for some reason. Genuine ford is about the same price on eBay.
  24. Auto Headlights

    The one on the dash is a sun sensor for the climate control. Rain and light sensor are combined.
  25. handbrake cable

    There are 2 long cables and then a short one for each drum. The 2 long ones come as a set but the short ones can be bought individually. The short ones are likely to stretch first so I'd try replacing them before the long ones, they're about a fiver each. Long ones are about £40 the pair.