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  1. i don't know if that focus has one or two rear fog lights. MOT manual says: only check the right hand side fog light (drivers side). they should not check the other one. assess damaged or repaired lamps for security colour light output and durability a lens defect that has no effect on emitted light = not fail a lens defect that adversely affects the emitted light is a fail. The MOT manual is on the Govt website for all to see. But it's difficult to argue with a jobsworth MOT tester. Years ago I had a car fail on a small crack on a rear light lens, it was easier to replace it than appeal. And if you did appeal I assume they will get their own back the next time you go in there. It's good to find a MOT garage that does not take the p**s and try to exploit the customer for their own profit. I found one which i used for years and then he retired. Luckily I seem to have found another one. I think it they charge the full price or near the full price (where I go charges £45) then the business is less likely to try it on to get more money eg. they will adjust the headlamp beam free and not charge £25 for 1 minute's work. If they advertise MOTs at £20 then the business model is likely based on making sure you can't leave without paying more. This is not a dig at all MOT testers. some are fair, some just are not.
  2. I am also of the opinion that 175/65/14 is the correct spare. As mentioned above, the link above was for the st model where, as mentioned, I think it is bigger to clear the brakes. Up to about 2008 a 175/65/14 spare came with fiestas as standard (not extra cost) and there are usually plenty of those on eBay often with unused tyres on although many will be quite a few years old by now. All tyres have manufacture date on one side wall. 4 digits , week number and year eg. 2409 is week 24 in 2009 which would be in June 2009
  3. very strange. how does spark plug get broken. do you mean the white ceramic at top of spark plug or at bottom (where it goes inside engine). i think you need to do a compression test on all cylinders. there is no magic cure for a blown headgasket. Anthing short of taking head off, skimming it and replacing gasket is unlikely to work well.
  4. I wouldn't replace them. can't see how much thickness left on pads but assume you looked at same time. Main ford dealer said my front pads were in 'urgent' need of replacement at 22k miles. They gave me hard sell. I flatly said No. I knew it was a lie as I had checked them myself not long before that. I did another 30k before I replaced the pads and even then they had a bit more left on them. On my previous Fiesta the front pads lasted 77k but they were very thin at that point. If your discs/pads were not perfectly safe it would not pass the mot. Of course pads/disc wear is not just down to mileage, also includes type of roads and style of driver, but also if rust forms in between every journey then you lose some disc and pad every time it clears the rust. Not much but it all adds up.
  5. about 30 years ago a friend had a Fiat 126 and clutch slipped like mad. I replaced clutch for them (quite easy on Fiat 126 , removed rear bumper, remove the cross member behind rear bumper, undo some bolts and stuff and can pull the gearbox and engine out together on a trolley jack). anyway , tons of friction material left , but the diaphragm spring just seemed to have lost it's strength, no broken bits on it, just not strong enough. When i have had cars where the clutch was worn and slipping (had a few in my 40 years of driving) they have been worse when hot (engine, not weather). When doing the test to try to force clutch slip, I also apply the footbrake a bit .
  6. Not sure if you mean. A) it is not Charging properly. Or. B) it charges properly but drains when left parked
  7. But if you have 280mm on there and the pads are sitting correctly on disc then you can’t fit 300mm discs as the Caliper won’t go back on as disc would stick out too much. I think calliper is the same but I think the caliper bracket is different, I think, not 100 per cent certain.
  8. At least you didn’t do this.
  9. For me it comes down to the quickclear windscreen. It would take a lot to persuade me to buy a car without it.
  10. Your car has cam belt. I think ford say 10 yrs or 125k miles whichever comes first. Don’t quote me on that , it certainly was that for my 2007 fiesta 1.6 diesel. Some people say always replace belt early just in case. It is true that if belt goes it will cause expensive major engine damage. The belt is sometimes referred to as timing belt Or Cam belt. It’s the same thing. How long a clutch lasts is down to the style of driving. My previous fiesta 1.6 diesel was on 164k when taken off road due to abs problem and no sign of clutch problems. The timing belt on these cars is easier than many other cars to do so should be cheaper to do than many other makes models.
  11. I had an escort where the exhaust would rattle / vibrate only at a certain rpm, there was a heat shield welded to the underside of cat. On one corner the heatshield weld had cracked and come adrift. A blob of weld fixed it.
  12. Mk numbers are confusing as they are different in different countries. Mk7 is often referred to as mk VI in other countries and parts lists including eBay.
  13. If that wAs mine I would get a hammer on it or even try bending it with molegrips. Doesn’t look like an obvious fail to me. I too have steel rims with plastic trims. If that was an alloy wheel it may well have been damaged beyond use/ repair
  14. Did they actually show you the problem eg took you under the car and demonstrated the rattle showing you where it came from? If not I am sceptical. Like others say I wouldn’t replace until you have to.
  15. isetta


    If not, is there voltage at the connectors.