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    Focus 1.6Ghia Auto
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  1. Had a look at LED it stays off- also it started this morning fine I went to do some shopping but left it running when in the shop cause didn't want to get stranded. Read somewhere can happen after petrol fill up which I did a few days ago- if it is connected with filling the tank why would this make it difficult to start?
  2. Thanks will have a look tomorrow cheers
  3. I've a 2005 Focus petrol auto with 105000 miles. In September 2020 i got the fan belt, timing belt and water pump replaced. Just recently the car is having problems starting i thought i was going to be stranded this evening, the car starts fine at home but then say after twenty miles to supermarket in supermarket for 30 minutes come out and the car takes three attempts to start. Today i did same journey but when i came out the car only started after the seventh attempt- i didnt think it was going to start at all. When i try to start in the drive at home tomorrow it will start no problem. Does
  4. Thanks going to let garage sort out timing belt etc i changed oil and filter doesnt feel much different The auto gearbox is more clunky than in the past will ask garage should i leave or change it Thanks
  5. Update- wasnt even my ***** car it was a neighbours! live and learn
  6. Just changed oil and filter and checked all wheel nuts now going to garage to get Timing Belt and Tensioner changed and water pump and also auxiliary belt how much should this cost? Priced timing belt and tensioner and water pump costs £80 but sure going to be alot more to fit
  7. Thanks for replys I think I'll leave the changing auto oil it could cause problems I checked the auto oil level and I think it's ok it wasn't very clear even a bit too much but it's been fine for 4 years I'm going to check again when coke to try and figure out the gauge. Will just change the belt and water pump going to look at my Haynes manual to see if I can do this myself or go to a garage- can a DIY mechanic do this job? Also going to change the oil and filter used to leave it for over a year and 10000mls but recently heard should be changing every 4000.
  8. I have a 2005 1.6 petrol with 100000mls up got it in 2016 with 65000 no service history has been great for last four years and still is but wondering should I change the automatic gear oil? And timing belt and water pump?
  9. Thanks for info sorry for late reply, I have noticed the car has started to feel different in the last year doesn't feel so firm and solid as before and definitely not as responsive to acceleration, also had to change the exhaust and a spring in last six months will look into timing belt and tensioners but think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy a more up to date model but I like automatics and 2012 Focus Automatic 1.6 to 2.0 range from around £5000 to £6000 grand so maybe I'll have to go for a manual this time to save a few quid or go for a Cat N
  10. I've had a 2005 Focus 1.6 Ghia Automatic since 2016. It's been a great car never gave me any trouble. Was going to change recently but now decided not to I think I can get another 40000mls from this car. When I got it, it had 65000 miles, since then I've changed oil and filter every year and plugs once and also I changed air filter (bit of a nightmare but eventually sorted it) Also did discs pads etc My question is with a Focus of this age and mileage what should I do to keep it going? I think I should change gear box oil but auto gears are working fine so if I changed oil could it cause
  11. Thanks for replays but do you think I should change plugs or just leave them? What else would cause a car to become sluggish not as responsive on accelerator as before- Car has always been fast and frisky since I got it at 60000mls but now seems dull, I have changed air filter at 80000mls plus done oil and filter changes every year since 2016
  12. Full Refund from Dealer obviously over the moon they didn't have to do that really happy I was dealing with good people won't tell you who it was because same as I'm a power seller on eBay when people think they are being kind because I sorted their defective purchase and they tell people about it my Sales dip for about two months
  13. Just realised changed plugs last March 2019 so only done about 9000 miles since. Reason why I wanted to change I noticed the car was getting very sluggish on a journey after about 100miles acceleration was terrible so thought it was the plugs, a Dealer changed oil in January so maybe he put stupid oil in it I always use 5w30 Fully Synthetic any ideas?
  14. And unsurprisingly in those Countrys the death rate by road accidents is far higher than per capita it should be. Sorry for late reply I believe the Dealer has been extremely helpful and should get the situation sorted. As regards English drivers maybe I was too harsh I used to be quite a fast driver myself but I was always courteous but now don't drive fast on the road instead I do Trackdays both bike and Car so get my speed thrills there I go to kirkistown (photo) and Mondello and I've been on the road from Newtonards to Ballyhalbert and you're right it is like a racetrack saw some mad
  15. I've got new plugs for my 2005 1.6 petrol (see photo SP008SI are these the right ones?) , do I need to gap the plugs before installing? Also how much n/m should I torque them to? Thanks
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