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    Focus Titanium X 1.6 Ecoboost
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  1. Flatfour

    Eco boost 1.6 2011 expansion tank

    https://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/98586-17s09-recall-for-16l-gtdi-cooling-system/ Dont know about any damage without looking at the car but I would say you could be in need of the above update ASAP.
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    What are these wires for?

    I am fairly sure that 1 of those wires is for the esp warning ( if it gets switched off it lights up ) and the other is illuminated if the passenger airbag is deactivated via the deactivation switch inside the glovebox, ( again if fitted ) If you remove the plug and hold the plastic up to a bright light you will see an outline of the relevant emblem on the front of the blank.
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Well surprise surprise,got a phone call today from Birchwood Ford and they have had to cancel the recall work as they are short of parts!! It was a voicemail message so not sure which parts are unavailable but will wait to hear from them In due course 😕
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Have at last managed to find a Ford dealer who is able to book our car in and carry out this recall work.I first tried a main dealer ( Hendy Ford ) who are circa 15 mins from home but was told they cannot carry out the work for 6-8 weeks due to a parts shortage and s/w updates etc. Got fed up with being fobbed off and even though we currently have no coolant loss issues, and my wife drives the car way more than me and not wanting the car to suddenly develop a problem and self destruct in the mean time I tried Birchwood Ford who said they could carry out the work for us on Thursday. As I have changed the degas hose and coolant tank & cap myself in the past due to coolant loss I am going to ask them to return those and all removed parts to me when the work has been completed. Will let you all know how it goes.
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Got the same response today when I phoned my local dealer to get the car booked in for this recall work. It will be between 6-8 weeks before they are taking bookings for this work to be carried out due to a lack of parts and the pcm / software updates! Apparently the letters sent out to owners where sent in error and we will receive another on in due course !! What a shambles. Still can’t see why they can’t just change the coolant bottle to one with a sensor / float in it like VAG cars instead of all this untidy pipework. Apparently just one of the many parts needed to carry out this work is circa £520.
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    handbrake problem

    I had this on our old focus. I will be a failing rear brake caliper. You can get an exchange unit from Eurocar parts and are fairly straight forward to fit.
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    Ford Focus mk3 ecoboost 1.6 very poor mpg

    Sounds like you may have a dead or failing lambda sensor. If you can get the cars fault codes read and go from there.
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Cheers Andy. Yes I’m inclined to agree with you re having the work done ASAP. Will update this thread when work has been completed.👍
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Thanks for the additional information Andy. Where is the electrical plug that has been added to monitor the coolant level placed? Do you know whether the wiring to the EPAS is cut and intercepted to allow the coolant signals to be introduced to the loom? If so I would expect it to be a matter of time before there are possible problems in that area as it would be very hard to make a weather proof connection to an existing loom. I notice that the newer expansion cap is a newer style,similar to that fitted to my Transit Custom,what’s the difference I wonder! Given that a new thermostat is fitted is the engine running temperature reduced to help reduce pressure within the system or is it just another ‘moving part’ that is replaced to eliminate potential further overheating problems. Have you noticed any additional information in the dash upon start up? I rang my local Ford dealer ( who are a very small family run business ) a couple of days ago and they were completely unaware of the recall but are now sourcing the parts needed for me and will be In touch in due course. Decided to get it done ASAP in the end as it is mainly my wife who drives the car and don’t want the thing springing a leak and blowing up😳. I still think that given I have paid for ( and fitted myself to save money ) a new expansion tank,new expansion cap and modified degas hose I should be reimbursed as these will no doubt end up in the bin!
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    😳 That is quite a list of parts that need to be fitted! I am guessing that inside the car there are no visable changes just a warning that would come up on the dash ‘if’ the car’s coolant dropped below the sensor. Has anyone got any pictures of the changes to the engine bay highlighting the various changes? Haven’t got around to phoning my local Ford dealer yet and to be honest I’m not sure that I want my car to be there first to have the work done as I am sure they will find a way to improve the install given a bit of time. Given that I have already replaced a failed ( but caught in time ) degas hose, found micro cracks in the expansion bottle and rad cap does anyone think that I am I entitled to a refund?
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Just had a look on Etis and our car is also listed as needing the recall. Will give them a call next week and see what they have to say for themselves.
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    17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    At last Ford have recognised that they can and will install an early warning for these cars. I find it amazing that there is not a coolant level sensor on these ( or many other Ford cars for that matter )! Most other manufacturers, certainly VAG group cars have had coolant sensors fitted to there cars for decades and must surely of saved thousands of engines. Be very interested in seeing what Ford do to your car next month Arwen as I would expect to see a revised and stronger expansion tank and some sort of warning within the dash upon start up to comfirm that everything is healthy.
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    Degas hose Ford focus problem

    Sorry to hear this Luke and like others have said I believe that Ford should pay up as they are obviously aware of the problem. Out of interest which engine have you got in your Focus? I am guessing it’s an Ecoboost but is it the 1.0 ,1.5 or 1.6. I had a very close shave last year with our 1.6 Ecoboost In that I was standing by the front of the car after Just parking up and getting our bits together before we headed off for a walk when I heard a pop /whoosh sound. I unlocked the car popped the bonnet and found that the degas hose had separated where the plastic meets the rubber section. I did a temporary repair and got the car back home then fitted the upgraded replacement degas hose myself a couple of days later when I could get one from Ford! Has been fine ever since but kinda makes you wonder whether it will happen again.
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    Possible Mk3 Boot Leak?

    Well it looks like my suspicion of the area behind the passenger side wiper motor was correct. At the weekend I removed the wiper arms and then the plastic scuttle. I then removed the passenger side wiper motor ( two 10mm bolts and a multi plug ) and inspected the area behind where the motor is fixed. From there I could see the seam of body sealant between the panels and it looked very much like there was a crack in one of them. Once cleaned from the grime tha5 had gathered over the years I got some automotive body sealant and added a new thick layer over the existing seal lines. We have had plenty of rain since doing this and the floor on the passenger side is still bone dry👍 Here are a couple of pictures detailing the area in question.