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  1. To add insult to injury, you'd best hope your MOT guy/gal doesn't check for your DPF being present in the engine bay. If they do and find it and a costly fix to replace the removed DPF! It is now illegal to have a DPF standard car without its DPF fitted. It also doesn't matter if you bought it second hand, you are the owner and so held accountable. As for black smoke, yes, it does sound like a not so good remap. However, diesels are run lean in order to keep them cleaner. A remap often adds more diesel for more power, but this also causes more soot. Your DPF catches this and burns it off. Without one fitted, you will always get some smoke. YouTube diesel Coal rolling to see what the Yanks think is funny. It ain't smart but shows you the true dirty side of diesel! PS: I drove a diesel. It has a DPF and it's is smokeless. I find that using Supermarket diesel or 🐚 causes additional regenerations (active) of the DPF. I have had very very few when run on BP's normal diesel, none on Ultimate. Maybe it's the additives, or a higher Bio Diesel % in the supermarket chains. Bio-diesel kills DPF's!
  2. Do the daytime running lights (DRL) work? If not then the headlights could have been bodged so they come on instead. A dodgy MOT tester might accept that and pass the vehicle. Take it back to the vendor (if a dealer/trader) and ask them about it/to fix it. If they bodged a fault, or in fixing one introduced a writing issue, possibly from accident repair perhaps. They should be liable to fix it if it was sold with a fault/bin standard repair. Hope it's not an accident repair for your sake. It could be the headlight control switch or in the wiring going into the headlights themselves. If so, a good scrappy should have a replacement switch. Easy fix if so.
  3. Not sure if it's possible for your generation of car but you could always look at a full Sync 3 upgrade! Check out the following link as an option: Not cheap and if can say so myself, Sync 3 is positively pants and years behind where it should be for a company as large as Ford! The will be aftermarket systems on eBay for instance. Some of Chinese systems aren't bad and have more connectivity than Sync. Best of luck, let us all know what you decide on.
  4. Any sign of a creamy sludge on the oil filler cap? If there is then I'm afraid to say that it is likely he has a head gasket issue. If not, then an oil cooler somewhere could be letting water into the oil system. That might explain the higher oil level. Black smoke says his engine is running rich. Has he had it remapped at all? If so then less of a worry as more soot is normal on a remapped diesel. Second, have you checked his air filter for condition, or intake system for leaks etc? If both are fine, his turbo could be on the way out, meaning its not blowing /compressing as well as it used too. Less air to fuel ratio = rich mixture = black smoke. His oil leak (if related) needs fixing asap because when a turbo goes, it ain't cheap to fix. Not fixing an oil leak when it is noticed is the same as kicking the can/problem down the road, it only ever gets bigger the longer it is left unfixed. It could be a £3 O-ring with £20 labour to replace, which if not fixed could mean a big end bearing goes costing £XXX+ to fix....or it writes the engine off!! Do not procrastinate on it! White smoke is often related to coolant being burnt, I refer you back to the potential head gasket issue. They could be related. Get him to have the engine compression tested, that will shead some data on the situation. If it is head gasket, he should stop driving the car immediately and get it fixed. Again he risks completely writing his engine off! That's a good £2500 for a reconditioned engine it £5k+ for a new one. None of these signs are good, the white smoke would be my first concern.
  5. I will be asking again as it really does take ages to do anything! We have put 2 x scrapers back in the car to help. We can clear all the side windows (both sides) before the windscreen even looks like it's doing something. The back window clears quickly, but then that's the same in almost every car now a days. Any idea what the fault could be?
  6. I have a 2017 SMAX and think it's heated windscreen (HW) is crap! Our previous cars (mostly Skoda's) all had HW as an option. Start the car, press the button and within 20 seconds you can see singing is happening. In 1.5 minus, light snow is toast as is a heavily frosted windscreen. In our SMax, light frost, 4 minutes and still the errors are skipping over the frost! Steamy windows when it's wet, no problem in the Skoda's, SMAX......... zero change, best turn the AC on then! Most definitely a waste of 💰!! As for the washer jets, can't really complain as they do the job. PS: Ford have checked and tell me that the HW is working just as it should!! Slopey shouldered Cods wallop!
  7. Thank you, its nice to be welcomed!
  8. Evening ladies and gentlemen, I'm John, originally from Belfast now living in Wiltshire. I've never owned a Ford, but that is all about to change as I just placed an order for an SMAX Titanium X on Thursday. Looking fwd to learning all about my new stead from all of you, particularly the knowledge on programming / activating new functions using a laptop and some software. Example, activating rear tail lights as daytime running lights etc. I currently drive a 2016 Skoda Superb SE L estate, so anyone on here who needs to ask me about a Skoda let rip via PM, I'm all for helping where I can. I've had five in a row so have plenty of experience with them. Regards to all, John