Wookie Monster

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    Focus Mk2
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    Be aware that removing or disabling EGR, DPF or any other emissions equipment (not just those with three-letter acronyms) is now an MOT failure. If it's blocked, clean is while it's off the car. It's probable that the car will detect the wrong airflow from the MAF- if the EGR is blanked off (or just blocked with soot) the air flow through the intake will be too high and fault codes will be stored. Usually the DPF relies on the EGR to function properly as well, and it's an expensive part to replace when it all goes wrong.
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    (Can of Worms) Petrol grades

    Therein lies the problem. Apart from when something's obviously wrong (such as my tank of crap from Morrisons) the only way to know for certain is to run two identical engines under the exact same conditions on a dyno and measure the output with two different fuel types. And afterwards to tear down the engine and compare the internal wear. So we'll never have a scientific answer.
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    Autobeam led headlights.

    That's more down to the headlamp itself than the bulb. It depends on the reflector geometry whether you end up with a narrow, long-range beam or a wider, shorter one. If the standard high beams aren't enough, you need to add a dedicated long-range spotlamp. If you mean on dipped beam, there's very little you can do. The dipped beam pattern is regulated and well-defined, with a specified downward angle, so you can't extend their range. All brighter bulbs will do is make this same area brighter, which worsens your vision outside this area.
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    Autobeam led headlights.

    I've had a yellow headlamp on the bike for a few years and it gives a much better light for night driving, particularly in the rain. Recently put some tinted H7 and H1 bulbs in my Focus and they work well, though not quite as yellow as the one on the bike. The total output is slightly reduced due to filtering, but the blue part that's filtered out is what causes the glare, and you're left with a better light to actually see by.
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    (Can of Worms) Petrol grades

    My 1.6 Zetec normally runs on whatever I put in it at the time (as long as it's petrol, obviously.) Normally supermarket or branded doesn't seem to make any difference, though the tank of Morissons fuel I put in a while ago was terrible- almost felt like a misfire whenever you put your foot down. Putting something else in made an immediate difference. Is there any advantage to using any of the 'super' higher-octane fuels? Last time I filled up with Tesco Momentum99 as I had a voucher for a few pence/liter off and it was a reasonable price, but I've mostly been bumbling around town so can't do any back to back comparisons on economy. V-power is a lot more expensive though so I can't see how filling up with it could be justified.
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    Air con always on

    I never spotted that either! Explains why sometimes it comes on automatically and sometimes doesn't though. I guess it makes sense as you want dry air to demist the windscreen.
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    Front brake discs

    Check the thickness of the disc in several places and compare to the specs. If it's uneven, below the minimum or there's a significant wear step, you should replace them. If not, they may still have plenty of usable life in them. How long the brake parts last depends on how the car's been driven.
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    Focus Titanium 2008- Cambelt

    Cam belt changes are a big job and so a lot of the cost is labour. If you're keeping the car it's worth doing, but for a part-ex then don't bother.
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    FORD Focus Headlight

    Exactly. DRLs should be brighter than parking lights so they are visible during the day. But not so bright that they compete with the main beam headlights. Ones based on conventional bulbs tend to use dual-filament 21W/5W bulbs the same as used on brake lights- using the dim filament for the parking light and the bright filament as DRL. This is plenty bright enough without being obnoxious. To get European type approval, the LED units will be somewhere close in terms of brightness as the regulations are well-defined.
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    FORD Focus Headlight

    LED units are supposed to last a great deal longer than conventional bulbs, so sealed units are fairly common as they're not expected to need replacing. Replacing the LEDs with brighter ones will just annoy other road users and also invalidates the e-mark approval.
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    Red bulbs

    The replacements came from GSF and the glass was red, so thought nothing of it until I compared the light from the two bulbs. Maybe the other one was just old and so the colour's changed a bit, but surely it's not that hard to make a red bulb that's actually red...
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    Red bulbs

    One of the stop/tail light bulbs in my 2009 focus failed on me a couple of weeks back. Being a late mk2, they're red bulbs in a clear lens. But the originals were more of an orangey red colour, and the replacement is vaguely pink rather than proper red. Are there any red bulbs out there which are actually red? Or e-marked LED replacements? Just about every otger clear-lensed car I've come across has a clear bulb with a red top hat. Maybe I can get something like that...
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    They count as 'side indicators' and you can have as many of those as you like. There's arguably a grey area between being a side indicator or a front indicator, but the light is mostly to the side of the vehicle so they are fine even if you can also see them from the front at some angles. If they're sufficiently close together, they count as a single lamp even if there are several light sources- same as the third brake light which is usually a row of smaller bulbs. I think it's only recently that sequential indicators have become legal, though they still have to be amber- no US-style flashing brake lights allowed as on the Mustang.
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    Exhaust filter limit reached - on petrol car?

    Petrol particulate filters are now becoming a thing, mainly due to the switch to direct injection and tighter emissions limits on the latest engines. Same procedure applies to clean them out- good blast down a motorway to get things hot and burned off.
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    Mk2 Focus turbo wiring.

    Generally, there are two basic types of turbo actuator, some of which look physically the same. 3-wire ones control the actuator position internally and have 3 wires- power, ground and a PWM signal which corresponds to the position request. 50% duty cycle will move the actuator to 50%, 25% will move it to 25% etc. The other type controls the position directly by the ECU. So there are 5 wires- two for the motor terminals, plus three for a position sensor. The sensor voltage varies with the actuator position, and the ECU then uses this to drive the motor forward or backward to the requested position. The two types are not compatible, even if the plugs physically fit, and may be damaged if you try. Make a note of the actuator model number and check the two parts.