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    If it ain't broke.. brake it

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    Mk3 Focus Zetec-S
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  1. 17S09 Recall For 1.6L GTDI Cooling system

    Was in town yesterday (65km away) after some 'touch up' paint.. whilst I was there I inquired about this too... ..."Parts need ordering and then we'll be in touch" - sound promising me thinks Ironically I've already suffered and fixed coolant loss (search my threads) so actually having a gauge/warning indicator will give me a little more peace of mind. I'll update on their progress as and when..
  2. My Mk3 ZS - Brake Suggestions

    Agree'd Went with the cheaper and only £5 for delivery to Ireland.. Will update once they arrive.. (and no doubt there will be a host of cheaper listings posted here now that I've ordered!!)
  3. My Mk3 ZS - Brake Suggestions

    Please Luke, show me, show me!! I'm going to be a postal customer due to living in Southern Ireland. Thanks Dave, that's reassuring to know. Well, mine definitely has 300mm front discs! For the left photo I stood the tape measure on the ground and adjusted it to the top of the disc, I took closer shots on the right because if you look at the left image it looks miles out, that's just perspective, I didn't move the tape at all for the three photos. Hmm a good 'ole pint of wife beater eh!!!
  4. Hello from Ireland

    No, factory Ford seemingly. Thanks and sorry for my late reply!
  5. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    I'm only an hour and twenty minutes away from the Foyle bridge!! Never say never!!
  6. My Mk3 ZS - Brake Suggestions

    Thanks for the advise guy, its always appreciated.. Yes, I must whip a wheel off and just double check although I'm 99% certain that it'll be a 300mm disc. What make you think it'll be a 278mm disc Wilto? Also after the first few helpful comments on this thread I always had planned to avoid Eicher. The screenshots I posted are Brembo/Pagid aren't they? Cool.. OK so I'll also check out CPFL as suggested Luke, infact I'll do it now.. HOLY MOTHER.. look!! That IS SOME difference.. Brilliant! - Well done guys, that's definitely a beer I owe you!
  7. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Congrats on your new job KPG, we'll cross paths one day on the roads i'm sure!
  8. My Mk3 ZS - Brake Suggestions

    Appreciate that Wilto, Actually I started looking with my eyes at EuroCarParts and found these two.. I entered the old UK reg too to find out if they were 300mm or 278mm discs.. Link 1 - Discs Link 2 - Pads I presume these are the correct items? (and much cheaper than the Brembo race discs I discovered earlier (£180.97 + £3.95 P&P / €211.47)) If these were correct would these be best price? Its hard for me to know! Thanks
  9. My Mk3 ZS - Brake Suggestions

    OK, so I've spent the last thirty minutes searching.. this is not an easy thing! Trying to find something that actually fits is not as easy as they'd have you believe.. Amazons links were appreciated buy they were just generic searches for "Ford" + "Brembo" and I couldn't see anything applicable there :-( eBay was comical.. Enter the details of your car and search.. A huge list of brake pads seemingly available yet when choosing one and double checking to see if it fit I kept getting "This item does not fit Ford Focus 2011 MK III [2010-2018] Hatchback 1.6 EcoBoost 1596ccm 182HP 134KW (Petrol)." so that was rather annoying. I even listed the search by price (most expensive first) and it still said they weren't compatible! Right then, I went straight to the manufacturer (Brembo's PDF) and looked at their PDF so see what was suggested in that.. This states "FD213000" which of course eBay and Amazon don't have any of! I found a link in Germany HERE for the price of around €321, obviously plus p&p etc but is this really the only offering I can choose from? Regarding pads, I've found HERE from Textar, wtf is 'epad'? Looking at the top two examples, I've found Option 1 HERE on Amazon for around £25 and Option 2 HERE from OnlineCarParts for around £55 - Any suggestions?? Will either fit? According to Amazon check fitment those should be good but they seem too cheap to me! Thoughts? Also is this a typo? .. Discs circa €350, pads circa £55 - Sorry but I'm either muddled up or I'm looking at the wrong this of items to buy for my Zetec-S (Confirmation please) If you can specify model numbers so I can easily find items you refer to as well please guy it'll certainly be appreciated. OK, I'll hold fire until I hear back from you guys, I wont order anything just yet! Thanks in advance :-)
  10. My Mk3 ZS - Brake Suggestions

    Thanks for your comments guys, at least I have an idea now. I'm going to look into these over this weekend and get something ordered. I'll keep you all updated.
  11. Mk3 ZS - Mudflaps

    Five months on and I'm beginning to wish I'd trimmed a little off the bottom of these flaps. The roads around us aren't exactly horizontal so I'm getting ground contact fairly frequently. Worth bearing in mind if you order a set of these.
  12. Winter weather / Cold water has played havoc with one of my brake discs and I am now the proud owner of a warped disc! I just had a quick search to see if there was anything on relating to brake upgrades but unfortunately I could find anything relevant so I'm asking.. ..Should I just replace the discs with factory Ford ones or should I spend a little more and get an aftermarket set? If so, what do fellow owners recommend please? and if i'm taking the discs off I may also buy new pads as well.. ..Suggestions (and approx prices please!) Thanks everyone
  13. O.K, so the Aluminium part of your foot pedal just fell off? Mine did a month and a half ago. I temporarily glued it back in place whilst ordering a genuine new one. Thinking this would be an easy swap I set about it. A few hours (and a lot of frustration later I managed the task). I couldn't find anything helpful online so I thought I'd write a quick guide of how I managed this. The pedal in question was the Clutch pedal, but I presume it'll be the same fro the Brake pedal too. Insure you have a lamp, a small mirror and a flat stubby screwdriver to assist you doing this correctly. Place the new pedal cover into a bowl of boiling water for around 10 minutes. Dry off the pedal cover and head to the car to begin fitting. (#1) Install the bottom of the pedal cover first (as it's the smaller area). (#2) Insert the upper left corner next (this is the awkward corner as you are inhibited by the pedal support arm) (#3) Then run your screwdriver up the side to ensure the rubber between #1 & #2 is correctly fitted. (#4) Fit the top right corner next. (#5) Run your screwdriver across the top to ensure the rubber between #2 & #4 is correctly fitted. (#6) Finally pull down on the right side tab to assist you using your screwdriver to ensure this rubber is correctly in place. This sounds fairly simple to do, but in practice it can be a bit of a dog to successfully get all of the rubbers on in place. You will need to apply pressure to the pedal cover against the pedal itself to get parts to stay on whilst moving on to the next step. Obviously if the pedal cover slips off then you should start again and drop it back into boiling water. I've attached a few images for assistance. I hope this guide helps at least one person out, please leave a comment below if so. Thanks in advance.
  14. My Mk3 ZS - Battery issues

    Battery arrived last Thursday, I went with the Bosch battery. Very happy with Tanya's service (packaged well, quick delivery etc) I found this to be a helpful reference before swapping the old battery out (if you can stick the guy's accent!) So the new battery is now in, oh what a pain in the @ss the battery removal is! Interestingly the battery clamp was fitted the other way around so I presume the dealership new the car had battery 'issues' before it was sold to me. Anyway Stop/Start is working too now (something I was unaware the car had), so thread 'Solved' and thanks for your assistance guys.
  15. My Mk3 ZS - Battery issues

    Appreciate all of your help guys, thanks for all your reassurance. I'll update fitting and any further issues that I encounter once it arrives (probably next Thursday/Friday)