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    Focus Titanium 1.6 Ti-VCT 125
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  1. iFocus

    Focus Mk3 uneven revs/jerking issue

    No, the mechanic just insisted it couldn't be the timing that was out as the car wouldn't run at all if it was out! The mechanic also talked complete rubbish too, as he told me the cam belt would 'bed in' and I need to also change it every 3 years...
  2. Hi All, A few months ago you may recall I posted something along the lines of the above. It started when my cambelt was replaced by an independent mechanic and its been doing it ever since. It is showing no errors currently according to my ford dealer who has looked at it since the cam belt was done and they can find no issue with it. It basically has uneven revs at idle and at speed, this unevenness manifests its self as a chug or a surge whilst driving, its especially more noticeable when going down a slight incline. The MPG has been dire since the cam belt was replaced too. Here is a video I've taken of my rev counter and you can see when holding it at certain revs they go up and down, I've got the display in test mode so you can clearly see the difference revs more clearly. https://vimeo.com/269179678 Does anyone have any idea what this might be? I'm thinking it could be the timing is out but I don't really want to fork out more money if it isn't as I'll likely have to have a new timing belt installed. Thanks, Craig
  3. Thanks guys. I'm going to head on over to my local Ford dealer at the weekend and have a chat (or at least try to) with one of the service technicians to pick their brains. It's really annoying considering you expect the mechanise you've trusted for nearly 5 years spins you a yarn, initially he said 'oh it'll take a while to settle down' until I demanded he look at it. Never had a cam belt require settling in before!!
  4. Hi All, I recently had my Mk3 Ti-VCT serviced by my usually decent indy along with a new timing belt, water pump and tensioner. However, since getting the car back I noticed it felt really strange and not as smooth as it was prior. The only way I can describe it is when driving it, it feels like your driving over an uneven road all the time like it is surging when going along. It is also jerky when setting off from cold too, which it was not before. I've also noticed the idle is slightly uneven and you can now feel the vibration from the engine. Another thing I noticed when holding the revs at say 2000rpm it surges slightly up and down rather than holding steady. The mechanic has had it back in and found no faults, to him it felt normal. He did have one of his other guys have a look at it too and he did notice the surging. They've now replaced the HT leads and plugs. Since doing all that they've returned the car to me as being 'fine'. But disappointingly the fault still seems to be there. He said he has done diagnostics on it and no fault was returned; in addition he is adamant it is not the timing belt etc. as he said the engine would not run at all. I usually trust my indy but this time I am feeling a little dejected and my gut is telling me it is the timing but it is ever so slightly off. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Thanks, Craig
  5. iFocus

    Tyre time.

    If those Roadstones are as bad as the Nfera, I wouldn't bother. Nexen aren't exactly great IME, stick to names you know/have heard of.
  6. iFocus

    Tyre time.

    Don't go for the BlackCircles quality choice, it'll still be some cheap chinese crap but with a 'lifetime guarantee'. I went for the quality choice on my last car and they were Sailun Attezo tyres and they were possibly the worst tyres I've ever had for grip. They lasted well though. Personally I'd go for either some Avon ZV7's (very good tyre with decent grip) or a Uniroyal Rain Expert 2; I've not used the Uniroyal but I had the original Rain Expert on another car. Other than that, have a look for Kumho's or Hankooks both brands I highly recommend if you're on a budget.
  7. iFocus

    Mk3 1.6 ti vct issues

    Might be spark plugs, coils or HT Leads. If you've had it over 12 months why hasn't it had it's full annual service yet?
  8. iFocus

    Mk3 1.6 ti vct issues

    Variable cam and solenoid issues are usually in relation to the earlier incarnation of the Ti-VCT engines fitted in the MK2 Focus not the MK3 version. I've heard of very little issues being attributed to the 125bhp version in the Mk3. When was the last time the car had it's spark plugs changed and what fuel do you use?
  9. iFocus

    Tyre recommendations please - 1.8 petrol

    Stick with the Avon's! The ZV7 is an excellent tyre and gives great grip in all conditions. I've not had them on my Focus but has them on my old Kia and couldn't fault them. Currently got Falken Ziex ZE914 Ecorun's on the Focus at the moment and I don't rate them at all, they don't grip well from setting off and I've seen the traction control light a few too many times recently! Plus they tramline like barstewards! Will be glad to get them off the Focus once they've worn out and put some Avons or Uniroyals on it!
  10. iFocus

    New wax sealant needed

    FK1000P is meant to be good, I've used the Double Speed Wax and I don't rate it much. What colour is your car?
  11. iFocus

    My Mk3 ZS - Battery issues

    Yeah you're right about the CCA (cold cranking amps) it's always better to be a little higher than standard especially in colder climates; although I recently replaced the wife's battery in her i20 and I had to go for a lower CCA as the battery they (Halfords) suggested didn't fit. I'd always go for Bosch products over others, probably something to do with brand snobbery?
  12. iFocus

    My Mk3 ZS - Battery issues

    I'd go for the Bosch one; as long as the ampage isn't significantly lower or significantly higher then it should be fine. I note that the cranking power on both of the suggested batteries is higher too!
  13. iFocus

    Focus titanium 2012 mobile phone question

    I have the 2011 Titanium and it has the signal strength in the middle.
  14. iFocus

    Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    Beautiful car and the right engine too. I love the Tit X Sports.
  15. iFocus

    First Focus...

    Enjoy it and don't worry about the DPF