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  1. nitten_traveller

    Ford Parts which opens as I still found the dealer to be the most helpful when I needed to replace a rear position lamp in Mrs Nitten's KA as it seems there are two very slightly different bulbs and I got conflicting answers from various online "what bulb do I need?" tools.
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    Ford Parts

    Ford's own official parts store is fronted by ebay! Have you tried searching to see what they cost? When I've needed parts the prices from the Ford ebay store were quite reasonable.
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    Winter Screenwash Recommendations

    Last week I had to make an emergency purchase of ready mixed Carplan all seasons screenwash, mine for a mere £8 at a fairly remote petrol station in the Borders, due to Mr Clark renting out cars without first topping up the fluids. It was pretty brilliant at keeping the screen crystal clear. Perhaps you do get what you pay for.
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    Second year service

    Have a look here:!/vehicle-step The difference in price charged is sometimes quite a lot. My local Ford dealer is independent and charges a lot less than the national chain named dealers.
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    Which tyres?????

    In November I replaced the original Continental tyres on my 2013 Focus with Continental Premium Contact 5. Researching options etc pointed me towards the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyres (you will struggle to find a bad word said about them on various forums) but KF had a decent discount day on premium tyres plus Continental were running their own offer as well. Fitted by the mobile van for free too. The car handles, well, like a car! It rains a lot here in the winter and they have been fine.
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    Winter Screenwash Recommendations

    I use TripleQ in two cars in a roughly 2:1 mix and have not had a problem with it freezing, even in the very cold weather we had in March. At least they deliver to you. Nether ECP not CP4L will deliver screenwash (or wheel cleaner) to my home or work in Scotland! I get a message saying it's a dangerous substance. They seem quite happy to deliver to my parents' house in England though. Weird.
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    2013 Focus: boot switch clicks but won't open - any ideas?

    Just to round this off, they didn't drill to get the bolts off and free the catch. So I asked what they did. Apparently they took the trim off from the inside (remember they had to go in through the back seats) around the catch enough to be able to jam a screwdriver into the lock mechanism and jemmy it open. Then installed a new catch probably as in the Youtube video. I'm £150 lighter but at least the boot opens!
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    2013 Focus: boot switch clicks but won't open - any ideas?

    I took my car to the local dealer today to have this fixed. The lock mechanism has seized completely and needs to be replaced sez the service manager. Quite how they'll get it off if it's locked in place I am not sure, perhaps I shouldn't ask in case they're about to do unspeakable things with an angle grinder?
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    Really strange boot issue?

    My mk3 yesterday developed the exact opposite problem in that the boot is now permanently locked and cannot be opened. I think this makes me Yin and you Yang? And, on average, both boots work fine!
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    2013 Focus: boot switch clicks but won't open - any ideas?

    Thanks! I've a feeling that access to the handles might be restricted by the boot floor but will take a look later on.
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    Fiesta car seat cover recommendations

    If the covers are just to hide the stains have you tried having the inside of the car professionally cleaned? I had both of ours done earlier this year and they looked like new afterwards.
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    2013 Focus: boot switch clicks but won't open - any ideas?

    If by "tap" you mean "wallop" then I've tried that! Plus lots of bouncing up and down. The interweb proffers a variety of causes from battery not having enough oomph (but the car starts just fine) to blown fuse (checked, it's fine) to loose connection (possibly?) to knackered solenoid (as you suggest) to entirely seized mechanism. That it's making a click sound suggests to me that it is mechanical and not electrical. I can't see a way of getting the inside trim off without breaking it. There is as you say no way of opening it from the inside, at least not that's obvious. A trip to the dealer it is.
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    (Can of Worms) Petrol grades

    Ooops - systematic error! Thanks for spotting it.
  14. Evening all, My beloved 2013 Focus has this evening developed an odd problem - I can't open the boot lid! It was fine at 1830 when I left work but I've just now tried to open it again and it won't. Either by the key fob button or by the button on the lid. There's a light click, as if something is trying to happen, but no louder noise of the opening mechanism. The other doors lock and unlock OK. It is the same if the engine is switched on or off. I recorded a short video of the clicking noise and will upload if anyone would like to hear it. Any ideas? The Haynes manual is mostly silent on this. Cheers.
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    (Can of Worms) Petrol grades

    I keep a spreadsheet of my fuel use to see how the mpg works out etc. Each time I fill up until the nozzle clicks. The closest stations to me are a Tesco and a Shell garage and I've tried to vary the fuel but get a block of three tanks per fuel type. Apart from V-Power, as the garage I visited on 16/9 didn't have any V-Power! In October my Dad helpfully added £20s worth of Morrison's fuel for me, which throws out things a little. The Sainsbury tank was an emergency fuel when I found that the Costco station closes when the store closes (at least in Edinburgh) so I used the Sainsbury next door. I didn't notice the car behave any differently with those fuels. The car's computer consistently overestimates the mpg compared with brim-to-brim calculations so either I am using an incorrect conversion (1 gallon = 4.456 litres) or the car is not doing it properly. Most of my driving is in Edinburgh and the surrounding area. Occasionally I have an extended fast run but not all that often. The "miles to go" display is fun for playing a bit of petrol station roulette. My car has a 1.0 L Ecoboost engine so I was not expecting anything significant from the Momentum or V-Power fuels in terms or performance or indeed mpg. And that's what I see. There is no immediately obvious fuel economy reason to use the higher octane fuel nor did I notice any difference in how the car behaved. This is only on a few data points though. I don't drive often so consequently don't refuel too often. By the time I have enough data I'll probably be thinking of replacing the car! But for now using premium fuel is not worth the extra money. The car handbook says to use only "high quality 95 RON fuel and no additives" and that is good enough for me. Ford recommend BP and I think I will use BP fuel for the next few tanks (though the BP garage close to my work charges quite a lot for fuel compared with other places). As others have said though you can't quantify the benefit to the engine of regularly using branded fuel vs supermarket fuel. Anecdotally, however, it's a bit different. My previous car was a 1.8L 54 plate Laguna. It had belonged to my dad since it was six months old and I know that he would have fed it a diet of Morrisons petrol, deviating only when he filled up away from home. I fed it whatever was closest and cheapest, probably Tesco 95 more often than not. I sold it with 102,000 miles on the clock and the engine was absolutely solid, quiet, responsive.