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  1. See thing is the temperature gauge needle just about goes to the middle once I've parked up in the Tescos car park. But that's not a proper indication of engine oil temperature anyway. I used to play in a band that did shows outside of London most of the time so a lot of M25/M1/M3/M4/M23 journeys each weekend! Sadly I don't play in it anymore so its mostly short journeys.
  2. Oil is changed once a year, only do about 5000 annual miles. Sparks were changed 6 months ago and the battery is all good.
  3. This is a 2007 Fiesta that's done about 90k!
  4. The age old question, are short journeys bad for petrol engines? I know they are for diesels but is driving for less than 5 minutes regularly doing the engine harm? I work from home, so most of my journeys are short-ish, the supermarket is 1.5 miles away and going the quick way takes around 5 minutes. This isn't really long enough for the engine to fully reach optimal running temperature? I used to take it on the motorway once a week frequently but unfortunately haven't been able to do so in nearly 6 months. Last week my engine flooded and struggled to start presumably because of too much cold air restricting the spark plugs ability to ignite. I can go the long way to the supermarket which would be around 10 miles and take 20 minutes, this would involve some dual carriageway at 50mph. I've done this a few times a week as its got really cold recently to help engine run for a bit longer. Is the only true way to just take it on the motorway once a week for say 30-60 minutes at 70mph? How long should I drive it for to fully warm up the engine?
  5. Either way the tyres are alright?
  6. Ah that's it I think! I couldn't remember what the guy said but it makes sense if its linked with the central locking. How easy is it to replace? And can you get the part cheap?
  7. Went out to check again this morning as its lighter and took a few photos. First pic is the back wheel on the driver side: https://imgur.com/ixM4vow Second pic is the front wheel: https://imgur.com/qhUHlFb Few scuffs but not much (if any) damage to the tyre?
  8. Well like I said hopefully I got away with just a few scratches. I know its a low profile Fiesta but still, just pee'd off I did it.
  9. Would rather pay for new trims than new tyres haha. A possible bad sign was when still I had to turn the steering wheel quite strong to realign which is what caused those scratches.
  10. ***** hope not, only just got it back after some bodywork repair after a builder dented it (He did pay for it though, mind). Might just get some new trims anyway. Just ***** off cos it was given a good clean and those wheel trims were all nice and shiny!
  11. When you park up and your tyres grind against the kerb when turning? This happened earlier and when I checked the back wheel trim was scratched slightly. Will I get a puncture now? I can't see any obvious marks on the actual tyre, hopefully the wheel trim took most of the brunt. My dad did this and he had a puncture after a few miles of driving, I hope this don't happen to me.
  12. So on my 2007 Fiesta Climate whenever the engine is off and doors unlocked, (say if I've just parked up and switched off) there's an irritating zip sound coming from the door locks as if I'm repeatedly pressing the lock/unlock button on the key. I've only just got my car back from a bodywork repair place after an incident involving a builder denting the side panel and he noticed this sound as well and mentioned something called a "sonar" or similar term that needs replacing? Where is this located in the car?
  13. Yes sorry I didn't mean to derail it, just saw it was talking about the same topic I was going to post in relation to an MOT!
  14. It passed! So relieved, the washers weren't even mentioned and this was before I had to tell them to wiggle the button! Apart from a couple of new bulbs that had to be fitted all good.
  15. Lol no worries. When I bought it in August I was given 1 months warranty. I took it back to have new brake pads fitted as they were squeaking. I did mention the stalk but they said that’s how it was and to wiggle it. It’s going in for the test in around an hour so let’s hope it can pass, either that or the washer system will need seeing to.