CrazyInWeston

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  • First Name
    David
  • Ford Model
    Focus 1.6 Ti-VCT
  • Ford Year
    2005
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Somerset

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  1. CrazyInWeston

    Tempreature gauge

    WTF? I've owned my 2005 1.6 Ti-VCT coming up to 18 months now, and my car has the exact same problem, engine never warms up, unless in stop/start where it'll reach optimum and stay there, just like yours.... But I've never had mine at 21MPG, That is bad, lowest I've had was 27mpg but I did have kinda the wrong oil in it at that time, my current Winter MPG EVEN WITH TWO TYRES that have a slow leak and being slowly deflated and I only inflate them weekly, 32MPG, my summer 34/35MPG. Thing is right, I am astonished as you are, I rev the beans off my engine, dont change gear till 4000RPM at least, even in 1st - keeping it in 4th gear well past 30mph (because we all know we can put it in 5th here) AND the most surprising of all, hover around 90mph on the Motorway, my MPG just climbs even higher - I really do not understand it. Edit: Another thing, my car uses up no oil whatsoever! Despite the high revs, speed etc, I last checked it last Monday, and the oil level was excatly the same as it was 14 months ago!!! (Havent so far been able to afford the annual service)
  2. CrazyInWeston

    Understand the MPG (maybe help/maybe not)

    Im so sorry to bump the thread, but wondered what I put in OP actually true regarding engine sizes and Motorway miles? Or does it all work the same depending HOW you drive your 1.1ltr vs a 2.0ltr on the motorway, I mean what DickP put made a bit of sense, right revs, less fuel because wrong revs at either too high or engine LUGGING I believe he was on about made sense, but what about a 1.1ltr doing well over 4000rpm at 70mph vs a 2.0ltr doing 2,500rpm on the Motorway?
  3. CrazyInWeston

    Understand the MPG (maybe help/maybe not)

    Huh, nice analogy, interesting when you put it that way.
  4. Hi all, I am in need of understanding a few things, but first a little context. I am in the belief that a small engine in the city with stop start traffic is more economical than a bigger engine but the reverse is true when needing to use the Motorway (Interstate) for long distances because of higher speeds and thus a bigger engine is doing less work, is this true? Well anyway, my car is odd. I've got a 2005 1.6ltr special Ford Engine (you know the one with the Ti-VCT, I know they ended up being these engines by 2008 but for 2005, rare) What I want to know, is why my MPG goes up when I rev the beans off the engine, surely this is counter intuitive? Last year I kept my revs low, changed gear low, my MPG went down to 27MPG... This year, I keep the revs high, not changing gear until I hit 4000RPM and my MPG is over 32. I simply just dont understand, I thought higher revs meant using more fuel? Or am I an idiot?
  5. CrazyInWeston

    Any help will be grate

    The NSF is the main door you wanna unlock, the boot is the other unlock button.. I'm sure you tried new battery right? Err not 100% here I'm sure someone will correct me on this, but tried turning the key 4 times before ignition start and pressing a key till it beeps? I cant explain it I'm sure someone here knows what I mean, words elude me. No idea what you mean by "CAN" though.
  6. CrazyInWeston

    Are Modern cars really that fast?

    Sorry for double post, but it then seems, I just need to get the cars thermostat fixed (it works, but radiator is left open, engine temp always reads less than 60c) and fix a slow tyre leak cos its ruining my MPG.
  7. CrazyInWeston

    Are Modern cars really that fast?

    I'm pretty sure I've gotten my car to 60mph faster than the stated time. (10.6 seconds) But then I'm NOT counting. Perhaps its possible my mindset is on diesels, as after passing on a petrol, I didnt own a car but worked for a company for nearly 2yrs driving a diesel truck. Suppose the habit stuck? I dont know. I did earlier today though kept the car in a higher rev gear and was pleased about the amount of sudden power as opposed to me getting into the highest gear ASAP.
  8. CrazyInWeston

    Are Modern cars really that fast?

    What are you saying? For city driving I change up at 2000/3000rpm. If Im just about to join the motorway I'll change up at 4000/4500rpm. I wont hit 5000rpm, I said in this thread I'm too scared to hit 5000rpm as it screams and dont want engine blow.
  9. CrazyInWeston

    Are Modern cars really that fast?

    Hi guys I understand some of you are saying Rev Higher? I'm scared to rev my engine past 5000, it screams, the car vibrates it sounds like its gonna explode. As for the "Ti-VCT" kicking in, dont you worry I feel that kicking in very much indeed, its like a slow then SUDDEN increase in acceleration. It feels like theres something wrong with my gas pedal but I know its the TI-VCT kicking in when the car suddenly accelerates madly. @Incontro Yeah the Ti-VCT actually has 116PS not 100 but then thats hardly an improvement is it. My old Kia had only 64BHP. Sure some mentioned it weighs less blah blah, I get that I dunno, I thought for fuel efficiency you change gear soon as you could meaning lower rev, yet everyones been telling me petrol engines dont work this way and change at 5000rpm because lower revs are for diesel engines what?
  10. CrazyInWeston

    Are Modern cars really that fast?

    Everytime I set off the line from a red light, I'm gunning it just to keep up with everyone else around me. Even vans beat my acceleration. I'm quite competitive, so I feel I just gotta be the fastest off the line, yet I'm getting beat by cars I KNOW to have smaller engines and even vans! The way I feel is that even my previous 1.1ltr Kia Picanto was quicker off the line! I run my car to 3/4000rpm on First, change into 2nd, repeat etc. I'm finding that everyone else keeps up or beats me. Am I running on 2 cylinders or something?
  11. CrazyInWeston

    Sudden Drop in MPG

    Its quite possible a slow leak in one of your tyres. I've got one, and it ruins the MPG horrifically, check yer tyres.
  12. CrazyInWeston

    Very Poor on Fuel

    I had a VERY slow leak in only one tyre, had to keep pumping in more air every 1000 miles and when I did, my MPG would go up quite noticeably than before. While there are other factors involved and I'm by no means an expert, but I'd say your biggest culprit is the 17" rims, but I'm not an expert. In a not so similar case with my car and my sisters car (both 1.6 MKII Focuses, both have the 116ps Ti-VCT engine, both are 2005 plated) My car can pull up hills fine in 5th where she'd have to drop to 3rd gear to go up the same hill. (Telegraph hill on the A380 towards Torquay is an example of the sort of hill I'm on about.)
  13. CrazyInWeston

    Focus Reverse Parallel Parking Help.

    Thanks for all your replies peeps, as for the quote I've quoted, I cant either, my Picanto was so easy judging distances as a flat backed rear car, also like I said previously, it was a narrow car and therefore judgement was made even easier because where the rear wheels were (right at the end, it was flat backed) meant bam, how close. Was really easy. I am glad to see I'm not the only one with this problem in regards to the Focus though. I've consined the fact that the rear windscreen halfway up their front windscreen is close enough, even if there is a gap, wont risk it any closer and if my car could of fitted in that gap, I wouldnt bother.
  14. Any help in helping me tight reverse in a focus? (parallel parking) I often get my rear view up their windshield and think JEEZE I must be close but there is infact like a metre gap left! I really cant tell how close I am to the car behind so any tips would be fantastic! :) I used to have a Kia Picanto, and I could tell exactly how close I was to the car in behind because its a narrow thin car with is rear wheels right at the back, all i had to do was see how close the wheels were, and every other car was wider so I could see that as well as judging the rear wheels. But I cant see to do this on the focus, the rear end is quite prominent, not to mention its a very wide car! I've hit 2 cars in the past while tight reversing using this car, I've been avoiding tight parallel parking just because of this problem. If I could get any tips with this wide/big butt car, be fantastic as the road I live on is parallel parking only and struggle for parking space. Need reference points help in side mirrors and references looking back.
  15. CrazyInWeston

    Power Remains On After Ignition Turned Off?

    I'm always worried over this, I have, admittedly hit 2 cars while reversing (I just cannot tell with the Focus how much room there is while reversing, it is so hard to tell, and I've not yet found a reference point (since all cars you're reversing into will have different shaped bonnet sizes etc) - But anyway on both occasions I was being honest, I got out of the car, and had a look on THEIR car for damage. On both occasions I could not see any damage (If there was I'd have left a note, thats how honest I am) But having seeing no damage, I drove off. But having owning a dashcam myself, I am weary these days incase someone has a cam in parked mode and then tries to threaten me for hitting their car, not all dashcams are "obvious" some are so tiny you cant see them. Any help (i know off topic slightly but still) in helping me tight reverse in a focus, I often get my rear view up their windshield and think JEEZE I must be close but there is infact like a metre gap left! I really cant tell how close I am to the car behind so any tips would be fantastic! :) I used to have a Kia Picanto, and I could tell exactly how close I was to the car in behind because its a narrow thin car with is rear wheels right at the back, all i had to do was see how close the wheels were, and every other car was wider so I could see that as well as judging the rear wheels. But I cant see to do this on the focus, the rear end is quite prominent, not to mention its a very wide car!