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  1. Ok, I did the DIY to try and help out but clearly everyone else is more versed in Ford Focus fluids than me so I’ll check-out at this stage [emoji4] I guess it’s a good job my own car isn’t a Ford [emoji106] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Now I know you’re trying to wind me up, I can’t believe the owner’s manual even has 225 pages! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Not as useful as your earlier post? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Wow, that’s a serious post - probably worth it’s own thread so everyone realises how much things have changed! I’m happy using red in the Focus so won’t be changing it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Great advice......I’d say you should fill with what the system had before the leak and our 2007 Focus had red so that’s what topped up our system, although tbh I’ve never been a big fan of choosing car fluids based solely on their colour Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. After I realised the power steering hose was leaking on our Ford Focus I did some searching but didn’t manage to find a decent DIY so here are a couple of useful pointers if you decide to tackle this job. For the 2007 2nd generation model you need hose PN. 1743278 and connector PN. 4747355 (this is the 18mm nut the pipe slots into on the pump), the nut is slightly thicker than the original and the pipe nozzle that fits into it is also a tad longer. Cost for both was £138.25 from local Ford dealer. You need to remove a cover underneath the engine, driver side headlight and move the coolant and power steering reservoirs to give better access. You don’t need to remove the serpentine belts, apparently the 2007 model has “stretch” belts which are a real pain so leave well alone! I’d never heard of these before and they sound ridiculous but I’m sure they're a great idea I don't know if all cars use them these days..... The old hoses are secured to the chassis at 3 points and are accessed from under the car. The one furthest back was quite corroded and the other 2 were ok to remove. The pipes are easy to remove underneath to the rear of the engine bay but the 2 in the engine bay were a challenge. There’s probably a simple technique to removing the spring clip holding the reservoir hose in place but I eventually dremelled it in half (new hose hose one fitted). The really tricky one was trying to cut the metal pipe (as suggested in other threads and recommended by my friendly Ford mechanic) when I enquired how he said to use an air hacksaw.....hmm, not sure how many people have one of these at home! Luckily I have a dremel and 3ft flexible extension which I’ve never used in anger before but it was the only way I could get to cut the pipe and you also have to cut the metal bracket before you can get an 18mm socket on the old connector nut to remove it. Screw your new connector nut in and then struggle to install the hose/pipe contraption from underneath the car, curse the Ford engineer who came up with such a crap design as you persuade it into position. I found the rear pipe fittings relatively easy but don’t bolt up the chassis mountings until the pipes are home as the whole lot is under a bit of tension when all fitted (probably explains why they seem to fail quite regularly). Reservoir hose is a simple push fit and then we get to the pipe into the steering pump....first off I presumed you placed the pipe into the connector nut and “pulled” it in by tightening up the 10mm bolt attached to the bracket - this cunningly drags the pipe in at an angle and it won’t seat correctly. You actually need to push the pipe fully home into the connector nut first and it’s a very tight fit even after coating with silicone grease. Once you’ve clicked the pipe in you simply tighten up the 10mm bolt, tighten up the 3 chassis connections and put the reservoirs and headlight back in place. Run the engine for a minute, check to make sure there are no leaks and top up the power steering fluid. Hope this helps someone, my local Ford dealer said they do at least one of these hoses a week....
  7. Depends if you have a suitable tool to get into a tiny space and cut a metal pipe, most won’t have anything suitable and you won’t do it by hand! I had a flexible dremel extension which was perfect, and you need to cut the bracket as well as the pipe. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Rather surprised at the lack of response to what sounds like quite a common issue [emoji53] I’ve found a couple of limited DIYs on YouTube so realise the pump needs to come off to get to the bottom hose connection but does anyone have a view on buying the OEM hose compared to a pattern one from ECP or similar? The Ford one doesn’t seem to last! Any advice/suggestions would really be appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Our Focus suddenly developed a squeal so we called out the AA and they found the power steering hose leaking, he filled the pump up and said it was ok to drive home so I'm guessing we can get away with just the hose. Is there a DIY on how to replace the hose? TIA
  10. This is my first post on behalf of my son who has recently become the owner of a 2007 Ford Focus, great car and he's very happy with it but I thought I'd check the usual fluids etc before he heads back to Uni. The coolant was about an inch below the min line so decided to top it up but the cap has unscrewed leaving what looks like the middle pressure valve bit still in the expansion tank top. I haven't tried too hard to get the middle part out yet as it seemed quite tight and after ***** the main cap back on all seems water tight. I didn't find anything when i searched on this forum but googling it brings up a few similar results for Fords so have we just been unlucky or is this a known issue?