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Ford Focus Rear Shock Absorber Replacement

July 4, 2013 Ford  No comments

Our 2002 year Ford Focus 1.8 diesel recently had its year check up (dreaded MOT) and failed quite badly on a number of suspension components including a ‘Serious fluid leak from the nearside rear shock absorber’! Usually I would try to take on all of these fixes myself over the space of a weekend and arrange a retest the following week but this time I am due to be working away and would not be able to get the retest done in time so I had to compromise and do a few of the easier (and quicker) fixes myself one evening after work and then get the garage to do the rest. In this case the stock of the local motor factors dictated that I would be doing the rear shock absorber. As with brakes, it is always recommended that you replace these in pairs on the axle that you are working on so thatRead More

Ford Focus Brake Warning Light

October 11, 2012 Ford  No comments

Focus – Brake Warning Light

Every so often we get a warning light coming up on the dashboard, it usually starts off intermittently and appears to flicker to begin with but does come on more permanently.

This usually indicates that your brake fluid level is low, we topped ours up with the relevant DOT rated fluid (check your manual to make sure you get the right fluid which will cost approx. £5 for a litre) and that stopped the light coming on.

Obvioulsy if the fluid level has gone down there is usually a reason for this and its probably time to check the following for wear:

  •     Front Brake discs and pads
  •     Rear shoes and pads (or Discs if your model has it fitted)
  •     Front brake calipers for any fluid leaking
  •     Rear calipers or slave cylinders for any leaking fluid
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Ford Focus 1.8 Petrol Leaking Thermostat Housing

October 11, 2012 Ford  No comments

We have a 2000 year Ford Focus 1.8 petrol which has been a great car over the years and has reliably been through the family a number of times. It had recently started losing a bit of coolant so it was brought round to mine so that we could take a look and work out where it was going, it wasn’t too hard to find the culprit! After a few seconds of opening the bonnet we could see that it was the thermostat housing on the side of the engine that was appearing to let the coolant escape!

Tools/Parts required:

  •     Assortment of pliers for removing pipe clips
  •     10mm socket and handle
  •     T25 Bit (?? for removing the main pipe adapter)

Ford Focus Thermostat Housing

It turns out that there is a common problem with the older thermostat housings, as they are made from plastic they have a tendency over time to breakRead More