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Any suggestions for getting a stretch CV joint boot over a CV joint. Are the cone tools the way to go?

 

Done a couple of those last month on a Pug 205 using a cone and not removing the inner end from the diff,   Cost under £10 for two boots and the cone kit,   needs a bit of strength and not too difficult when you get the technique right  

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My mum thinks she has put the wrong fuel in a '55 plate Belingo 1.6 HDi. She's added about £8 of petrol to 3/4 of a tank of diesel as far as she knows. I'm assuming it's a bad idea to just keep topping it up with diesel & driving it being electronic injection?

 

Any idea how to tell her to drain it as she's 200 miles from me? Bearing in mind she's retired & my dad is even older.

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I wouldn't even think about trying to talk aged parents through draining the tank, the choice is either ignore it or pay somebody to deal with it. I'd be inclined to wing it with the £8 of petrol, even if I was in the same place as the car, that's only about 10% of the tank.

 

 

TBH if draining it was any more difficult than poke a hose down the filler then I'd be thinking the same.

 

We're not even sure she's done it, but she thinks she might have done & it run better after adding another gallon of diesel.

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Do any mk2 Focuses have climate control?I never see any for sale in Ireland with it, even though more than half of the ones on sale were originally UK registered.Even the Titanium and Ghia models don't seem to be fitted.(I'm looking for a new car for my wife and it's a bit of a deal breaker as she's been used to it for 5 years).

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So my Bora has been a right bastard in regards to it's wishbones/ball joints. What a saga. Mechanic has had to cut the bolts off, which is fine and all. However, weirdly, when putting in the old bolt for the drop link to connect to the wishbone, it tightened but then didn't tighten fully. It will continue to turn tightly and that's it. He checked for play, there is none, and he even hit it several times to see if it would come out, which it hasn't. It spins tightly with a ratchet but refuses to move by hand or force. He suspects the very end of the bolt has been damaged slightly. 

 

Question is, will it be safe? He certainly seems to think so. There was no play whatsoever. 

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Do any mk2 Focuses have climate control?I never see any for sale in Ireland with it, even though more than half of the ones on sale were originally UK registered.Even the Titanium and Ghia models don't seem to be fitted.(I'm looking for a new car for my wife and it's a bit of a deal breaker as she's been used to it for 5 years).

Yes. My 09 Titanium had the NAV HIGH option which was a wanky touchscreen satnav (Blaupunkt Travelpilot NX) and the climate controls built in. Could even set temperature by voice, very fancy I guess in 2009.

 

You could get the climate panel separate which has two little temperate displays in, as my temp was displayed on the big touchscreen. I looked for one of those clusters but they're seriously rare, I only saw two on eBay both from STs that were being broken.

 

Edit: here's the one with satnav

 

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And the standalone, much rarer one

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So my Bora has been a right bastard in regards to it's wishbones/ball joints. What a saga. Mechanic has had to cut the bolts off, which is fine and all. However, weirdly, when putting in the old bolt for the drop link to connect to the wishbone, it tightened but then didn't tighten fully. It will continue to turn tightly and that's it. He checked for play, there is none, and he even hit it several times to see if it would come out, which it hasn't. It spins tightly with a ratchet but refuses to move by hand or force. He suspects the very end of the bolt has been damaged slightly. 

 

Question is, will it be safe? He certainly seems to think so. There was no play whatsoever. 

 

Sounds like the threads may have stretched, probably just due to age and rust. I doubt it's dangerous but may clonk about when the weight of the car and some cornering force is applied. 

I'd be inclined to replace the bolt, but still use the car in the mean time.

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The drivers seat would be a serious red flag for me.

Worn through in 47000miles? I would suggest multi drop courier use, constant stop starts, in and out of the van (hence the seat wear), up and down kerbs, and ragged everywhere to an impossible schedule.

Doesn't look like enough body damage to write off a 2015 van

 

I bet it's as fucked as a thing that's fucked.

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Sounds like the threads may have stretched, probably just due to age and rust. I doubt it's dangerous but may clonk about when the weight of the car and some cornering force is applied. 

I'd be inclined to replace the bolt, but still use the car in the mean time.

 

Ah fuck sake. It's been a total nightmare. He said he could get the bolt out but would have to cut the drop link. He seems to love cutting things.

 

Once he's sorted the nearside, I'll drive it about and if it clunks, I'll get new drop links and bolts. 

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Oh well,if we want a Focus with climate it looks like it will have to be a Volvo S40, thanks for the info.

You can get loads with bog standard air conditioning, they almost always had that. Our fleet special Style models at work, that had wheeltrims and no fancy extras, had Aircon.

 

Tippex on some numbers between 16 and 28 around the temperature dial, sorted.

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True, but in Ireland people tend to switch off a/c from October to April and on many seven year old cars that means it doesn't work.Whereas cars with climate are just left on auto and so are switching on the compressor several times a day for demisting,etc and so tend to work.Her old C5 is 12 years old and the c/c works perfectly and has never even been recharged.

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If they are over 60 get them a senior persons railcard and you will get 30% off ALL prices. I usually book with Virgin Rail direct but try to avoid peak time trains. Also try prices for 1st Class as sometimes they are cheaper than standard. Book in advance. I am travelling from Durham to London on 21/10 and returning on 23/10 and I paid £88.40 return for 1st class but I booked these on 9th august. Early bird and all that.

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I just looked on UK Auto Trader.Searched for 07-10 Focuses with the added keyword climate.Loads of cars came up with climate in the as title, but a random sample of about 10 shows they all just have plain a/c.Mr Pillock is right, it's definitely rare.

Finding one with working air con in the first place might be your first battle.

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I just looked on UK Auto Trader.Searched for 07-10 Focuses with the added keyword climate.Loads of cars came up with climate in the as title, but a random sample of about 10 shows they all just have plain a/c.Mr Pillock is right, it's definitely rare.

What is the difference, I thought it was just marketing speak for the same thing?

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