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Mondeo Focus Transit Service Light Reset

Do you own a MK4 Mondeo, New Shape Transit or MK2 face lift Focus?

Do you do your own servicing or have had it serviced and still have the oil service light on?

Here are the instructions to switch off the service light:

THIS INFORMATION IS ONLY TO BE USED AFTER YOUR VEHICLE HAS BEEN SERVICED.

Turn the ignition on (engine not running but dash lights illuminated).

Turn the ignition off.

Press down both the Accelerator (Throttle) and Brake  peddles.


Turn the ignition on (engine not running but dash lights illuminated).

Keep both the Accelerator (Throttle) and Brake  peddles  held down for between 15 and 30 seconds.

Turn off ignition.

Release peddles.

Turn the ignition on (engine not running but dash lights illuminated).

Your service light should now be out.

 

 

 

 

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Brake Fluid

RP Automotive Services are seeing more and more often cars that have been regularly serviced but not had the brake fluid checked for moisture.
Most car manufacturers specify brake fluid should be replaced every 2 years. This is because brake fluid absorbs moisture which in turn dramatically reduces the fluids boiling point.
The heat caused by friction when the brakes are used is considerable and when there is 3% or more moisture in the brake fluid this will have a significant effect on the braking efficiency of the car by boiling the fluid under prolonged or


heavy breaking .
We check the moisture levels as part of the routine service schedule. Please check with your garage or mechanic that this is also part of their service.
It only takes a couple of minutes and could save lives. Frequently the customer who has had their car serviced at reputable garages are surprised when they see the results of the brake fluid test.
Car owners put a lot of trust into the hands of garages and mechanics, being professional means that we don’t just make sure the pads/shoes are good and top up the fluid it means checking the system this includes fluid moisture levels.

 

 

 

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Ford Focus Misfire

A misfire caused by corroded core plugs?

This sounds strange so I will explain; in this case the vehicle is a 56 reg Ford Focus 1.6 ti vct.

Upon inspection it was found that coolant had passed through the core plugs in the cylinder head and was shorting out No.1 Spark Plug causing a misfire.

Solution, replace the core plugs? Not that simple, engine coolant should not corrode the core plugs. After further investigation the problem was

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core plug location

found to be water leaking from the bonnet where the washer jets attach and laying in the trough in the cylinder head which corroded the core plugs from the outside in.

Ford sell modified washer jets (they have a rubber seal at the base) to address this problem.
If you are going to tackle this job yourself please be aware that the spark plug or plugs may have corroded threads and are liable to snap.

If you require any further advice please contact RP Automotive Services.

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Ford Mondeo Seat-belt Reminder

Here’s a method used to activate or deactivate the seat belt reminder chimes for Ford Mondeo MK3 owners.

Sitting in the drivers seat doors closed lights switched off seat-belt unbuckled.

Pace the key into the ignition and turn to II (2) this is where the ignition lights come on but before the car starts.

When the seat-belt light goes out.


Now buckle then unbuckle the seat belt three times within 20 seconds.

Switch the HEAD lights on then off.

Now buckle then unbuckle the seat belt three times within 20 seconds.

The seat-belt light should illuminate or start flashing for approximately 3 seconds.

Buckle then unbuckle the seat-belt within 7 seconds of the seat-belt light extinguishing.

The above method will activate your seat-belt warning if it is not on, or deactivate your seat belt warning if it is activated.

 

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Ford Mondeo Auto-Lock

 

Here is a neat little modification upgrade for Ford MK3 Mondeo owners;

This will Auto-Lock your doors when you travel at over 3mph in forward or reverse gear.


Here is how:

Sitting in the car all doors closed.

Turn the ignition to  position II (2)  this is where all the ignition lights come on but before the engine starts.

Lock then unlock the doors  from the drivers door do not open the door, do this 3 times ie. lock-unlock,lock-unlock,lock-unlock.

Switch OFF the ignition.

Lock then unlock the doors from the drivers door do not open the door, do this 3 times ie. lock-unlock,lock-unlock,lock-unlock.

Turn the ignition to position II (2) this is where all the ignition lights come on but before the engine starts.

Now you should here a “chime” or “beep”.

Lock the door then unlock just the once.

Now you should here another “chime” or “beep”

Have fun.

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The Internal Combustion Engine

The internal combustion engine is an engine in which the combustion of a fuel occurs with a mixture of air in a combustion chamber.
In an internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and gases produced by combustion applies direct force to the pistons.
This force moves the pistons over a distance, generating mechanical energy, which is in turn transmitted to the flywheel via the crankshaft.
The term internal combustion engine usually refers to an engine in which combustion is intermittent, such as the more familiar four-stroke and two-stroke engines.
With variants, such as the six-stroke piston engine and the rotary engine.

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