Ford Focus ST170

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Changes and Repairs toward my ST170

I like to keep track of any changes or repairs toward my car and thought I'd share this with you all. Kinda like you would see on a software with an "changelog" file, showing all of the changes being done. New additions are on the top.

  • 5th October 2014 - After almost 8 years of driving, including the epic Europe tour last year (details below from 23rd August) and after 157,400 miles, my car has died. RIP.
  • 5th October 2014 - After some research, it could also mean the cambelt could be the fault. Removed the timing belt coevr and there are broken teeth from the belt. Yep, it slipped. Game over for the engine?
  • 4th October 2014 - Received the VVT solenoid to test it. Fitted it. Fired up the engine. It worked, so my VVT solenoid was broken. However the engine then made some horrible noise. Turned off engine & on. Nothing. Drive belt spinning but nothing is firing up.
  • 2nd October 2014 - Car went into "limp mode" - very slow to drive. Found someone to send me the VVT solenoid so I could test it.
  • 23rd Sept 2014 - Dropped off car at garage. They're unsure what the issue is. So they did an engine flush. However the fault code is still there. Then they admitted that they "do not know anything about ST170 engine" - sigh. Never going there again...
  • 13th Sept 2014 - Engine management light came up. P1381 - Variable Cam Timing over-advanced - as the fault code. Researched, turns out that it could be related to the VVT solenoid...
  • 4th July 2014 - Air & cabin filters changed. Both of them were dirty so looking forward to have a clean air within the car! :D
  • 31st May 2014 - A quick trip to EuroCarParts to get a new battery - Bosch S4 075 (with 4 years warranty) - swapped them round and car started up 1st go. Happy now!
  • 29th May 2014 - Left the headlights on overnight and the battery went flat. Tried to jump start and also charging it up but it was totally dead! Battery was original since 2003 so I suspect it's time for a new battery!
  • 17th May 2014 - Finally found the time to do the tie ends - was piss easy to do the job. An HOWTO will be uploaded here soon to share with you all.
  • 9th May 2014 - All 4 new tyres fitted. And got them tracked/alignment, and this is where the garage found that the track rod end ball joint have some play on both sides (worse on passenger side). Erk, need to buy them so I can replace them!
  • 2nd May 2014 - Decided on Uniroyal Rainsport 3 based on very positive feedback from others.
  • 30th April 2014 - All tyres are running low so researched around to find the next tyres for me to try...
  • 28th Jan 2014 - Turns out the 6 months old fuel filter was the cause. Changed to a new one and it runs better. But the car misfired... spark plugs changed and car is running smoothly now.
  • 26th Jan 2014 - Car broke down on the way home, but managed to limp along the A47 and A11 to get home. ODB plugged in and it came back as P0190 - related to fuel
  • 21st Dec 2012 - Car went in for MOT & passed once again and as usual, some advisories, nothing too bad, just general wear & tear
  • 20th Sept 2013 - Fixed the coolant leak - was from the top pipe of the radiator. All good now.
  • 9th Sept 2013 - Finally, head to Eurotunnel to get back to UK and drove home. What an amazing Europe Tour !!! I really enjoyed driving and in total, I've drivenm over 2,100 miles in total.
  • 5th Sept 2013 - Drove to Paris for a few night stay, where I had to stop a few tiems to keep topping up the coolant.
  • 4th Sept 2013 - Drove to Lyon for an overnight stay. Weather was so hot (around 37C) and getting stuck in the traffic for 1 hour has resulted in a sprung coolant pipe! Losing coolant fluid but thankfully I had some sapre coolant fluid in my boot so topped i up to allow me to drive to the hotel in Lyon.
  • 1st Sept 2013 - Decided to drive to Monte Carlo, Monaco to check out the town and also get to DRIVE on the actual F1 Track! :D :D
  • 31st August 2013 - Drove straight to Nice for a few nights stay
  • 27th August 2013 - Up early to head to Zurich, again for a day tour of this city. Then drove via the Alps to see the amazing sights before heading to Milan for a few nights stay
  • 26th August 2013 - Drove to Luxembourg for a 'day' tour of this city. Then drove to Strasbourg for a tour of the city and also an overnight stay
  • 23rd August 2013 - Start of our EUROPE TOUR ROAD TRIP!! Drove from home to Eurotunnel and then drove to Brussels for a few nights stay
  • 5th August 2013 - Air con repaired, new compressor. Now ice cold! :D
  • 2nd August 2013 - Rear brake discs, pads, calipers and handbrake cables all replaced. Feels a lot better now! Next... compressor for the air con to be replaced on Monday!
  • 26th July 2013 - Rear brake discs and pads arrived. And rear calipers as well. Getting it fitted soon... it better work! :)
  • 23rd July 2013 - The rear calipers are still giving me issue, so it may look like I will need to get both of them replaced! In the meanwhile, I have ordered the Mintex rear brake discs & pads, ready to go with the new calipers once fitted
  • 23rd July 2013 - Oil, oil filter, fuel filter & coolant drained & changed. That's the quick servicing out of the way!
  • 12th July 2013 - Air con checked out by an specialist - confirmed the coil/clutch is gone. Can't replace that bit so it will need a new compressor. New, used or reconditioned? That's the question...
  • 7th July 2013 - Front & rear wipers changed.
  • 1st July 2013 - Air con checked over by someone at work, pressure switch are all OK. Suspect compressor. Expensive. :(
  • 22nd June 2013 - Had the air con refilled but it's not working. Suspect pressure switch?
  • 9th April 2013 - Tyres changed and also did a wheel alignment - all good now!
  • 8th April 2013 - Been looking around for new tyres and it looks like I'm happy to stay with Falken FK-452 but Falken has upgraded it to FK-453 which is the newer model. Local garage booked to get the tyres changed tomorrow.
  • 6th April 2013 - It's SPRING! That means it's time to change the air filter and other bits. And sort out the bonnet latch/lock as it has not been working now and then for a while. Will need to get the oil changed some day. Oh and it turns out that the tracking/alignment for the front tyres are out... has caused inner shoulder wear! :(
  • Feb 2013 - Nothing to report. Busy month (new baby) so no time to mess about with my car! ;)
  • 12th Jan 2013 - Car passed MOT - woohoo!!!
  • 4th Jan 2013 - Car is all sorted. Yay! MOT is booked on 12th Jan - wish me good luck!
  • 14th Dec 2012 - A local garage gave me a very good price to do this job. Sorted! Booked my car in for 4th Jan 2013 - few days before MOT is due!
  • 6th Dec 2012 - Good old eBay - ordered all parts needed to get ths fixed up before MOT! Need to find someone to fit them for me cheaply.
  • 5th Dec 2012 - Had my car in the garage for Safety Checks (and also pre MOT checks) - a few parts to replace! Front, lower suspension arms. Rear, left lower suspension arm handbrake cable, and loose exhaust bracket. Time to shop around...
  • 5th Nov 2012 - Dropped off my car at the garage to replace the clutch and flywheel... and then collected on the same day. Wow, what a BIG difference! Biting point is different as well. Need to bed them down for the first 500 miles or so. Big thanks to AP-Tuning for the work!
  • 29th Oct 2012 - After contacting a few garages, have decided to go with AP-Tuning in Norwich based on good reviews. Booked a date with them - 5th Nov.
  • 27th Oct 2012 - Parts arrived. Looking good. Now the hunt is on for a garage to fit them for me.
  • 25th Oct 2012 - Had a think... if the engine is out, might as well as replace ALL of them to save labour costs. That will include LUK Dual Mass Flywheel, Clutch Kit and Slave Cylinder - have ordered them, should get them soon
  • 24th Oct 2012 - Found a closed road and did some testing... confirmed clutch is slipping on all gears! Time to replace them! Any recommendations?
  • 23rd Oct 2012 - Clutch went while driving to Cambridge, has to drive slowly to get there and back home. Need to investigate...
  • 19th Sept 2012 - Autumn is coming, need to change my headlight bulbs as my existing ones are not good enough when driving in the dark. Any recommendations?
  • 2nd Aug 2012 - After a week of not doing anything with the rear wiper, it has started to work again itself! Whatever the problem is, it seems to have fixed itself. Very odd!
  • 26th July 2012 - Rear wiper has stopped working. When I activate it, it sweeps but stops halfway/quarter. If I 'force' it to sweep, it works and then stops again.Checked fuse and relay, seems OK. Checked motor, might be suspect...
  • 16th Mar 2012 - The bulb used to light up the mileage backlight on my dashboard has blown. Looks like too much hassle to get the dashboard removed to repalce the bulb. Hum ho!
  • 21st Jan 2012 - Car passed the 130,000 miles mark.When the weather gets warm, I will give it a quick service and cleaning.
  • 1st Jan 2012 - Happy New Year to you all!! :D
  • 16th Dec 2011 - Car passed MOT once again. Same advisories as last year (minus brakes) so good for another year!
  • 28th Aug 2011 - Spark plugs replaced as it was a little bit overdue for a change.
  • 8th Aug 2011 - Oh and with the sump pan replaced, that means the oil has been drained and topped up with new oil. Bonus!
  • 8th Aug 2011 - Sump pan replaced as it was cracked & leaking. That lasted 126,369 miles until a large rock smashed it! :(
  • 11th May 2011 - No updates... car is driving well.
  • 26th Feb 2011 - Around a month later, the new brakes system has bedded down and I'm finding them good, almost as good as my previous Black Diamond brake setup. So I think it was a good purchase!
  • 17th Jan 2011 - Received the today, so need to find the time to fit them to see what I think of it. :D
  • 14th Jan 2011 - Again, did some research and have decided to go with the - the Mintex codes for the ST170 size are: Front disc - MDC1559, Rear disc - MDC1600, Front pads - MDB2272 and Rear pads - MDB1959.
  • 14th Jan 2011 - Passed MOT with 3 advisories - brakes needs replacing, lower exhaust slightly deteriorated and also fuel pipes corroded. Hmm...
  • 12th Jan 2011 - After some research, I have gone with Falken FK452 for all 4 corners - not too bad so far!
  • 5th Jan 2011 - Had my car checked over, ready for MOT next week. Needs new tyres and also new brakes. But need tyres repalced to pass MOT. So in the hunt for a new one...
  • 18th Dec 2010 - Had the oil changed - many thanks to AP Tuning for the work
  • 9th Dec 2010 - Left lights on, resulted in flat battery. D'oh! Jump-started, all OK now
  • 16th May 2010 - Received the rocker cover gasket and O rings to replace mine as the oil were leaking - see my HOWTO on replacing the Rocker Gasket Seal on the ST170
  • 9th Apr 2010 - Wires to the alternator broken off, causing the battery to run flat. Replaced...
  • 8th Apr 2010 - One of the new Philips X-Treme Power bulb has already blew, only lasted a month! Returned for full refund and re-fitted my bog standard spare bulbs for now.
  • 24th Mar 2010 - Thermostat Housing replaced, now all good! FINIS 1319479. And also new anti-freeze - FINIS 1336799
  • 20th Mar 2010 - Fitted new headlight bulbs - H7 Philips X-treme Power - BIG difference from the bog standard bulbs! It lights up the road pretty well.
  • 18th Mar 2010 - Leaking from the Thermostat Housing. :( Booked my car in Ford garage for replacement on 24th March.
  • 1st Mar 2010 - No problem over the past few month until now - car failed to start! Did the usual checks, seems fine. So got RAC to turn up to have a look and he tracked it down to the Crankshaft Sensor. Unplugged/replugged and all is good. He advised me to replace it. This is FINIS 6740816 in case anyone is interested. Found one so have ordered one and will be fitting it myself when it arrives.
  • 21st Dec 2009 - Car failed MOT - over a simple number plate bulb! A quick repair and it has passed the MOT. :D
  • 14th Dec 2009 - Oh and have passed the 110,000 miles mark this morning.
  • 14th Dec 2009 - One week on with the new tyres, good so far. Less road noise I think. Good in wet too.
  • 12th Dec 2009 - Booked my car in for MOT on 21st Dec - hopefully will pass!
  • 7th Dec 2009 - Front tyres are worn out, so have replaced them with tyres - the same I have with rears as I found it as good as the standard GS-D3.
  • 28th Sept 2009 - No updates so far, car is doing well. However have started doing some research on better headlight bulbs. Anyone recommend one?
  • 3rd Aug 2009 - Ford Fair went pretty well. My car was with the Ford ST Owners Club club stand as before and it was busy as usual. I went on the Lotus passanger ride and I can't believe how good the grip it has! A really enjoyable day. See you next year? :)
  • 1st Aug 2009 - Ford Fair tomorrow! Have been cleaning my car and preparing it. Weather should be nice like last year. See you there tomorrow!
  • 27th June 2009 - Nothing to report - car is running sweet. Looking forward to Ford Fair in a few months time
  • 17th May 2009 - Thanks to all who attended FITP and hopefully saw my car at a club stand with Ford ST Owners Club - shame about the weather but the day was good. My photos for FITP 2009 is now online. See you at Ford Fair in August!
  • 16th May 2009 - Spent all day cleaning my car in prepration for Fiesta in the Park (FITP) for tomorrow - should be a great day!
  • 15th May 2009 - Oh and make sure Ford has the correct spark plug for the ST170! They used FINIS 1493001 which is for the standard Focus, on my ST170! It should be FINIS 1151999 for the ST170. Thankfully I spotted it on the paperwork yesterday, went back and got it changed to the correct one. So make sure you check your paperwork!
  • 14th May 2009 - Car service all done. Health checkup says all is good apart from the N/S driveshaft seal is weeping oil. So need to get this sorted out someday.
  • 8th May 2009 - Decided to book my car into Ford for Major Service as there was other things that I am concerned. The Major Service includes Health Checkup, which should help me. Booked for 14th May
  • 26th Apr 2009 - Car is doing well so far. Currently trying to source parts to service my car to save costs. And oil change too. Feedback on the tyres - pretty good so far and good grip. Will consider having it on the front the next time I'm due for new tyres.
  • 21st Feb 2009 - Decided that the front tyres were getting a bit too low so have new tyres fitted. Current rear tyres went onto front and new tyres went onto rear. This time, I am trying a different one - a . Lets see how well it behaves!
  • 11th Feb 2009 - Started to look around to buy some parts to service my car myself to save costs. But tyres first...
  • 23rd Jan 2009 - I have joined the 100,000 miles club! My car rolled over to this miles this afternoon - see photo
  • 29th Dec 2008 - MOT Result - PASSED! Very pleased with that. One advisory which is the chipped windscreen under 10mm circle on the driver side view (Zone A) - 8.3.1a - but it's fine for now. Will need to have my car serviced next month or so, mainly the oil change as I can do the rest of the serviceable items myself to save money.
  • 28th Dec 2008 - Washed my car, checked all lights, wipers, brakes, etc - seems good for MOT tomorrow. Hope it will pass with flying colours...
  • 14th Dec 2008 - It's time for MOT, road tax, service and car insurance - all up for renewal. MOT booked for Dec 29th. New road tax disc arrived. Service will be done at a later time and insurance will be sorted in Jan. Not a good time for this month!
  • 5th Oct 2008 - Washed my car and cleaned up the insides. Think the car will get dirty as we approach autumn and winter!!
  • 23rd Sept 2008 - No updates - car is doing good. I'm happy. :D
  • 9th Sept 2008 - Finally, my car was ready to be picked up! Went to the bodyshop afrer work, inspected the repair work, all perfect. Drove home all happy. :D
  • 4th Sept 2008 - Was told that the parts has arrived, guess it's parts issue... and they have made a start with the repair work. Should be ready soon.
  • 1st Sept 2008 - Still waiting for the go ahead for the repair work...
  • 27th Aug 2008 - Bodyshop is saying £851 worth of repair including paint is needed. Gah. Thank god his insurance is covering the costs including a hire car - a Lexus 220d SE!
  • 26th Aug 2008 - Dropped off my car to the bodyshop for estimate repair work
  • 24th Aug 2008 - My birthday - went for a drive all the way to France and Brugee via Eurotunnel - we had a great time. Car was great!
  • 15th Aug 2008 - NOT AGAIN!! Old man ran into the rear of my car while waiting at a junction! Damage on the outside is just a scratch and a bit of a dent :( But still okay for the drive to Europe.
  • 30th July 2008 - Engine bay cleaning, dusting, hoovering, etc has been done. Phew!
  • 28th July 2008 - Finished painting the brake calipers in red as it looks tacky and rusty previously. Looks much better now
  • 27th July 2008 - Week off from work! Going to prepare my car for Ford Fair. I will be on the Ford ST Owners Club stand. See you there!!
  • 13th July 2008 - Going to miss my car for 3 days while my car's in the bodyshop garage. Thank god for our 2nd car (VW Golf!) so can still drive to work. :D
  • 3rd July 2008 - Booked my car in for bodywork repair - getting the stonechip done and also the dent FINALLY! Car is going in on 14th July, so a week away
  • 26th June 2008 - Think my front's wheel bearing are on the way out. Need to have them checked out. Considering it has done over 94,000 miles, I think it've done well!
  • 14th June 2008 - Gave my car some loving by taking it to a professional car cleaning company - Evolution Valet - well impressed with their service!
  • 21st May 2008 - New tyres fitted to rear while the rear side got to the front. Also had all wheels balanced at SCA Internatgional Race & Rally Centre - great service!
  • 18th May 2008 - Finally fitted the new oil dipstick tube and also the manifold headshield. HOWTO on ST170 Manifold Headshield and HOWTO on ST170 Oil Dipstick are up now
  • 13th May 2008 - Received the new tyres. Going to get them fitted on Wednesday 21st May
  • 9th May 2008 - Ordered two new front tyres as it's starting to wear out a little bit. Going to stay with the same make & model which is the as I found them very good.
  • 23rd April 2008 - Ordered and received another K&N Panel Air filter (KN-33-2819) as my current one is very dirty and I was not able to clean all of the dirt out. So getting a new one and looking after it properly would make things easier with cleaning. Oh and fitted it! :)
  • 19th April 2008 - Finished painting the manifold heatshield along with the oil dipstick tube too, as it's on the way out too. Will need to fit them someday
  • 8th April 2008 - Managed to find a very good condition manifold heatshield for a very good price as my current one is loose and rusty. Will paint it with heatproof paint to stop it from going rusty again
  • 1st April 2008 - It was the master cylinder! So it got replaced, along with new sealant for the thermostat housing as it was leaking. Car is all happy once again. :D
  • 24th March 2008 - Leaking on the clutch pedal. Either the slave cylinder that was repaired last Oct is faulty or it's the master cylinder... grr. Booked my car for 1st April with Ford
  • 19th Feb 2008 - After a long drive to Uxbridge to TOTD and got the Piper Cams Vernier Camshaft Timing Pulley fitted - it was well worth the costs! A big thank you to TOTD for doing the job. A must-have modification to your ST170 car!
  • 9th Feb 2008 - Ported throttle body fitted in my car. And cleaned the K&N Panel filter at the same time. Took my car for a test drive - what an amazing difference from the ported TB! Photos and How-to to follow
  • 6th Feb 2008 - TOTD visit confirmed for 19th Feb for the Piper Cams Vernier Camshaft Timing Pulley
  • 4th Feb 2008 - Researching to have Piper Cams Vernier Camshaft Timing Pulley fitted by TOTD - need to arrange a date
  • 28th Jan 2008 - Ported throttle body arrived - will need to fit it someday
  • 20th Jan 2008 - My K&N Air panel filter is in need of a clean as it has been about a year so far. Opened it up and the air filter box is full of dirt, which I have cleaned. But the K&N Panel filter is in need of a clean so I have ordered the K&N Air Filter Recharger Cleaning Service Kit - 99-5000. Should arrive soon, so I can clean it.
  • 7th Jan 2008 - MOT passed. Service went well. No additional repair work, which I am pleased with!
  • 31th Dec 2007 - A good 2 months of no problem with my car, which I am pleased with. My car is due for MOT and service on 7th January 2008, so hopefuly good news! A very Happy New Year to you all! :D
  • 12th Dec 2007 - Decided to move my insurance policy over to Adrian Flux as they gave me a very good price than my current insurance who wanted almost £100 more! So I've decided not to renew with them and switched to AF. :)
  • 19th Oct 2007 - It wasn't the clutch so no replacement needed. It was the slave cylinder. Much better now!
  • 11th Oct 2007 - Brake fluid topped up. Ford noticed my clutch may be on the way out or the slave cylinder might be dodgy. Booked my car in with Ford
  • 8th Oct 2007 - Handbrake light on the dashboard started to flicker - turned out to be low brake fluid - uh oh! hopefully not leaking... will visit the Ford garage to find out.
  • 12th Sept 2007 - Files section added - the first file is an step by step of fitting an rear spoiler
  • 28th August 2007 - Starting to think what engine modification to do next...maybe underdrive pulley or something else
  • 6th August 2007 - My first club stand with FFOC at Ford fair was a success! Lovely weather. Photos here
  • 3rd August 2007 - Start preparing my car for Ford Fair. See you there on the FFOC Stand!
  • 28th July 2007 - Had my car rolled road at Clive Atthowe Tuning, Norwich this morning. And the result is something I am pleased with. The 1st graph from Aug 2006 - standard (no mods) And with mods (K&N Panel filter and Bluefin) for this day. I'm pleased with the result. :D
  • 15th July 2007 - Need to make a start with cleaning my care in prepation for Ford Fair. Hoover the insides, wash the car, inside and outside, polish, clean the engine bay and other things. Need a good weather as it has been raining a lot!
  • 23rd June 2007 - Car is doing well, need a wash, tho.
  • 5th June 2007 - Show plate created, ready for Ford Fair 2007
  • 17th May 2007 - Had the new tyres fitted - what a difference! Better grip. Well worth the purchase.
  • 15th May 2007 - Received the new tyres! Pic #1 and Pic #2
  • 12th May 2007 - Cambelt change done. Car is happy now!
  • 11th May 2007 - Ordered a new set of tyres - - should get them early next week.
  • 1st May 2007 - Finally found one Ford garage that can do the whole job (cambelt kit, Aux belt, Pulley, Tensioner and other bits) for around £280 inc VAT! So booked my car in for 12th May. Result! :D
  • 28th April 2007 - Two Ford garages wanted over £280 just for cambelt kit!! Hmm, trying another garage...
  • 18th April 2007 - Decided to have the cambelt changed as it has went over 80,000 miles. Looking around for a quote...
  • 4th April 2007 - New wipers arrived. And I did an HOWTO... on how to stop the dribble on the windscreen!
  • 2nd April 2007 - Wipers are starting to go bad, so I ordered some new PIAA wipers! But it's at different size. Wondering why? Stay tuned to find out why...
  • 31st March 2007 - Almost reaching the 80,000 miles mark and it's time to look around for a good quote on cambelt change. I know it can last up to 100,000 miles mark, but I am not taking the risk...
  • 10th March 2007 - Fitted new set of number plates (front & rear) as the old one were bubbling up from water leak that went in the middle of the number plates. The new plates included the website URL of this site on the bottom plates. :D
  • 24th Feb 2007 - Finally sorted out with my insurance for the Bluefin install - mapped my car and woooooosh! More torque. And I'm smiling. :D
  • 23rd Feb 2007 - One week later, it's awesome and I'm loving the stopping power! Go and get them for your ST170!
  • 16th Feb 2007 - Got the new brakes fitted. Need to bed them down for the first 400 to 600 miles before I will tell the difference
  • 12th Feb 2007 - After some searching, I've found a garage who can fit the brakes and do the brake fluids for just £64 for the whole job! So going to book my car in soon. Well worth looking around!
  • 10th Jan 2007 - Black Diamond brake kit arrived. Will arrange a time to fit them somewhen in Feb. See the pictures... This is also 1 year since I got my ST170 car!
  • 23rd Dec 2006 - Xmas pressie for me - Black Diamond Front & Rear discs and also Front & Rear Predator Pads. Should be receiving it around early January!
  • 19th Dec 2006 - MOT passed. Service went well. Car is happy now. Only one advisory which are the brakes pads & discs needs replacing in 3,000 miles time. Going to order a new set soon...
  • 16th Dec 2006 - Insurance replied, inspection and repair work booked for 15th Jan 2007. Hire car will be supplied
  • 12th Dec 2006 - Booked my car in for MOT and Full Major Service for 19th December. I'm sure it will pass MOT.
  • 9th Dec 2006 - While sitting on a traffic jam, a guy ran into the rear of my car! Thankfully no major damage, just scratches on the bumper, but no idea about the exhaust or internal damage. Insurance contacted to arrange for my car to be inspected. Not a good timing for Xmas!
  • 7th Dec 2006 - Received the Bluefin device - plugged it in my car to test it quickly and wow, it's sweeeeet. Going to test it fully soon to pick the correct tune and then remove it. Going to reinstall it when I renew my insurance.
  • 2nd Dec 2006 - Replaced the side repeaters with a smoked side repeaters and orange bulbs - it suits the black car! See my How To on fitting them.
  • 2nd Dec 2006 - Both side of headlight bulb replaced, along with new sidelight bulbs - Philips Blue Vision Ultra. Very nice!
  • 30th Nov 2006 - Driver side headlight bulb blew - got a new one but will need to fit them
  • 6th Nov 2006 - 3rd top rear brake light replaced (FINIS 1120425) and it's looking much better!
  • 3rd Nov 2006 - Got the CAT heatshield out. I think I know why this happened... I only did the stainless steel cable tie wrap on one side but not the other side... so as you can guess, it came out from the rusted nut and scraped along the road! Here are the photos
  • 2nd Nov 2006 - After almost 4 months of no problems with the CAT heatshield and stainless steel tie wrap, it has snapped and caused the CAT heatshield to bunkle up as it get wedged between the CAT system and the road. And tomorrow morning is where we're off to Kettering and Santa Pod. Bad timing! Going to try to remove it early tomorrow morning.
  • 27th Sept 2006 - Managed to find the time to order the new top, rear brake light (FINIS 1120425) and will need to fit it someday!
  • 29th August 2006 - D'oh, I was messing about with the top, rear brake light and somehow cracked the plastic cover! Think I overtighten it. Need to buy a new one...
  • 19th August 2006 - Got my car rolled road - achieved 164.4bhp (7080rpm) and 137.8lbft (5521rpm) - seems to be an average for most ST170 cars out there for standard car (i.e. unmodified).
  • 5th August 2006 - Success! The stainless steel tie wrap to secure the CAT heat shield worked well! :D This is what it used to be when I firstly noticed it. After a month of no action, this is what it looks like! Now with the stainless steel tie wrap, it's much better now.
  • 4th August 2006 - CAT heatshield starting to get noisy and rattling - looked under and found the it's opening up even more. Need to do the stainless steel tie wrap soon! Photos to follow
  • 21st July 2006 - This will be around 2 months since I last washed my car. Need to do that as soon as the house move is all done! My poor car...
  • 13th July 2006 - Got a quote from the bodyshop for repairing the stonechip and respraying - around £160 - ouch. Need to find the time to drop off my car as it will take 2 to 3 days!
  • 4th July 2006 - Parts arrived, fixed and now all sorted. Picked up car, all fine now... hopefully! Photo 1 and Photo 2 of the new piece.
  • 26th June 2006 - Ford says it's the "Engine Air Shut Off Control" (FINIS 4447983) that needs to be replaced along with the "Manifold Kit" (FINIS 1367457) but parts are out of stock. Waiting...
  • 25th June 2006 - Uh oh. Clicking noise from the engine bay. Got RAC called, they checked and it was something to do with the silver box that is hanging on the firewall area (back of the engine). Was advised to take it to the Ford garage and was OK to drive home. Left car at Ford garage
  • 22nd June 2006 - Fixed now! Something to do with the door module (FINIS 1349090) which was replaced. Works great now!
  • 19th June 2006 - Took my car to Ford so they can take a look at the problem with the flashing indicators and they said the previous job they have done has somehow damaged something and they will fix it free of charge. So this should be sorted out soon
  • 14th June 2006 - Looks like the accelerator cable repair has somehow affected the flashing indicators when you pressed the lock button twice - it doesn't flash at all. Contacted Ford to find out.
  • 14th June 2006 - Vibrating accelerator pedal now finally fixed! Photo of the longer cable - used FINIS codes 4573474 for the cable and 6793327 for the clips
  • 27th May 2006 - Big stone chip on the front of the bonnet. (Photo) :(. Finding out how much to pay for it to be repaired
  • 4th May 2006 - Someone scratched the front, right side of the wing - grrr. :(
  • 23rd April 2006 - Fitted the Air Deflector (FINIS 1212560) to replace the faulty part. The Snorkel (FINIS 4359190) is being kept as spare just in case. - Pictures
  • 8th April 2006 - Fitted the "ST170" side sticker decals - photo #1, photo #2 and photo #3
  • 8th April 2006 - Bad news! My front bumper has been scruffed by someone else! No idea what happened but it looks bad... photo #1 and photo #2 - how can anyone do it and not leave a note?
  • 7th April 2006 - Washed car in prepation for the stonechipped paintwork and hopefully putting on the "ST170" side sticker decals
  • 3rd April 2006 - Fitted K&N Air Filter Panel (KN-33-2819) - has improved the idle and the car pulls better. See photos of the work.
  • 29th March 2006 - Cleaned the engine a bit - before and after photos.
  • 22nd March 2006 - Removed the company logo sticker from the rear window using the hairdryer and nail remover product to remove the sticky goo.
  • 18th March 2006 - Fitted "ST170" stainless steel tax holder - photo
  • 18th March 2006 - Fitted "ST170" brake light cover - photo
  • 15th March 2006 - Washed my car. Stuck on "FFOC" sticker on rear, side windows - photo
  • 28th Feb 2006 - Main, left headlight bulb blew - replaced. Was hard to remove the plastic cover!
  • 26th Feb 2006 - Full replacement on all windscreen wipers (front and rear), think it was over 2 years old, so it was long overdue! The Bosch wipers are pretty good.
  • 24th Feb 2006 - Gave my car its first wash!
  • 16th Jan 2006 - Lambda sensor failed - replaced under warranty. Was told it's a common fault on most Focus cars.
  • 10th Jan 2006 - Got my car!!