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Ello folks,

Got my new Mondeo last night. An R reg LX, 2.0. All good now it's got a new brake light, aside from 3 little things. Well, am hoping little things!

First, most worrying one is handbrake. Thought it needed adjusting, as it will just about hold on a hill but it needs to be pulled on as tight as it'll go. Asked the garage to adjust it when they were doing my brake light and they said Mondeo brake cables are self-sdjusting? Is he right and what does he mean by that? It is a very good little garage, honest, trustworthy and very reasonable costs so have no reason to doubt him, just looking for expert opinion. :D He said it might need a new brake cable or rear brakes adjusting, possibly new pads. However, it got thru it's MOT end of Sept with no issues with the rear brakes, no advisory for those or anything and had only done 500 miles between now and then. Leaving it with them on Friday, see what needs doing, would welcome your thoughts.

Other 2 are a bit more vague. Feeling some of you may have had this sort of thing happen. When I've got the steering on full lock, think it happens right and left lock, there seems to be a rubbing sound coming from, I think, driver's side front wheel. Garage are going to look at it on Friday, but am worrying this could be something big and my new car isn't the bargin I thought it was. Any suggestions what could be wrong?

Finally, when I'm going over speed bumps, rear passenger side shocks seem to be squeaking. Don't appear to be worn, no excessive movement when you bounce the car. Anything to be checked or concerned about?

Thanks in advance for your help guys and gals! :D
 

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Anyone anything to offer? Am a bit more worried now as the rubbing noise I am getting on full lock appears to be louder the more gas you apply, less noise when you're off the pedal, but still noticeable. Any advice gratefully received.
 

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As always with wierd noises, they are very hard to diagnose without hearing them. For the brakes try an independant garage rather than a fast fit place, you`ll be less likely to get ripped off.

It depends how much you paid for it, bargain cars usually have a lot of parts very near the end of their servicable life,
 

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Handbrake problems are common on Mk3's. The self adjusting set-up is :BEEP: and lots of folks have had to get the cables replaced with a manual adjustment set-up.
For the front rubbing have you had someone else turn while you look?
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Mine's a MK2 tho I believe, 1998? Would that still be possible to have a manually ajustable set up put on? Will ask local garage tomorrow, it's going in to have the brakes looked at and will get them to check the front wheel as well while they're at it. The local garage is an independant and have been very good with me so far, so hopefully get the brakes done reasonably.

Haven't actually looked while some one's turning the car, no, but one of my more mechanically-minded mates has heard it when he was in the car with me and he's almost certain it's a CV joint, says Mondeos are prone to them wearing out? Have priced up some parts if it is that but no idea how long they take to fit to have a guess at labour charges. Anyone know if it's a big job or not?

Thanks very much for the replies so far, much appreciated.
 

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Doh! Sorry about that. I know nothing about Mk2's. Come to think of it I know nothing about Mk3's either :D .
Hope you get it sorted. :L
 

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Right as for the rubbing noise on full lock i think thats just your power steering pump, dont worry mine does it to :L

The handbrake is self adjusting but there is still a adjuster nut underneath, so bang onto them about that :L

And the squeaking, try adjustin the boot latch , if ya need any more help, gimme a shout :L

Same car as you, 1998 mk2 2 litre!!
 

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[quote name=mondeo.man662]Right as for the rubbing noise on full lock i think thats just your power steering pump, dont worry mine does it to :L

The handbrake is self adjusting but there is still a adjuster nut underneath, so bang onto them about that :L

And the squeaking, try adjustin the boot latch , if ya need any more help, gimme a shout :L

Same car as you, 1998 mk2 2 litre!![/quote]

Please help, how can you adjust the latch or is it only poss on a saloon as mine is a hatch and the squeaking is f####ng annoying
 

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Is that common knowledge among mechanics that you can do that or would it only be known to Ford/specialist ones?
 
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