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Birds are filthy animals, aren't they?
Nowadays i park inside the garage (what a novel idea) so I don't have to spot clean bird poo every other day.
right above my driveway, there are a few big trees - the neighbour used to feed the birds too.
Cleaned the windscreen, inside and out - I've been told wiping off window cleaning spray with newspaper is the way to go, and it's true! I used to have problem with fully absorbing the cleaning agent. Good rags are hard to find these days.
 
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If your oil level is just a smidgen below maximum line, do you 1) leave it as is because it's till well above minimum level and within the specification or 2) top it up to maximum mark risking potential overfill, which means you have to drain a tad and repeat the process?
 

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Ordered a rear coil spring from Carparts4less and using the best discount code which was cheaper than Euro CP.'s, there is now a £1.99 click and collect charge for picking it up from local Euro Car Parts. This is another inflation rob the public fee/tax considering i spent only £19.20 on 4 oil filters with EuroCP and they delivered it free of charge
 

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This is why ebay charts are not to be trusted when confirming parts,Red words says doesn't fit while it does fit.


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Yeah, even worse is when you select your car from "My Garage" or the drop-down lists, it says the item doesn't fit. Then when you "show all compatible vehicles" the exact same car is listed.
 

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Not helped by a single sparkplug having 10 options due to the gap size. So its the right plug but it wont fit
your car because its a 1.2mm gap and not a 1.3mm gap.
 

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Havn't checked gap yet but just going by plug already fitted NGK ILFR6A.More research needed.
NGK site-correct plug ILFR6A, gap preset (mercedes C180)
Next step email seller to confirm
 

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Today I replaced my alternator, again :rolleyes:, blew it up like a pro this time, catastrophic failure.

All the windings are burnt to a crisp, not a scrap of enamel left on any of them and the back wiring under the plate is all melted, couldn't see the cars behind from all the smoke, it was epic.

The alternator bellowed smoke for over two mins after i pulled over, i cant stress enough how much smoke there was, it looked like i had an engine fire lol.

lets see how long it takes me to kill this one, the cost stings a bit but changing them over on the car is the bit I dred, that rear bolt is not fun!

New Alternator is not a refurb, its a new one and not an exchange which is probably a good thing, i think id get told to piss off if i tried giving that crispy one on exchange ha ha!


Wheel Automotive tire Motor vehicle Alloy wheel Hubcap
Tire Automotive tire Black Rim Artifact
Head Automotive tire Jaw Sculpture Grey
 

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wow! what engine is that in then?
i'm on my 3rd in 16 years though so not bad going :)
the 2.0 petrol ones are failry easy to do once you figure out that you have to remove the plastic exhaust cover thing first to give you the space to pull it free
 

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wow! what engine is that in then?
i'm on my 3rd in 16 years though so not bad going :)
the 2.0 petrol ones are failry easy to do once you figure out that you have to remove the plastic exhaust cover thing first to give you the space to pull it free
Its a V6.

I kill alternators because of my audio system, it places massive spikes on the poor things and the 124A units just dont have what it takes.

Im guessing your 2.0L has the alternator mounted differently than my V6, on mine its bolted to the back of the engine with the bolts at an angle facing towards the back of the car, the bottom two bolts are easy to get at but the top one is a pain in the arse.

To get at the top one you need to have a tool that can reach round the body of the alternator but it also cannot be more than a couple of mm longer otherwise the bulkhead and steering rack prevent your ratchet getting where it needs to be, tool length is not the only limiter, the head size of the ratchet itself is also important, space is really that tight!

I have gone through everything i own and the only combination i can create that will both fit in the space and reach round the alternator is a small 3/8 ratchet only inserted into the socket with the tip of the drive, fully insert it and it wont reach the bolt and no extension can be used.

My 1/2 ratchet has a head that is far to large and fowls on the bulkhead.

Oh, you also have to pop the track rod end off the hub carrier to get the alternator out, dumb design.

Below is a crude drawing of what i mean, the vertical line is the bulkhead and the small circle is the steering rack.
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If your oil level is just a smidgen below maximum line, do you 1) leave it as is because it's till well above minimum level and within the specification or 2) top it up to maximum mark risking potential overfill, which means you have to drain a tad and repeat the process?
1) as it's well within spec. If you check it regularly, I don't think I'd touch it if it was half way between min and max, unless I knew the engine was using oil. I've just done an oil change on my ST220 - I'm sure I've already put in more than the total capacity of the system (5.6L according to the manual), but it's only around half way between min and max. I don't find it particularly easy to read the level on the dipstick, though.
 
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1) as it's well within spec. If you check it regularly, I don't think I'd touch it if it was half way between min and max, unless I knew the engine was using oil. I've just done an oil change on my ST220 - I'm sure I've already put in more than the total capacity of the system (5.6L according to the manual), but it's only around half way between min and max. I don't find it particularly easy to read the level on the dipstick, though.
Does the 3.0L have the same capacity as the 2.5L then?

mine has that capacity, could there be a mis print and yours has a higher capacity than you think?
 

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Does the 3.0L have the same capacity as the 2.5L then?

mine has that capacity, could there be a mis print and yours has a higher capacity than you think?
The first version of the manual I looked at (2002, I think), says 5.5 litres oil for 2.5 24V and 5.6 litres for the 3.0 ST. The 2006 version says 5.7 litres for both. Not a huge difference in practice I suppose. The manual also makes the point that "hot oil may exceed the MAX mark by some millimetres due to thermal expansion".

Whatever I do, I just can't seem to get a clear reading on my dipstick. It's partly due to the fresh oil, but more that there just isn't a clean oil line - it's smeared above and below. It looks like it's about half way between min and max, which is good enough for me. My dipstick has the hatched area between two small holes, and a twist at the end - same as yours?
 

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I'm pretty sure mine (2.0 Duratec-HE) has a hatched area with a line at each end (max & min) and a hole (I'm not sure if a hole each end too but I'm 100% sure there is one at max. end)
My issue is the damn oil is too runny (I use Castrol Magnatec 5W30) and when I pull it out and swing it horizontal it feels like it has already run down a bit. Probably I'm being OCD about it.
 

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I'm pretty sure mine (2.0 Duratec-HE) has a hatched area with a line at each end (max & min) and a hole (I'm not sure if a hole each end too but I'm 100% sure there is one at max. end)
My issue is the damn oil is too runny (I use Castrol Magnatec 5W30) and when I pull it out and swing it horizontal it feels like it has already run down a bit. Probably I'm being OCD about it.
Yes, I think that's part of the problem (the runny oil, not the OCD).
 
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Its a V6.

I kill alternators because of my audio system, it places massive spikes on the poor things and the 124A units just dont have what it takes.

Im guessing your 2.0L has the alternator mounted differently than my V6, on mine its bolted to the back of the engine with the bolts at an angle facing towards the back of the car, the bottom two bolts are easy to get at but the top one is a pain in the arse.

To get at the top one you need to have a tool that can reach round the body of the alternator but it also cannot be more than a couple of mm longer otherwise the bulkhead and steering rack prevent your ratchet getting where it needs to be, tool length is not the only limiter, the head size of the ratchet itself is also important, space is really that tight!

I have gone through everything i own and the only combination i can create that will both fit in the space and reach round the alternator is a small 3/8 ratchet only inserted into the socket with the tip of the drive, fully insert it and it wont reach the bolt and no extension can be used.

My 1/2 ratchet has a head that is far to large and fowls on the bulkhead.

Oh, you also have to pop the track rod end off the hub carrier to get the alternator out, dumb design.

Below is a crude drawing of what i mean, the vertical line is the bulkhead and the small circle is the steering rack.
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oh, i remember working on cars with those issues, trying to change a sierra heater matrix means getting to two screws in the bulkhead that the engine gets in the way of
 

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oh, i remember working on cars with those issues, trying to change a sierra heater matrix means getting to two screws in the bulkhead that the engine gets in the way of
Yeah, its a dumb design on the V6.

The other stupid thing on the V6 is the flexipipe on the exhaust.

As far as I know, all other variants have a bolt on part between the downpipe and cat but on the V6 its part of the Y pipe, a £450 part from ford so my course of action when it inevitably split on my previous V6 mondeo was to go to an exhaust specialist who cut the knackered one off and welded a new one on for a fraction of the cost
 

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Oh, the VR6 Galaxy has the similarly dumb y pipe except it has two flexible pipes, one on each side of the Y, I had an exhaust specialist weld a new one on that too.
 

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i'm going to go and start mine today, got some stuff i need to do and the mondeo is the car to do it with
hopefully it won't break down 🤣
 
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