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Hi guys.
Signed up recently after purchasing a Focus Zetec to use while my BMW E30 is off the road.
Didnt pay much for it as it has a few car park battle scars however so far(touch wood) it hasnt given me any trouble,oh except for the coil pack packing up two days after I got it.
Anyway have a couple of questions for those in the know if you dont mind.

1, The car is a 1999 1.8 Zetec 3dr.The headlights are shocking in comparison to my 21 year old BMW(before it had HID fitted).
They work fine although the light output on unlit roads is very poor indeed.The outer plastic lenses are a bit dull/scratched in all fairness,could this be the root of my problem?If so are new outer lenses available or does the full headlight unit have toi be replaced?
Will I be able to upgrade to a HID kit as I have on my BMW?If so can you tell me what bulb type is in the Focus?

2, If I zero the mileometre on the speedo when I fill up with fuel it registers miles covered fine but after switching the car off and on a few times the mileometre has reset itself to zero.
All other dash features and lights function fine so is this likely to be a dash fault or something else?

3, My drivers door window motor has gone into retirement and the glass is currently wedged up with a piece of wood [8]
After doing a quick search on Google I notice motor failure is quite common on these cars(poor design maybe?).Anyway is it a straightforward job to change it?

4, I have purchased a cambelt kit which I intend to fit next weekend.
I have done many cambelts on early Zetec Escorts over the years but a friend told me the other day that the later Zetec requires special locking pins as it has a floating crank?
Is this true and is there an alternative to using special tools(ie drillbit??)

I am confident with a spanner and do all my own work but never worked on a Focus so all help appreciated.

Thanks Tony
 

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1.- Headlights worn out is a very common issue in Focus. I would recommend you this. You can water sand your headlights and then polish them using a polisher if you know how to. If not they sell special stuff for headlights that works on its own although it is a little bit more expensive. You will recover some light.

There is some bulb brand in the market, that has 50% brighter lights than stock lights. I have seen people put those and the difference is incredible. I have to ask my friend for the name of the company because I don't remember now.

2.- Weird.

3.- You have to take apart the door, removing the crank. The change the motor. If it is your first time is going to take you around two hours at least, but it is pretty easy to do. You can look for some how tos on installing ASAP kits, that can help you to understand the problem.

4.- What is a floating crank? (first time I hear of this) If this is double on head cam engine, there is a tool for alignment. I don't have this engine, but I would say drillbits would fit, but they don't synchronize the cams.

Well, a Focus is not a BMW, it usually implies more work hours, so you can have fun working on your car.
 

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how you doing across the Great Pond--- will to answer your question about head-lights -- im using Hella-blues-- they are so much brighter than stocks it's not even funny--

I dont know what they'd be called in the UK--- good luck [cheers]
 

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get mach hid's from america. or do a retrofit.
 
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