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The handbrake light on my 04 Ford Focus is not illuminating when engaged. Is this a cause for concern or is it easily sorted?


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this could be a bulb problem or wiring, does the light come on when the self test is carried out when the ignition is turned on,


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Hi there, my 05 Ford Focus has been making a creaking noise when I put the handbrake on when parked on a sloping drive. The other day the car moved when i leaned on it and carried on moving when I parked on a steep slope with me in it!. I am firm with the handbrake but have been careful not to wrench it up as I know this can overstretch. It's done 90,000 and its serviced every year. Is this an expensive job?


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this needs the brakes looking at, it does not seem to be an expensive job, but could not advise without looking at the vehicle


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how much will it be to replace the brake pads on a ford festia


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£89 fitted


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Hi, i got a vauxhall corsa 07. I only have this car for 18 months. my brake starting grinding and i only do nearly 17,000 i check the brake disc is not smooth as it meant to be. I took to kwik fit they told me that i need new disc and pad. Can you give me any advice how to take care of my brake pad and drum by driving or parking?


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No sorry your brakes will always wear


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The brakes on my 07 ford focus 1.8 are very harsh. i've been told that it is possible to have the system adjusted on adealers computer. Is this correct please?


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no never heard of that before


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Hi, I have a ford focus 1.6 petrol from 2000. The handbrake warning light has been staying on after the handbrake has been released and then flickering going off a short time later. This doesn't happen every time the handbrake is released, just sometimes. The performance of the brakes does not appear reduced, and I have checked the brake fluid level which seems ok (about half way between max and min markers), I was wondering how to check the brakes for wear, and also what could be causing this fault. Thanks.


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top up the fluid to the max. to check the wear on the brakes remove the wheels and check the pads thickness


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Is it always necessary to measure brake drums for wear or is true that if they appear in good condition and there is no 'lipping' they won't be that worn?


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Brake drums do not wear easily, i would expect a brake drum to last 100,000 miles before it shows signs of wear


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RE: Hi, I've recently bought an S reg (1999) Focus 2.0 petrol Ghia. It was advertised as having ABS but have since found that either it doesn't or it's not working. Does this year & spec of Focus normally have ABS fitted and if it doesn't, how easy is it to get it? Kind Regards, A. Answer Hi can you tell me the registration number so i can cehck with ford Many thanks for your reply. The Registration no is S507 GHU. (Is it possible not to put this in yoiur reply please? Many thanks, A.


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yes some vehicles have ABS as standard on your type of vehicle, your registration is not on file with Ford so can not check the specification. it would not be cost effective to retrofit ABS if it is not fitted, any Ford dealer should be able to check to see if ABS is fitted


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Could you please confirm the warning Low EPB Level???? Ford Focus CMAX 2.0 TDCi Thank you


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Check your brake fluid this means you could have a fault on your electronic parking brake


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I have a ford 2001 Focus 1600. When truning a corner or going around a roundabout the hand brake light comes on stays on then goes off. what could cause this?


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could be the brake fluid lever below minimum or a fault in the curcit


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I have a Ford Mondeo(06) which has done approx 24k in 2 years. Is changing the brake fluid normally considered part of a 2 year service or as an optional extra? Is the change out of brake fluid required to maintain warranty?


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changing brake fluid is recommended by Ford, brake fluid absorbs moisture (water) from the air overtme, this can cause problems to the efficiency of the system and failure in some instances


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Hi - I have a Ford Focus and recently have noticed a smallish squeak when the brake pedal is released. There is no such noise when the pedal is depressed or during braking, only when I lift of the pedal. The noise seems to be coming from outside the car - it's not just a squeaky pedal. Could you advise me what the cause might be? Thanks in advance.


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could be a number of things, could be the brake shoes on the back plates if you have drum brakes on the rear, why not pop down to your local dealer for a road test


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i have a 1.4 fiesta 2006 and the abs light is on all the time


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This would need to be looked at by your local dealer


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i got ford fusion 2 its done 8000 miles how long does the brakes last before i change them


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It all depends on the driver, brakes can last years and a lot of miles or just a few thousand miles


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I can hear a clicking noise from the rear end of the car when i go forward and not when iam going backwards. the car is a ford granada scorpio 20 l dhov automatic.


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This could be a number of things, check the brakes first


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I am having problems with my handbrake on the Focus C Max 2.0l GHIA 06 model which has the button handbrake instead of the conventional lever. When I am stationary on a hill start with the handbrake on I am unable to pull away in 1st gear using clutch and accelerator and pressing the handbrake down once I get the biting point. It works fine this way on level ground, downhill, or a small uphill incline, but when I really need it on a steep hill it doesnt work. I can only work it by pressing the footbrake and then switching my foot to the accelerator hence I roll back a little.


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it needs to be chacked by your local dealer,


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my hand brake lights come on now when i drive the car a for focus. the manual says have it checked at a dealer. what is the normal probelm when this light comes on, is it just change of pads and disks?


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CHECK THE BASICS FIRST check fluid level and pad thickness


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I have a 2001 Ford Focus 1.8 TD DI ( its just done 58000 miles and serviced by Ford a few weeks ago) and recently I have noticed a whirring noise when accelerating past 2000 RPM in all gears, Im un-sure whether it could be the turbo or gearbox faults?


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get your local dealer to check


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having just driven through a big puddle my abs light and hand brake light came on could this be a simple fault with water gettig to the brake system or something more serious.


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I would advise that you get your vehicle checked at your local dealer


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I can been told that I should not press the button to put on the hand brake on my ford focus but just drag the handbrake up. This makes a noise and I've been told this is the wrong way and that I should press the button on the handbrake - then lift to set. Who is right ? and what is the best way to put on the hand brake - or can you do it either way ??


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you can do it either way, but if you hold button in when you release it always allow one more click on ratchet this is to ensure it has engauged


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I have fitted new brake shoes to the rear of my 1999 Ford Fiesta Zetec but the handbrake will not hold the car on a hill. How do I adjust the handbrake, there is no information in my manual. Many Thanks, Jeanette Hall.


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the hand brake should be disconected at the lever, and the brakes should be checked to make sure the self adjusters are working correctly then adjust the shoes manualy, refit the drums and apply the foot brake several times this will set up the brakes then refit the handbrake cable and adjsut up to the correct setting


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Hi, I have a Ford Galaxy 1.9tdi P-reg. Last year (May 2006) I spent nearly £1000 getting te brake system repaired \ replaced at my local ATS. Now that the cold weather has come the brake cable and calipers are freezing on making it impossible to use the car until midday (which is no good for my wifes school run). ATS are saying that the cable was not replaced as part of the works and that they do not do this as it is a pain in the backside to do on a Galaxy. Do you think this is a reasonable response or should I pursue it further with them. I'm rather angry at having spent such a large amount of money only to be left with a car that won't work in Winter. Regards, Ian Lawrence


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I feel this is a poor response to a reasonable request from yourself, it may need you to talk to the Manager of ATS os the area Manager if that fails


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I have recently fitted some new break shoes to the rear of the car and would additionally like to adjust the handbrake. The handbrake currently takes 6 clicks to fully engage when it has only taken 2 in the past. I've looked everywhere in the manual for the adjusting mechanism, but to no avail. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks


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To be able to answer this question, we would need to know the model of your vehicle, as there is more than one way of adjusting the handbrake, dependant on model. If you can inform us of your vehicle model, we can then let you know the correct way to adjust it. Alternatively, call into any Jennings Ford branch.


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I have noticed when I brake heavily or brake when travelling on an incline or decline, that I get an extremely noticeable vibration through my steering wheel. I have recently had my front wheels balanced but this has not seemed to fix the problem. Any ideas?


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This sounds as if your front discs are warped, a new set of front discs and pads should cure this concern.


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There is a clicking noise from my front right wheel when I brake. I took it to the garage and they said it was because the wheel was hitting against the four wheel bolts when I brake, because a bolt that fixes the brake to the wheel bolt area is missing. is this likely to cause me problems? will the four wheel bolts be under too much stress? should i get the bolt hole bored onto the four bolt section, or am I worring about nothing? all there is at the moment is that cluncking sound when I brake. Cheers Colin


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If there is a cluncking noise, this definately needs further investigation. Clicking or cluncking noise means that there is potentially something rubbing, and eventually it will rub through which could cause loss of brakes. I strongly suggest that you take the vehicle for further investigation, and a possible strip down, you cannot afford to ignore brake problems.


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What could be causing the squeaking noise from my brakes?


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Squeaking noises are usually caused by dust or the brakes sticking.


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When I brake hard, the steering wheel judders and the brake pedal seems to jump up and down slightly. Could this be serious?


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All brake defects have the potential to be serious. The most likely cause is warped brake disks, however the vehicle should be assessed by a dealer as soon as possible.


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My handbrake is causing problems. I can put it on, but when I want to take it off it really sticks. What can I do about this?


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The cause sounds as though it may involve the internal mechanism. If you are familiar with car parts, you could try checking the handbrake levers, which may have seized. Alternatively, the brake shoes may be contaminated.


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I am having problems with my handbrake which is very loose. I am having to avoid parking on slopes because I am afraid it might roll. What can I do?


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Your vehicles handbrake may just need adjustment but they may be a problem inside the rear brake drums, shoes or cable. this would need checking.


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