CAT’s Inside Line: Ford Focus (2004-2011)

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Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 09.39.08Welcome to the first instalment in a new CAT feature series designed to help workshops thrive.

Each month we’ll be looking at a different top-selling model to bring you its most common faults, how to diagnose and fix them quickly and efficiently and how to make as much profit as possible along the way.

We’ll also show less common issues and areas where garages could sell extra work to benefit the motorist in the long run. Our Inside Line aims to bring together the knowledge and experience of our readers for the benefit of the aftermarket chain, from the supplier at the top to the motorist at the bottom.

You’ll see brief details of common faults in CAT each month, but for full technical articles you’l need to look here.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Audi A4  from 2008 on, so to get your advice included contact darren.moss@haymarket.com or peter.lawton@haymarket.com

Click below to see technical contributions from:

Autoelectro – talks through alternator wiring problems

CES – explores a range of Focus issues

Comma – takes us through the many liquid checks needed

Contitech – links to Contitech’s own technical information

Dayco – drive belt checks could save the day

Delphi – Delphi’s own technical information

Exol Lubricants – why using the right lubricant is so important

Ferodo & Moog – common faults presented with solutions

Forte – knows the dangers of contamination

Meyle – has a raft of products to fix common Focus issues

Remaned – gives an in-depth look at adjusting engine variables

RMI – pinpoints profit opportunities for savvy workshops

Schaeffler – takes us through the replacement of its Gen 2 bearing

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