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 Post subject: Automatics
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Hi there, just bought a ford Fiesta titanium automatic with power shift, the guy I bought it off had put in 3 new batteries since new, it's 3 and half years old, he told me the problem had been fixed but I have my doubts, it wouldn't start the other day as the battery had low power, needed a jump lead start and it's ok now, I think the parking light was on most of the weekend as it was on as we tried to get it started. reading an article saying ford had a problem with the power shift aspect of the gearbox, not sure if I want to use it, my question is, is it ok to sit at junctions if held up for a while with my foot on the brake or should I shift to neutral? I got the car for well under book price and a low mileage I know the last owner as he lives on my street and had bought a new car off the internet.

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caravan72 wrote:
my question is, is it ok to sit at junctions if held up for a while with my foot on the brake



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No it's F3cking not............


Your car reglardless of make/model comes with a f3cking handbrake. Use it !!!!

(Nothing personal C72, one of my pet hates........) :wink:

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ease up Wine~o..... it's not ILLEGAL to do it, just not good driving practice. People do a LOT worse when driving (i.e. let women on the roads :lol: )

If your 'wait' is going to be less that 30 seconds I'd go with the brake - else pop into neutral and use the handbrake.

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ease up Wine~o..... it's not ILLEGAL to do it, just not good driving practice. People do a LOT worse when driving (i.e. let women on the roads :lol: )

If your 'wait' is going to be less that 30 seconds I'd go with the brake - else pop into neutral and use the handbrake.


It's bl@@dy annoying for anyone pulled up behind, particularly in the dark.

I drive an automatic now and it's handbrake for me (and left in Drive) - not sure what its got to do with the batteries though. :scratch:

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does it have stop/start ? there notorious for eating battery's people cheap out on getting the correct battery and stick a standard item on the car

Ford are known since the late 1990's for under spec'ing battery's esp the higher end cars with power and electric everything if it has a 065 put an 075 on it as it has better cold cranking and a higher Ah rating

As for leaving it in gear while stopped anything more than 30 sec handbrake on into neutral, as above its just good practice, if its the cvt you can burn the fluid, but with a normal auto you can do more damage overtime

5-10 seconds of your time or a big bill further down the road, I know which one i would rather do


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kellys_eye wrote:
ease up Wine~o.....



That must be a first.....the Rantiest (I made that word up) person on the forum telling some-one to calm down......
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If your 'wait' is going to be less that 30 seconds I'd go with the brake


So you've stopped at a junction/roundabout/red light/pedestrian crossing....and you Know in advance that you are going to be there for less or more than thirty seconds??????

If I have time to apply the handbrake then I do. I then put the car/van into neutral.

My Mrs. does the same.

which saved at least 2 pedestrians some injuries at a pelican crossing when someone rear ended her. If she had been sat in gear with the foot on the brake then the impact would have caused the removal of her foot from the brake......(Think about it) and the car in gear may well have carried on further across the crossing and hurt some-one....I could go off on a rant...

But that is your job K-E... :salute:

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+1 wine-o

being rear ended with your foot on the brake you may end up with a knackered ankle this happened to a friend of a friend who got hit at 40mph square up the back by a 2 month old bmw


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+1 wine-o

being rear ended with your foot on the brake you may end up with a knackered ankle this happened to a friend of a friend who got hit at 40mph square up the back by a 2 month old bmw


let alone the fact the car will continue over whoever/whatever is in front of it!!!!!!! :shock:

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This is one of those cases where people don't admit to bad habits. I mean, who HASN'T exceeded the speed limit (for example), likewise who keeps both hands on the steering wheel?

The 'holding on the brake' thing is another typical example.

People do what people do - it's not a rant (this time :lol: ) but you can't change peoples nature (easily). Or should we fine everyone who leans one elbow on the open door window

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kellys_eye wrote:
I mean, who HASN'T exceeded the speed limit (for example),

30 mph limit I might admit to 32 on a dry day with good visibility'.......

likewise who keeps both hands on the steering wheel?The only time My hands are off the steering wheel (Normally 1/4 to 3 or 10 to 2 are when I'm changing gear, applying the handbrake....or rubbing Mrs W-Os leg....

The 'holding on the brake' thing is another typical example.

should we fine everyone who leans one elbow on the open door window


No we shouldn't fine them.. we should hang the Bastards....... :lol:

(Apologies to the OP....we do seem to have hi-jacked your thread......)

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wine~o wrote:
(Apologies to the OP....we do seem to have hi-jacked your thread......)

:lol: totally forgot! :lol:

Get the alternator checked. Not only is under voltage an issue, so can OVER voltage be. A reputable garage should be able to test charging current and voltage and issue a good/bad health report. Since the battery has failed numerous times I would suspect the 'common denominator' i.e. the alternator.

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kellys_eye wrote:
This is one of those cases where people don't admit to bad habits. I mean, who HASN'T exceeded the speed limit (for example), likewise who keeps both hands on the steering wheel?

The 'holding on the brake' thing is another typical example.

People do what people do - it's not a rant (this time :lol: ) but you can't change peoples nature (easily). Or should we fine everyone who leans one elbow on the open door window



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yep handbrake on every time.

Hands up who's been stuck behind an old dear at the lights. By the time she's got it in gear and taken the handbrake off they've gone red again. :hello2: :hello2:


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yep handbrake on every time.

Hands up who's been stuck behind an old dear at the lights. By the time she's got it in gear and taken the handbrake off they've gone red again. :hello2: :hello2:


That happened to me once, although she did get away before the lights changed and so I went too, but, it was a fairly wide crossroads and the lights (for our direction) went red as she was bang in the middle of the junction - silly bitch slammed the anchors on and stopped in the middle of the junction.

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I don't have enough hands left to use the handbrake, what with being on the phone, sorting out the playlist on the ipod and having a bowl of cornflakes on my lap....... but luckily, my windows are so dirty the police can't see all that going on.


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