Monday, 21 November 2016

How to find out if your car has been clocked - Free Car Mileage Check

This might be of interest if you're looking at cars to buy. Found mine had been clocked when I ran the reg through the Mot checker. If you want to test out and view the info in the video the registration to check is LT53ZCV

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Ford Puma/Fiesta Front Seats removal

How to remove the front seats from a Ford Puma or Ford Fiesta

Friday, 5 August 2016

Ford Puma Pollen Filter Replacement

Replacing the cabin pollen filter on a Ford Puma or Fiesta is one of the easiest maintenance jobs to do. This video shows you how to change the pollen filter very easily.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Changing Ford Puma Fuel Filter - how to remove old fuel filter and replace

Changing the Fuel Filter on a Ford Puma is a very straightforward job, actually removing and fitting the new filter only takes a few minute. I found the bit that took longest was refixing the metal clip to hold the new fuel filter in place but a pair of molegrips did the job in the end.
Changing Ford Puma Fuel Filter
Changing Ford Puma Fuel Filter 
 Photo of the (very) old fuel filter before being replaced, the rust shows how old it was! A video showing the location and how to remove is below


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Ford Puma - Fitting Replacement Rear Bumper

The rear bumper on my Millennium edition Ford Puma had some scuff marks on one side so when a replacement bumper became available for a low price I decided it was worth swapping over. The rear bumper can be fairly easily removed. There are 4 bolts inside the boot of the car that need a deep 13mm socket to remove, there is a 7mm bolt on each side under the wheel arch and 2 Torx T25 screws that need to be removed first from the wheel arch liner to give access.

Ford Puma rear bumper removed
Ford Puma rear bumper removed
With the rear bumper off I was able to touch up a few areas of minor surface rust before getting the new bumper fitted back on. Plenty of waxoyl around to make sure that the rust doesn't return!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Silver Ford Puma Sold - Millennium restoration

My silver Ford Puma sold yesterday so I'm now down to one with the Puma Millennium. Very sad to see it go as it's been such a fantastic car for me and got me back into the love of Pumas again. My silver Puma was a low mileage example and all the controls felt incredibly tight and smooth so I hope the new owners have as much enjoyment from it as I have.

I'm now full steam ahead with the work on the Millennium Puma, I have a replacement rear bumper to fit as well as new gear linkage.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Free Ford Radio Codes Unlocking - Keycode from Serial Number 6000CD

After I'd swapped the radios between my Ford Pumas I found that the code supplied with the car didn't work with the radio and wouldn't unlock it. I'm guessing that at some point the previous owner had replaced the radio and the key code in the user manual was no longer correct.

Fortunately I found a site online that offers a radio code service to decode from the serial number. I was a bit surprised as it doesn't seem the most secure way to ensure a radio is prevented from being stolen and resold but it worked!

Enter the serial number for the radio and the decoder will give the 4 digit radio code.
Free Ford Radio Codes Unlocking
Free Ford Radio Codes Unlocking

Friday, 1 January 2016

Adding an Aux Input to Ford Car Stereo Radio CD6000/5000

If you want to add an Aux input for a Ford CD6000 radio then using a Connects2 box as per this video is a very easy way to do it. This took a matter of minutes to do in my Ford Puma.

Ford Puma Millennium Special Edition Review - Yellow with Recaro Sports Seats

The Ford Puma Millennium is a special edition model of the Puma range that is immediately identifiable by the bright yellow paintwork that they sport. It was launched in late 1999 as part of Ford's Millennium celebrations along with similar editions of the Ka and Focus with limited numbers of each produced. There were 1000 Ford Puma Millennium editions produced and as of early 2016 there are now around 300 left. Each one was individually numbered, I own number Puma Millennium 186.

Ford Puma Millenium Review
Ford Puma Millennium Review
In addition to the yellow paintwork, the interior is also unique amongst Pumas in that the seats are all recaro leather sports seats. Although other Pumas such as the Thunder and Black editions have leather seats only the Millenium has Recaros meaning some cars get broken purely for the seats.

The Puma Millennium (or as the DVLA specify on the V5C document, the Puma Millenium) has exactly the same engine and mechanicals as the standard Puma so performance is no different. However the Millenium was only produced with the 1.7 16V engine so no genuine Millennium editions exist with the 1.4 or 1.6 engines.

Puma Millennium interior with leather recaro sports seats
As a driver's car the Ford Puma is one of the most exceptional bargains at the moment. The drive and handling are superb even after this time although you want to make sure that all suspension components are still in good condition to get the best driving experience.

The 1.7 16V Zetec engine has variable cam technology and from around 4000rpm the engine just flies. The VCT Zetec engine is very flexible and pulls well all across the rev range which makes it a very popular donor engine for Fiestas giving another source of Pumas being broken for parts.

Unfortunately the Millennium edition suffers from the same rusting rear arches as the rest of the Ford Puma family although many of the ones I've seen seem to have less significant rust than other Pumas - maybe they were treated differently by owners as a special edition?

As with my standard Puma the fuel economy on the Millennium edition is very good and achieves 40mpg on average mixed driving. The fuel tank isn't massive so although you won't be spending a fortune to fill up you also won't have a massive range. I've only just managed to get over 300 miles from a tank up to now.

It's often suggested that the rear seats of the Puma aren't suitable for passengers but I've actually found them far more useful than expected. I previously drove a Porsche 911 and the Puma is much more comfortable than that!