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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2010, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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Well I bought my C-Max in February on an 08 plate, replacing a 1.6 Mitsubishi Carisma. The C-Max is so much better. It consumes more fuel (34mpg compared to 39mpg), but then after a service and a TSB recall for a belt problem, it is hovering around 37mpg, which seems OK. I joined the forum to understand more about the car and have found most people find the 1.8 zetec can be a bit thirsty in urban areas. So thank for putting my mind at rest on that.
My only question is about the aircon. Upon engaging aircon, there is a loud grinding noise for about 10 - 15 seconds, and the car just loses its edge, more so than in previous aircon cars I have had. I think I already know the answer, but want to know if others think the same.
Compressor on the way out, stressing the belts.
For reference the person that had it before me I suspect never used the aircon (in 2 years), it was regassed as soon as I bought it, as it was completely ineffective.
Lovely car though, and enjoy these forums, confirming, it is also quite a nice performer - and so comfortable. 4 hours Cheshire to Scottish Borders (the far part), and never got out to have a stretch.
Do any of you buy a spare wheel. I have a full size spare wheel, by accident, but it doesnt fit in the bay, think I will keep it as a reserve wheel and use the foam kit - sorry that was a second question.
Thanks for a couple of months of good reading.Jase
Think my setting are right. If not (first post) this is what should be in the bottom.1.8 Zetec Petrol, 08 plate, sea grey.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2010, 01:01 PM
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First of all Hi & welcome to the club.

Holes in the condenser are a common problem with all C-Max.
Have a look at the posts on air con,I`ve put the name of a company on there who will help you & save you money (not many of them about these days).

Spare tyres are only fitted as an option so if you have a can of gunk then I think only a space saver wheel will fit.
I`m sure someone else will be able to give you more help on this subject.


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post #3 of 5 Old 06-28-2010, 01:18 PM
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Jason, any more information on this belt TSB please?
The engine revs are suppose to increase when the AC is turned on....I'm wondering if they aren't increasing to cope with the increased work load....
The typical situation is for the vehicle to be supplied with either the compressor or a space saver wheel (a much thinner wheel designed only for emergencies). You might want to sell the full size wheel and purchase a space saver. It's up to you really.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-28-2010, 01:21 PM
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-28-2010, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi.I booked the car in for a service as soon as I collected it.It was after the service that the service desk explained it needed to come in for e Technical Service Bulletin to replace a set of belts that are related to the alternator. They explained it wasnt a recall, but a fix on fail or fix on sign of fail. Previously it made a bit of a whine when the alternator was under load. Had a look in the service book and that doesnt say what the actual job was.
Thanks for the advice, think I will keep the full size wheel in the garage and travel with the foam kit.

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