The good: 2012 Ford Focus Titanium carFocus in the 30s. A voice command system offers excellent control over navigation, music, and paired cell phones. Automatic parallel parking is a nifty trick.
The bad: The dual-clutch transmission does not always shift smoothly. The touch screen is set too far from the driver for easy reach.
The bottom line:Although the 2012 Ford Focus has some quirks, it is a comfortable everyday kind of car that gets very good fuel economy and offers a full range of cabin tech.
Ever since Alan Mulally nailed his cost-cutting plan to Ford’s corporate doors in 2006, the reformation has been in full swing at the company, most notably among its small cars, expected to be a growth segment. Ford went smaller than ever before, at least in the U.S., with the European-designed Fiesta last year.
Now the Focus gets its turn, with not only a major upgrade for the 2012 model year, but also the coming together of European and U.S. versions in one unified model. The 2012 Ford Focus gets a new set of efficiency technologies, pushing its fuel economy well into the 30s, but a sometimes clunky dual-clutch transmission sours the driving experience. Oh, and the car can park itself.
In hatchback form, the new Focus looks sharp, carrying the Kinetic design language seen on the Fiesta. That theme is apparent in angled contour lines down the sides. A large maw in front, resembling Mitsubishi’s jet-fighter grille, looks like it could take in enough air to inflate a thousand bouncy castles. The bubble-butt hatch resembles that of the Subaru Impreza.
The Focus’ fuel hatch hides in the rear body panel.
A small, but nicely integrated, fuel filler hatch, nearly hidden on the rear right fender, shows that Ford’s designers are paying attention to the details. This hatch covers Ford’s cap-free fuel filler, a very convenient innovation launched previously on other models.
The big, black air intake up front suggests the upcoming ST version of the Focus, eagerly awaited by boy racers. But after a few fast starts and hard corners, the 2012 Focus, even in top Titanium trim, shows that we still have to wait for that hot hatchback. Call this new Focus a mild hatchback.
Although still using the Duratec brand, this engine gets direct injection.
The 2012 Focus Titanium shows more interest in practical matters, namely fuel efficiency, rather than satisfying the “need for speed” crowd. As such, its direct-injection 2-liter four-cylinder engine produces a reasonable 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This mill may not lead to thrilling acceleration, but it works, giving the car adequate acceleration for merging and passing.
Fuel economy is the real win here, with the Focus Titanium, equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, getting 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. After a mix of city and freeway driving and some time spent thrashing around in the hills, CNET’s car sipped an average of 30.7 mpg, not bad considering a complete lack of hypermiling technique.
Similar to what you get with the Fiesta, the automatic transmission option in the Focus is actually an automated manual, a six-speed gearbox with two computer-controlled clutches. But unlike the Fiesta, this transmission gets a manual shift mode in the Focus. Ford is exploiting this type of transmission as a fuel-saving technology.
But beware: those stepping into the Focus not knowing of this technology, assuming that it is a standard automatic, will think it is broken. Although it generally shifts smoothly, at times its clutch logic gets confused, leading to an abrupt thunk of a gear change. It also isn’t prone to creeping; the car initially stands still when the shifter drops into Drive.
A rocker switch on the shifter allows manual gear selection.
The transmission’s Sport mode initiates a downshift when the car brakes hard, holding its low gear for some satisfying engine whine, if not massive power. A rocker switch on the side of the shifter changes gears manually, a type of control that does not suggest sport driving. In fact, the Focus has a tendency to take over shifting even when you think you are in control. For example, it won’t tolerate near-redline acceleration, opting to upshift early.
For ride quality, the Focus is all sharp edges covered in foam rubber. There is an odd softness to it that’s unlike other cars. It does not bounce with long-suspension travel; rather it stays reasonably planted. And while you feel bumps and holes in the road, the jouncing is muffled. It is like the Focus wants you to know the road is there, but also wants to protect you from it.
Put into tricky corners, the Focus softly leans outward, stabilizer bars holding it from getting out of sorts but not entirely keeping out the roll. When really pushed, it shows some slight desire to rotate in a turn, with its rear, unpowered wheels stepping out–a good omen for the upcoming ST version.
The electric power-steering rig that points the wheels offers a good feeling of resistance, and turns back to center exiting a turn. But it shows typical comfort tuning, making it easy to maintain direction while going down the freeway.
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Although when we discuss cars we talk about fast speeds and quick accelerations when we get behind the wheel of the car our first thoughts are of driving safely. Even for racing car drivers speed comes only after a safe well controlled drive is in place. It makes no sense for anyone to drive fast only to get into an accident. And for this reason everyone involved with the car industry is very conscious about safety.
And therefore a lot of safety is built into the vehicle. When your car goes for its maintenance check up several checks are done to ensure that the car will perform safely. And of course when we set out on a drive we aim to drive our car carefully and safely. But for the car to be as safe as is practically possible there are other things we can do as well. For example having the brake pads replaced in time and not just replacing them with what’s offered, but checking out the latest brake pads making an evaluation and then choosing those brake pads which will give you a superior braking performance.
Brake pads like other components of your car, keep improving over the years thanks to the effort in research and development of the related technology.
And you should look to enjoy the benefit of the advances. For example if you own a car such as the Honda Civic, and you have had it for a while, it is likely that the brake pads need to be replaced. And the latest Civic brake pads will give you a superior performance. The latest brake pads will be better at creating friction and will be able to withstand the heat better so that you do not experience brake fade. They will also not produce gases when they are being rubbed hard against the brake rotors as some brake pads did in the past. They will also be durable and not get worn out easily. You can choose these brake pads easily by going online. You can read the product details and compare the prices for the various options on offer. You can see the latest Civic brake pads at www.ilovebodykits.com
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If you are thinking your brakes and not as good as they used to be it might be time to change them. When was the last time you had them checked out? How often do you use your car? Are you an aggressive driver? Do you tend to slam on your brakes often? Do you hear a strange squeaking sound when you push on your brakes? These are good indicators its time for some new brakes. While you might think you don’t need a brake change you should consider these questions before you make a decision:
How much do I use my car? Are you a daily driver? If yes, how far are my daily trips? What is the distance to and from work? Or maybe you only drive it as a hobby car? Only on weekends?
Did you add any performance increasing parts to your car? Some brakes are designed for stock cars if you added in parts that increase your cars speed and performance, it might be a smart idea to make sure that your car has brakes at an equal caliber.
When was the last time you got your brake pads replaced? How about your brake fluid? When was the last time you got your brake line checked out?
Hobby cars are usually used for their speed or appearance. Did you remember to add new brakes to complement the increased power?
Just because you have a fairly new car does not mean they can withstand performance upgrades. Make sure you have investigated whether your current brakes can handle the speed. You need something that will slow you down fast enough to prevent a crash.
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I was a mechanic in the Army and at a civilian job. This is the way I change brake pads. You should not have any trouble by following this guide but still do so at your own risk.
*I recommend reading this article in it’s entirety and then going back through step-by-step as to become familiar with what is required to perform this task.
First you need to find a level and solid place to park your vehicle. Chock the wheels, meaning put something like a brick behind and in front of at least one of the back wheels.
Loosen the lug nuts but do not remove them. If the lugs are tight when you have the wheel off the ground, you will have to pull too hard to break them loose and could tip the car off of the jack.
Now use the jack supplied with your car and check the manual for the proper lift positions. These are reinforced points of the underbody of your vehicle that can take the pressure of the jack lifting the weight of the car.
The tire does not have to be too far off the ground. Just enough so that you can remove it after removing the lug nuts. Go ahead and remove the lug nuts and the tire.
Now for the fun part. What you are most likely looking at is a shiny round disc. That is the rotor. On the front side of the rotor is a caliper assembly. We will start with the caliper at this point. There are two bolts that hold the caliper to it’s mount. A top and a bottom bolt. Remove the top bolt which will be a 12mm (metric instead of SAE [standard]) and just loosen the bottom bolt which is the same size.
Pivot the caliper on the bottom bolt towards the front of the vehicle. You should notice that there is a round (sometimes shiny), metal and sometimes hollow- tipped piston. This piston is forced out of its cylinder by the hydraulic fluid (brake fluid) when you press the brake pedal. The piston applies pressure to the brake pads and shoves them against the rotor causing the vehicle to slow down.
You should also notice that at the top of the caliper section there is a little valve with a rubber, dust cap. Remove the cap and just barely open the valve by turning it counter clockwise. This is to relieve brake fluid pressure allowing us to manually return the piston back into its
cylinder. Keep the wrench on the valve and hold it with your left hand. Now take a C-Clamp or a large pair of channel lock pliers and place them over the piston. Clamp down steadily on the piston and it should move inward. At the same time, a small amount of brake fluid should squirt from the relief valve you just opened. Push the piston in as far as it will go. Now quickly tighten the valve to prevent air from backing into the brake system. AIR IN THE BRAKE LINES CAN AND WILL CAUSE THE BRAKES TO FAIL!! If you believe you have air in the brake lines then bleed the breaks following your car manufacturer’s guidelines. I have never had to bleed the brakes when using this method.
Now that the piston is out of the way and the caliper is laid forward, you can now remove the old, worn brake pads and replace them with the new ones. A pad goes on either side of the rotor. Take note that the pads are not exactly the same. One usually has a small, thin piece of metal protruding into the area where the pad material is. This is so that when the pad wears down to a certain point the metal noisemaker scrapes against the rotor and makes a loud annoying sound telling you it is time to change the brakes again! To be honest the noisemakers are set to start screeching a little too soon for my liking so I usually just remove them. This causes no harm to the brakes. Just make sure you change the brakes immediately when you do start hearing noise from your breaks. You have very little time after they start making noise before they start damaging your rotor which is much more expensive than brake pads.
Now slide the caliper assembly back into place. Replace the top bolt and tighten the lower bolt. Place the dust cap back over the valve. Clean up as you go and put the tire back on the wheel. Only snug the lug nuts as to not tip the jack over. Lower the jack and tighten the lugs the rest of the way.
Go to the other side of the car and repeat the process from the top.
Test out your new brakes in a driveway or a parking lot. You may have to pump the brake pedal several times before it becomes firm like it should. If the pedal does not become firm then you either have air in the line and/or you do not have the valve closed tight enough. *Do not drive the car until you remedy this problem!
You really should not have too much trouble and I have changed brakes on both sides in less than an hour. Good luck.
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It is very important that you take good care of your car in order to prolong its lifespan. One of the most important things that you should do in order to take care of your car properly is to change several fluids such as the brake fluid.
The brake fluid needs to be changed after some period of time to ensure that it is clean and still effective. Brake fluids are being used to help the brakes to have a good friction. This is very important when trying to stop the car. So if in case that you still have not changed you car’s brake fluid yet, now is the right time to do so but if you are unsure on how to do just that, here are some of things which will help you in changing your car’s brake fluid.
In order for you to successfully change the brake fluid yourself, you will need the following materials:
Brake fluid. (clean and new)
Brake bleeding kit vacuum
Drip pan or a container to put the old brake fluid in
A clean rag
Once you already have the necessary materials, you are now ready to change your car’s brake fluid.
The first thing that you should do in changing your car’s break fluid is to find a good and safe place to work.
You will then need to open the hood of the car. Locate the brake fluid cylinder; this is usually located near the engine and at the side of the driver’s. Empty the cylinder and change it with the new fluid.
If in case that you do not know how to change the brake fluid or you have messed up while doing the process, it is highly recommended that you bring it to the nearest car repair shop using auto transport service.
Car Shipping is recommended since you cannot drive your car.
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