Haynes has released a significant new Repair Manual for the Ford Focus sold between October 2014 and 2018. Considering it was Britainís top-selling family hatchback, we expect it to be a particularly popular addition to the range. It covers maintenance, servicing, fault finding, the MoT, braking system and electrics, making it your one-stop-shop for understanding and fixing the Focus. Take on a few jobs yourself, and it should be easy to recoup the £22.99 cost of the paperback in saved garage expenses ñ and then some. Diesel 1.5- and 1.6-litre engines are covered in both hatchback and estate body styles, but itís worth noting that the 2.0-litre and Powershift automatic transmissions arenít included. And just as we went to press, Haynes announced a similar owners workshop manual for the Volkswagen Golf Mk7 in both hatchback and estate guises. Covering the 2013 to 2016 models, both 1.6- and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines are featured in the invaluable book. Priced at £22.99, it is available from Amazon, Waterstones and all good bookshops, as well as direct from Haynes at www.haynes.com.
Laser Tools Pneumatic Diesel Bleeding Kit
Laser tools have released a new kit that enables the quick bleeding and priming of diesel fuel systems. While this might not be something the average motorist is likely to fiddle with, skilled home mechanics could find it invaluable whenever the fuel system is opened for filter changes, service or repair. It can also be used after misfueling mishaps to ensure any petrol is removed from the system. The pneumatic vacuum fluid extractor bottle comes with a kit of male and female connectors to ensure fitment to many common fuel systems. When working on Ford, PSA, Renault, Volkswagen and Audi models, Laser also recommend a 12-piece fuel line blank set (part 7098) to stop fuel flow and bleed-back from disconnected fuel pipes. Priced at £121.87 including VAT, more information is available via the Laser Tools website at www.lasertools.co.uk.
Youíll have heard of GoPro action cameras, and if youíve watched videos on YouTube or even TV documentaries, youíll be familiar with their trademark wide-angle footage. But perhaps you own an older model, or have never taken the plunge? If so, GoPro is hoping to tempt a wider range of customers with its new entry-level GoPro Hero, and you certainly get a lot for £199.99. Not only is the matt black Hero smaller and more discreet than older versions, the camera itself is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, so no more cases that ruin sound quality from the inbuilt microphone. It also has a touchscreen, image stabilisation, voice control and can record at up to 1440p and 60 frames per second, or take 10 megapixel stills. Itís available to buy from Argos and Amazon, as well as direct from GoPro.
The Sony XAV-AX205DB could be a great option if you want to keep your current car, but feel like youíre missing out on the latest infotainment technology. This double-DIN replacement head unit has a classy, minimal design dominated by its 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, for a factory-fitted look. It features a DAB+ tuner to give you access to a wide range of stations, along with a DVD player with video out connections and the option to connect a rear view camera that is sold separately. Perhaps most excitingly for smartphone users, itís also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, so you can enjoy many of the features, music, telephony and maps from your phone, via the touchscreen.