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Got An Error On Your Car?

Posted jeebowhite on 03 December 2013 - 03:46 PM in General Ford Guides - Modern Fords

Most of us are driving around with errors on our car, and we don't even realise it. Mainly because the small niggles don't affect our day to day driving. Focus owners are lucky as they have the "Secret Dash Trick" but what if you don't own a Focus? and you don't have a trip computer?
 
The easiest way for us on the forums to help you, is if you have an "OBD" Scanner - and you may be surprised that they are DIRT cheap!
 
OBD is the cars "On Board Diagnostics" system. If there is an error with your car sensor, or another error that you are either well aware of (or perhaps not). then OBD might just save you £60 minimum diagnostics fee with a dealer, and perhaps a whole lot more in repairs...
 
What is OBD?
 
On Board Diagnostics has been in use for many years, as early as 1996 a lot of cars have it. From 2001 (Petrol) and 2004 (Diesel) the standard of OBDII came in, and all cars after this time will have an OBDII interface that you can use.
 
Not only can OBD be used to diagnose issues, but it also allows you to monitor the likes of efficiency in your car. there are so many applications available that will read the data in different ways, if you want an app for 0-60 with BHP readouts - Torque Pro.
 
If you want an app for your economy usage "Efficiency (Free)" can be your new best friend.
 
Does my car have OBD?
The requirement is that an OBDII connection MUST be accessible to the driver within 2 feet of the driver position.
 
The usual location is about knee height and on the right or left side of your knee (depending on the LHD or RHD model you own).
Its normally recessed, and running your hand along the dash you will feel it, it may perhaps be hidden under the steering column, behind a panel (look for a removable panel somewhere around the dashboard at knee height) or behind an ashtray.
 
There also tends to be one on the bulkhead of the engine compartment. Mst likely under a cover, so check your fusebox, and you may see it.
 
How do I use OBD?
You can buy a universal adapter that will fit any car with an OBD socket. See below links to a couple of types (Bluetooth) and an example USB version.
 
Smartphone Users:
Look at your smartphones App Store for a program called "Torque" - this comes in a freeware version and a Paid for version.
 
Torque allows you to scan for and clear down error codes, also clicking the error code can take you to a page where you can see in plain english - what the error means. It allows you to view live data readings and also map out your vehicles data (downloadable to PC).
 
Two types of Bluetooth Adapters for sale on ebay:
 
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2ec3082ebd

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a23cd1eb1
 
Laptop Users:
You can buy a USB version that will plug into your laptop. they tend to come with drivers and applications that you can use to interact with your car's data.
 
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a2758bf50
 
Also, if you purchase a modified ELM 327 cable with a High and Medium speed can bus (click here for more information) then you can use software such as ForScan. This is an excellent piece of software that debugs more than just Ford's but allows you to automatically scan High and Medium speed for errors, view in clear text the errors seen, and reset them in turn. I have used this and find it an excellent piece of free software.
 
Any User:
I Forgot when writing this that there is the entirely seperate "standalone" code reader. Its a handheld device that will read the code and control it through a handheld unit, prices for these differ, as little as £10.00 and up to a lot more. You can buy these for an average of £25 - £30 for a relatively branded unit.
 
http://www.ebay.co.u...reader&_sacat=0
 
Which OBD version do I have?
OBDII is the current standard but there have been other releases before. The older your car, the older the OBD support, so vehicles around 1996 will be OBD 1 and later vehicles 1.5 or 2. Always contact the seller if you are unsure if the device you are looking to purchase is compatible with your car.
 
Generally speaking, if your car is older than 2004, you will probably have an OBDI device, and not an OBDII device. Again, refer to the seller to identify if this is the correct one for you.
 
Why should I buy into this?
 
Combination of an OBD adapter, and software to accompany it, most of the time will come in under £15. For that money, you have a way to track your cars readings, and check all the error codes. A simple problem with a sensor could cost you as little as £60 to diagnose with a dealer, and then whatever ludicrous labour fee's are applicable to resolve this issue. If you are handy with a spanner, or know someone who is, your first problem resolution will only cost you £15 plus whatever cost for the part, any problems after that you are self diagnosing for free.
 
Providing the members of this forum with error codes means that we can provide you with more accurate details, and suggestions to resolve your problems.
 
Limitations:
 
Please note that when you buy an adapter of this nature, there ARE limitations.
 
These adapters and software combinations cannot diagnose some systems, ABS and Airbag for example, but it can clear there error codes.
 
Will It damage my car?
 
Budget OBDII readers can only ever read data from the engine, and switch the Engine Management Light off - 99.9% of scanners on the market will not damage your car. Be wary of buying from abroad, as these may be cheaper still, but these are the 0.01% that may damage your car.
 
What About Apple?
 
Unfortunately, Apple is an issue for this sort of task. Apple use a hybrid "bluetooth" stack, which although claims to be bluetooth, its not "bluetooth" by the rest of the worlds description, its more "Apple's rewriting of bluetooth". Its generally seen that Bluetooth adapters wont work with Apple, and you may be better off getting a WiFi adapter and connect to this.
 
For apple compatible devices though (Wi-Fi or bluetooth)
 
There's this: https://itunes.apple...d591557194?mt=8
that I have heard of.  but they do say if you have a bluetooth adapter, to contact support before hand.
 
Alternatively, suggestion is that https://itunes.apple... a code reader.is a good tool to use, but again, ensure that they confirm it will work, or at least get refund reassurances.
 
The most expensive I have seen yet (but best reported on) is REV: https://itunes.apple...avy investment.
 
Summary
 
So that's it - its a cheap, and harmless way to get information from your cars computer. Whether error diagnostics, or to see how much damage you are doing to the environment, or if you just want to brag to your friends about what your current BHP reads at.
 
So, I hope this inspires you! Many who buy an adapter never look back, I have yet to come across a single individual who has regretted buying one. But remember, buy cheap but don't expect the world, but these cheap adapters could be more than enough to dig you out of a hole. If you want to buy something better, there are more than enough tools out there that you can look to upgrade to. Scanguage is an excellent device and there are a lot of other handheld units that could improve the result.
 
If you have any questions, look around the forum, or feel free to send me a PM and I will be happy to help. If there is enough interest, I am sure all of us here will be happy to help you if you need to start a thread.
 
Please remember, the above links are not recommendations, we are not gaining any revenue from advertising them, but I can say that I own two of them and they work fine for me ;)


Mondeo 2.0 And 2.2 Tdci - Fuel Filter Replacement

Posted stef123 on 13 April 2013 - 02:47 AM in Ford Mondeo Guides

Here is a simple guide on how to replace the diesel fuel filter on a mk3 Mondeo ST 2.2 TDCI without any starting problems!
I believe the 2.0 TDCI Mondeo MK3 uses the same filter as does the 1.8 TDCI focus MK1
 
You will need:
8mm and 13mm sockets (optional)
Ratchet (optional)
Fuel filter - Bosch 0 450 906 508 my old Bosch filter has part number 1 457 434 442 and is slightly different.
A large syringe. I used a 60ml syringe.
Fresh diesel
Rags
 
 
This can be done with only a few rags and a syringe or if you wish to have extra room to work you will need an 8mm socket and a 13mm (deep preferably) socket and ratchet.

In my guide I have removed the metal brace for clarity and to show how its done if you so wish to do it this way.

So you will need a new fuel filter, I bought a Bosch filter as they make the original and at less than half the Ford price it's a no brainer. A Bosch filter can be had for around £20 including postage.
I change my fuel filter every 12-18 months, covering approx 20k miles a year.
 
 
Lets have a look at the filter: (note the arrows and port sizes)
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Next you will need to open the bonnet and look at the rear of the engine on the left hand side, you should see the filter hiding down there.
 
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Remove the 7 nuts/bolts holding the metal brace and remove it completely (5x 13mm head nuts and bolts, 2x 8mm bolts) And you should be left with this
 
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For the next stage it is advisable to cover the alternator with some rags as there will be some spillage and it WILL drop onto the alternator.
The clips holding the fuel pipes onto the filter now need to be released, simply push the 2 locking clips using 2 fingers (no need for any tools - they are very simply to release) and push the clip forward. once its unlocked pull the clip out as far as it will come. Do this for all 3 pipes then pull the pipes off and move them slightly so they are not in the way of the filter coming out, you will have some diesel leaking out now.
 
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Now that the pipes are disconnected, pull the filter upwards, noting that the filter is housed in a metal bracket which slides onto 3 plastic clips.You might find the filter comes out without the metal housing, even better if it does.
You should be left with this: (I have started removing the filter from the metal housing)
 
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Remove the old filter from the bracket and discard of it safely - mind it is full of fuel.
 
Now have your missus stand holding the filter while you fill/prime it with diesel. Remember to fill it on the inlet port as you don't want any dirt getting to the injectors! Once the filter is full (took about 400ml IIRC) you might see the level drop down again - don't worry about this yet, its just the paper element soaking in the diesel.
 
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Once the filter is full, refit it to the metal bracket and then slide the assembly back into the car making sure it catches all 3 clips - this can be tricky.
 
Once its back in and secure, you can top up with diesel if required and fit all 3 pipes again - noting that the smaller port goes to the front. the pipes simply slide back on and when fully home just push the clip back in to lock it. Remove your rags from the alternator and clean up any mess.
 
Refit the metal brace then stand back and look at your shiny new filter:
 
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Now its time to start the car, and if you have followed this guide correctly it WILL start first time and continue running no problem. Leave the car idling for a minute to check for leaks, test drive after this if you so desire.
 
Stick the tools back in the shed, wash the hands and grab a beer! :)
 
Well done you have just changed your fuel filter - should take around 10-15 minutes.
 
 
Here is a pic of the old filter part number:
 
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If you are changing the fuel filter on your car, you do so at your own risk. I take no responsibility for any damage caused and you should always fully understand the risks of whats involved before you start.


How to Fit a new Spoiler on a MK2 / Mk2.5 Focus

Posted Stoney871 on 13 April 2012 - 10:57 PM in Ford Focus Guides

Attached File  Fitting a MK2.5 Spoiler.pdf   418.25KB   1455 Number of downloads




Ford Fiesta Mk7.5 Rear Diffuser Upgrade (ST)

Posted Nathan54771 on 30 March 2014 - 02:14 PM in Ford Fiesta Guides

Heres A Guide To Help The Removal/Fitting Of The Rear Diffuser On A MK7.5 Fiesta Zetec S To An ST  :D
 
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These are the parts you will need/require....
£52.76 Upper Honeycomb Deflector- 1819019 (Ford Part Number) 
£63.26 Lower Primed Deflector- 1818433 (Ford Part Number)  
Both parts above can also be purchased at pumaspeed and european parts (higher cost)
£29.99 Ripspeed Twin Tail Pipe
http://www.halfords....tegoryId_165537  
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2x 6mm Plastic Flanged Nut
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M6-6mm-NYLON-WASHER-FACED-FLANGED-FULL-NUTS-PLASTIC-FLANGE-MODEL-CIRCUIT-/190989084545?pt=UK_DIY_Material_Nails_Fixing_MJ&var=&hash=item2c77d62781 
Self Tappers 6mm
http://www.ebay.co.u...item4615ff6278
 
 
Process (Once Lower Diffuser Part Has Been Sprayed Colour Choice)
 
Cost Me £50 To Have It Professionally Sprayed Candy Blue
 
1. Firstly getting the back of the car onto axle stands or ramps etc will help with and makes things easier with more room.
 
2. Then you will need to remove the pot rivets from the original diffuser, i found a 6mm drill bit worked perfect when used in the centre (be careful and take your time, so you dont push the rivet into the plastic as you drill as the plastics only soft) until the pot rivet head comes off and then the centre of the rivet can be pushed out of the hole. There's three on each side under the corner flaps.
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3. Once the pot rivets are removed you can then slowly give the diffuser a pull from corner to corner and as it starts to come away, a flathead screwdriver helps to push the tab ledge in to remove from the slot.
 
4. You can then fit the two parts of the new ST diffuser together, they simply align together and then tabs fit into the slots and lock it in place. 
 
5. Once the two diffuser parts are together you can align it to the rear of the car and start to push the tabs of the upper part into the bumper of the car, give it a gentle tap with your palm once aligned and check its all flush to the bumper.
 
6. You can then screw the self tappers into the holes of the new diffuser and should line up with some of the holes of the old diffuser.
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7. Also while there the 6mm flanged plastic nuts can be fitted to the two tabs in the centre of the new ST diffuser using a 10mm spanner or 10mm socket.
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8. Now the new diffuser is fitted and secure, give a final push to make sure its all pushed in and flush with the bumper. You can then proceed to cutting a couple of inches (the bend) from the original exhaust. I used an air grinder with a cutting disc and slowly went through it straight up.
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9. Then you can put the twin tail pipe (chosen exhaust tail) onto the straight part of the remaining original exhaust, align it until your happy with it and then tighten it up with a 10mm deep socket or spanner.
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10. Congratulations you've then got your new ST diffuser fitted and should look something like this...
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Total Cost= £196.01
 
Hope this helps and if anyone has any queries or questions dont hesitate to drop me a pm, always happy to help.
 
And
Thanks Again to E5GDM (He did it first) for the idea and information towards this cosmetic modification/upgrade


*Guide* To installing Bluefin onto your EcoBoost Fiesta

Posted Willy on 30 January 2014 - 05:14 PM in Ford Fiesta Guides

100bhp Technical data and link to buying handset
http://www.mybluefin...=1&variant=2866

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125bhp Technical data and link to buying handset
http://www.mybluefin...=1&variant=2870

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Genral info
http://www.mybluefin.co.uk/s/software

Files
http://www.mybluefin...oftware/bluefin installation . zip
http://www.mybluefin...sta_drivers.zip



The install is really easy.

1. Plug the Bluefin handset into your OBD port

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2. follow the easy instructions on the Bluefin screen. It will ask you to turn your ignition on (DON'T start the car) and follow a set of instructions. It will save your cars original map onto the handset which takes about 10 minutes. once done turn off ignition, remove handset.

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3. Install the Bluefin software from Superchips on your PC/laptop (Mac isn't compatible)

4. Plug the Bluefin handset into your PC with the USB cable provided. wait for the drivers to be installed. Run the Bluefin software and enter your personal details (internet connection required)

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5. Connect to there server and upload the handset.

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6. Wait for your map to be sent to you via email.

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7. Connect handset to PC and run the Bluefin software. Click connect and wait for the map to load to the handset

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8. Now out to the car an plug into the OBD port again. Turn ignition on (don't start)

9. Follow the on screen instructions.

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Your car will start getting a bit unsettled at this point and display some interesting errors. Just ignore them and carry on.

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10. Once its all installed you'll get this message

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Keep following the remaining instructions then your done.


Fiesta Mk 6-6.5 (prefacelift-facelift) brakelight conversion

Posted DanGersFord on 21 November 2012 - 09:33 PM in Ford Fiesta Guides

The only difference between the mk 6 brake lights and the facelift brake lights is that the facelift lights have 2 reverse lights and 2 fog lights as opposed to the mk 6 prefacelift having a fog light one side and a reverse light on the other (See wiring diagrams). **Please note that there is a difference between the 3 door and 5 door versions of the brake light so make sure that you order the correct light units for your car**
 

Basically you need to buy the light units, the bulbs holders, new gasket seals (http://www.fordparts...17734_c_341.htm), a bit of 2core wire and detachable connecter plugs (http://www.autoelect...t/39/category/7 [9 terminals product code 051305])as the facelift lights are different from the original and try and get hold of a couple of push lock clips.
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(same clips as at the top of the original prefacelift lights).
 

I got the lights/bulb holders/gaskets and push lock clips i needed from http://www.fordpartsuk.com/ (you may need to go to the parts request section of the site for the clips and bulb holders https://www.fordpart...artsrequest.htm) and managed to get the connector plugs from here (http://www.autoelect...t/39/category/7 [9 terminals product code 051305]).
You need to run the 2 core wire between the two sets of lights wiring up the connector plugs with the additional wires, wired in with the corresponding reverse/fog light on each side and tuck the wire behind the plastic just behind the boot carpet, and the wire each plug up the same as i have done so in the wiring diagrams (I applogise for poor quality diagrams I've never attempted to make one before lol)
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(This is the type of connector plug that i used)
Insert the push lock clips into the holes at the bottom (these are required as the facelift lights do not have the additional rod/wingnut in the boot to secure the lights into place) and I also applied a new seal around the hole for the wires at this point to prevent water ingression-someone had fitted a massive seal and siliconed it before which actually made it worse hence the reason for all the scratch marks as i had to removed the old silicone before fitting the new seals
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Connect the plugs and push the lights into the clips and secure into place with the 2 screws.
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The 2 bits hilighted in the picture push into the 2 clips on the car also pictured is the bulb holders (wiring harness) required.
 
 
I hope this helps anyone wanting to do this conversion as it is realy simple and great looking modification to make on the prefacelift model as the factory fitted lights aren't that nice. Just wanting to clear up any confusion as Ive looked all over for how to do it myself and theres nothing lol but it definately is possible and if you're not confident with wiring it shouldnt cost more than £20-30 to get an auto electrician to wire them in for you. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me http://www.fordowner...48-dangersford/

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Id recommend purchasing a set of Cree w5w 501 reverse lights (http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/B00B4QHG7O)
 
and also a set of silver vision indicator bulbs to prevent you getting the fried egg effect :) (http://www.autobulbs...ator-bulbs.html)

 
 
I appologise for the wiring diagram quality I've never tried to make one up before lol. Hopefully its of use to you.


Guide To Creating A Convincing Dummy Head Unit

Posted Brigante on 14 November 2012 - 01:33 AM in Ford Focus Guides

Guide now complete :)

Ok so this is my second attempt at a guide and may be useful to anyone who's fitted or thinking of buying an aftermarket head unit that will be appealing to scum bags and thieves alike and result in getting your windows smashed.

For my birthday my Missus kindly treated me to a new touch screen head unit to replace my current ford 6000cd (doesn't even have an AUX button) mainly so that she can plug her ipod into it.

Anyway, I am obviously a bit worried about my windows getting smashed in and my nice new head unit disappearing quicker than I fitted it.

I have been looking into dummy head unit face plates that basically fit over aftermarket head units to look like a standard cheapy head unit is fitted so thieves won't look twice at it.

This sort of thing:

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2ec223f20c

Now I don't know about you but it looks a bit too dummy and a bit obvious for my liking. Even though potential thieves would be looking at it from a distance from the other side of the window I still think it's a bit obvious, and any knowing thief will know what the stock unit actually looks like and will also know what the readily available on ebay dummy units will look like.

So what I've started to do is create an OEM stock looking dummy faceplate, that once fitted you'd never know there was an expensive head unit underneath.

I was going to use my current stock unit and basically butcher it at the time once I've fitted my new head unit. But Clive kindly donated his faceplate from a faulty 6006cd he had knocking about doing nothing. This saved me butchering my current working unit, leaving the option open to either sell my stock unit on, or should I need to refit it when selling my car to keep my aftermarket unit.

If you are thinking about doing this mod, although it is relatively straight forward, it is rather time consuming with the amount of modification, cutting, trimming and grinding required.

When It arrived in the post. This is what I started off with:

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First step of the modification is to strip out the circuit board, keeping the volume knob and screen. This is what you'll be left with:

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Next you need to strip out all of the buttons leaving you with this:

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Once you've done this, It's now time to get friendly with a dremel or similar cutting tool as you will be using it a lot. Safety glasses on (really, you need them)

You need to trim the excess off of every button. I started by trying to be safe and tape the buttons down on some cardboard:

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Then using a cutting disc attachment, begin cutting the buttons:

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But as I'm a bloke, I quickly grew tired of this as it was too time consuming to keep taping the buttons down, plus all the plastic dust on the cardboard meant the tape was covered in it and couldn't be reused. So I ended up simply holding the buttons in my fingers, being careful not to cut any parts of me off:

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Once I finished trimming every button down, I started trimming down the faceplate itself:

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Once finished I'm left with this:

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(the edge looks messy in this photo but it's just flaked bits of plastic that brush off)

When I'd finished that, I started grinding away all the plastic moulding on the back of the faceplate that would of held the buttons in place. Basically the back needs to be completely flat so it all needs to go. So I set to work with a flat grinding stone attachment on the dremel that works rather well:

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A long going over with the dremel later I was left with this:

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Looks messy but all the mouldings on the back for the buttons are now gone and it's completely flat so it should fit over the after market head unit nicely. Once finished I was left with all these trimmed down pieces:

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I then flaked off all the loose bits of excess and washed it under the tap to get all the dust off.

With the volume knob, I trimmed it down from this:

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To this:

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And with it's clear housing I cut it from this:

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To this:

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I will then glue the knob inside it's housing and then glue the housings tabs to the back to hold it in place.

Now it's time to glue everything in place. This is straight forward and once finished I've got this:

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Now to line the back of it, what I did is cut a section off a thin mouse mat, big enough to cover the face of the head unit:

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Think this is just temporary cause it looks a bit messy at the moment but it's doing the job of protecting me screen.


Finally and most importantly, In terms of fitting, this is pretty much up to you what you decide is best for you.

In my case, I didn't go for the most visually appealing route, but something I found actually works really well is good old velcro. It's very simple and works a treat so don't knock it if it stops my windows getting smashed.

It's readily available at supermarkets/wilkinson etc and can be found with the sewing stuff.

Firstly I cut two strips off, and stuck them either side of the back of the dummy faceplate:

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It's looking messy I admit but it does the job n you won't see it anyway

Next I stuck 2 two strips of velco either side of my head unit fascia adaptor:

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I now decided to take the dremel back out and trim a few mm off the edges of the fascia adaptor:

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So that when clipped into head unit surround, instead of sitting flush with the surround, it will instead sit a few mm deeper into it:

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Once fitted back in the car I'm looking at this with my nice shiny new head unit:

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It is now simply a case of placing the dummy face plate over the new head unit and the velcro will hold it on:

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Job done

And because I trimmed that few mm off the fascia adaptor, the faceplate won't stick unusually further out of the head unit surround

View from outside of the car that a would be thief would have:

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You would never no there was something valuable underneath it and just looks like a crappy standard factory fitted ford head unit that ain't worth a second look.


Accident Survival Guide

Posted jeebowhite on 11 September 2014 - 01:56 PM in General Ford Guides - Modern Fords

Hey Guys,
 
Most of you out there have been fortunate enough to have not had any accidents. I hope that fortune stays with you, but this guide is for those who have! using my own personal experience and knowledge, I hope it helps you in your quest for surviving the maze of insurance mayhem that follows!
 
Attached and below, I have provided you a sheet to print out and stick in your glovebox. Should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation you need this help, it will go through everything with you. Its a one stop sheet I created on the basis of my experience and details that are really handy to remember. It reminds you the information you need, the photographs best taken and all the details you require at the scene of the accident to make your life easier.
 
Attached File  Accident Survival Sheet.pdf   201.05KB   10 Number of downloads
 
Always remember:
 
I-P-D-P-W
Injury - (requires) Police - (otherwise) Details - Pictures - Witnesses
 
Injury
First things first, you make sure that all parties are uninjured. If anyone reports any injury (no matter how small the neck ache is) you should phone for an ambulance. Coming from a first aider and whiplash victim, the slightest ache can quickly deteriorate into a much worse injury. 4 hours after I was shunted, even though I had managed to drive with an ache for an hour, my injuries developed and I was taken by car to Hospital and diagnosed with serious whiplash.
 
Police
In accidents where any injury is sustained the Police must be informed and attend the scene. I didnt call the police after my crash and it made things more complicated during the claims process. The police would need to come out and do an accident report, detailing the environment, taking statements, details, witnesses etc. (they would complete the DPW of this section for you.
 
Details
In the event that an accident is not serious enough, and no injury has occurred, and police are not required, you must exchange details. You want to get as much off the other person as possible, this includes the following:
 
Drivers Name:
Vehicle Owners Name:
Drivers Address:
Drivers Insurance Company:
 
Vehicle Reg:
Vehicle Colour:
Vehicle Observed Damage:
 
Reason Given For Accident:
 
NEVER ADMIT LIABILITY AT THE ROAD SIDE - unless you are willing to pay for all damages out of your own pocket you should never admit liability, even if it was your fault. You should leave it to the insurers to do. Once you apologise and lay reference to it being your fault, you are then under extreme scrutiny, the last thing you want here is the insurer to start looking at a way to avoid paying out. They may even send a damage assessor to your car and look for anything on your car that might save them paying out. Just exchange the details and leave it to the insurer to assess liability.
 
Pictures:
Take photo's of everything.
  • The road in all directions of the scene of the accident.
  • a photo facing the direction of vehicle travel and capture the road and the sky to show the conditions of the environment under which your driving.
  • The ground around the scene of the accident and behind the vehicles to show that the road may / may not have played a part in the accident.
  • Damage of your vehicle from all angles > Above, Central, Left, Right, below as necessary
  • Open the panels of the impacted side (bonnet, boot, doors) and take photos with these open to show the impact zone and the immediately visible damage.
  • Damage to the other vehicle (this stops them driving off and driving into a bollard and claiming that it was part of the damage commited in your accident)
  • Other party number plate (also worth getting the VIN Number)
  • Driving Licenses
  • Other Driver (sneak them into a picture of the damaged cars)
  • Any fluids on the floor and try to get an image of where they are leaking from
  • Any debris on the floor that may contribute to the accident
Witnesses
Write down details of any witnesses that you may have around you, make a note if you have a DASHCAM and ensure that it has recorded the incident. Secure the file and protect it to ensure its not removed accidentally, download it as soon as possible and upload it to the internet for safe keeping. If the incident occurred outside of a residential area, go door knocking after you have exchanged details and ask if they have / know of any neighbours who may have CCTV setup. This can become very useful in further investigations.
 
I have attached to this guide something I have put together. Its a document to put in your glove box so if you find you are ever involved in an accident you can run through this checksheet. Often small details may be forgotten, and certain photos may not have been taken, so this document should help to remind you of everything you need in order to answer all your insurers questions, and makes sure you provide the absolute maximum infortmation to the insurers to assist with the investigation and liability identification.
 
If you think the document should be updated or reflect changes, let me know and I will make the changes :)
 
Advising your insurer of an accident
 
With any incident, you really should advise your insurer that a potential claim will be made. You should always let them know something has happened. If you do not advise them quick enough, then they will be able to refuse paying out. You should advise your insurer within 3 days of an accident and if there is an injury developed as a result of the accident, you should also visit your local police station.
 
When you advise your insurer, keep the attached and completed form to hand, this will save you having to recall all the details of the incident and makes the process of talking to the insurer a lot easier. Sometimes you may not get to speak to the insurer until a day or two later, likewise the stress and pain (if you have any) and the painkillers can all affect your memory.
 
The best thing to remember here is that a memory is only a true memory once. After that, you start to remember the previous recollection of the event and not the actual event, which can then reshape the story. At the end of the day you want to ensure that all information provided is accurate first time round.
 
Why do I need to contact the Police?
 
If you have a personal injury from the incident, the police need to complete an Road Traffic Accident report, however if they are not on scene, you need to attend a station and complete a Self Assessment Report. You will be guided through this by the Police contact at the station and is a simple enough process.
 
The issue wasnt my fault, I cant be without a car!
 
You dont have to be. If the insurers believe that you have a strong case to suggest you are not the liable party in the incident, you can be arranged with cover. During my accident, my insurer used "Albany Assistance". They put me through to them, and within 20 minutes I had a hire car booked in for delivery. They take details of you, your vehicle and the accident, and also the claim reference details with the insurer. They then (whilst your on hold) contact your insurer and confirm when your vehicle is booked in for repairs. This is the start date of your hire car, and the estimate by the garage for completion of the job is the end date of the agreement. In the event this needs to be extended, just call Albant Assistance and they will contact the insurer, get an update and extend the lease.
 
I was driving a CMAX 1.6 TDCI CVT Auto at the time, and I was provided with a Toyota Auris 1.9TDI Automatic for the two week duration the car was in the garage. I had about half a day without a car and that was all! They drop the car at your door and take it away!
 
What costs are assosciated with a rental car?
 
Depending on the scheme you use, I paid a £15 fuel charge, and £30 excess protection. This was in case the car was damaged (as could easily happen on my road) and so was a worthwhile investment. You also have the first quarter of a tank of fuel free. Any further fuel you pay for as with any other rental car!
 
This accident is going to cost me a fortune!
 
Your right, it is! Lets make no bones about it, it will cost you money. But this is where legal protection comes in. Every penny assoscaited with an accident, record it! put a spreadsheet together, and every mile you drive as a result of this accident (to a garage, to a doctor etc) every parking ticket you need to pay, every item you need to buy - document absolutely everything. I had to put down the cost of two new child seats, along with over 500 miles of travel, £20 worth of parking tickets, Every penny spent - record it, and contact your insurer. Give them a breakdown of the costs, and if you have legal cover, the solicitors will complete all the work for you and get it back in any final claim.
 
I had an injury but didnt tell the insurer?
 
As soon as you recognise there is an injury, tell them. If you leave it too long, they will likely refuse to support you, as you will then need to prove you are not putting it on. You really need to tell the insurer everything, no matter how small - tell them! if in 3 weeks time its deemed not serious, then you can all stop doing anything, but if it gets worse....
 
Why Should I tell me insurer about an injury?
 
No matter how small it is, you could get physiotherapy, if nothing else you will get an assessment. In my case, I had an assessment a week after the injury and the review identified that the injury was too raw to work with, I had to wait a further two weeks before they could do anything with me! Also if you are entitled to any financial compensation, they are the only ones who can do this for you.
 
What should I expect after reporting an accident to the insurer?
 
Lots of phone calls from solicitors, Personal Injury specialists, and call centres from anywhere in the world asking if they can support you through your difficult time. Your details should never be sold, but they always get out. Your insurer might not tell them your telephone number, but your details are passed onto the National Accident Database. Your details are then cross checked with alsorts of marketing databases and your details found.
 
Beyond that, you should expect a long wait and a lot of phone calls. My claim is just finishing, 6.5 months later (this is as far as the accident repair is concerned). THe process is long and drawn out, and your insurer may not be the best at communicating. You should phone for updates where you feel you dont have enough information, and you should also contact the repairing garage for their realtime updates.
 
If you have the legal cover element, you should expect a 6 - 12 month process of completing forms, interviews, medical assessments and little communication. They do a lot but most of the process is talking behind the scenes.
 
Why does the process take so long for compenation.
 
The general process is long winded, the process you go through will differ, but as a general rule the process is as follows:
 
0-4 weeks - Car should be booked in for repairs, if not repaired already.
4-6 weeks  - Initial recovery and recouperation (this can include physiotherapy)
6-12 weeks - liability should be accepted by either party, you should also be seen for your medical asessment by an independant body
12-18 weeks - the solicitors confirm details with the independant body of your injuries and begin to diagnose the severity of your injury and translate that into monetary value.
18-32 weeks - your solicitors is arguing on your behalf the value of your claim and negotiating the value of your claim. A proposal is sent to you to agree, and you sign to clarify you are satisfied with the offer they are looking to make.
 
They then send this to the other party who has 21 days! to reply and either accept, or provide a counteroffer. the counteroffer must be made in writing to you by your insurers (or verbally over a recorded phone line) to accept or reject the offer. If you reject the offer, then a second counteroffer from your insurer must be made. This again allows for 21 days! for a reply. The other party can again make a counter offer. Again the offer must be made to you and you should accept or reject. In the event you accept, the compensation goes through, however, if you reject, then the solicitor would start court proceedings.
 
32weeks and beyond - its highly likely by this point your insurer has not agreed any payout for you and the court proceedings are taking place. If this should occur, you would need to attend court and represent yourself and answer the appropriate questions, detailing your injuries and struggles.
 
What are my options should the car be written off?
 
In the event that your car is damaged beyond economical repair, it will be written off under one of four catagories:
 
Catagory A: The car should never be seen on the roads ever again, its highly unlikely a single part of it is usable. Its for the great scrapheap in the sky and nothing else!
 
Catagory B: The car should never be seen on the roads ever again. Its probably got a few bits you could save and recycle, but the shell must be crushed. It might make a nice drinks can in the future.
 
Catagory C: The car may appear on the roads. The car is usable, and it is saveable, but it needs to be repaired to MOT passing standards. The costs of repairs through the nominated garage are just too high and exceed the value of the vehicle. VIC check is required along with an MOT to appear on the roads again.
 
Catagory D: The car may appear on the roads. The cost of repairs is significant to the value of the vehicle, its probably better we give you the money and you throw the last few pounds at it and get an equal spec motor, rather than having yours repaired and catagory damaged. VIC check is required along with an MOT to appear on the roads again.
 
Your options are as follows if your car is written off:
 
1) Buy Back - The insurer may offer to sell you the vehicle at a bottom dollar rate, and pay you the different between the Buy Back price and the current market value. You can then repair the vehicle by your own means, you can repair it in your personal garage if you wish, but you must complete a Vehicle Inspection Check with DVLA. Once this is complete, and you get it through an MOT your car is legally allowed to appear on the roads.
 
2) Gifted - The car may be given to you by your insurer depending on its value, and the vehicles value also given to you. Some insurers do this as the cost of processing and recycling the vehicle can exceed its value in the first place. As long as its cosmetic or easily repaired (Cat D / Cat C standard) and the value is low, they may just do this. The vehicle is marked as a write off, and you may get to keep both. You may need to complete an MOT to ensure the vehicle remains roadworthy and your insurer should advise you if you require a Vehicle Identity Check with the DVLA. If the vehicle isnt lifted off the ground though (as in chucked on a lorry and taken somewhere, or transported to a garage) then its unlikely you will require it.
 
3) Give Up -  Just give the insurer the car, they give you the full market value of the vehicle, you take this money and run, replace the car with something else and forget about the entire situation.
 
The insurer has written my car off, what can I do if they offer me peanuts?
 
Most insurers are needing to save money everywhere. As such, at the point of a write off, they may offer you only a fraction of the vehicles value. In the event of any serious accident (one that looks like its going to need more than T Cut to repair!) you should start searching for a replacement car.
 
Visit the likes of Auto Trader and motor traders / garages with similar motors. You need to find the top 10 cars with the same spec, mileage and generally the same motor off these websites, and take the top 10 highest price vehicles that closely match the value. If your top 10 cars come back as offering a value of between £2000 and £2200, but your insurer is only offering you £1800, you have sufficient case to reject their offer and request closer to the value you have found. Find the top 3 that you would be looking to purchase, they need to be relatively close to you, and of similar spec and mileage. If those top 3 average £2100 value, then your insurer is obliged to consider upping the offer by £300. If you dont do this, you could be losing out.
 
I am really not satisfied with my insurers performance at all
 
The first port of call is to lodge a complaint with your insurer. You should allow them a reasonable period of time to reply. If they do not, or do not reply satisfactorily, you must escalate the complaint with your insurer. Again, they should reply and satisfactorily, if after the entire investigation you are still not satisfied....
 
You can raise a complaint to the Insurance Ombudsman should you be extremely dissatisfied with the performance of your insurer.Under most circumstances, if you have taken it this far, it will be sorted to a satisfactory conclusion.
 
Its worth noting that all insurers are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). They would not be able to assist in matters of complaints of performance (this is the insurance ombudsman's role), however, if you feel they have breached your rights in the form of mis-selling or disregarding their rights to you under any financial element, then you may find that any complaints investigated by the Insurance Ombudsman may refer you to the FCA.
 
I was hit by an uninsured driver - What do I do?
 
The MIB (Motor Insurance Bureau) can offer support if you have been hit by an uninsured or untraced driver and suffer serious financial loss they can assist you and pay compensation. If you find yourself stuck in this position  its always worth contacting them (click here to visit the contact page of the site).
 
Things to be cautious of after an accident
 
Phone calls from third parties of all shapes and sizes will come about,and this is where conmen will take advantage. If you have legal cover on your insurance policy, unless you have a private solicitor you know who can carry the claim for you, take the solicitor that is recommended by your insurance company. If you dont have a solicitor, contact local firms, most are happy to offer a free consultation in the first place. If you do go with them, get the expectations of the claim laid out, the cost assosciated and approximate fees that you will agree to. Most solicitors will tell you straight up the estimated costs, times and values of your claims so you can make a decision on whether you want to proceed.
 
If anyone calls claimig to be from the MIB, Your insurance or any other organisation you are not familiar with, or are not expecting a call off, do not make arrangements for them to collect your car. Instead, hang up, find the contact details online and call them back. Ask to speak to the person you just spoke to and then continue the conversation. If you hang up and your phone does not have a dial tone, do not make the call.
 
SandyCat knew of someone who made arrangements with someone he thought was from the insurance, and his car was taken. This was all in all resulting in the loss of his car via theft.
 
Attached File  Accident Survival Sheet.pdf   201.05KB   10 Number of downloads
 
 
That my friends is all I can think to write for now. I hope that it helps you. Leave you rcomments, or send your messages as necessary :)
 
Thanks to Rick (SandyCat) for his contributions!


Dash-Cam hard wiring (Mobius ActionCam)

Posted mixmasterlooney on 16 March 2014 - 05:11 PM in General Ford Guides - Modern Fords

Guide to hard wiring a dash cam (Mobius ActionCam)

 

Download PDF file including all photos with step by step instruction

 

Made by Kurt (mixmasterlooney) special credits to James (Higgsy) for his great idea

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Guide to installing a Ford DAB radio to your MK2 / MK2.5 Ford Focus

Posted Stoney871 on 02 January 2014 - 01:02 AM in Ford Focus Guides

After assisting a Member of the forum with the logistics of purchasing and fitting a DAB aerial kit on his Focus I did a guide for him.
So as to benefit the whole Forum I have posted up this slightly modified Guide for anyone else interested in carrying out the same project.
 
Download, use and share as you see fit.
 
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(08/01/14, Guide modified further to encompass experiences of SatTechUK during Fitting, hopefully all parts of the guide are now correct and fit for purpose)




How To Replace Turbo Intercooler Pipe

Posted jeebowhite on 23 September 2013 - 01:13 PM in Ford C-Max Guides

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Fitting / Replacing leather gearshift surround / gaiter on Mk3 Mondeo

Posted FOCA on 21 August 2013 - 04:33 AM in Ford Mondeo Guides

I thought my gearshift gaiter was looking a bit scabby -

 

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So i bought a Genuine leather gearshift gaiter, i went for the black leather with black stitching, but other colours are available -

 

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Ist i unscrewed the gearknob -

 

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Then the trim lifts from the back with the screwdriver (carefully)-

 

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the gaiter and surround then comes away from the console plate - then the trim has to be seperated from the trim (careful - its delicate) i used pliers and scissors -  

 

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Once the remnants of the old gaiter are removed - I lined up the new one -

 

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I then carefully hooked the new gaiter onto the back of the console plate -

 

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The trim then gets fitted onto the bottom -

 

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I used superglue for this - i recommend you take it away from the car, wear gloves, put lots of newspaper down/ mask everything if you use superglue

 

The plate/ new gaiter and the gearstick gets fitted back on -

 

- finished! -  

 

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Remove rear light cluster MK7

Posted Philf1 on 17 June 2013 - 09:36 PM in Ford Fiesta Guides

Have see a few folks give advice on removing rear light cluster but couldn't find any pictures so thought I would write one. Apologies if I have missed one elsewhere and the dodgy graphics.

 

I did this to de-tango my indicator bulbs. Front light unit removal is covered elsewhere.

 

Only tools required are a torx screw driver-to remove the two torx screw on outside of light cluster, crosshead driver-to remove screw holding parcelshelfsupport and a flat blade driver or similar tool to help ease carpet from behind rubber trim. If required a 10mm socket can be used to release the shelf near the seat bracket to make access easier.

 

Both sides are identical;

 

1. Open the tailgate and remove the 2 torx screws from the light cluster.

 

2. Remove the cross head screw holding the parcel shelf support. If required remove the 10mm bolt at the other end of the shelf if you want to have easier access.

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3. Pull back the carpet from under the shelf support and out of the rubber sealing trim around the rear door.

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4. Inside the boot reach up behind the rear light cluster where you have pulled the carpet back. You should feel a large plastic wingnut, unscrew this. The light cluster will now be loose.

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5. Pull the light cluster towards you, it has 2 metal lugs that help to locate it into the body work, you do not need to pull too hard but do pull firmly. As it comes loose remove the wiring by squeezing the wiring connector the whole unit can now be placed on a protective mat to stop it getting scratched.

 

 

6. On the rear of the now removed cluster you will see a white plastic fitment that holds the bulbs. There are 2 clips that need to be squeezed as you pull the whole part out of the cluster.

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7. Identify the bulb you are changing, I am doing my indicators. Remove and replace the bulb.

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8. Re-fitting is basically the reverse of the removal process. Locate 2 small metal lugs into the 2 rubber grommets and torx screws into the white plastic holes. 

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9. Tighten all screws replace carpetunder the rubber seal and enjoy your new lights.

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Fiesta mk6 Stereo/Fascia Removal/Replacement

Posted DanGersFord on 25 May 2013 - 09:22 PM in Ford Fiesta Guides

A lot of people seem to struggle with removing the stereo/center console fascia and replacing it with the heater/blower direction switch working correctly, so i thought I'd do a guide to hopefully help people.

 

Fascia Panel Removal

There is 2 panels that need to be removed to access the stereo the first being the fascia underneath the steering column. There is 5 screws that need to be removed to remove this first panel, 3 along the bottom and 2 behind the OBM port flap-see pictures below (screws hilighted):

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There is also a clip that holds this fascia in place once you have removed the 5 screws the panel leterally just pulls towards you to remove the panel.

 

This then gives you access to the 8 screws which need to be removed to take the center console panel off. You will need to open the glove box and may find it easier to squeeze the inner tray together and fully drop the glove box down to give you better access.

There are 2 screws when you open the glove box:

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2 screws along the bottom:

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2 screws behind the the first panel you removed:

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And 2 screws behind the window heater switch.

To remove the window heater switch use and electricians screwdriver to just lever the switch out:

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There is then a plug that needs to be removed just pushing the clip at the bottom and pulling to fully remove the switch.

You now have access to the 2 screws located behind.

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Once you have removed the screws, again there is a few clips holding the panel in place. Pull at the the panel and it will just pop off but BE CAREFUL as the clips at the top are terrible for scratching you stereo or anything they even slightly rub against. You need to remove the 2 clips plugged into the heater control unit to fully remove the panel again there is a small lever at the bottom of each plug that need to be pushed before you can pull the plugs out.

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Then unhook the siver heater temperature control cable and pull out the heater position plug.

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Stereo Removal

The stereo is the easiest bit of this job to do. There is literally just 4 screws that hold the stereo in place and then the plugs at the back of it. " screws at the top and 2 at the bottom and this doesn't matter whether its the double single or custom stereo that is in position.

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Fascia Replacement

There is no two ways about this, this is one pig of a job but be patient and stick with it and you will get it. Once you've done it once you'll find it a lot easier to do if you ever need to do it again in future.

The first thing to do is line the fascia panel up roughly into position hanging loose and plug you heater controls back in.

Next you need to reattach the temperature control wire into position simply pushing it into place its fairly obvious when you see it how it goes into position see picture for reference.

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Now is by far the hardest bit of the job but once you know how to do it it's not actually to bad. To refit the heater control plug what you need to do is push the fascia as close into position as you can while still being able to get your hand down the back of it.

The plug pushes into the bit you can see the arrow pointing at in the following picture:

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Like so:

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Note that there is only one way this plug will push in and you will need to line the flat section of the plug up with where the flat section inside the plug is. When you push the plug into position it feels like it pops out of position at the other end. This IS normal just make sure it is plugged in at the front and that you haven't knocked the temperature control cable loose again. When you push the fascia fully back into position this re-engages the plug at the rear of the steering column. Push the fascia into the clips that hold it in at the top and at this point i would turn on your ignition and turn your fan to speed setting 3, then test your heater position switch and make sure when you switch it through the various positions everythings blowing air where it should be in correspondance with the switch. Leave the fan going for a few minutes and test the hot and cold settings making sure that its blowing hot when it should be and cold when it should be. Leave a minute or so when you've changed the temperature as it doesn't change straight away.

When your happy simply replace the 8 screws being careful with the ones behind the window heater switch as they are very easy to drop.

 

All you need to do now is push the fascia under the steering column into its clip and screw this into position also.

 

Ive done this guide mainly on how to remove the center console panel and replace it as i has to be done for various things. If you have any problems feel free to messege me.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my guide.

 

 

 

 

 




Guide To Fixing Common Focus Bonnet Lock Problem

Posted Brigante on 13 November 2012 - 11:45 PM in Ford Focus Guides

Ok so this is my first attempt at a guide so if it is deemed not a guide or not detailed enough please feel free to move it to the relevant section or remove it completely.

As you may or may not be aware there is a big design flaw in the design of the Ford Focus bonnet lock mechanism.

If you remove the slam plate:
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And this rubber boot:
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You will see there is a cable connecting the key barrel:
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To this white collet:
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The idea is on the right turn of the key, this catch opens:
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Like so:
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Which releases the bonnet allowing you to lift it open.

Now this is not so much a flaw but actually a tamper proof measure designed in by ford. This lies with the white collet pictured above. Basically the back of this collet is part of a + shaped male and female key, these two parts need to be clicked in together for you to be able to open the bonnet.

The idea is if a would-be thief tries to break into your bonnet, the connection behind the collet will separate rendering the lock mechanism useless and they will not be able to open the bonnet.

However, this is actually flawed as it was generally new technology to ford and it was poorly designed as well as the actual connection being very fragile. Meaning instead of thieves, the actual owners of the car was getting locked out of they're own bonnets, because the slightest knock or bump, sometimes even taking a big speed bump too quick, or as I'll mention shortly changing the grill can dislodge the connection. Then as the owner was none the wiser to this 'security feature', when it came to opening the bonnet with the key, only to find nothing happened, they was truly in the shtuck.

I unfortunately discovered this design flaw first hand when I received some front end damage resulting in needing the bumper replacing, which meant removing the key barrel from the grill.

The 'mechanic' slid the barrel out of the grill and let it hang freely, removed the grill, removed the old bumper, fitted the new bumper, replaced the grill, replaced the barrel and finally closed the bonnet. He then tried to open the bonnet, only to discover that when turning the key left and right, nothing happened and the bonnet was jammed shut tight.

Now I must inform you that the lock mechanism is also very fragile and can easily snap or break, If this is the case then unfortunately you will have to smash your grill in, snap off the lock mechanism and buy a new grill and lock mechanism from ford or ebay and have the barrel built up to your original key by a locksmith, this will end up costing you around a £100.

You can also jack the car up, get on your back under the car and reach up between the radiator and engine block where you will have to go by feel and take a ratchet spanner to the 2 10mm bolts either side of the lock mechanism:

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By loosening these 2 bolts you will be able to prise the bonnet up with enough force. I did try this, but unless I just have really big hands, I do not see how anyone can reach up high enough to get to the bolts without getting they’re arm trapped.

However you will most likely find you are in the same situation as I was and the connection had just become loose and not actually broken, in which case it is very easy to fix this yourself when you know how.

I actually joined this forum looking for an answer myself, a quick Google search will throw up loads of results with people in the same situation and some may mention using a long screw driver through the grill, but not in much detail so if you are not doing it right or hard enough you can waste all day with no result and end up thinking the grill needs to be smashed in when it doesn't at all.

The common cause of this problem is actually replacing the grill and not knowing about the problem until it is too late and you are faced with not being able to open your bonnet.

After managing to fix this problem myself with no mechanical experience, a fellow member of this forum fitted a nice new ST grill to his focus found himself in the exact same situation I was in only days before.

He tried the screwdriver trick himself with no avail and thought he would be faced with smashing in his nice new grill quicker than he had actually fitted it.

I managed to guide him through what he had to do so he was able to fix it himself too. So as this is a common problem I am writing this guide for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation or anyone thinking of swapping they’re grill and doesn't already know about this problem.

Now after a load of waffle, very simply here is how to open your bonnet if you find yourself in this situation.

First off, brute force and position is key here, if you don’t push hard enough it won’t happen, if you have the screwdriver in the wrong position it won’t happen.

First things first If you peer through the grill you will see the black rubber boot which you will need to pull off with some needle nose pliers (you may need a torch for this)

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Once this is off you will be able to see the cable and the white collet:
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Then what you need to do is thread a long enough screwdriver (about 300mm should do) through the grill directly above the ford swivel badge:
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As I just said it is all about position. You need to position the head of your screwdriver on the face of the white collet, directly above where the cable meets the collet like so:
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This had immediate results for me as soon as I had the screwdriver in this position and I opened the bonnet within minutes.

However to find this position I worked the screwdriver right the way around the cable with no avail, If you position the screwdriver to the sides or underneath the cable you won’t have much luck:
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It needs to be like this:
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Once you have the head of the screwdriver in this position, you now need to put all of your bodyweight on the end of the screwdriver and push the white collet back in place, while in turn turning the key left and right as normal.

A tip is to get someone to turn the key left and right for you while you push on the screwdriver. I found it also helps to have whoever is turning the key to push it in in a straight in position while turning the key.

By pushing the white collet in with the screwdriver you are pushing the male and female connection back together and much to your joy the bonnet will suddenly pop. When pushing the screwdriver you should hear a click, this is the connection clicking back together, if you don’t hear the click don’t worry, as long as you maintain the pressure you will get the bonnet open and you can deal with getting the connection to click together after.

I must stress, when you find the correct position of the screwdriver and the right amount of pressure, the bonnet will suddenly pop on the left turn of the key, it is important to not get too overjoyed at this point and stop applying the pressure. If you do, you will lose the connection and you will have to start all over again.

So remember, when the bonnet suddenly pops on the left turn, make sure you quickly turn the key to the right and lift the bonnet before you lose the connection.

By doing this instead of a £100 ebay spend for a new grill and lock kit, all it cost me was 5quid for a long enough screwdriver which is one of the best purchases I've made and now lives in my boot should this problem happen again.

A final and critical tip, If you are planning on swapping your grill, very carefully slide the barrel out of the existing grill, and whatever you do, DO NOT let the barrel hang freely on the cable, this will almost definitely lose the connection causing you to find the bonnet won’t open after closing it.

To avoid this problem in the first place all you have to do is balance the barrel on some sort of object, a can of pop would do for instance, this keeps the cable in position and prevents the weight of the barrel dislodging the connection when hanging.

If you do let the barrel hang however, it still isn't a problem, just make sure the key still does what it is supposed to do before closing the bonnet, if it doesn't, click the connection back together before you do.

If you've closed the bonnet and can't open it, follow the guide.


So there you go, my first guide. I hope it was as informative as it could be and not too boring. If it helps other people who find themselves in the same situation it will have been worth the read.


Retrofit Bluetooth With Voice Control and USB for Focus MK2.5

Posted Gaz RS on 07 January 2014 - 11:52 PM in Ford Focus Guides

This guide was made when I retrofitted bluetooth to my 2009 RS, it should relate to most MK2.5's
 
Before you start or order any parts check behind the glove box for the module connector and behind the courtesy light for the microphone connector. If you have both of these then the wiring will already be in place


Parts needed.

BVC module 8M5T-19C112-AN, AP, AR, AS, AT etc ebay for the cheapest around £100, The Ford part Finis 1725849, £312.73. 

Module Bracket        Finis 1353218 £8.62
Bracket Screw     Finis 1355147 £1.15
Screw x2       Finis 1231390  £1.10
Audio Patch Cable        Finis 1592580 £9.31
Mic Patch Cable        Finis 1592586 £12.67  Only needed for pre 2010 Focus
Microphone       Finis 1532666 £41.18 or ebay around £10
Control stalk     Finis 1318965 £87.74 or ebay around £20
​USB 2 Female to mini 4 5 pin cable http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5d470ae59b £1.49
 
Guide

First you need to make sure you have your radio code, then as you will be working near the passenger airbag I would recommend you disconnect the battery,

Open the glove box and remove the vent for the air cooler, just give it a pull and it will come off

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Remove the seven screws that secure the glove box in place then ease the the glove box out so as not to break any of the small securing clips on the cooler pipe.

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Slide the glove box out carefully as there are wires still connected to the AUX socket and the airbag deactivation switch if you have it fitted, (another reason for disconnecting the battery).

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You can also remove the glove box door to allow more access, remove the damper on the left hand side then give the door careful pull and it will pop out of the spring clips circled

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Once you have the glove box out look on the left hand side for the BVC connector, it's wrapped to the loom with tape. (sorry forgot to take a pic)

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Peel the Gray foam back, if your careful it wont rip and can be reused once the BVC connector and cable are released. Whilst the grey foam is peeled back look for a grey connector it will be wrapped up with the rest of the loom in black electrical tape. This is where the audio patch cable needs to go, simply remove the existing one and replace it with the new one you bought from Ford. You can now wrap the gray foam back around the loom.

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Whilst we are in this area look further down the loom and you will see another connector it has 4 black and 4 red/ white wires this is where the microphone patch cable goes.

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I've found that Focus built after December 2009 have a different wiring loom, there is no empty socket for the microphone patch cable but the modified loom incorporates the wiring for the microphone


Next step is to mount he module onto the bracket using the larger of the three screws

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You can now insert the BVC connector and secure it by moving the white lever to the other end of the connector, you can also put you USB cable in.

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Using the other screws you can now secure the module to the underside of the dash, it's a bit difficult but if you let the fuse box down you can reach up through the gap.
Tighten the back one then swing the module up and put the other screw in.


It might be easier to mount the bracket and them mount the module onto it, I don't know as I followed another guide.

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Position of BVC once fitted

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Secure you USB cable up out of the way of the glove box cavity, depending on where you are going to terminate it you may need another extension cable.

You can now reinstall the glove box and re-secure the fusebox.

To fit the microphone you need to remove the courtesy light and surround, start by getting your nails in between the clear lens and the unit at the back then work your way around the sides to the front and the lens will come off.


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You will now see a metal spring clip, I'm not sure of the correct way to remove this so what I did was to use a small screw driver to pry the back of the clip forward or towards you.

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The light unit will now come down and you will have access to the two screws holding the surround in place, remove these and remove the surround, it will go past the light unit once the connector for the mic has been loosened.

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There will be a round piece of foam in the cavity where the mic goes so remove it first then pop the mic in and connect it up.

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Refit the surround and the light unit making sure you get the metal reinforcing ring in the correct position in the surround.

The radio control stalk is straight forward, just insert a screw driver into the small orifice on the back of the stalk and ease it out being careful as there is a couple of wires attached.

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Swap the wiring to the new stalk and reinsert it, you will here a twang when it's fully in.
 
That's it reconnect the battery and put your code into the headunit everything should now work apart from Voice Control.
 
Voice Control

If everything is working except voice control you will need to enable the function. You can do this using a modified elm327 OBDII and ELMConfig

Once you have your elm327 connected to you car and your laptop, set the elm327 to MS-CAN

Start ELMConfig and click Open Port

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Ford Focus 06 Heated Screen Drivers Side Failure Real Reason

Posted k992511 on 06 December 2013 - 06:48 PM in Ford Focus Guides

Ford and screen fitters say the elements fail which fail one half of the screen. Nope, the heating elements are in parallel not series, so one failing wont fail a side of the screen. Instead your windscreen wiper mechanism is fouling the delicate fol strip that supplies power to the screen. Ford wont admit this design fault unless more people complain to ford, they should be recalled. Mine is a ford focus titanium 06 model.

Below is my youtube video showing the reason my drivers side of the screen has faile, it funny from what ive read its always everyones drivers heater that fails!




Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted Lenny on 06 December 2013 - 06:47 PM in Ford Focus Guides

Hi all,
I 100% recommend if fitting an EGR Blanking plate; that you fit a stainless steel one,
Alluminum plates break through over time with terrible results.

Stainless steel blanking plates are top job a fit and forget item.
Here is a reliable supplier of stainless steel laser cut egr blanking plates.
http://www.ebay.ie/i...S-/170912771190


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Tools Required:
16mm Socket
5/16 Socket
8mm Socket
13/32 Socket (only if engine cover fitted)
T30 Torx screw driver
T20 Torx screw driver

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Time to fit : 02:15 from start to finish, perhaps quicker if you were not stopping to take pictures or search for the required tools since you guys now have a list lol

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The next step is extremly difficult if you don't know how,
But its very simple once you know how; and you will know how to
After you watch this short video from dodge, all wiper arms remove the same way and this dodge wiper removal video video explains it best.

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Clips removal using flat screwdriver to slide from panel.

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Once unclipped;
Lift the panel free from place and store in a safe place until returning to the car.

Next step is to remove the panel beneath

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also remove the brake fluid resivour from this panel and ensure to place it in an upright position in the engine bay until returning to the panel.

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Store all screws in a cup and place it somewhere safe until returning to the car.

When screws are removed from the panel;
Lift upwards on the front and gently pull backwards to release from the clips that grip it at the rear:

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when removed:
Store in a safe place until replacing on the car

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Now all of these panels are removed, you can gain comfortable access to the rear of the engine,

Your next question may be "where is the EGR Valve located?"

Here are 3 images taken from the front engine bay and leading you to the rear right side of the 1.6TDCi / 1.6HDi engine where the EGR valve joins to the block.

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This round headed barcoded electonic valve is THE EGR!!

This cylinder in the image below is the egr valve cooler,
Helps to cool the exhaust gases that are being sent to the valve for re-entry to the combustion chamber.

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Now to fit the EGR blanking plate;
You first need to loosten the nut on the EGR Cooler tank

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Followed by loosening the two extreemly long EGR Valve bolts.

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Once the nut on the "EGR Cooler"
And
The 2 bolts on the "EGR Valve" have been made loose you can gently pull the EGR Valve from the engine block,
This is a case of trial pulling
Followed by further loosening of the nut/bolts until you have enough space to slide in the plate.

See in the image below this text:
The gap beginning to appear when gently pulling on the EGR valve after loosening

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Their is a gasket seal on between the engine block and egr valve flange,
I kept the gasket on the engine block side; when inserting the blanking plate,

So the gasket now seals the engine block to the egr blanking plate,
This is best for a good seal.

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Now to slide in the blanking plate from the right side of the engine
In to the left.

Very easy,
Just hook on to the top bolt
And
Let the blanking plate swing down; it will hook in to the lower bolt itself.

Just push firmly to the left to ensure it is centre in the valve,
Also ensure the gasket seal is between the engine block and the blanking plate.

Prior to tightening the 2 bolts on the EGR valve back up
Followed by the nut on the egr cooler.

Here is the blanking plate fitted:

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Now to replace the panels

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Ensure the seals are free from dirt
Also check the top panel under the windscreen,
It has a C shaped end that fits the bottom of the windscreen in to the panel for a tight seal.

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All back togeather
You will notice boost comes a lot quicker and increased torque lower down in the rev range,
Exhaust noise is a little louder (just a little)
Engine idle is quieter
Exhaust smoke doesn't exist
Your induction system now takes in clean air only
No carbon in your induction
Less engine oil contamination

All of the above are from my personal experience since fitting,

Other things such as increased MPG have yet to be saw but I'll keep you all updated.
Great surprise with the reduced lag in 1st and 2nd Gear though.

Well worth every penny and more!

By far the best modification on the car to date.




Guide To Fixing Common Focus Bonnet Lock Problem.

Posted Brigante on 06 December 2013 - 09:26 AM in Ford Focus Guides

Ok so this is my first attempt at a guide so if it is deemed not a guide or not detailed enough please feel free to move it to the relevant section or remove it completely.

As you may or may not be aware there is a big design flaw in the design of the Ford Focus bonnet lock mechanism.

If you remove the slam plate:
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And this rubber boot:
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You will see there is a cable connecting the key barrel:
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To this white collet:
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The idea is on the right turn of the key, this catch opens:
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Like so:
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Which releases the bonnet allowing you to lift it open.

Now this is not so much a flaw but actually a tamper proof measure designed in by ford. This lies with the white collet pictured above. Basically the back of this collet is part of a + shaped male and female key, these two parts need to be clicked in together for you to be able to open the bonnet.

The idea is if a would-be thief tries to break into your bonnet, the connection behind the collet will separate rendering the lock mechanism useless and they will not be able to open the bonnet.

However, this is actually flawed as it was generally new technology to ford and it was poorly designed as well as the actual connection being very fragile. Meaning instead of thieves, the actual owners of the car was getting locked out of they're own bonnets, because the slightest knock or bump, sometimes even taking a big speed bump too quick, or as I'll mention shortly changing the grill can dislodge the connection. Then as the owner was none the wiser to this 'security feature', when it came to opening the bonnet with the key, only to find nothing happened, they was truly in the shtuck.

I unfortunately discovered this design flaw first hand when I received some front end damage resulting in needing the bumper replacing, which meant removing the key barrel from the grill.

The 'mechanic' slid the barrel out of the grill and let it hang freely, removed the grill, removed the old bumper, fitted the new bumper, replaced the grill, replaced the barrel and finally closed the bonnet. He then tried to open the bonnet, only to discover that when turning the key left and right, nothing happened and the bonnet was jammed shut tight.

Now I must inform you that the lock mechanism is also very fragile and can easily snap or break, If this is the case then unfortunately you will have to smash your grill in, snap off the lock mechanism and buy a new grill and lock mechanism from ford or ebay and have the barrel built up to your original key by a locksmith, this will end up costing you around a £100.

You can also jack the car up, get on your back under the car and reach up between the radiator and engine block where you will have to go by feel and take a ratchet spanner to the 2 10mm bolts either side of the lock mechanism. By loosening these 2 bolts you will be able to prise the bonnet up with enough force. I did try this, but unless I just have really big hands, I do not see how anyone can reach up high enough to get to the bolts without getting they’re arm trapped.

However you will most likely find you are in the same situation as I was and the connection had just become loose and not actually broken, in which case it is very easy to fix this yourself when you know how.

I actually joined this forum looking for an answer myself, a quick Google search will throw up loads of results with people in the same situation and some may mention using a long screw driver through the grill, but not in much detail so if you are not doing it right or hard enough you can waste all day with no result and end up thinking the grill needs to be smashed in when it doesn't at all.

The common cause of this problem is actually replacing the grill and not knowing about the problem until it is too late and you are faced with not being able to open your bonnet.

After managing to fix this problem myself with no mechanical experience, a fellow member of this forum fitted a nice new ST grill to his focus found himself in the exact same situation I was in only days before.

He tried the screwdriver trick himself with no avail and thought he would be faced with smashing in his nice new grill quicker than he had actually fitted it.

I managed to guide him through what he had to do so he was able to fix it himself too. So as this is a common problem I am writing this guide for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation or anyone thinking of swapping they’re grill and doesn't already know about this problem.

Now after a load of waffle, very simply here is how to open your bonnet if you find yourself in this situation.

First off, brute force and position is key here, if you don’t push hard enough it won’t happen, if you have the screwdriver in the wrong position it won’t happen.

First things first If you peer through the grill you will see the black rubber boot which you will need to pull off with some needle nose pliers (you may need a torch for this)

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Once this is off you will be able to see the cable and the white collet:
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Then what you need to do is thread a long enough screwdriver (about 300mm should do) through the grill directly above the ford swivel badge:
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As I just said it is all about position. You need to position the head of your screwdriver on the face of the white collet, directly above where the cable meets the collet like so:
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This had immediate results for me as soon as I had the screwdriver in this position and I opened the bonnet within minutes.

However to find this position I worked the screwdriver right the way around the cable with no avail, If you position the screwdriver to the sides or underneath the cable you won’t have much luck:
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It needs to be like this:
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Once you have the head of the screwdriver in this position, you now need to put all of your bodyweight on the end of the screwdriver and push the white collet back in place, while in turn turning the key left and right as normal.

A tip is to get someone to turn the key left and right for you while you push on the screwdriver. I found it also helps to have whoever is turning the key to push it in in a straight in position while turning the key.

By pushing the white collet in with the screwdriver you are pushing the male and female connection back together and much to your joy the bonnet will suddenly pop. When pushing the screwdriver you should hear a click, this is the connection clicking back together, if you don’t hear the click don’t worry, as long as you maintain the pressure you will get the bonnet open and you can deal with getting the connection to click together after.

I must stress, when you find the correct position of the screwdriver and the right amount of pressure, the bonnet will suddenly pop on the left turn of the key, it is important to not get too overjoyed at this point and stop applying the pressure. If you do, you will lose the connection and you will have to start all over again.

So remember, when the bonnet suddenly pops on the left turn, make sure you quickly turn the key to the right and lift the bonnet before you lose the connection.

By doing this instead of a £100 ebay spend for a new grill and lock kit, all it cost me was 5quid for a long enough screwdriver which is one of the best purchases I've made and now lives in my boot should this problem happen again.

A final and critical tip, If you are planning on swapping your grill, very carefully slide the barrel out of the existing grill, and whatever you do, DO NOT let the barrel hang freely on the cable, this will almost definitely lose the connection causing you to find the bonnet won’t open after closing it.

To avoid this problem in the first place all you have to do is balance the barrel on some sort of object, a can of pop would do for instance, this keeps the cable in position and prevents the weight of the barrel dislodging the connection when hanging.

If you do let the barrel hang however, it still isn't a problem, just make sure the key still does what it is supposed to do before closing the bonnet, if it doesn't, click the connection back together before you do.

If you've closed the bonnet and can't open it, follow the guide.


So there you go, my first guide. I hope it was as informative as it could be and not too boring. If it helps other people who find themselves in the same situation it will have been worth the read.




Focus Dashboard Secret (Trick)

Posted Matt_focus_zetec on 16 March 2012 - 05:56 PM in Ford Focus Guides

Hello all ,

I have found some info out a few months ago about my focus i got it off a ST170 SITE so credit does go to them but i will say it here anyways


*******WARNING DO NOT TRY THIS IF YOU LIKE TO KEEP A CHECK ON MILEAGE AFTER EVERY REFILL LIKE ME AS THIS WILL RESET THE TRIP METER******************

1.GET IN FOCUS

2.PUT KEY IN STEERING LOCK OFF

3.HOLD DOWN TRIP RESET BUTTON ON INSTRUMENT PANEL

4.TURN IGNITION ON AND START ENGINE

5.NOW YOUR CAR IS IN SELF DIAGNOSTIC MODE

YOU CAN NOW CHECK IF THE CAR HAS ANY DTC CODES IN THE MEMORY ,CHECK ALL GUAGES ,CHECK ALL INSTRUMENTAL PANEL LAMPS EVEN ONES U DONT USE E.G. ABS GLOW PLUG LIGHT ON PETROL AND AUTO GEARBOX LAMP YOU CAN ALSO SEE YOUR REV METER IN DIGITAL

Give this a go its quite cool and also dtc codes are usefull if you know what to do with them try googling dtc library there used to be a program you could get but i dont know if its avaliable anymore

Thanks


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