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ZetecShearer1987
hi, I was wondering if there is an easy way to check to see if my focus has the latest and greatest ecu update, without taking it to a ford garage to check for me. I am happy to pay ford 60 quid plus to update the ecu, but I didn't really wanna pay if the car already has the latest update.

Any ideas on how to approach this matter.

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alexp999

I could see on ETIS when there was a PCM (ECU) update available for my car. No way of knowing whether or not it has been applied on there though.

 

I would have thought any reasonable dealer could check for the update but only charge if there is actually one available. Especially if you get it done at the time of a service.

ZetecShearer1987
Thanks Alex, the only issue cost wise is that I've had made car serviced 3 months ago. So I reckon my local fraud garage would be reluctant to check with no charge. Will give them a call to enquire.

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alexp999

Depends on the garage I suppose, we get on really well with our local dealer.

 

Otherwise I believe Trust Ford were advertising free software updates recently.

ZetecShearer1987
Local garage wanted over 100 quid for diagnosis. Plus extra for updating ecu. Get stuffed with that

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alexp999

Wow what a rip off. You got any of the new Trust Ford group near you?

http://www.talkford.com/topic/231523-trustford-free-software-update/

ZetecShearer1987
Yeah Trust ford I have one in Tamworth which is a 20 minute drive. Quoted around 100 quid but questioned why I really wanted it done and said was it really worth it. Do any local tuning garages offer something similar to this. I don't want it modifying, I want a genuine ford update. I'm a bit lost now what to do, as other people seem to be getting this done much cheaper and much easier than I am.

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alexp999

Only the Ford dealers have the equipment, software and link back to Ford to access the ECU (or any) updates. :(

 

I believe they actually have to download the updates from Ford servers.

ZetecShearer1987
Ok. Does seem to be quite pricey round the Midlands getting this done. And maybe the car already has the latest update. Then I've wasted 100 quid.

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alexp999

Have you checked ETIS to see if there are any update messages?

ZetecShearer1987
Not sure how to use ford etis . Can you explain how to do it please

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alexp999

Go here and enter your VIN or reg:

http://www.etis.ford.com/vehicleRegSelector.do

 

Then on the left hand side wait for the Vehicle Software section to load and see if you get the message:

 

"Vehicle software information is available for your selected vehicle. Click here to view further information."

 

Then click "here", find PCM in the list and see if there is an option for "Software updates".

 

As an example, this is what mine says:

 

Focus / C-Max 2.0L TDCi Stage V.

This application programs the PCM module with the most current calibration.

Version 1.3 - 10/08/12

20131113 10:03:17-G1496414-10


The following Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) is relevant to this Software Update:
As
part of the Ford Motor Company Continual Program Improvement Process, a
later version of software is available for this module.

 

Although I had this done FOC as the car is still under warranty.

ZetecShearer1987

Hi again i did all that then  got this message  

 

Vehicle software information is not available for your selected vehicle. This information is currently available for Stage V and selected Stage IV emission vehicles.

 

 

a bit confused now

 

im i doing something wrong, my car is a stage 4 emission vehicle and ive got no data available

alexp999

Means your car is too old to be on the ETIS software database :(

 

Never mind, it was worth a try as your model year is right around when it started.

ZetecShearer1987
Can anyone on here do pcm updates to the ecu. Or is there another way apart from paying a ford garage over 100 to check and see.
It's pretty rubbish that you have to guess If it needs a update and that it might be already installed but you still pay over 100 quid for the privilege.

See after reading other people's post about the pcm being updated it does sound like those symptoms are affecting my car but I don't want to throw hard earned money at a chance it might need doing

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