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    Focus MK3 Champions Edition
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  1. European law describes that all services can also be performed by official dealers of other brands or independent garages without voiding the warranty. However all services must be performed according to the manufacturer regulations and specifications. This basically means that all services must be performed according to the Ford specifications using original parts/fluids and all services must be performed within the prescribed time/mileage period. In case of a warranty claim Ford will require the customer to prove that the car is serviced according to the Ford regulations and specifications and all services are performed by competent trained technicians. If the customer can not prove this the warranty claim will most certainly be rejected. Because of this it is very important to have all services well documented. Preferably using the original Ford checklist (can be downloaded from the Ford Etis website) and a specified bill listing all part numbers that are used. Just a stamp in the service booklet will not be enough.
  2. I did not know the exact service interval in Miles (we only use the service interval in KM in the Netherlands). I read the 12.000 MLS service interval in another thread so assumed this was correct.
  3. The module I installed has part number D1BT-14D212-LA The module did have software version E1BT-14D544-AK which is known as V5.8. After I updated the module it has software version E1BT-14D544-AL which is known as V5.9. I used the following configuration parameters to reconfigure the module: 7D0-01-01 111F 88C0 0354 7D0-01-02 4000 001A 7D0-02-01 044E 4C00 0078 7D0-02-02 00DB 7D0-03-01 0000 0000 00DB I compared the AS-BUILT data of several 2014 Focus MK3 versions with SYNC 1.1 and about 95% of these vehicles had this configuration.
  4. Recently I decided to upgrade from the SYNC 1.0 system to the SYNC 1.1 system. My SYNC 1.0 module did have some occasional problems. Sometimes the module suddenly stopped playing from USB or lost the bluetooth connection with my phone. In my opinion the SYNC 1.0 system has become obsolete. This system is only installed by Ford for about 1 year. The support for this system is pretty bad. Ford promised to release regular updates for the system which allows the user to update the system from a USB drive. Unfortunately this never happened and the system can only be updated by a Ford dealer which is an expensive and time consuming process. The SYNC 1.1 system basically has the same functionality as the SYNC 1.0 system. Next to this the SYNC 1.1 system does also have APPlink. Another major advantage is the possibility to update the system yourself. However not officially supported in Europe Ford releases regular updates for the system which allows the user to update the system from a USB drive. These updates can be downloaded from several international Ford websites (USA, India) and are also suitable for the European SYNC 1.1 modules. Last week I bought a suitable SYNC 1.1 module from a UK scrapyard for less than €50,- including P&P to the Netherlands. The module arrived yesterday so I decided to install the module right away. The module was originally installed into a 2015 Fiesta MK7.5. Fiesta modules are configured different from Focus MK3 modules so I had to change the configuration of the module. After I reprogrammed the module it works without any problems. Finally I downloaded the latest update and installed in onto the system rom a USB drive.
  5. NGK recommends the TR5B-13 spark plugs for this type of engine. The NGK LTR5X-11 Iridium spark plugs are listed as an alternative for the recommended TR5B-13 spark plugs. in fact both spark plugs should be fine. The electrode gap of the TR5B-13 should be adjusted to 1.2 mm. The LTR5X-13 has a 1.1 mm electrode gap. Personally i would only check this and leave the gap 1.1 mm. I always used the recommended TR5B-13 for this type of engine. These are very inexpensive. Instead of the much more expensive Iridium spark plugs I used the TR5B-13 spark plugs and just replaced them every other year. Never had any problems with these spark plugs.
  6. Ford currently uses the Small - Medium - Large service schedule. The service schedule is time and mileage based. The 1st service is a small one and should be performed at 1 year or 12.000 MLS / 20.000 KM (whichever comes first). The 2nd service is a Medium one and should be performed at 2 year or 24.000 MLS / 40.000 KM (whichever comes first). The 3rd service is a large one and should be performed at 3 year or 36.000 MLS / 60.000 KM (whichever comes first). Next to this the time between 2 services must be 1 year maximum.In Your case the 2nd service was performed early. This basically means that the next service must be performed within 1 year after the previous service. In your case this will be a large service. Ford has strict warranty regulations. Not following these regulations will void the warranty.
  7. Are the spark plugs of the correct type and did you check/adjust the electrode gap? On the 1.4/1.6 Duratec Petrol engines the electrode gap must be adjusted to 1.2 mm. Original Ford spark plugs should already be gapped at 1.2 mm. Most aftermarket spark plugs are gapped at 1.3 mm.
  8. SYNC 3 has different hardware. The needed parts alone will cost over €2000,-.
  9. The 6000 CD does not support BluetoothAudio and sounds like crap. Personally I would search for a GEN3 Sony radio and install a Sound & connect (bluetooth/voicecontrol wit USB, bluetooth audio and Ipod support) module.
  10. Many other car manufacturers suffer from the same kind of problems on their diesel engines. These days the quality of the diesel fuel is also a point of concern. The chemical composition of diesel fuel changed within the last few years. Next to this governments demand from fuel manufacturers to add a certain amount of bio fuel. The current diesel fuel has less lubricating components. This causes the high pressure fuel pump and the fuel injectors to wear prematurely. As a matter of fact the current diesel engines are no longer bulletproof and will not nearly last as long as the old indirect injected diesel engines. Technically there is nothing wrong with the batch of fuel injectors that are used on the 1.8 TDCI built between 07/2008-12/2009. These fuel injectors are within their technical specifications. The only problem is that the initial software of the 1.8 TDCI did not work very well with these fuel injectors. This has been solved by Ford by releasing different software. Many 1.8 TDCI engines have the same fuel injectors and still run without any problems. My experience is that fuel injector issues are usually caused by worn injector components. In many cases the fuel injectors can be overhauled and tested by a specialist. However new fuel injectors are often cheaper than an overhaul of the existing fuel injectors.
  11. Or post a picture of your air filter box. The difference between both air filter boxes can be seen quite easily. A 2006 Focus MK2 should have the flat panel filter. The round cone shaped filter is used from the Focus MK2 versions after the small interior facelift with red illumination.
  12. Some cars do have the wiring pre-installed and others don't. In some cases the wiring inside the cabin is present while the wiring in the engine bay is missing (or vice versa). Basically there is only one way to find out. Next to the fuel trip computer you also need the dashboard trim for the fuel trip computer, the outside air temperature sensor and the windscreen wiper fluid level sensor.
  13. All 5 Inch displays should have the rear view camera input. This is a beige Fakra connector. Personally I would not use a wireless camera. These are known for interference by the cars electronics. A wired camera is the most reliable. The aftermarket camera module can be found at the following website: http://www.ucdsys.ru/?page_id=350&lang=en
  14. .Personally I would go for a Petrol engine with that mileage. The 1.25/1.4/1.6 Duratec Petrol engine is basically bulletproof. Less economical than the TDCI diesel engine but the maintenance costs for the Duratec petrol engine will be lower than the maintenance costs for the diesel engine. The 8-valve 1.4 TDCI is a lot less problematic than the 16-valve 1.6 TDCI. However leaking or defective fuel injectors are quite common on the 1.4 TDCI. Replacing the fuel injectors will cost quite a lot of money.
  15. This is a quite common problem of the Focus MK2 instrument cluster. All warning and indicator sounds are transmitted by a small speaker which is located at the back of the instrument cluster. This is a small SMD speaker that is directly soldered onto the circuit board. The problem can be caused by either a defective speaker or the speaker no longer being controlled by the instrument cluster. If the speaker is defective it can easily be solved by soldering a replacement speaker onto the circuit board. A suitable replacement speaker can easily be found at an electronic component shop. In case the speaker is no longer controlled by the instrument cluster the cluster must be replaced or repaired to solve the problem.