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    Focus MK3 Champions Edition
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  1. The Volvo engine cover only fiits on the 1.4 (80 HP) and 1.6 (100 HP) Duratec engine. It does not fit on the 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT (115 HP) engine. The TI-VCT does not have the mounting holes in the valve cover which are needed to mount the Volvo engine cover.
  2. The OEM Focus MK2/MK2.5 rear wheel hubs are manufactured by SKF. Every SKF dealer can supply these wheel hubs a lot cheaper than a Ford dealer.
  3. Some time ago I wrote a guide about converting the rear drum brakes to disc brakes on a Focus MK2/MK2.5. My guide can be downloaded from the link below: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ohmuy84xvkq3pz3/Drum brake to Disc brake conversion.pdf?dl=0
  4. Do the seats have side airbags? If not you should first check the seatbelt pretensioners. The seatbelt pretensioners are basically small explosives that pretension the seatbelts in case of an accident. Just like airbags the pretensioners can only be used once. If the seats came from a car that was involved in an accident the seatbelt pretensioners are activated and needs to be replaced.The RCN (Restraint Control Module) monitors the resitance of the pretensioners. If the pretensioners were previously activated the RCM does not measure any resistance and activates the airbag warning light.
  5. Both the springs and the shocks of the Focus ST are different from the "normal" Focus MK3/MK3.5 versions. Next to this the original front springs and shocks are based on engine/transmission weight. There are 3 different types of suspension. Standard, Sport and Heavy Duty. Which type of suspension is installed depends on trim level and market (country). Next to this within these 3 types of suspension every engine type has its own springs because of the differences in engine/transmission weight. Installing the springs and shocks of a Focus ST to a "normal" Focus MK3/MK3.5 can only be done if the engine/transmission weight matches the weight of the ST engine/transmission. Installing ST springs and shocks to any version with a lighter type of engine/transmission will result in the front of the car standing higher than the back of the car. This does not only look horrible but also can make the car instable. Personally I would go for a decent set of lowering springs that are designed for your type of engine. The Eibach Pro-Kit springs for example are an original Ford accessoire. These springs can be combined with the original shocks and make the car look a lot better. These springs make the car a lot stiffer without loosing much comfort.
  6. From the Focus MK2 onwards the rear wheel hubs are non servicable. The wheel bearings consist of loose ball bearings in a retainer cage that are an integral part of the wheel hub. During production of the wheel hub the axle shaft end is riveted to secure the inner bearing rings onto the axle. The axle can only be removed by destroying it which makes the hub useless because there are no spare parts available. In case of rear wheel bearing damage the complete wheel hub needs to be replaced. The Focus MK2 only has 1 type of rear wheel hub which is used for both drum brakes and disc brakes. Because of this converting the rear drum brakes to rear disc brakes is an easy bolt on job.
  7. These cartoons are made by a Dutch cartoonist. His name is Jan van Haasteren. Google his name and you will find many puzzles and wall posters.
  8. Enter your VIN or registration number on the Ford ETIS website and you will get all build specifications including the tyre size that was factory fitted.
  9. The color of the parts you found is Vision. This is a completely different color than your car. Next to this these parts are for a Focus MK2.5. The rear bumper of a MK2.5 will fit on a MK2 but you need to modify the wiring because of different connectors. The MK2.5 front wing will not fit on a MK2
  10. Your color code is G(3). The official Ford name of this color is Aquarius (metallic). The color name (and also most other specifications of the car) can easily be confirmed by entering the VIN number or license number on the Ford ETIS website.
  11. Do you have the 150 HP version or the 182 HP version? The 150 HP version can easily be upgraded to the 182 HP version using the original software. This is an inexpensive, easy way to upgrade the 150 HP version. If you want more power than the original 182 HP you must be aware that there are several different versions of the 1.6 ECOboost. During production of the 1.6 ECOboost Ford made several minor and major improvements to the 1.6 ECOboost. At some point they even changed the internal design of the cilinder head, fuel injectors and actuators for the variable valve timing system. Most improvements also resulted in new software versions which are not interchangeable with the previous versions. Because of the many changes and improvements there are litterally dozens of different software versions used on the 1.6 ECOboost. Loading an incorrect software version or a badly performed remap will definetely result in engine damage. In my opinion you should only get it remapped by a real specialist which has both the knowledge and experience to remap the 1.6 ECOboost.
  12. The 1.4/1.6 Duratec including the TI-VCT do not have an idle air control valve. On this type of engine the idle speed is fully controlled by the PCM. When idling the PCM continuously adjust the throttle plate position to obtain the most optimal idle RPM.
  13. Note that using the correct type and brand of key fob battery is very important. Despite being the correct type many key fob batteries will only work for a very short time before the low key battery warning message appears again. This is a known habit of the Focus MK3 Keyless Start system. Ford even prescribes certain brands/types of batteries to avoid problems. Batteries supplied by a Ford dealer will be a bit more expensive but they also last a lot longer.
  14. This is completely normal. When selecting the windscreen using the air flow dial the system is designed to clear any possible condensation as quick as possible using the airconditioning. This function can only be switched off manually by pressing the A/C button.
  15. The latch should look like this: A broken latch is a common problem of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 dashboard storage compartment. The springs of the compartment are relatively strong and apply a constant force on the latch when the compartment is closed. My experience is that repair of the latch using glue will not work. The lid of the storage compartment is avalable as a spare part but will cost about €80,-. Instead of a new lid many people choose to remove the spring of the lid and leave the storage compartment closed.