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  1. Mk3 Focus Airbag Replacement/Reset

    I guess the reason why both the front airbags are activated is because of safety reasons. The passenger seat has an occupancy sensor (weight activated switch). If this sensor fails on a left/right separated front airbag system the passenger airbag will not deploy. Because of this the occupancy sensor is not used for airbag activation. The system simply deploys both airbags simultaneously. The airbag system only uses the seatbelt buckle switch to calculate the seatbelt pretensioners and airbag timing. If the seatbelts are not used the system deploys the airbags at a different timing than if the seatbelts are used.
  2. Mk2 Focus Front Break discs Size

    On the 1.6 Duratec Petrol engines and 1.6 TDCI Diesel engines the front brake discs are 278 mm.
  3. Mk3 Focus Airbag Replacement/Reset

    On the Focus MK3 And probably also on the Fiesta MK7) the airbag system is designed in a way that both the driver and passenger airbags are activated at the same time. Whether the passenger seat is or is not occupied does not matter. This is the reason why most Cat C cars have both airbags deployed. If only the driver airbag deployed there must be something wrong with the passenger airbag or the passenger airbag must have been switched off.
  4. Mk3 Focus Airbag Replacement/Reset

    After an airbag deployment the crash flag data of the RCM (Restraints Control module) needs to be reset. This can be done with the Forscan software. apart from the bodywork damage you need at least a new steering wheel airbag, passenger airbag, seatbelt pretensioners and a new dashboard shell if the airbags are deployed. New parts cost a fortune from Ford. Used parts are quite rare. A relative low amount of available scrap cars do have the airbags still intact. The demand for these parts (especially for dashboard shells) is pretty big which results in relative high prices. A decent condition Focus MK3 dashboard shell with airbags and seatbelt pretensioners easily sells for a €1000,-. Do you intend to drive the car yourself after repair or to sell it on?
  5. Ford Focus - Seat replacement?

    What is the mileage of the car? The Focus MK3/MK3.5 seats are known to wear pretty quick. The foam inside the seats often deteriorates or cracks which seriously affects the comfort of the seats. This can be solved by replacing the foam. All foam pieces are available as spare parts. Seats are manufacturer/car model specific. Only Focus MK3/MK3.5 seats are a direct fit to your car. Seats from other manufacturers or even seats from different Ford models have different dimensions and mounting points. These will not fit without (sometimes major) modifications. A Ford dealer usually does not sell seats. i suspect that a Ford dealer only wants to sell you a new original seat which will cost a fortune. There are basically 3 options: 1: Replacement of the driver seat for a custom seat (for example Recaro). These seats can be fully adapted to the clients wishes (usually not cheap). 2: Replacement of the complete interior for a different type of Focus MK3/MK3.5 interior (only applicable if you find an interior that meets your demands. 3: Remanufacturing of the current driver seat. There are companies that can remanufacture original seats and adapt it to the clients wishes. Custom made foam inserts can result in a completely different seat. A major advantage of this is that the seat still looks the same as before. This is a very popular modification for people driving sport cars who are actually a bit to big for a bucket seat.
  6. Sync app link?

    The APIM module is configured by AS-BUILT data. AS-BUILT configuration can be done with an ELM327 interface and the Forscan software.
  7. Sync app link?

    If it comes from a Focus MK3 which has the same specs (Audio system, Emergency Assistance, etc.) as your car it will be plug and play. If not the APIM module needs to be configured correctly.
  8. Sync app link?

    The APIM module can be identified by the part number. AM5T-14D212-xx is a SYNC 1.0 APIM module. D1BT-14D212-xx or E1BT-14D-212-xx are SYNC 1.1 APIM modules. My APIM module has part number D1BT-14D212-LA. This module originally came from a 2015 Fiesta. However after I configured it correctly the module works without any problems. The configuration below is usually correct for a Focus MK3 after retrofitting the SYNC 1.1 APIM 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
  9. Mk3 springs / suspension

    The MK3/MK3.5 suspension is quite similar to the MK2/MK2.5 suspension. The MK3/MK3.5 suspension is basically an improved, futher development of the MK2/MK2.5 suspension. Technically the springs should fit. However the spring lenght and weight rating of the springs are different. This can seriously affect the ride height and suspension characteristics. Personally I would just search for the correct springs.
  10. Sync app link?

    The E1BT modules are used on the Kuga and Focus MK3.5 (and also some other Ford models). These vehicles have a different ACM that also supports Voicecontrol for radio (FM-AM) and some other functions. As a result of this the APIM module is configured differently to also support this functionality. After this APIM module is configured with the correct SYNC 1.1 settings for the Focus MK3 the unsupported menu items disappear and the APIM module will work correctly as it should.
  11. Sync app link?

    SYNC 1.1 (SYNC with APPlink) was introduced early 2014. older vehicles did have SYNC 1.0 which did not have APPlink. SYNC 1.1 can easily be retrofitted on SYNC 1.0 vehicles. To do this the APIM (SYNC) module must be changed for a SYNC 1.1 version. Afterwards the APIM module needs to be configured properly using the correct configuration settings. These settings are different from the SYNC 1.0 settings.
  12. I drive my 125 HP 1.0 ECOboost for over 3 Years now and I am still quite impressed. Power, Torque and engine character are very impressive for such a small engine. In my opinion the 1.0 ECOboost is a much nicer engine as the old 1.6 TI-VCT it replaced. I regularly drive the 1.6 ECOboost of my parents which I converted from 150 HP to 182 HP using the original software. Despite the 1.6 ECOboost is also a nice engine I actually prefer my 1.0 ECOboost. In my opinion the 1.0 ECOboost is a lot more responsive. in the last 3 Years my average fuel consumption is 50 MPG on 98 octane (RON) fuel. I do not care about fuel consumption at all so if I did the MPG could probably even be better. On long trips I easily get 60 MPG. Most coolant system problems of the 1.0 ECOboost are caused by the higher coolant temperature. In relation to the older naturally aspirated petrol engines the direct injected, turbocharged 1.0 and 1.6 ECOboost petrol engines have a considerably higher engine and coolant temperature. This causes some plastic and vulcanised rubber materials that are used for some coolant system parts to deteriorate prematurely. Examples of this are the degas hose, coolant reservoir, coolant reservoir cap, etc. The Focus MK3/MK3.5 for example uses the exact same coolant reservoir as the earlier C-max MK1/Focus MK2. This type of reservoir was introduced in 2003 on the C-max MK1 and has been used for many engine types without any problems. The ECOboost engines are the only ones which suffers from premature coolant reservoir failures on a large scale. On the ECOboost engines the plastic material of the coolant reservoir can develop (micro)cracks and discoloration which in the end causes the reservoir to burst. Another point of concern is the coolant itself. The higher coolant temperature causes the coolant to crystallize. This causes crystal deposits to attach inside the coolant system parts. As a result of this for example the coolant reservoir cap can seize solid onto the reservoir. on the long term the deposits inside the cooling system can eventually cause blockages of the coolant system. Next to this the Earlier versions of the 1.0 ECOboost (build approximately before 2015) suffer from a design fault. These early versions only have a coolant temperature sensor that is mounted inside the coolant system and measures the coolant temperature. This sensor is used by the PCM to monitor the coolant temperature and control the temperature gauge and the temperature warning light. In case of a coolant leak the coolant leaks away pretty quick. When this happens the coolant temperature measures air instead of coolant. Air does not conduct the temperature very well. Because of this the PCM does not detect overheating of the engine at all or much too late. In this case when the driver notices the activated temperature warning light it is usually too late already. Serious engine damage as a result of overheating can occur without the driver even noticing. On later versions Ford solved this problem by installing an additional cylinder head temperature sensor. A little bit of coolant loss is quite normal for these engines. The waterpump of the 1.0 and 1.6 ECOboost has a seal that is lubricated and cooled by coolant. This type of seal is known to leak a tiny bit of coolant (especially when new and the seal has not yet fully bedded in). Because of this these water pumps do all have small signs of coolant loss. In the past many perfectly fine water pumps were changed because of these small coolant signs. The 1.0 ECOboost is a very popular engine. In some countries 2/3 of all Focus MK3/MK3.5 wehicles that were sold are equipped with the 1.0 ECOboost. There are a significant number of examples of engine damage caused by a coolant related problem. However compared to the sales figures of the 1.0 ECOboost the percentage of vehicles with these problems is very, very low. Generally only people with these problems will write about it on the internet. The many thousands of satisfied people withoput any problems do not. Most engine damage problems occur on vehicles that still have the old degas hose that is affected by the recall or cracked coolant reservoirs. Both can avoided pretty easy by regular inspections. If a vehicle still has the affected degas hose it should be replaced as soon as possible. By inspecting the coolant reservoir regularly any signs of discoloration or microcracks will be noticed. Discoloration and microcracks are early signs of the coolant reservoir deteriorating. If these symptoms are noticed the coolant reservoir should be replaced. In case of any doubts replacing the parts is no bad idea. These are all pretty inexpensive parts that can prevent a lot of problems. Unfortunately many Ford dealers these days do not have a clue about these problems. Most do not even inspect the coolant system during service and will not notice a deteriorating coolant reservoir. When I bought my car in 2014 I already replaced the degas hose (not a recall yet at that time). Last Year the coolant reservoir developed microcracks and discoloration. This made me decide to perform the following actions: * Replace the coolant reservoir. * Replace the coolant reservoir cap. * Replace the coolant. * Install the additional electric coolant pump (on vehicles produced before 05-05-2014 only present on vehicles with a factory fit towbar). After all parts were replaced I vacuum bled the coolant system and reprogrammed the PCM (necessary for the additional electric coolant pump). Luckily I have the skills/knowledge and tools to do this myself. As a precaution I am currently developing a low coolant warning system which consist of a coolant level sensor and a CANbus module that communicates directly to the instrument cluster. This way I will get a warning message on the instrument cluster display if the coolant level in the reservoir drops.
  13. 1.0 ecoboost engine question

    The 125 HP M1DA engine is not identical to the 100 HP M2DA engine. Apart from the software the 125 HP has a different clinder head and depending on production date also a different turbo. Next to this there are probably some other differences. However to do a full comparison you need to know the exact part numbers of both engines. The engine code alone is not enough. Note that the flywheel is also different. The M1DA has a dual mass flywheel which is combined with the 6-speed Ford/Getrag B6 gearbox. The M2DA has a single mass flywheel which is combined with the old Ford/Getrag IB5 gearbox.
  14. Possible Mk3 Boot Leak?

    I removed the bumper brackets to get decent access to seal the air vents. I removed the pop rivets by drilling them out. The pop rivets are also not sealed. On my car there were water marks inside the bodywork were the pop rivets are installed. When sealing the air vents it is a good idea to seal the bumper brackets also. Ford uses 4.8 mm pop rivets. However 5 mm pop rivets will also fit perfectly.
  15. Swapping Seats

    Seatbelt tensioners. Seatbelt detection. Seat airbags. Seat occupation sensor (passenger side only).