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JW1982

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    Focus MK3 Champions Edition
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    2013
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  1. The original wheels are painted. You can basically use every wheel cleaner as long as it is acid free. Cheap wheel cleaners may contain acids which can cause damage to the paint after extensive use. Personally I never use a wheel cleaner. I apply a layer of wheel wax about twice a year which makes cleaning a lot easier. I just use a decent car shampoo to clean my wheels. It must have been 10 Years ago that I used a wheel cleaner.
  2. Writing the Central Car Configuration data to the IPC will not solve this problem. As I said the Central Car Configuration of the IPC is only a backup file. The purpose of this file is to be able to reprogram the BCM when for some reason it needs to be replaced or reconfigured. Next to a backup of the Central car Configuration the IPC also contains another configuration. The settings of this configuration are embedded in a large number of parameter strings (hexadesimal data). These strings can be read/written with the FoCCCus program with the "Read/Write DID" function on the tools tab. However each parameter string contains several configuration settings and 99% of these configuration settings are still unknown. Next to the IPC the BCM also has configuration settings embedded in a large number of parameter strings. Same as the IPC configuration 99% of this configuration is still unknown. If all hardware and wiring is present and the BCM supports Cruise Control i personally expect the problem to be caused by a BCM configuration setting. The easiest way to check this is by reading these settings from a similar vehicle(same Year, engine, transmission and spec/options) with Cruise Control and comparing these settings with the settings of your car. Another possibility is to temporarily change the VIN number of the car to the VIN number of a similar vehicle and reconfiguring the BCM and IPC with the Ford IDS/FRDS diagnostic system using the AS-BUILT data of that vehicle. This trick makes the Ford IDS/FRDS system think it is a different vehicle and load all configuration settings of that particular vehicle. After the BCM and IPC are reconfigured the VIN number can be changed to the original VIN number.
  3. If the mileage of the instrument cluster you bought turns out to be higher than the mileage of your car it needs to be adjusted downwards. This is much more complex than adjusting the mileage upwards. Most Ford specific diagnostic systems (including the IDS/FRDS diagnostic systems Ford dealers use) only have the ability to adjust the mileage upwards. If you need to adjust the mileage downwards you have to invest in a suitible diagnostic system or find someone close to you who owns a suitible diagnostic system that has the ability to change the mileage downwards. The Russian Ford specific UCDS system for example can change the mileage downwards (this is an additional paid function of the UCDS system). Another possibility is to search for a local specialist who repairs instrument clusters and offers mileage adjustment.
  4. These Russians usually sell used instrument cluster. They simply adjust the mileage to zero which makes it very easy to adjust it upwards to the mileage of your car. My experience is that it is even cheaper to buy one from the USA yourself. I bought one from the USA myself for less than €100,- including P&P and import charges. When buying an instrument cluster from the USA you must be aware that the hardware version number of a USA instrument cluster is different from a European or UK instrument cluster. Because of this a Ford dealer can not update the software. Just like a MK3.5 instrument cluster a Focus MK3 USA instrument cluster is not recognised by the Ford IDS system as a suitible part for the Focus MK3. To update a USA instrument cluster ro the latest software version you need a suitible diagnostic system that has the ability to manually select the desired software version files (for example the FoCCCus software or the UCDS diagnostic system). Based on your user information you have a 2012 1.6 TDCI. In this case a USA instrument cluster is not suitible. Diesel version of the Focus MK3 are never sold in the USA. Because of this all USA instrument clusters are for petrol engines.
  5. There are 3 different types of instrument cluster for the Focus MK3 and MK3.5. Level 1 = 3.5 Inch small monochrome display without boardcomputer. The display only shows total mileage and trip mileage and has a button to reset the trip mileage. Level 1+ = 3.5 Inch small monochrome display with boardcomputer. The display shows shows total mileage, trip mileage and all other board computer functions. All board computer functions are control by the multifunctional button on the steering wheel. Level 3 = 4.2 inch Full Colour display with boardcomputer. This type of instrument cluster has basically the same functionality as the Level 1+ instrument cluster. Next to this the Level 3 instrument cluster has the ability to show satnav echo messages (arrows). Which type of instrument cluster is installed depends on the trim level and other optional extras of the car. The Level 3 instrument cluster for example is only installed on a Focus MK3 if the car has satnav, the Sony audio system or other options that require the Level 3 instrument cluster. If none of these options were ordered the car will have the Level 1 or Level 1+ instrument cluster (depending on trim level). A Level 3 instrument cluster can be retrofitted to a Focus MK3 with a Level 1+ instrument cluster without any problems. This is basically plug and play. The instrument cluster contains a backup file of the Central Car Configuration. This file has only backup purposes and is not used by the cars electronics. Despite being plug and play I would strongly recommend to reprogram the instrument cluster to match your car's configuration. Another popint of concern may be the mileage. On the Focus MK3/MK3.5 the mileage is stored inside the instrument cluster. When changing the instrument cluster the mileage needs to be adjusted to the mileage of the car. Remember that it is much easier to change the mileage upwards than downwards. Some time ago I retrofitted the Level 3 instrument cluster into my Focus MK3. My car did originally have a Level 1+ instrument cluster. Because of rediculous prices accross Europe I decided to buy a mint condition low mileage USA Focus MK3 Level 3 instrument cluster. Including shipping from the USA this instrument cluster costed me about a quarter of the price of a mint condition European instrument cluster. Because I live in the Netherlands I replaced the dial plate with a European one (KM/H) and fully reprogrammed the instrument cluster to European specs. I went from this: To this: Both of these instrument clusters have the ST menu enabled which unlocks the more advanced ESP settings menu and the ST logo. £65 is a bargain for a Level 3 instrument cluster. A Level 3 instrument cluster usually sells for a lot more money. be aware that there are differences between Diesel and Petrol instrument clusters. You have to make sure to buy the correct one.
  6. Why would you want this? The Focus MK3 and MK3.5 instrument clusters are technically identical. The only differences between the MK3 and MK3.5 instrument clusters are basically the hardware version number and the software. Because of this the MK3.5 instrument cluster software can be programmed onto the MK3 instrument cluster without any problems. To do this you need a suitible diagnostic system that has the ability to manually select the desired software version files (for example the FoCCCus software or the UCDS diagnostic system). The Ford IDS diagnostic system can not do this because of the different hardware version number. Despite being technically identical there are however a few software differences that can cause problems. The Focus MK3.5 for example has a slightly different communication of the parking sensor control module. When a MK3.5 instrument cluster is installed or the original MK3 instrument cluster is reprogrammed using the MK3.5 software there will no longer be audible information (beeps) from the parking sensors and Active Park Assist. This is only applicable on vehicles that have factory fitted parking sensors. Another problem when a MK3.5 instrument cluster is installed or the original MK3 instrument cluster is reprogrammed using the MK3.5 software can be that the illumination dimming function of the light switch stops working. On the MK3.5 the illumination dimming function is integrated into the instrument cluster menu.
  7. I assume your car does not have Emergency Assistance. Early SYNC 1.0 vehicles did not have Emergency Assistance as standard. Emergency Assistance requires the GPSM module. The GPSM module is only present on vehicles with Emergency Assistance. As far as I am aware SYNC 1.1 vehicles do always have Emergency Assistance. Installing a SYNC 1.1 module is in a SYNC 1.0 vehicle without a GPSM module results in the problems you describe. As far as I know this can only be solved by changing the configuration of the module using the Direct Config functionality of the Russian UCDS software.
  8. It is not plastic but clear coat (or lacquer). Just like metallic colors solid (non metallic) colors do also have a clear coat these days. This prevents the paint from fading during time. The peeling of the clear coat is basically caused by a poor adhesion of the clear coat on the paint. External causes like for example bird crap can also cause the clear coat to peel of. The only way to solve this is by repainting the rear spoiler.
  9. The front foglight wiring is not always present on a Focus MK2/MK2.5 without front foglights. If the foglight wiring is not present it needs to be installed. Ford used to sell the front foglight wiring harness as an accessoire part but unfortunately this wiring harness is currently no longer available. This basically means that when the front foglight wiring is not present you either have to take the wiring harness out of a scrap car or you have to make the wiring harness yourself.
  10. The green 4-pin connecter at the back of the FCDIM is indeed for the reverse camera. This 4-pin connector is a Rosenberger HSD connector. Older FCDIM types did have a more common Fakra connector for the reverse camera.
  11. My car has (front and) rear parking sensors and I removed the rear bumper a few times without any problems. There is a connector behind the rear bumper (under the car) that connects the rear parking sensor harness to the interior harness. When removing the rear bumper you only have to disconnect this connector. The rear parking sensor harness remains installed to the rear bumper.
  12. No, you can not. the HID lights need to be configured in the Central Configuration of the BCM. Another problem may be the wiring. On halogen vehicles the additional wiring needed for HID lights is often missing. In this case the missing wiring will need to be added. HID headlights do also have an additional control module. This module controls the automatic height adjustment. HID lights do have different height adjustment motors from the halogen headlights. The manual electric height adjustment does not work in combination with HID lights.
  13. Ford does not have a changelog included with the software files. Because of this the changes and/or improvements of a new software version are basically unknown.
  14. TMC is a FCDIM (display) function. If TMC was an ACM function there would be no need to connect the antenna to the FCDIM.
  15. No, it does not. The throttle body electronics basically consist of the Throttle Position Sensor (which measures the actual position of the throttle plate) and a small electric motor (that drives the throttle plate). The PCM uses the Throttle Position Sensor to measure the actual position of the throttle plate and uses this information to control the electic motor that drives the throttle plate. This is basically a self learning system. You can only reset the KAM (Keep Alive Memory). Resetting the KAM Forces the PCM to run a standard mode with pre-programmed parameters. During a longer drive the PCM starts to adapt these parameters by using its self learning capabilities.