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JW1982

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Focus MK3 Champions Edition
  • Ford Year 2013
  • UK/Ireland Location Other/NonUK
  • Annual Mileage 0 to 5000
  • Interests General Automotive
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  1. 1.8 53 plate focus software update

    In this case the currently installed software worked well for several Years. A problem that suddenly occurs after such a long time is not software related and can not be solved by updating the software. A software update is not a magic thing that solves problems. Newer software is not necessarily better. In some cases newer software is even developed to reduce emissions and makes the car perform not as good as before the update.
  2. 1.8 53 plate focus software update

    Note that there is no recent software for a focus this old. The latest available software for this type of engine is most likely 10 Years old (or even older). A software update will not solve your problem I'm afraid. An illuminated engine light indicates an actual problem. If this happens it is most likely that one or more DTC codes are stored. A DTC code will point you in the direction of the problem. It will never direct you to perform a software update. You should invest in a decent diagnostic instead of a software update. Diagnostics using a Ford specific diagnostic system like the Ford IDS system show a lot manufacturer specific DTC codes and detailed information that a generic diagnostic system does not show.
  3. Ecoboost 1.0 125ps

    The 125 HP version of the 1.0 ECOboost is a great engine. A Focus with this engine is definetely not underpowered. It does not feel much slower than the 150 HP 1.6 ECOboost of my parents while the fuel economy of my 1.0 ECOboost is much better. I do not really care about fuel economy so I am not trying to save any fuel. My average fuel consumption is about 43 MPG on mainly short trips. When I drive longer motorway trips the fuel consumption is arround 50 MPG. Much better than my old Focus MK2 with the natural aspirated 1.6 Duratec engine. The only known big problem of the 1.0 ECOboost is the coolant return hose installed on some production badges. This hose is made of vulcanised rubber and plastic. As a result of the relative high coolant temperature of the direct injected ECOboost engines this hose ages prematurely. The hose becomes hardened and can burst which in many cases results in engine damage. There is a recall about this problem for all affected 1.0 ECOboost versions to replace the coolant return hose by a modified version. The 125 HP version of the Focus 1.0 ECOboost has the 6-speed B6 gearbox combined with a dual mass flywheel. The 100 HP version of the 1.0 ECOboost has the old IB5 gearbox and is currently the only Focus version with a single mass flywheel.
  4. Posting an airbag can be done without any problems. I both received and posted several airbags by different mail companies without any problems. I even received airbags from an official Ford dealer by mail.
  5. It is possible to change the cover but Ford does not supply these covers as a seperate part. The covers offered on Ebay or AliExpress are produced by Chinese manufacturers. These are usually pretty good quality but not original. Next to this these covers usually cost about the same as an original mint condition 4-spoke steering wheel airbag. I retrofitted Cruise Control on several Focus MK2/MK2.5 versions and the average price I paid for an original mint condition 4-spoke steering wheel airbag was about €40,-.
  6. Yes, it is possible to retrofit the original Cruise Control system. To do this you need the following parts: * Steering wheel with Cruise Control buttons (note that the C-max steering wheel looks identical but is technically different). * Steering wheel airbag (only needed if the car currently has a 3-spoke steering wheel). * GEM module/fuse box that supports Cruise Control. Next to installing the parts the GEM module, instrument cluster and PCM needs to be reprogrammed. The easiest way to do this is by using a modified ELM327 interface and the ELMconfig program. A Ford dealer should also be able to do this using the Ford IDS diagnostic system but many of them do not have the knowledge to do this.
  7. Ford Focus mk2 springs for boot struts

    If you have a Focus MK2/MK2.5 hatchback version don't bother. The tailgate of the hatchback is lying too flat and is too heavy to do this. To make the tailgate open automatically the springs will need to be very strong. Springs of this strength are pretty large and will easily deform the mounting points of the gas struts. There are some companies that offer these springs for the Focus MK2/MK2.5 wagon but the reviews are sometimes pretty bad. many people complain about the tailgate not opening automatically or deformation of the gas strut mounting points or even the bodywork. If you still want to try you should go to a spring manufacturer and get some springs of the correct length and strength. the correct strength can be obtained by calculations or simply by experimentig with different strength springs.
  8. 2.0 tdci Powershift,thinking of remapping.

    The Ford Powershift transmission does not have a torque converter like a conventional automatic gearbox. The Powershift is a dual clutch gearbox which means it is basically 2 different gearboxes and clutches in 1 housing. The first clutch and gearbox operate the 1st, 3rth and 5th gear while the second clutch and gearbox operate the 2nd, 4th and 6th gear. The Powershift tranmissions are developedand buil by Ford/Getrag (a joint venture). As far as I remember the 2.0 TDCI has the 6DCT450 gearbox. This transmisson number means the following: 6 = Number of gears. DCT = Dual Clutch Transaxle. 450 = Maximum amount of torque the gearbox can handle. In this case the gearbox can handle 450 Nm. This basically means that the engine can safely be remapped as long as the maximum torque stays below 450 Nm.
  9. My Bumper Options?

    The Focus CC rear bumper does not fit on a hatchback. it has a completely different shape.
  10. No, the 1.2 mm spark plug gap applies to all Focus MK1/MK1.5, MK2/MK2.5 and MK3/MK3.5 versions with the old 1.4/1.6 Sigma (Zetec S(E) / Duratec) engine.
  11. Performance Air Filter

    I use the K&N E-9289 replacement filter which is also included in the K&N 57S 4000 Kit. Compared to the standard K&N replacement filter for the Focus MK2.5 and MK3/MK3.5 (K&N E-2993) this filter has a larger filtering surface and a removeable end cap to convert it into a semi-open air filter. The price difference between these 2 filters is relatively small. I paid under €75,- including P&P for this filter on Amazon.
  12. I also had this discussion many times before. The 1,0 mm spark plug gap of the 1.4/1.6 Duratec engines was only prescribed by Ford for a short time. Unfortunately this gap size is still recommended by many spark plug manufacturers/suppliers while Ford changed it back to the original 1,3 mm after a very short time and later on to 1,2 mm. The (10 Year) old TSB's about this subject are also no longer valid. I always used the prescribed spark plug gap on these engines without any problems. I guess the 1,0 mm spark plug gap myth of the 1.4/1.6 Duratec engines will be floating arround the internet for a long time.
  13. The following spark plug gap sizes are currenty prescribed by Ford: Focus MK2/MK2.5 1.4/1.6 Duratec and 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT = 1,2 mm. 1.8/2.0 Duratec HE = 1,3 mm. 2.5 Duratec ST/RS = 0,7 mm. Focus MK3/MK3.5 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT = 1,20 mm (0,7-0,8 mm for LPG versions). 1.0 ECOboost = 0,7 mm. 1.5 ECOboost = 0,8 mm. 1.6 ECOboost = 0,8 mm. 2.0 Duratec HE = 0,9 mm. 2.0 ECOboost ST = 0,8 mm. 2.3 ECOboost RS = 0,75 mm
  14. 59 Focus CD Player Jammed

    The only way to solve this is by removing and disassembling the radio Most times removing the top cover of the radio will be enough to give access to the mechanism. In my opinion you should do this as soon as possible, In worst case the 20P coin can cause a short circuit inside the radio and make it useless.
  15. Clutch Problem

    Sounds indeed like the clutch is broken. The friction material can either be completely worn or contaminated with power steering fluid that leaked into the bell housing. In both cases the gearbox needs to be removed to inspect/replace the clutch assembly.