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  1. that means it is time for a new clutch!
  2. As far as I can see these should be correct for the mondeo Mk3. However EBC does not list the red stuff brake pads for the mondeo MK3. They only list the green stuff and yellow stuff brake pads. Personally I am no fan of EBC brake pads. I have seen lots of problems with them. The brake pad material coming loose from the backing plate is a common problem. On a normal street car I personally prefer Brembo disks combined with Textar pads. This combination is in my opinion a lot better than the stock disks and pads. More braking power and less brake dust.
  3. This is a known problem of the Focus MK3. The unlock button of the key fob can not work occasionally. Some cars did have this problem more often than others. When the unlock button does not work the car can be opened using the keyblade. However on a car with a factory fitted alarm system this will activate the alarm. A workarround when the unlock button does not work is to press the boot unlock button on the key fob. The boot should still unlock and after the boot has been unlocked the unlock button on the key fob should work again. This problem was solved by a software update of the BCM in approximately 2013. However most Ford dealers do not perform software updates during services unless there are problems. Because of this there are still many cars arround which have this problem.
  4. This is a known problem of the original Ford radio's of the Focus Mk1/MK1.5. The problem can be solved by replacing the defective components on the circuit board. However because of the costs involved it would not make any sense to repair a radio this old. Installing a different radio will be the cheapest solution.
  5. SYNC 1.0 can easily be upgraded to SYNC 1.1 by changing and configuring the APIM (SYNC) module. The type of APIM module can easily be identified by the part number of the module. A SYNC 1.0 module has a part number that starts with AM5T. A SYNC 1.1 module has a part number that starts with D1BT.
  6. The USA SYNC 1.1 hardware/software is different from the European SYNC 1.1 software. The USA software update is not suitible for a European vehicle. However many other countries do also use the European SYNC 1.1 software. For example India, Malaysia and Australia. Previously it was possible to make an account on the Ford India website using the European VIN number and download the latest SYNC 1.1 update. However Ford recently changed the Ford India website and made it no longer possible to download the updates for European vehicles. Currently the Ford Australia website is the best option to download the latest SYNC 1.1 software. Be aware that the older SYNC 1.0 system does not support updating from a USB drive. This can only be done by a Ford dealer. Updating from a USB drive is only supported by the SYNC 1.1 system (SYNC with APPlink) and the SYNC 2.0 system.
  7. Be aware that the temperature gauge does not show realtime values. The temperature gauge shows a value that is calculated by the PCM. The PCM uses the data of several sensors to calculate the actual coolant temperature value. This value is communicated by the CANbus network to the instrument cluster. This behavior of the temperature gauge is completely normal during winter. Modern Diesel engines are quite efficient. They simply do not generate a lot of heat. In the winter many modern Diesel engines do not generate enough heat to warm up both the engine and the interior. Under high load the engine may generate enough heat to keep both the engine and interior warm. However when idling or under low load the engine will not generate enough heat. When the engine does not generate enough heat to keep both the engine en interior warm the coolant temperature will simply drop. Many modern Diesel engines do have heating elements inside the coolant system to warm up the engine faster and keeping it warm when the engine itself does not generate enough heat. Next to this Ford uses the (optional) PTC heater system in some cold climate countries to solve this problem. This system consists of an electronically controlled electric heating element which is mounted inside the heater housing to warm up the interior. When the PTC heater system is active there will be a lot less heat of the engine used to warm up the interior. The PTC heater system automatically shuts down if the engine temperature is above 80 degrees Celsius.
  8. The (2) auxiliary belts on this type of engine are stretch belts. An engine with stretch belts does not have belt tensioners. Stretch belts are made of a special material (compound) and can only be installed once. Ford prescribes to remove the stretsch belts by cutting them. Reinstalling a stretch belt can damage the internal core of the stretchbelt. This can cause the stretch belt to break. In worst case scenario the broken stretch belt can cut through the timing belt cover and damage/cut the timing belt.
  9. In combinaton with the ST brackets and 320 mm brake discs the ST calipers can be used on every Focus MK2/MK2.5.
  10. 3M5T-19G488-xx 4M5T-19G488-xx 7M5T-19G488-xx The 1st x stands for the language of the module (A = English). The 2nd x stands for the revision of the module and can basicaly be every letter. These 1st generation modules only support Bluetooth phone functionality and can not be updated. Be aware that this type of module can only be configured by a Ford dealer. Very few Ford dealers have the knowledge to do this on a car that did not have the system factory fitted.
  11. If the car is out of warranty you will have to pay for repair. As I already mentione a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) has nothing to do with warranty. The TSB system is basically only an internal system to communicate known/possible issues and the prescribed/recommended solution to all Ford dealers.
  12. There is a TSB about this issue. This TSB describes the actions that must be taken to solve this problem. If I remember correctly the clutch master cilinder and pressure plate needs to be replaced by revised versions and a revised clutch pedal spring must be installed. However I currently do not have access to the content this TSB Be aware that the TSB only describes the problem and the solution. A TSB has nothing to do with warranty.
  13. What type of engine/gearbox do you have? The problem you describe is a known Focus MK3 problem on early versions of the 1.6 TDCI.
  14. Retrofitiing the original Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC system can be done without problems. However a lot of parts and labour are involved. Cars without the optional Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC system have the standard Low Level audio system. Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC is part of the (more advanced) High Level audio system. The Premium Sony audio system is also based on the high Level audio system. The Low Level audio system has different/less wiring than the High Level audio system. This basically means that the complete dashboard wiring loom needs to be replaced or the missing wiring need to be added to the existing wiring loom. In both cases a lot of labour is involved. The following parts are at least needed: * Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC module (version depending on production date of the car). * ACM (Audio unit) that supports Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC(version depending on production date of the car). * FCDIM (Display) that supports Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC(version depending on production date of the car). * High Level (or Sony) radio control panel. * Microphone. * Steering wheel control switch with Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC button (version depending on production date of the car). * Dashboard wiring loom for Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC. * Roof wiring loom (including the microphone wiring). After all parts are installed the system needs to be configured correctly using a suitible diagnostic system.
  15. Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC (depending on production date) was an optional extra which had to be ordered seperately. This option was also included in some option packs. If your car does not have Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC it simply means that the 1st owner has not selected this option or an option pack that contains this option when the car was ordered.