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  1. Do I have a big problem

    Be aware that these fuel injectors are very delicate. After removal these fuel injectors needs to be submersed in an appropriate liquid (for examble injector testing fluid or clean diesel fuel). Unfortunately many people discovered this the hard way and had to buy 4 new fuel injectors. The washers between the fuel injectors and the cilinder head can be made of copper or aluminium. Aluminium washers may explain the silver color.
  2. The additional second washer fluid reservoir is only present on vehicles with factory fitted HID lights / headlight washers. Vehicles with halogen headlights only have the main washer fluid reservoir.
  3. Ford Focus Mk3 Rear Bumper Reflector Leds

    I have a pair of these in my Focus for over 2 years now. i bought them on Ebay. The ones I have are good quality and are a perfect fit. The lenses are identical to the original reflectors. These reflectors have a low intensity function for sidelights (as shown on the picture above) and a high intensity function for brake lights. I do not use the brake light function because were I live additional brake lights are not allowed.
  4. Focus Mk2.5 Front bushes / Tyre wear

    Apart from the huge impact on drive comfort polyurethane suspension bushes usually wear out pretty quick.
  5. Sat Nav SD card

    Be aware that many of these SD-cards that are offered on Ebay are cheap Chinese copies. The Ford MFD satnav system is developed by Ford and Bosch/Blaupunkt and uses the very good Bosch/Blaupunkt copy protection. This protection is based on the CID number of the SD-card. The Bosch/Blaupunkt copy protection basically has the CID number encrypted into the files on the SD-card. Until today this encryption was never decrypted. The CID number is different for every SD-card. The Ford MFD system compares the actual CID number of the SD-card with the encrypted number of the files on the SD-card. The MFD system will only accept the SD-card if both numbers are a match. These days many Chinese SD-card manufacturers offer cheap SD-cards with a custom CID number. For these SD-cards the customer can have the CID number he wants. This way it is perfectly possible to make a fully functional clone of an original Ford SD-card. Unfortunally the quality of the cheap Chinese SD-cards is usually questionable.
  6. Heater Control Cable / Valve problem

    The cable is not retracted by a spring loaded mechanism. The cable is simply connected to a flap inside the heater housing. The flap controls the air stream through or arround the heater core and this way controls the air temperature. The cable is basically pushed and pulled by the temperature knob mechanism. On you picture the cable is bent. this is not correct. The end link of the cable needs to be straight otherwise it will not work correctly. A bent temperature control cable can be caused by a blocked or seized flap inside the heater housing. During time the rubber seals arround the flaps can deteriorate and expand a little bit. This prevents the flaps from moving freely inside the heater housing. If this happens the complete heater housing needs to be replaced.
  7. ECU serial number location

    To answer that question you need to give some more info first. What type of Focus do you have ? (MK1, MK2 or MK3). What type of engine does your car have ? Based on this info I can tell you exactly where the PCM is located. If Your car is a 2006 Focus MK2 the PCM is installed in the engine bay. The exact location however is different for most engine types.
  8. ECU serial number location

    The location of the PCM depends on the Focus version (MK1, MK2 or MK3) and the engine type.
  9. ECU serial number location

    To identify the PCM there is a label/sticker on the PCM. Among some other numbers the PCM part number and tear tag number are printed on the label/sticker. Both numbers can be used to identify the PCM. the PCM hardware number can also be obtained using a suitible Ford specific diagnostic system.
  10. Has Fuel Pump Died?

    The DTC P1564, P1608, P1664 and P1665 code will be caused by a defective diesel injection pump. This is a known problem of the Bosch VP30 pump that is used on this type of engine (and also many other types of engine). The question with these pumps is not if this problem occurs but when. Most problems of the Bosch VP30/VP44 pump are caused by the electronics of the pump. A transistor on the circuit board of the pump is known to be the weak link and often burns out. If you are handy with electronics and a soldering iron there is a 90% chance that the problem can be solved by replacing the transistor. If I remember correctly (it is a long time ago that I worked on one of these pumps) the electronics are casted into a rubbery resin. In this case the resin needs to be removed to have decent access to the circuit board.
  11. Are Modern cars really that fast?

    This type of engine performs best at higher RPM's. 4000 RPM is simply not enough to make this engine perform at its best.
  12. 300mm brake upgrade

    Why use mondeo MK3 brake calipers? In my opinion the original Focus MK2/MK2.5 ATE brake calipers are better than the Mondeo MK3 brake calipers. Mondeo brake calipers are known to be insufficient. Both the 278 mm and 300 mm front brake setup on the Focus MK2/MK2.5 use exactly the same brake calipers. The only differences between 278 mm front disk brakes and 300 mm front disc brakes are the caliper brackets and brake discs.
  13. Do I have USB, or not?

    Sony radio's that are produced after approximately 03-2008 are GEN 3 Sony radio's and no GEN 2 radio's. The GEN 3 Sony radio's look identical to the older GEN 2 Sony radio's but are technically different. One of the differences are the USB, Bluetooth Audio and Ipod support. Personally I would start with trying a different USB drive. Some USB drives are not properly recognised by the Ford audio system.
  14. Do I have USB, or not?

    The USB connector is for audio playback. As long as the USB drive is recognised, formatted correctly (FAT32) and the music files on the drive are supported (correct file extension and bitrate) the USB functionality should work correctly.
  15. The Awkward Moment When...

    The Focus MK2.5 has red 12V 21W/5W BAW15D light bulbs. These light bulbs are extremely rare which results in high prices. Most automotive suppliers do not even carry these light bulbs in stock. As far as I know this type of light bulb is only used for the Focus MK2.5 and a few different Saab models. In the past these light bulbs could be bought pretty cheap from Saab. However after the bankruptcy of Saab 5 Years ago the price for these light bulbs went up straight away.