JW1982

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    Wilco

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    Focus MK3 Champions Edition
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    2013
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  1. These faults are usually caused by cheaper ELM327 clones that not fully match the ELM specifications. Which type of ELM327 interface do you use? What chipset does it have and what speed (Baudrate) does it support?
  2. Despite the identical looks the C-max or Kuga MK1 steering wheels are different from the Focus MK2/MK2.5 steering wheels. The Focus MK2/MK2.5 airbag does not fit onto the C-max/Kuga MK1 steering wheel (and vice versa). However it is possible to install a C-max or Kuga MK1 steering wheel into a Focus MK2/MK2.5 but you also need to install the C-max or Kuga MK1 airbag.
  3. Be aware that there is not just 1 version of the 1.6 ECOboost. During production of the 1.6 ECOboost Ford performed many changes. Some of these were major changes. For example at some point the complete cilinder head design changed including fuel injectors and sensors. During some of these changes Ford also changed the wiring. The wiring diagram which can be found on this forum is not applicable to all versions of the 1.6 ECOboost. It can be used as a guideline but in many cases this schematic may not be 100% correct. Personally I would not use the Ford PCM for a caterham build. The Ford PCM requires the CANbus systems (both mid-speed CAN and high-speed CAN) and lots of different CANbus modules to communicate/function. Most of these modules are not needed at all on a caterham. A suitible fully programmeable aftermarket ECU is basically the best option on such a project.
  4. The 1.4/1.6 Duratec petrol engine with the SIM28 PCM does not have an initialization procedure. On this type of engine resetting the PCM by either a suitible diagnostic system or by disconnecting the battery is enough. The initialization procedure is only applicable to other engine types. The 1.8/2.0 Duratec HE engine for example requires an initialization period of 30 minutes. During this period the engine must run at idle speed (the throttle pedal must be left untouched) and the A/C system and electrical consumers that affect the idle RPM must be switched off.
  5. These are the ground connections of the heated windscreen.
  6. The speaker with the black paper cone is the type o fspeaker that is installed as standard. The speaker with the blue polymer cone is the Premium speaker. The Premium speakers are part of the optional Premium Sony audio system.
  7. The standard (front only) electic window system is completely different from the (optional) comfort window system. The standard electric window system is conventionally controlled by relays and switches. The comfort window system is digitally controlled by modules (GEM module/fuse box and door control modules) that communicate over the CANbus system The standard electric windows (front electric, rear manual) only have the quick down function for the driver door. The driver door switch panel contains a circuitry that is responsible for the quick down function. The windows of this system do not have a pinch protection. The optional comfort windows (front and rear electric) have the quick down and quick up function for all doors. Next to this the system also supports global opening/global closing by the remote central locking system. All windows of this system do have a pinch protection. As an exception the MK2.5 Focus ST/RS versions were available with the optional comfort windows for the 3-door version. To upgrade the standard electric window system to the comfort window system a lot of parts must be replaced. * 2x front window motors including the door modules. * Driver door window/mirror control panel * Passenger door control switch. * 2x front door wiring loom. .* 2x rear window mechanisms including the electric motors and door modules. * 2x rear door control switch. * 2x door wiring loom. * Interior (floor) wiring loom. Next to installing the parts it will also be necessary to change the configuration of the car to activate CANbus communication between the GEM module/fuse box and the door modules.
  8. The Ford "Sport Suspension" consist of different springs and different shock absorbers from the "Standard Suspension". Most aftermarket shock absorber manufacturers do only supply 1 type of shock absorber that covers both the "Sport Suspension" and the "Standard Suspension". KYB (Kayaba) is one of the biggest shock absorber manufacturers worldwide. KYB also manufactures OEM shock absorbers for many car manufacturers. KYB shock absorbers are known for their quality and usually are real good value for money.
  9. The "Diagram" you mention is actually an image of the steering wheel which highlights the buttons to control the instrument cluster menu (trip computer).
  10. The vents have rubber flaps which open to release excessive air pressure inside the car. For example when closing the doors or when the interior ventialtion fan is on. The vents have a rubber/plastic lip at the outside which in theory should form a seal between the vents and the bodywork. However in practise the rubber/plastic lip does not seal properly. This allows rain water to leak between the vents and the bodywork. To solve this problem the vents need to be removed. This is mainly needed to clean the contact surfaces of both the bodywork and the vents. After cleaning the vents can be reinstalled using a proper sealant. You only have to apply sealant between the rubber/plasic lip of the vents and the bodywork. The rubber flaps remain untouched. You can basically use any type of sealant as long as it is waterproof. I personally use an automotive PU sealant that is used to seal bodywork but any generic silicone (neutral cure) will be fine.
  11. I always remove the wheels and push the center caps out from the inside of the wheel. If the center caps are damaged and need to be replaced anyway you can also dril a small hole in the middle of the center caps and insert a large screw. Next the center caps can be pulled out of the wheel easily with a pair of pliers.
  12. Did you use the correct kit? The rear springs are different for the different body types. If the rear is sitting even higher than before there is clearly something wrong. Eibach springs do have a code printed on them. The springs can easily be identified by this code.
  13. The problem will most likely be caused by the air vents behind the rear bumper. This is a known problem of the Focus MK3. Rain water leaks between the vents and the bodywork. When this happens the water collects in double sided compartments below the boot. When driving/steering/braking the water is pushed from side to side inside the compartments and also upwards. When the water is pushed upwards it enters the boot through several small holes. To determine if this is the problem you can remove the rubber plugs of the compartments. These are located at the bottom of the car near the rear bumper. The compartments can contain up to 10 Liters of water each so be prepared to get wet. To completely solve this problem the rear bumper needs to be removed. Next the air vents can be removed. When the air vents are removed you have access to the compartments and the sound insulation material inside. Both the compartments and the sound insulation material must be dried before the vents are installed and sealed.
  14. There are different opinions about this subject. In my opinion a Focus ST/RS air filter housing does not bring much on a 1.0 ECOboost. It will definetely not improve any performance. The stock air filter housing of the 1.0 ECOboost is sufficient to provide the engine with more than enough air. In my opinion a replacement performance air filter is the best investment. Many people who upgrade to the RS air filter housing only use the top part of the housing. Initially I also wanted to install the top part of the RS air filter housing because of the visual aspect. However after doing some research I decided not to install it. Among several specialists there are different opinions about the advantages of the semi-open RS air filter housing. Dreamscience for example have inserts to close the semi-open RS air filter housing to improve performance.
  15. Any Focus MK2/MK2.5 (including the estate) can be technically converted into a ST or RS without any problems. The only problem is basically the spare wheel well (which as ST/RS does not have). However this can easily be solved by installing a custom made exhaust system or welding the spare wheel well. An ST or RS conversion involves (at least) the following parts: * Engine including all auxiliaries. * Gearbox including all linkages, cables and mechanisms. * Driveshafts. * intercooler. * Full exhaust system. * Full suspension system. * Brakes front and rear. * Air filter housing and hoses. * Radiator and coolant hoses. * Wiring harnesses (both engine bay and interior). * Instrument cluster and additional gauges on top of dashboard. Finding a donor car will be the easiest way to obtain all needed parts. A Focus ST or RS conversion inside a "normal" Focus MK2/MK2.5 body is a real wolf in sheep's clothing.