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  1. The software of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 GEM module can not be updated. There are several versions of the GEM module installed during production. Each part number supports different options. The GEM module should only be replaced by another one that supports the same (or more) options otherwise some functions may not work. As a spare part Ford only sells one part number for all Focus MK2/MK2.5 versions. This GEM module supports every possible option.
  2. The 100 HP version of the 1.0 ECOboost has the old 5-speed IB5 gearbox. In its current form this type of gearbox is used by Ford since 1996. This type of gearbox is combined with a single mass flywheel and a hydraulically actuated clutch with automatic adjustment system. This adjustment system always keeps the engagement point of the clutch pedal at the same height and compensates the wear of the clutch friction plate. Even if the clutch is completely worn the engagement point of the clutch pedal will still be at the same height A high clutch pedal is a characteristic of the automatic adjustment system. I owned several Ford models with this type of gearbox and all had the high clutch pedal.
  3. The 1.6 TI-VCT has its problems but it is not a bad engine. However in the Focus MK3 the 1.6 TI-VCT does not even come close to the much nicer 1.0 ECOboost. After driving a 1.0 ECOboost the 1.6 TI-VCT feels gutless and underpowered and is a lot less economical.
  4. New maps are released once a Year usually arround February/March.
  5. If the car has a DPF the white smoke can be caused by the regeneration process of the DPF. During regeneration the PCM injects extra fuel to raise the combustion/exhaust temperature which is needed for the regeneration process.
  6. The 1.0 ECOboost is a reliable engine. Older Focus MK3 versions with the 1.0 ECOboost did have problems with the coolant return hose. This hose was originally made of plastic. Compared to a conventional natural aspirated engine the direct injected turbocharged ECOboost engines have a slightly higher combustion and coolant temperature. The higher coolant temperature caused the plastic coolant return hose to harden prematurely. In some cases the hardened coolant return hose split/broke due to vibrations which resulted in engine damage. Ford solved this problem by recalling all affected vehicles. During the recall the affected coolant return hose is replaced by a new modified type of hose. The new hose is made of vulcanised plastic/rubber. Despite being a lot rarer than the coolant return hose problems the coolant reservoirs are also a point of concern. The higher coolant temperature also affect the plastic material of the coolant reservoirs. During time the coolant reservoirs can develop microcracks which eventually can cause the reservoir to leak. These problems can easily be prevented by checking the reservoir thoroughly during service. Whether this problem is caused by a bad quality batch of reservoirs or higher coolant temperatures is still unknown. A new coolant reservoir costs less than €20,- and installation costs less than 10 minutes. Replacing the reservoir does not cost much and can prevent a lot of problems. Considering the complex technologies of the 1.0 ECOboost it has very few known problems. Globally over 20% of all sold Ford cars have the 1.0 ECOboost.
  7. The easiest way is take the taillight wiring of a scrap Focus MK2. Next you can solder the MK2 wiring onto your MK2.5 wiring loom. You only have to install an ground wire because the MK2.5 has only 1 ground wire while the MK2 has 2 ground wires.
  8. There were 2 different original alarm systems available for the Focus MK2/MK2.5. The standard non classified Ford alarm uses a standard horn that is installed behind the carpet in the boot. The Thatcham classified Ford alarm uses a battery backed up horn that is installed under the windshield wiper cover.
  9. This is a known problem on the focus MK1.5 instrument cluster. During time the soldering connections and conducting tracks on the circuit board become corroded. The corrosion on the circuit board is conducting so if the circuit board is heavily corroded this can cause a short circuit between two or more tracks on the circuit board. This illuminates the brake and/or ABS warning light at a low intensity because there is still some resistance between the tracks. If the circuit board is lightly corroded the corrosion can be removed with a small brush and alcohol. Afterwards the circuit board must be protected with a non conducting laquer to prevent the circuit board from corroding again. If the circuit board is heavily corroded the best option is to replace the instrument cluster.
  10. This is a known problem of the Focus MK3. The problem is caused by the reinforcement wire that is vulcanised within the rubber seal. this reinforcement wire is stretched during production of the rubber seals. During time the reinforcement wire crimps which causes the rubber seals to come loose. There is a Ford TSB that describes this problem and the instructions prescribed by Ford to fix this problem. To fix this problem there is no need to replace the seals. The vulcanised reinforcement wire needs to be cut at several places. When doing this you actually hear the wire snap. Next the loose rubber seal needs to be glued back into place using a special 2-components adhesive. The curing time of this adhesive is approximately 5 hours. During this time the rubber seals must be secured by using some tape and the car can not be used. Rubber seals are covered by the Ford warranty for only 1 Year. These parts are considered to be subject of wear. In this case the seller of the car is responsible for the warranty. Whether it is covered under warranty or not depends on the sellers warranty regulations the buyer agreed with.
  11. In my opinion you should stay away from the old 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT Petrol engine. The 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT is not bad but its replacement, the 1.0 ECOboost engine is a much nicer type of engine. Compared to the 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT the 1.0 ECOboost has a much higher torque output and a much better fuel economy. Personally I would choose for the 125 HP version of the 1.0 ECOboost. The 125 HP version has the nice 6-speed B6 gearbox combined with a dual mass flywheel while the 100 HP version has the old 5-speed IB5 gearbox combined with a conventional single mass flywheel. Because of the dual mass flywheel the 125 HP version has a bit less vibrations than the 100 HP version. In real life the fuel consumption of both the 100 HP and 125 HP version is basically the same. The ECOboost petrol engine are quite economical and lower maintenance costs than a Diesel engine. Because of this a diesel engine will only be cheaper to run if you drive a lot of Miles each Year.
  12. In some cases a removed advert can still be viewed by google cache. Google stores a cached version of most websites that is renewed every few days. However this is only useful for recently removed website content. Searching with google for the license plate number can sometimes also point you tot the original advert (especially when the car was also advertised on several car trading websites). Another possibility is to search in the browser cache of the computer that was used to view the original advert. As long as the browser cache is not automatically emptied there may be still information stored into the browser cache. If the advert can not be retrieved it will be very difficult to prove anything. The Focus MK3 has a puncture repair kit as standard. This kit consists of a foam insert which fits into the spare wheel well, a mini compressor and a bottle of puncture repair fluid. A space saver spare wheel is a (pretty expensive) optional extra. The space saver spare wheel consists of the space saver spare wheel itself, foam plating to raise the boot floor (the space saver is bigger than the wheel well), a foam insert that fits inside the wheel, a jack and a tyre iron. A full size spare wheel is a (even more expensive) optional extra. The full size spare wheel basically consists of the same pieces as the space saver spare wheel but has even thicker foam plating to make the full size spare wheel fit into the spare wheel well. Whether the car should have a punture repair kit, a space saver spare wheel or a fullsize spare wheel can easily be checked on the Ford Etis website. All specifications and options of the car that are stored inside the Ford database are listed on the Etis website.
  13. I also had this problem on my previous Focus MK2 and I have also seen it before on several other Focus MK2/MK2.5. I had a permanently installed rear seat DVD entertainment system whcih was connected to the AUX input of the radio. In my case the ground problem was caused by the DVD player itself (other sources connected to the AUX input did not have this problem). Rerouting or connecting the 12 Volt DVD wiring on a different location did not solve the problem. Even with the 12 Volt DVD wiring connected directly onto the battery the problem was still there. However after I connected the DVD wiring to an external battery the problem was completely gone. In the end I solved the problem by installing a decent quality ground loop isolator which solved the problem completely. You should also look at the 12 Volt --> USB converter. These convertors are also known to cause interference.
  14. Does not fit. The Focus MK2 brakes are completely different from the focus MK1 brakes. Next to this the focus MK2 has a 5 x 108 bolt pattern while the focus mk1 has a 4 x108 bolt pattern.
  15. To convert the basic electric windows into comfort windows you need the follwing parts: * Front left window motor with door control module. * Front right window motor with door control module. * Front left door wiring loom. * Front Right door wiring loom. * Driver door window/mirror switch assembly. * Passenger door window switch. * Floor wiring loom. The Focus MK2.5 ST/RS 3-door versions were available with a 2-window version of the comfort windows. Parts of this sytem are ideal for retrofitting the comfort window system to any 3/5 door version with basic electric windows. However these parts are pretty rare and hard to find.