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  1. Re Attaching Rear Door Weather Seal

    It took me a while to find the TSB but I found it online. Below some relevant information from this TSB: Service Information: Damage symptoms of the door weatherstrip (Focus 2011.25 front door shown, all other similar) NOTE: It would not be possible that these two different damage symptoms (1 & 2) are called at same time. 1: Slightly stripped off and partially removed front door weatherstrip on the door underside 2: Partially removed front door weatherstrip in the area of the door latch Service Instruction: Attach the door weatherstrip to the door frame 1: WARNING: Safety instructions of material equipment provided by the manufacturer must be observed. Prepare the repair adhesive kit. Refer to the manufacturer's directions. 2: In reference to the damage symptom, the inside vulcanised fine wire should be cut. 1: Bend the door weatherstrip to get access to the inside vulcanised fine wire. CAUTION: Do not damage the paint surface. The wire snap can audible be observed. 2: Briefly cut through the fine wire. 3: Range of separation for partially removed weatherstrips in the area of the door latch. 4: Range of separation for partially removed weatherstrips on the door underside. ◦Clean and dry the repair area. It is not required to remove any remaining traces of adhesive from the door frame. 3: NOTE: Allow the repair adhesive to dry (drying time ≥ 1 hour). Apply repair adhesive (see Parts Required) to the door weatherstrip (door underside shown, other repair areas similar). ◦Max. Ø of adhesive bead: 3 mm 4: Place the door weatherstrip on the door frame in the correct position. Secure the door weatherstrip on the door frame using tape (door underside shown, other repair areas similar). 5: NOTE: If the ambient temperature falls below 10°C, apply warm air (25°C) continuously. Press the door outer weatherstrip home for at least one minute in order to obtain complete adhesion (door underside shown, other repair areas similar). 1: Using a suitable plastic roller to press-on the weatherstrip. make sure that equal pressure is applied to the component. 2: Carefully check the correct position of the weatherstrip on the door frame. ◦Allow the repair adhesive to dry in reference to the manufacturers' directions but not less than 5 hours. ◦Remove any used tape. 6.If required, repeat steps 2 to 5 on the remaining doors.
  2. It is perfectly normal for the alarm to go off when the doors are manually unlocked. The alarm system does not recognise whether the doors are unlocked with a key or by some burglar with different (universal) tools. You either have to buy a suitible remote key or have the alarm system disabled. The original alarm system electronics are integrated in the GEM module/fuse box. The alarm system can be disabled by changing the configuration of the GEM module/fuse box. This can be doene with a suitible Ford specific diagnostic system. For example a (modified) ELM327 interface and the free ELMconfig software.
  3. Re Attaching Rear Door Weather Seal

    The reinforcement wire is vulcanised inside the rubber material (in the length of the weatherstrips). The composite wire should reduce stretching and also reinforce the rubber. However because of a flaw in the production process the wire inside the rubber shrinks and simply pulls the weaterstrip loose at one or both ends or in corners. Cutting the wire inside the rubber material solves this problem. The rubber of the weatherstrip can be folded open to cut the wire. If I still heve the TSB I will post some instruction pictures of this procedure later.
  4. Low Coolant Warning Project questions

    Last week I did some testing and programming on the CANbus controlled coolant level warning system I have developed for my Focus MK3. On my testing setup I use a CANbus simulator (that I made). This CANbus simulator simulates the Focus MK3 CANbus system and puts the Focus MK3 CANbus messages onto the network. The CANbus simulator controls a spare instrument cluster I have. This way I am able to perform all testing and programming on my kitchen table. After the CANbus simulator was fully functional and I reverse engineered all relevant CANbus messages I developed a 12 Volt battery powered CANbus module that is based on an Arduino Nano and two MCP2515 CANbus controllers. My module is integrated into the existing CANbus network. My module is installed between the original CANbus wiring and basically splits the original CANbus network into CAN 0 and CAN 1. . (The word tellerunit in the schematic = Dutch for Instrument Cluster). A contactless coolant level switch is connected to my module. Based on the input signal of the coolant level switch my module controls the instrument cluster: If the coolant level is normal my module is in CANbus repeater/extender mode. In this mode it transfers all CANbus traffic from CAN 0 directly to CAN 1 and vice versa. This way the CANbus system works exactly the same as it was originally. If the coolant level is low after a few second delay my module switches from CANbus repeater/extender mode to CANbus filter mode. In this mode it transfers all CANbus traffic from CAN 0 directly to CAN 1 and vice versa except from the CANbus messages with ID 0x250 and ID 0x2A0. These CANbus messages are replaced by custom messages to activate a warning message and the engine warning light. During testing I decided to use the engine warning light and the warning message. In the future I may change this to a different warning light/message and control the temperature gauge to 120 degrees celsius. However to do this i only have to make some small software changes. After several hours of testing my system has proven to work perfectly. Last week I redesigned the circuit board layout of my module to reduce the size of the circuit board. Now I only need to install the circuit board inside a casing and cast it in resin before it is finished for installation. My module is currently based on the Focus MK3/MK3.5 MS CANbus (125 Kbps) instrument cluster. However after changing the software it can basically be used for every CANbus controlled MS CANbus (125 Kbps) or HS CANbus (500 Kbps) instrument cluster. You only have to reverse engineer the CANbus messages.
  5. Re Attaching Rear Door Weather Seal

    This is a known problem of the Focus MK3. There is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) that describes the recommended repair procedure for this problem. The problem is basically caused by a reinforcement wire that is vulcanised inside the rubber material of the weatherstrips. During the manufacturing proces of the weatherstrips this reinforcement wire is stretched. During time the reinforcement wires shrink and puts a significant amount of tension on the weatherstrips. This amount of tension causes the weatherstrips to come loose at the ends or in corners. The TSB describes the procedure to cut the reinforcement wires at a few particualr locations to eliminate the tension on the wire. When cutting the wire you actually hear it snap. After cutting the reinforcement wire the weatherstrips can be glued back into place. Ford prescribes a 2K adhesive for glueing the weatherstrips. I personally prefer Loctite 406 for glueing the weatherstrips. Loctite 406 is an instant adhesive specifically designed for rubber and plastic material. Just glueing the weatherstrips back without cutting the reinforcement wire is usually only a temporary solution. This usually causes the weatherstrip to come loose at a different location (usually in the corners).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Focus Mk2.5 Front bushes / Tyre wear

    Apart from the huge impact on drive comfort polyurethane suspension bushes usually wear out pretty quick.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. ECU serial number location

    The location of the PCM depends on the Focus version (MK1, MK2 or MK3) and the engine type.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.