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  1. This will undoubtedly be a familiar topic, which I have myself come across however I'm hoping to resolve an issue or two along the way at, hopefully, short notice. The additive in my 1.6 TDCi had run out. Giving me error codes - P1927 : Fuel Additive level too low/empty P1932 : Fuel Additive low level The "Engine System Fault" message on the dashboard after a few moments running was the initial indication of a problem. I've now added approx. 3/4Ltr of additive to the tank (which is situated at the back of the fuel tank) but I am unable to clear the codes. I have a "Ford-VCM-OBD" interface and software (Bought from the web) which allegedly clears the codes and re-reads them, however I cannot seem to clear the codes and the dashboard message. Previously, when the code first appeared I was able to clear it, for a few days. I've tried the "Fuel flap" method, of which there is much talk ( difficult to find on the forums ) but that hasn't done the trick either. Check the status of the flap sensor, that's working fine. So: Has anyone got experience of the software I'm using ? Am I doing something wrong ? How reliable if the Fuel Flap method, Am I missing something?
  2. Most of us are driving around with errors on our car, and we don't even realise it. Mainly because the small niggles don't affect our day to day driving. Focus owners are lucky as they have the "Secret Dash Trick" but what if you don't own a Focus? and you don't have a trip computer? The easiest way for us on the forums to help you, is if you have an "OBD" Scanner - and you may be surprised that they are DIRT cheap! OBD is the cars "On Board Diagnostics" system. If there is an error with your car sensor, or another error that you are either well aware of (or perhaps not). then OBD might just save you £60 minimum diagnostics fee with a dealer, and perhaps a whole lot more in repairs... What is OBD? On Board Diagnostics has been in use for many years, as early as 1996 a lot of cars have it. From 2001 (Petrol) and 2004 (Diesel) the standard of OBDII came in, and all cars after this time will have an OBDII interface that you can use. Not only can OBD be used to diagnose issues, but it also allows you to monitor the likes of efficiency in your car. there are so many applications available that will read the data in different ways, if you want an app for 0-60 with BHP readouts - Torque Pro. If you want an app for your economy usage "Efficiency (Free)" can be your new best friend. Does my car have OBD? The requirement is that an OBDII connection MUST be accessible to the driver within 2 feet of the driver position. The usual location is about knee height and on the right or left side of your knee (depending on the LHD or RHD model you own). Its normally recessed, and running your hand along the dash you will feel it, it may perhaps be hidden under the steering column, behind a panel (look for a removable panel somewhere around the dashboard at knee height) or behind an ashtray. There also tends to be one on the bulkhead of the engine compartment. Mst likely under a cover, so check your fusebox, and you may see it. How do I use OBD? You can buy a universal adapter that will fit any car with an OBD socket. See below links to a couple of types (Bluetooth) and an example USB version. Smartphone Users: Look at your smartphones App Store for a program called "Torque" - this comes in a freeware version and a Paid for version. Torque allows you to scan for and clear down error codes, also clicking the error code can take you to a page where you can see in plain english - what the error means. It allows you to view live data readings and also map out your vehicles data (downloadable to PC). Two types of Bluetooth Adapters for sale on ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wireless-Car-ELM327-OBD2-OBDII-Bluetooth-Diagnostic-Interface-Android-CAN-BUS-PC-/200840588989?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2ec3082ebd http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Android-Bluetooth-Car-1-5-ELM327-OBD2-OBDII-Diagnostic-Interface-CAN-BUS-Tool-UK-/180989271729?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2a23cd1eb1 Laptop Users: You can buy a USB version that will plug into your laptop. they tend to come with drivers and applications that you can use to interact with your car's data. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/V1-5-ELM327-OBD2-OBDII-USB-Cable-Software-Car-Diagnostic-Interface-Scanner-Tool-/181048754000?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2a2758bf50 Also, if you purchase a modified ELM 327 cable with a High and Medium speed can bus (click here for more information)then you can use software such as ForScan. This is an excellent piece of software that debugs more than just Ford's but allows you to automatically scan High and Medium speed for errors, view in clear text the errors seen, and reset them in turn. I have used this and find it an excellent piece of free software. Any User: I Forgot when writing this that there is the entirely seperate "standalone" code reader. Its a handheld device that will read the code and control it through a handheld unit, prices for these differ, as little as £10.00 and up to a lot more. You can buy these for an average of £25 - £30 for a relatively branded unit. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=Diagnostic+code+reader&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR5.TRC0.A0.Xstandalone+Diagnostic+code+reader&_nkw=standalone+Diagnostic+code+reader&_sacat=0 Which OBD version do I have? OBDII is the current standard but there have been other releases before. The older your car, the older the OBD support, so vehicles around 1996 will be OBD 1 and later vehicles 1.5 or 2. Always contact the seller if you are unsure if the device you are looking to purchase is compatible with your car. Generally speaking, if your car is older than 2004, you will probably have an OBDI device, and not an OBDII device. Again, refer to the seller to identify if this is the correct one for you. Why should I buy into this? Combination of an OBD adapter, and software to accompany it, most of the time will come in under £15. For that money, you have a way to track your cars readings, and check all the error codes. A simple problem with a sensor could cost you as little as £60 to diagnose with a dealer, and then whatever ludicrous labour fee's are applicable to resolve this issue. If you are handy with a spanner, or know someone who is, your first problem resolution will only cost you £15 plus whatever cost for the part, any problems after that you are self diagnosing for free. Providing the members of this forum with error codes means that we can provide you with more accurate details, and suggestions to resolve your problems. Limitations: Please note that when you buy an adapter of this nature, there ARE limitations. These adapters and software combinations cannot diagnose some systems, ABS and Airbag for example, but it can clear there error codes. Will It damage my car? Budget OBDII readers can only ever read data from the engine, and switch the Engine Management Light off - 99.9% of scanners on the market will not damage your car. Be wary of buying from abroad, as these may be cheaper still, but these are the 0.01% that may damage your car. What About Apple? Unfortunately, Apple is an issue for this sort of task. Apple use a hybrid "bluetooth" stack, which although claims to be bluetooth, its not "bluetooth" by the rest of the worlds description, its more "Apple's rewriting of bluetooth". Its generally seen that Bluetooth adapters wont work with Apple, and you may be better off getting a WiFi adapter and connect to this. For apple compatible devices though (Wi-Fi or bluetooth) There's this: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/engine-link-obd-ii-vehicle/id591557194?mt=8 that I have heard of. but they do say if you have a bluetooth adapter, to contact support before hand. Alternatively, suggestion is that https://itunes.apple... a code reader.is a good tool to use, but again, ensure that they confirm it will work, or at least get refund reassurances. The most expensive I have seen yet (but best reported on) is REV: https://itunes.apple...avy investment. Summary So that's it - its a cheap, and harmless way to get information from your cars computer. Whether error diagnostics, or to see how much damage you are doing to the environment, or if you just want to brag to your friends about what your current BHP reads at. So, I hope this inspires you! Many who buy an adapter never look back, I have yet to come across a single individual who has regretted buying one. But remember, buy cheap but don't expect the world, but these cheap adapters could be more than enough to dig you out of a hole. If you want to buy something better, there are more than enough tools out there that you can look to upgrade to. Scanguage is an excellent device and there are a lot of other handheld units that could improve the result. If you have any questions, look around the forum, or feel free to send me a PM and I will be happy to help. If there is enough interest, I am sure all of us here will be happy to help you if you need to start a thread. Please remember, the above links are not recommendations, we are not gaining any revenue from advertising them, but I can say that I own two of them and they work fine for me ;)
  3. Have got fault codes p0251 & p1211 on a Mondeo 2003 dci any ideas !
  4. The engine malfunction light has been constantly showing on my 2009 focus Econetic for last two months. Had it since new and now 83'000 miles. Was doing 80miles a day to work and back until last year, now much shorter. I was told by local mechanic that it may be the DPF filter and to try additive and 30 minutes on motorway at high revs. I tried this and nothing happened. Decided to take the car to ford dealer at Inverurie today, got call back saying they would advise a regeneration programme which will cost me approx £400. £250 for additive and £150 to perform. Told me that there may also be other faults that they can't see until this one is cleared, although the regeneration may not do the trick. Anyone know whether this is the usual cost for this type of work? And whether this is true about not being able to see other fault codes until the DPF one is fixed? Any advice before I go back to garage tomorrow would be appreciated...
  5. Greetings oh wise ones. Having had the car hooked up (focus mk1 zetec 2.0 esp) to diagnostic the codes c1281 and c1282 have been returned. The blurb with c1281 is saying "Lateral Accelerometer Circuit Failure" may be cause by "open circuit,short circuit, sensor previously disconnected sensor, sensor supply voltage out of range finally limits, sensor or finally damaged or contaminated connector" The blurb with c1282 is saying "Code sent when the signal from the sensor is inconsistant with vehicle position, loose or improperly installed sensor,sensor,sensor internal hardware failure" Sensors for ABS have been checked and even cleaned but not solved the problem. If it is the Lateral Accelerometer sensor EXACTLY where is it located on/in the car as online a few mentions are that it is located under the drivers seat (assuming the car is RHD that is) but a look with a borescope cant see it even with looking on both sides of the car under the carpet etc. Or does anyone know what else it could be? Aircon not working either as light comes on but no cooler despite regassing and numerous testings. Does anyone know if even wheel allignment could be an issue causing the trouble. the ESP light has been on well over a year now but did vanish for about 5 minutes but came back on after parking up for shopping. Cheers for any help supplied.
  6. Hi im sure this has been asked before but I cant seem to find the topic anywere. i only have one key for my car, this key is really really worn so worn that a copy cannot be taken from it, it does not operate the doors anymore and ignition will soon follow im sure, iv never had the small tag that normally comes with keys from new, would ford give me this code if i took my logbook in free of charge so that i can go and get it cut, or is there somewhere on the car that this code is printed, hope one of you guys can help thanks,
  7. Hi there I have just purchased an accident damaged Ford fiesta. I was looking to sell the items of the vehicle but I am having a problem discerning what engine the vehicle had. I have been trying to find the engine code and all I have been able to find is SFJA When i search this it relates to the 1.0 ecoboost all though the engine is massive in comparison to the 1.2 KA MK2 engine i have in stock. Can someone please help me figure out what engine I have!!!!
  8. I have the "Engine malfunction" message displayed on my 2009 Focus 1.6 diesel econetic. Ive run through the "self diagnostic" by holding down the set/reset knob, and at the DTC codes, it says, "DTC #Codes NONE" I also have a little diagnostic scanner of my own, and it shows nothing. I did however, unplug my scanner when i wasn't supposed to, (the ignition was still on), and I've been told that this could've caused the "engine malfunction" message. But the "engine malfunction" message came up a week or 2 after i used the scanner, is that possible? Ive also been told that, by unplugging the battery, it may reset the "engine malfunction" message. Is that advisable? as i will try everything to avoid another trip to the mechanics, and £25 a time on the scanner, its money i don't really have at the moment. Confused as to why it won't show up on my scanner though, any help is much appreciated.
  9. Focus St Fault Help

    Hi I have a focus st 2006 with engine management light on and abs traction control light on, I have fault codes u2023-eo-abs coms fault, P0076-e2-PCM intake valve control circuit low bank 1 P0079-e2- PCM exhaust valve control circuit low bank 1 P0102-e2 PCM maf sensor circuit low input P0245-e2 PCM turbo/supercharger waste gate solenoid A low P0458-e2 PCM EVAP system purge control vale circuit low P0646-62 PCM air-con clutch relay control circuit low B2477-60- EATC module config failure B2609-30 HCM ecu output to left headlamp stepper motor circuit failure B2612-30 HCM ecu output to right headlamp stepper motor circuit failure B2619-70 HCM rear axle vehicle level sensor signal circuit failure These codes where taken from the IDS diag machine and I am fairly clued up as I have a technician status level motor vehicle cert but this is beyond me :/ I think it's the PCM at fault :S any ideas of the fault would be much appreciated
  10. Hi, ok my car Focus TDDi 52 would run fine, the odd morning it would start, then 10 seconds later revs drop then cut out - this happened about 3 times - weeks apart. The car would pretty much start fine straight after and no probs. Then this happened again but would not start up and hasn't since. I got a F - Super 2 and these are the results. I admit I'am very amateur at mechanics but can and have fixed cars before. I'm fairly skint so if you guys could share any of your knowledge that could fix this, I would really appreciate it. Cheers in advance. B2141 NVM configuration failure P1246 Alternator load input failure P1632 Smart alternator faults sensor / circuits B1359 Ignition run / acc circuit failure B1318 Bat low (I've charged and tried)
  11. My Focus has twice failed with error messages on the dashboard and the red warning light illuminated. The first time was engine overheat caused by a stuck thermostat no mil code was stored,this was at the Ford service agent. Today a year later the engine management system failure light came on and the engine de-powered. I stopped and re-started the engine, it was back to normal with no light showing. I connected up my pc and though all the usual voltages, temperatures, RPM, and fuel pressures were shown, no stored MILcodes. I of course suspect its the EGR sticking, but why no stored codes?