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#1 paradisiac

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 12:52 PM

hi, recently got a 1999 focus 1.8 TDDi CL, love the car even though everyone said the TDDi is nothing compaired to the TDCi but it does what we need and is very economical.
a few little questions though :
1. it was supplied with a remote locking key which didnt work, we replaced the battery and it still doesnt work, being a CL its not meant to have remote locking, could this of been added and the key just needs reprogramming, if so is there any way of knowing if the car has the R/L sensors
2. should the car be alarmed, there is a red flashing light on the dash but is this just for the immobilisor
3. is there any way to give the car a bit more grip, find it can be a bit twitchy, would say fitting the suspension off an LX or Ghia be better or is this just a mk1 issue as i have driven some mk2's before without the twitch, but they have been either an LX or Ghia, never a CL
4. on the light switch there is a 'P' symbol, i turn it to it but no lights come on, what should happen


think thats it, cheers in advance.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:25 PM

1. chances are its not got remote locking but a previous owner might of been able to get the remote key cheaper? also does the boot button on the fob work?

2. more than likley i know my edge is yet im still to set it off only way i think is to smash the window through

3. beefier tyres and maybe even some nice alloys might help you i take it the car is on steelie's before suspension work but if your after the better springs zetec ones are the way to go for handling.

4. parking lights, put it in p and turn the indicator on to the side u want to light up - works on my mums mondeo not tried it on my focus yet

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:28 PM

For the handling i'd suggest maybe a set of -30mm springs to lower and tighten the handling.

As for the 'p', isn't that parking lights?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:31 PM

hi, recently got a 1999 focus 1.8 TDDi CL, love the car even though everyone said the TDDi is nothing compaired to the TDCi but it does what we need and is very economical.
a few little questions though :
1. it was supplied with a remote locking key which didnt work, we replaced the battery and it still doesnt work, being a CL its not meant to have remote locking, could this of been added and the key just needs reprogramming, if so is there any way of knowing if the car has the R/L sensors
2. should the car be alarmed, there is a red flashing light on the dash but is this just for the immobilisor
3. is there any way to give the car a bit more grip, find it can be a bit twitchy, would say fitting the suspension off an LX or Ghia be better or is this just a mk1 issue as i have driven some mk2's before without the twitch, but they have been either an LX or Ghia, never a CL
4. on the light switch there is a 'P' symbol, i turn it to it but no lights come on, what should happen


think thats it, cheers in advance.


first off welcome to programme the key is very simple do this
FORD Focus (Radio 3 Button) - Key Remote Programming 1. Switch Ignition On/Off (II/0) 4 times within 6 seconds until a sound is made. 2. Press any button on Remote until a sound is made. 3. To program additional Remotes, repeat after 2 seconds after the sound. 4. Turn Ignition On/Off to exit. 5. A maximum of 4 remotes can be programmed.

secondly the car isnt alarmed the flashing led is for the pats system which is the immobiliser dont worry though withiout the key its impossible to start the car and steal it the old screwdriver etc doesnt work alarms werent fitted on most models as they werent needed the led also acts as a warning symbol for example if there was summat wrong with the key or the immobiliser it would continue flashing with the ignition switched on.

the cl has the base suspension setup the zetec suspension is better and all you need to do is chenge the springs the zetec has stiffer springs and less body roll so if you really want to fitting front and rear zetec springs will solve the issue


the p symbnol is for parking lights these will only come on with the ignition off its just if youre parked up waiting on a dark road youre front side lights and rear lights will stay on with the key removed from the ignition and the lights on warning buzzer wont go off etc usually they are not needed so ide just leave the switch in its normal position


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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:31 PM

For the handling i'd suggest maybe a set of -30mm springs to lower and tighten the handling.

As for the 'p', isn't that parking lights?


dont really want to modify it like that, just sharpen it up a bit.
yeah i assumed it would be parking lights, but no lights come on :(

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:34 PM

dont really want to modify it like that, just sharpen it up a bit.
yeah i assumed it would be parking lights, but no lights come on :(


thay should come on might be worth checking the fuses firstand on the focus it lights all four lights 2 front 2 rear the indicator switch doesnt put only one set on depending on the direction its turned to

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:39 PM

thay should come on might be worth checking the fuses first


all the lights work normally, apart from the parking lights, the rear fog light, cant seem to find a switch for the front fogs so assume the bumper has been changed to one with them and no wiring was done.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:42 PM

all the lights work normally, apart from the parking lights, the rear fog light, cant seem to find a switch for the front fogs so assume the bumper has been changed to one with them and no wiring was done.


the cl didnt come with fog lights the wiring is there for the fogs or should be tucked up behind the bumper the light switch should have these settings parking lights then side lights then head lights pull it out once on full headlights and thats the front fogs again is the rear fog light so turn the dial fully towards the driver door then pull out once then pull again all front and rear fogs if wired will be working

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:45 PM

the cl didnt come with fog lights the wiring is there for the fogs or should be tucked up behind the bumper the light switch should have these settings parking lights then side lights then head lights pull it out once on full headlights and thats the front fogs again is the rear fog light so turn the dial fully towards the driver door then pull out once then pull again all front and rear fogs if wired will be working


so should the rear foglight work on the CL and the fronts have the wiring, or are none of the fogs wired up on a CL? confusing myself now :(

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:46 PM

so should the rear foglight work on the CL and the fronts have the wiring, or are none of the fogs wired up on a CL? confusing myself now :(


rear fog should work only the rfronts would need wired up the wiring is there though and easy to do

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:49 PM

rear fog should work only the rfronts would need wired up the wiring is there though and easy to do


ok thanks, rear doesnt come on so maybe a bulb, dont know the fuse layout as i havent really had chance to do anything on it, are the fogs on a seperate fuse to the lights?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:52 PM

rear fog should work only the rfronts would need wired up the wiring is there though and easy to do


Open your hood and locate the fuse box (Drivers' side near windshield) 2. Open fuse box and locate R13 according to the map on the fuse box cover

3. Pry, pull, or otherwise remove Relay #R13 from it's socket. It is in there tight but it comes out!this is the fog light relay available from most ford dealers and scrap yards

if you dont have an owners manual for the fuse layout you can get it here http://www.focusplan...guidemanual.pdf

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:56 PM

Open your hood and locate the fuse box (Drivers' side near windshield) 2. Open fuse box and locate R13 according to the map on the fuse box cover

3. Pry, pull, or otherwise remove Relay #R13 from it's socket. It is in there tight but it comes out!this is the fog light relay available from most ford dealers and scrap yards


ok thanks, my farther inlaw has an LX mk1 so will see if his works in there.
overall very happy with the car, seems very economical :) just as always with a car of its age there are a few niggly problems. will consider the zetec springs though, are the shocks the same?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:10 PM

ok thanks, my farther inlaw has an LX mk1 so will see if his works in there.
overall very happy with the car, seems very economical :) just as always with a car of its age there are a few niggly problems. will consider the zetec springs though, are the shocks the same?


i believe they are mate though for ease its a lot easier just to take the whole shock with spring attatched

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:17 PM

i believe they are mate though for ease its a lot easier just to take the whole shock with spring attatched


cheers, will look into getting that done once we have sorted out the priority jobs :) being a TDDi i need to get springs/shocks off a TDDi Zetec dont i due the engine weight?

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