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#1 focustim

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 05:39 PM

I've read loads of threads on here about central locking issues so thought I'd share what I've learned from extensive google searches.

My central locking was slightly intermittent and then it decided to stop altogether. I didn't have any problems with it locking by itself or the boot opening on its own, but my solution may help these problems. I thought it was my battery so I replaced it, but it still didn't work. I then found this info about resetting/reprogramming the central locking:

Insert key into ignition and turn to ignition and back 4 times in quick succession.
You will then hear a chime which indicates you are in the central locking programming mode.
remove key and press the lock and unlock (although I only needed to press the lock) button on the remote.
You will then here another chime and it should be done.

My central locking works great now with no issues as yet.

Hope it helps, it saved me 45+VAT for a new remote and 68 + VAT my local ford dealer were going to charge me to program it (they probably just use the method given above!). Perhaps this should be a sticky along with info about the central locking fuse and where to find it.

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#2 getfocusworking

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 08:22 PM

I've read loads of threads on here about central locking issues so thought I'd share what I've learned from extensive google searches.

My central locking was slightly intermittent and then it decided to stop altogether. I didn't have any problems with it locking by itself or the boot opening on its own, but my solution may help these problems. I thought it was my battery so I replaced it, but it still didn't work. I then found this info about resetting/reprogramming the central locking:

Insert key into ignition and turn to ignition and back 4 times in quick succession.
You will then hear a chime which indicates you are in the central locking programming mode.
remove key and press the lock and unlock (although I only needed to press the lock) button on the remote.
You will then here another chime and it should be done.

My central locking works great now with no issues as yet.

Hope it helps, it saved me 45+VAT for a new remote and 68 + VAT my local ford dealer were going to charge me to program it (they probably just use the method given above!). Perhaps this should be a sticky along with info about the central locking fuse and where to find it.


As you say this does seem to be the best idea to clear alot of problems with the central locking,
it makes you think how much money is made by Ford just out of a few minutes work.
I do not know if the same time delay applies for a Ford Focus but battery replacement on Ford Mondeo allows you only 15 seconds to relpace a new battery before the system shuts off from the key
then that would need the same reprograming as you have detailed.
Until the internet started these reprograming details where never known and never able to get hold of.
I bet these main dealers curse these forums now.
Good luck with the car.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:46 PM

Thanks - this worked perfect on my Cmax 2008.

I've read loads of threads on here about central locking issues so thought I'd share what I've learned from extensive google searches.

My central locking was slightly intermittent and then it decided to stop altogether. I didn't have any problems with it locking by itself or the boot opening on its own, but my solution may help these problems. I thought it was my battery so I replaced it, but it still didn't work. I then found this info about resetting/reprogramming the central locking:

Insert key into ignition and turn to ignition and back 4 times in quick succession.
You will then hear a chime which indicates you are in the central locking programming mode.
remove key and press the lock and unlock (although I only needed to press the lock) button on the remote.
You will then here another chime and it should be done.

My central locking works great now with no issues as yet.

Hope it helps, it saved me 45+VAT for a new remote and 68 + VAT my local ford dealer were going to charge me to program it (they probably just use the method given above!). Perhaps this should be a sticky along with info about the central locking fuse and where to find it.



#4 mik_se7

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:00 AM

This solution worked for me i have a 2000 (x reg) 2.0 ford focus and the remote central locking didn't work and the doors intermittently opened after manually opening the drivers door. did as instructed in the above posts now everything is back to normal, thanks for the useful information.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

Just tried this on a 1.8 tdci 55 plate and no luck, got the chime etc but no luck with persistant failing passenger lock. Been to ford x2 but they could'nt find a fault and it worked perfectly all the time "typical" lol strangely it only happens when my mrs has been in the passenger seat <_< Also it works fine for days after a 50+ mile run, couldn't say if it works after a 49 mile run as I didn't try it until after 50 lolol

 

Thanks for the post though all :)



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:23 AM

when you got the chime did you press the unlock and lock buttons and then open the drivers door and close it again? the fact the fault is intermittant with your wife getting in the passenger seat might suggest the fault lies in the passenger door?



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:52 AM

Hi mik_se7 yes did the unlock / lock / unlock although did not physically open the drivers door. Also are we talking pressing the lock and unlock together? as I din't try that.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:56 AM

ok what i did was i got into my car and closed the drivers door so all doors were shut, i then put the key in the ignition and turned it to preignition and back 4 times and got 1 chime i then removed the key from the ignition barrel and pressed the unlock button once and then the lock button once, i then opened the drivers door and closed it again and tested the central locking with buttons on the key and everything worked again.

 

also forgot to say i got a second chime after pressing the unlock button.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:16 AM

right just tried this.. open car with remote - passengers lock failed - opened that lock manually.

 

Did the ignition 4 times got the chime (more of a beeep on mine) took out the key - pressed unlock / lock - opened driver door - closed and nothing.

 

Tried a few combinations of lock / unlock but central locking seemed to have failed altogether :o

 

Started again a few times - over and over, then switched attention to the passenger door lock - when I was in the car and all locks open except the passenger did the ignition again lock/unlock then when pressing unlock I manually opened the passenger lock, all motors on central locking seemed to operate at the same time almost as if they were still locked. However when I opened and closed the driver door and pressed lock all doors locked from the fob and also dead locked.

 

So either the lock has given up on it's hissy fit and decided to work or which ever order i ended up doing this in worked... wish I would of witten it down now lol So at the minute all locks are working as should, at least that saves me from having to lock the car open the car reach over and manually lock the passenger door then lock the car again :o

 

Thankyou for taking the time to nudge me in the right direction :D

 

appreciate it ;)



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:22 AM

no worries i find electrical faults in cars are a lot like faults on computers the resolution to the problem is often a variation of other attempts to fix the same problem lol but who cares as long as it worked lol



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:33 PM

Hi 

 

I've tried everything above, but the fault remains. The problems lies with the passenger door. If I replace the central locking mechanism on the door will it resolve the issue, and if so what part do I need exactly?

 

Thanks in advance

 

Rik



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:03 PM

Hi Rik,

What are the problems your having?

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