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In Topic: 07 Mk2 1.6 Tdci - Turbo Failing, Upgrade Time?

Today, 07:18 AM

The turbo itself will be the least of your problems. Just installing a new turbo will not be enough. This is a known problem of the older 1.6 TDCI engine. Usually the turbo fails as a result of the lack of engine oil. Because the small sump the engine oil becomes dirty quite quickly. The dirty oil cloggs the oil line which runs to the turbo which causes the turbo to break down. A shortened oil change interval is recommended on this type of engine.


To solve this problem you have to perform a procedure recommended by Ford and many turbo specialist. If I remember correctly this is the following procedure:


* Perform an engine flush.

* Drain the engine oil and change the oil filter.

* Remove the sump to clean it.

* Change (or remove) the strainers of the oil line to the turbo.

* Change the turbo.

* Fill the engine oil.

* Start the engine and warm up the engine (idling).

* Measure the amount of oil running to the turbo. 

* Change the engine oil and filter.


If the amount of oil running to the turbo is within specifications you should be fine. If the amount is too low the engine is probably already slightly damaged. In this case changing the engine or a complete engine rebuild may be necessary. 

In Topic: Mk2 Focus 1.8 Duratec, Can I Fit A 2.0 Lump?

16 April 2015 - 05:21 PM

The Focus MK2 with 2.0 Duratec HE engine has some differences compared to the 1.8 Duratec HE.


The 2.0 Duratec HE has a different gearbox from the 1.8 Duratec HE. The 2.0 has the MTX75 gearbox while the 1.8 has the IB5 gearbox. Next to this the 2.0 does also have bigger brakes at the front and the rear. The 2.0 has 300 mm brake discs at the front and 280 mm discs at the rear. The 1.8 has 278 mm discs at the front and 265 mm discs at the rear (or even drum brakes in case of an hatchback).


In my opinion you need at least the following parts:


* Complete 2.0 Duratec HE engine including all belonging parts (like wiring, fuel injectors, sensors, etcetera).

* Clutch from a 2.0 Duratec HE.

* Dual mass flywheel from a 2.0 Duratec HE.

* MTX75 gearbox from a 2.0 Duratec HE.

* Both driveshafts from a 2.0 Duratec HE.

* 300 mm front disc brakes.

* 280 mm rear disc brakes.



During production there were 3 different types of PCM used on both the 2.0 Duratec HE and the 1.8 Duratec HE (ESU-121, ESU-131 and ESU-411/418). Installing an engine which has the same type of PCM as your current engine would be the easiest solution. In this case there is no need to change the PCM and engine bay wiring loom. The only difference between the 1.8 and 2.0 PCM will be the software. Reprogramming the PCM with the correct software will solve this.


The instrument cluster is completely identical and does not need to be changed. However the PATS immobilizer system is integrated into both the PCM and the instrument cluster. If a different PCM is installed the PATS system must be reprogrammed completely.

In Topic: Can A 2007 Mk2 Focus Be Fitted With Bluetooth? (Radio Firmware A Problem?)

15 April 2015 - 03:16 PM

The original Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system can be retrofitted without any problems. However you have to consider that this system at this time is pretty old and outdated. In my opinion an aftermarket system will be cheaper and have better functionality and support.



The Focus MK2 and very early MK2.5 did have the old Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system. This system has Mono sound. The modules of this system can not be updated. This system was available on all original radio's including the GEN 1 (square shaped) and GEN 2 (oval shaped) Sony radio's


During production of the Focus MK2.5 (approximately from April 2008) this sytem was superseded by the newer Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system. This system has stereo sound. The modules of this system can be updated to support newer Phone types and solve known problems. There were basically 2 different versions of this system. The normal Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system and the Sound & Connect system (Bluetooth/Voicecontrol with Ipod, USB and Bluetooth Audio support).  The normal Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system was available on all MK2.5 radio's (built after approximately April 2008). The Sound & Connect system was only available on the Travelpilot FX, Travelpilot NX and GEN 3 (oval shaped) Sony radio's. The GEN 3 Sony radio's look identical to the GEN 2 Sony radio's but are technically different.



Radio's, modules and wiring of the old and newer Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system are different. These are not interchangeable. This means that in your case you have to install the old Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system to make it work. Parts of this system are rare and expensive.



Both the old and the newer Bluetooth/Voicecontrol systems are currently no more supported by Ford. Ford stopped the support for the newer system in 2012. This means that both the old and the newer system became outdated. Some newer Phone types are not fully compatible with this system.



I am kind of an OEM freak so I only want the original system. On my previous 2005 Focus MK2 I installed a Focus MK2.5 GEN 3 Sony  6-CD DAB radio and retrofitted the Sound & Connect system. To solve compatibility issues I changed the module of this system for a newer type Focus MK3 module. After being configured correctly this type of module is fully compatible with the MK2.5 system. In my opinion this is the best OEM solution for the Focus MK2 and MK2.5.

In Topic: Radiator Fan Confussion, Please Help !!!!

14 April 2015 - 06:58 PM

On some early focus MK1 versions this sensor is part of a modification. Later focus MK1 versions did have it as standard.


In some extreme situations (hot ambient temperatures, no wind and a hot engine for example)  the temperature under the bonnet can reach extremely high temperatures. This sensor activates the fan to cool the engine bay if needed.

In Topic: 30Mm Lowering Pics

12 April 2015 - 07:05 AM

I have a few pictures of my previous Focus MK2. My car had the factory fitted handling suspension and is lowered afterwards with Eibach pro-kit lowering springs.




These pictures were taken just after I installed the Eiback springs. The springs did not have time to settle completely. After a week the car was a bit lower.