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#387223 Heater Knob Modifcation

Posted by JW1982 on 18 July 2014 - 10:30 AM

The design of the light switch knob is complety different from the design of the heater knobs. So it is not a straight swap.

I removed the original knob from a donor light switch I had and used this one for the modification. First I cut off the front part of the knob and sanded it until it was completely flat. I filled the holes which were created during the cutting/sanding proces with an epoxy filler and sanded it to a completely smooth surface. I left only one small hole for the backlight of the knob. Next I painted it with a matte black spraypaint to perfectly match the rest of the light switch.

Next I cut off the transparent plastic part at the back of the custom heater knob until it was completely flat at the back. Finally I used a strong epoxy glue to glue the modified custom heater switch knob to the original light switch knob.



The modification of the light switch knob took me about 4 hours but it was definetely worth it. It looks much better than the original light switch knob and I like to have unique modifications. I was the first in the Netherlands who succesfully managed to install/program a MK2.5 instrument cluster into a MK2. At the moment I am the only one in the Netherlands (as far as I know) who succesfully modified/installed a fully functional Mondeo MK4.5 steering wheel into a Focus MK2.

#387201 Heater Knob Modifcation

Posted by JW1982 on 18 July 2014 - 08:34 AM

Fitting the knobs is easy. You only have to pull the original knobs off using a pair of pliers. Next you can push the custom knobs on the shafts of the heater panel.


The custom heater knobs look great but after a while I started irritating myself about the cheap looking light switch knob. Because there are no custom alternatives for the original light switch knob I decided to make one myself. I used one of the custom heater knobs to make my own matching custom light switch knob.



#385315 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 12 July 2014 - 03:49 PM

Approximately a year ago I bought a brand new Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel on Ebay. It was a black leather steering wheel with radio control buttons and info display control buttons but without the cruise control buttons and the airbag. Because it was a real bargain I decided to buy the steering wheel and search for a suitable airbag and cruise control buttons afterwards.


As described the steering wheel was in excellent (new) condition.

After I got the steering wheel I started the search for a suitable airbag. After 2012 Ford changed the Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel and airbag. Because I had the new design steering wheel I also needed the new design airbag. Finding a used new design airbag for a reasonable price turned out to be the same as finding a needle in a haystack. Most Mondeo steering wheel airbags at scrapyards or Ebay are old design airbags which do not fit my steering wheel. Eventually I found one new design airbag but the seller asked way too much money for it.

Because I could not find a suitable used airbag for a reasonable price I decided to buy a brand new airbag. Next to several Dutch Ford dealers I also E-mailed to a number of Ford dealers across Europe. There turned out to be a incredible price difference between Ford dealers across Europe. Eventually I found a Ford dealer in Poland which quoted me the best price. Including shipping the new airbag costed me half the price as the same airbag from a Dutch Ford dealer.



Next I started the search for a pair of Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 cruise control buttons. These are relative rare which results in high prices. After searching online and at scrapyards for over a month I finally found a pair of suitable cruise control buttons. They came from a very young low mileage Mondeo MK4.5 which was scrapped.


After I got all needed parts the challenge just began. All of the buttons of the Mondeo steering wheel needed to be converted to work with the Focus MK2 electronics. Converting the radio control buttons and info display buttons was relatively easy. The radio control buttons of the Mondeo steering wheel have exactly the same resistance values as the Focus MK2/MK2.5 stalk control. The only difference is that the Focus MK2/MK2.5 buttons connect the sensing wire through the resistances to ground while the Mondeo radio control connects the sensing wire to a second wire which is not connected to ground. To solve this I only had to connect the second wire to ground. The info display control buttons of the Mondeo steering wheel are also uses resistance values for the different functions while the Focus MK2/MK2.5 uses switches which connect to ground. To solve this I removed all resistances and connected and made some connections on the circuit board. I use the UP/DOWN button to scroll through the menu and the LEFT/RIGHT/OK button to select the options/settings. This is because the Mondeo info display control has 5 buttons while the Focus MK2/MK2.5 info display has only 3 functions.

After these buttons were finished and tested I started to convert the cruise control buttons. The Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 uses completely different resistance values as the Focus MK2/MK2.5. I changed all resistors on the Mondeo circuit board for the correct values for the Focus MK2/MK2.5. Despite all resistance values were exactly the same it did not work correctly. It turned out to be very unreliable. I decided to make my own circuit boards with microswitches on it. These microswitches are connected using small wires to a pair of original Focus MK2/MK2.5 cruise control circuit boards which are mounted below the Mondeo button holders. This setup functions very well and is much more reliable than my previous attempt.

The next problem was that all functions of the Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel require 10 wires while the Focus MK2/MK2.5 originally only has 7 wires. The Focus MK2/MK2.5 clockspring has 2 additional tracks which are not connected at the steering wheel side. Soldering 2 wires directly onto the tracks of the clockspring ads 2 wires to the existing 7. This results in a Focus clockspring with 9 wires but there is still 1 wire short. I solved this problem by sending all 3 info display signals over just 2 wires. To do this I made an electrical circuitry using diodes to join the 3 info display wires on the steering wheel side to 2 wires. On de steering collumn side I made an electrical circuitry using micro relays to seperate the 2 info display wires back to 3 wires. This circuitry functions very well.

Today I installed the Mondeo MK4.5 steering wheel into my car. It looks great and all functions of the steering wheel work.








Note that installing a Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel to a Focus MK2/MK2.5 is really a lot of work. It is not a suitable modification for beginners.

#384944 Wipers Won't Switch Off

Posted by JW1982 on 11 July 2014 - 03:43 PM

On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 a lot of electrical related functions (including the windscreen wipers) are controlled by the GEM module/fuse box. The GEM module/fuse box is basically a computerized module which controls a lot of electrical functions like comfort related functions, the lights, windscreen wipers, etc.

On the GEM module/fuse box there are very few relays that can be changed. Most relays are directly soldered onto the circuit board of the module and officially can not be changed.

Note that if you want to change the GEM module/fuse box you absolutely have to install one with the correct part number (same or higher). Not all GEM modules/fuse boxes do support all options. You may loose functions/options after installing the wrong type of GEM module/fuse box. Also note that a new (or used) GEM module/fuse box must be programmed to the car. All settings must match with the cars options otherwise it will not work correctly or will not work at all.

#382852 Ford Focus Led Rear Lights

Posted by JW1982 on 06 July 2014 - 05:44 PM

The part number of the wiring loom / bulb holder of the MK2.5 LED taillights is 1520746. They will cost approximately €40,- a piece.

Did you buy the LED taillights new or second hand? Ford sells the LED taillights as a seperate (replacement) part (which does not include the wiring loom / bulb holder) and as a complete retrofit kit (which contains all needed parts). If you bought the complete kit it should include all needed parts.

#379420 Mk2.5 Retrofit Bluetooth / Usb /voice

Posted by JW1982 on 28 June 2014 - 10:55 AM

The module I used has part number CS7T-14D212-AD (AA, AB and AC suffix are also suitable). These modules are originally installed on the following vehicles:

*Focus MK3
*C-max MK2 and Grand C-max
*Kuga MK2
*Fiesta MK7.5
*Mondeo MK4.5 and S-max/Galaxy

This type of module can be configured for the Focus MK2.5, C-max MK1.5 and Kuga MK1 using a modified ELM327 interface and the ELMconfig software.

#373478 P0301 Cylinder 1 Misfire

Posted by JW1982 on 10 June 2014 - 09:20 PM

Only an original coil pack costs already approximately 125 pounds.

#373374 Am I Missing A Load Of Fuses?

Posted by JW1982 on 10 June 2014 - 05:13 PM

The missing fuses are for options your car does not have. Ford does only install fuses of options which are actually installed in the car. If your car does not have heated seats there will be no fuse for heated seats either.

Some other functions are country specific. The Scandinavian daytime running lights for example. On a non scandinavian car the fuses and relay for this function are missing. on the higher end versions of the GEM module/fuse box this function can be activated by simply installing the fuses and relays.

Lower end versions of the GEM module/fuse box do not have contact pins for fuses of not supported functions. In this case the fuses are missing because it is not even possible to install them.

#372599 Wiring On The Inside Of Rear Bumper

Posted by JW1982 on 08 June 2014 - 06:22 PM

This wring loom is for the reverse light or rear fog light (depending on LHD or RHD cars). The wiring loom leaves the interior through a grommet in the bottom of the boot at one side of the car and runs to the other side of the car through the rear bumper.

This wiring has nothing to do with the rear parking sensor wiring.

#372192 Instrument Cluster Questions

Posted by JW1982 on 07 June 2014 - 01:24 PM

Hey. I didn't want to start a new thread so i'm hijacking this one. My headlight bulb on the cluster don't work. My lights turn on and i tried switching the bulb from another one but still the same. Actually i don't think my fog light cluster bulb don't work neither (if there is one).
I only got the car 1 week ago and it already had this problem.
Also the cigarette lighter don't work (fuse is ok).
Any thoughts?


The focus MK1 does not have a headlight bulb on the instrument cluster for the main beam. There may be a headlight symbol on the instrument cluster but this is not active. There is only a headlight bulb on the instrument cluster for full beam and fog lamps.

#371846 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 06 June 2014 - 04:56 PM

Hill hold assist is in my car which is manual

Your car is a Focus MK3. This topic is about the Focus MK2/MK2.5, C-max and Kuga. On the Focus MK2/MK2.5, C-max and Kuga the Hill Start Assist function was only available on cars with the Powershift transmission. On the Focus MK3 the Hill Start Assist function is also available on some other transmission types.

#371274 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 04 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

Hill Hold Assist does only work with the Powershift transmission. All other Focus MK2/MK2.5 (and also C-max MK1/MK1.5 and Kuga MK1) transmission types do not support the Hill Hold Assist functionality.

Selecting the "ECO Shift-up" setting on a car which does not support it often makes the power steering menu disappear. Your problem may be caused by this setting.

#370596 Connector Question??

Posted by JW1982 on 02 June 2014 - 07:57 PM

Trying to retrofit the actual keyless system would be extreme modules and electronic immobiliser would be complex to understand
Sent from my GT-I9300 using Ford OC mobile app

It is not that complex. At the moment I have allmost all of the needed parts to retrofit the Keyless Start and keyless Entry system to my Focus MK2. My only problem is that I do not have time at the moment to install the system. I have some other modifications which are more important at the moment.

#367682 Mk2 Focus 1.8 Duratec He - Coolant Temp Problem

Posted by JW1982 on 25 May 2014 - 07:42 AM

If it shoots straight from 0 to the middle with no time after the key is turned, then there might be a stuck thermostat causing some confusion, however if it warms up quick and goes and stays to middle then its not a problem really :)

The temperature gauge shows a value which is completely calculated by the PCM. this is not a realtime value measured by the temperature sensor.

The needle going to the middle within 30 seconds has nothing to do with the thermostat. At that time the engine is still cold. Some of the MK2 and most of the MK2.5 instrument clusters do have this "problem". This is caused by a known software bug of the instrument cluster. Ford never solved this software bug.

For the MK2.5 instrument cluster there is custom firmware version available which improves the temperature readings of the temperature gauge. This firmware is included with the ELMconfig software.

#362625 Offset Aftermarket Alloys

Posted by JW1982 on 10 May 2014 - 02:47 PM

Lower offset value = further to the outside.
Higher offset value = further to the inside.

The prescribed offset for the Focus MK2/MK2.5 is 52.5 mm. Most OEM wheels do have this offset. Some wheels of the Ford accessoire program have an ofsett of 50 mm. in my opinion you should not fit wheels with an offset below 40. Many Volvo wheel have an offset of 43 en they will fit/look nice on a Focus MK2/MK2.5.

A wheel with an offset of 45 mm will sit 7.5 mm further to the outside than a stock wheel of the same width. The trackwidth will be 15 mm wider. this has exactly the same effect as spacers of 7.5 mm on each side.

Note that a different offset may reduce the life of the wheel bearings dramatically. It also can make a car extremely sensitive for road damage/track formation.