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#420488 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 18 October 2014 - 07:21 PM

Today I picked up the new car. Here are some first pictures of the car with my 17 inch alloys:





#420196 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 17 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

Yesterday I removed the 17 inch alloys and installed the 15 inch steel winter wheels. The reason of this is because I wanted to clean the 17 inch alloys before they are installed on the new Focus MK3. After the wheels were cleaned using a regular car shampoo I applied a new coat of rim wax.





Despite the wheels are over 3 1/2 years old they are still in like new condition. Tomorrow the Focus MK3 will be ready and the alloys will be installed. I really can not wait until tomorrow.

#420097 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 17 October 2014 - 07:18 AM

I have got some plans but first my money tree must grow a bit.

This winter I would like to install DRL lamps (with the OEM looks).

Next year I want to buy a second pair of headlights and convert them to projector headlights using a projector retrofit kit.

#420028 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 16 October 2014 - 08:14 PM

After driving my Focus MK2 for over 6 1/2 Years it was time for something different. Unfortunately there were only a few (very young) used cars in the country which did have the options I wanted. After a long search I finally found my new car:

2013 Focus MK3 5-doors Champions Edition

Engine: 1.0 ECOboost 125 PS with 6-speed manual transmission.
Color: Midnicht Sky metallic.
Interior: Ultimate/Lux / Charcoal Black


Front and Rear Parking Sensors
Active Park Assist
Powerfold Mirrors
Power 1-shot Up/Down Front & Rear Windows
Global closing Titanium
Rear Privacy Glass
Dual Zone Climate Control
Heated Windshield
Heated Washer jets
Heated Seats
Start/Stop System
Rain Sensor
Light Sensor
Front Fog Lights
Hill Start Assist

The car has 16 inch wheels as standard but because I like my own 17 inch Focus MK2.5 wheels (which I bought new 3 years ago)a bit more I decided to install my own wheels.











Unfortunately the car does not have Cruise Control. I will retrofit the Original Cruise Control buttons in the next few months and activate the Cruise Control system.

#411562 Front Crash/ Impact Sensor Mk1 Focus

Posted by JW1982 on 20 September 2014 - 05:26 PM

The last letter represents the revision number of a part. Every time Ford changes/improves a part the last letter of the part number will also change. In almost all cases the different revision numbers are interchangeable.
In this case part number 2M5T-14B006-AD and 2M5T-14B006-AE are just further developed/improved versions of part number 2M5T-14B006-AB.

#401131 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 24 August 2014 - 08:00 AM

It is a known problem of the Focus MK2 that the date/ time can not be set/changed if an aftermarket radio is installed. It is not possible to change the date/time directly with ELMconfig.

However there is a workarround for this problem. With the ELMconfig software you can temporarily activate the "Fuel Fired Heater" function on the instrument cluster. Selecting this option will make the Fuel Fired Heater menu appear on the settings menu of the instrument cluster. In the Fuel Fired Heater menu there is an option to change the date/ time. Afterwards the Fuel Fired Heater menu should be deactivated again to avond other problems.

#400846 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 23 August 2014 - 07:25 AM

In the first window you have to select the correct settings for the ELM327 interface you are using. There are several types of ELM327 interfaces which are internally a bit different.

The driver type depends on the chipset that is used for the ELM327 interface. A look at the divers distributed with the ELM327 interface should point you in the right direction.

The COM port is assigned to the ELM327 interface by your computer. The number of the COM port assigned to the interface can be found in the device management section of your computer.

The Baudrate is set to 38400 as standard on every ELM327 interface. By selecting the autoselect setting the program automatically selects the highest Baudrate that is supported by the ELM327 interface that is used. The maximum supported Baudrate depends on the chipset that is used for the ELM327 interface.

After all settings on the first page are configured correctly you should be able to connect to the interface and open the program. You can try the software without the need to connect to the car. In offline mode even without an ELM327 interface connected to the computer.

#400718 Bluetooth In The 2007 Focus

Posted by JW1982 on 22 August 2014 - 08:28 PM

Most likely your Bluetooth/Voicecontrol module is breken or has a software fault. You should reset the module first. This can be done softwarematically with a diagnostic system, by disconnecting the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol module connector or by removing the radio fuse for about 15 minutes (mind your radio code!).

If resetting the module does not solve the problem the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol module appears to be defective in most cases.

Another possibillity is that your Phone is not compatible with the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system of your car. A 2007 Focus MK2 has the old Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system which can not be updated. This means that allmost all newer Phones are officially not supported. Newer Phones may not function correctly with the outdated Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system of the Focus MK2.

#395536 What The Hell Is This ?

Posted by JW1982 on 08 August 2014 - 04:06 PM

The marks on the camshaft are normal. After the camshafts are casted the excessive material is removed with a grinding machine and the camshafts are balanced by removing excessive weight. Both processes can cause these marks on the camshafts.

Water ingress in the spark plug holes is a known problem of the 1.4 and 1.6 Duratec engines of the Focus MK2/MK2.5. The problem is caused by leaking washerjets. Installing new washerjets (with an improved rubber gasket) or applying sealant between the washerjets and the bonnet solves the problem.

#393175 Focus Mk2.5 Rear Arch Rusting?

Posted by JW1982 on 02 August 2014 - 06:26 PM

Rust on the rear wheel arches is a known problem of the focus MK2/MK2.5. Many times the rust is caused by sand/dirt and water which collects at the small gap between the rear bumper and wheelarch. After a longer time the sand/dirt grinds through the paint and the water causes the bare metal to rust.

My experience is that because the rust is caused by an external cause it is not covered by the Ford warranty.

Your situation seems to be different. If there are no signs of external damage and all warranty demands are met it is worth a try to claim warranty.

#392735 Focus Wheel Alignment/tracking

Posted by JW1982 on 01 August 2014 - 03:09 PM

On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 there is a limited range to adjust the toe on the rear axle. It can happen that the optimal toe can not be achieved because it is not possible to adjust the eccentric rear toe bolts any further.

If the rear toe adjustment is completely out of specification there could be something wrong with the rear suspension or bushes. In your case the rear toe is within specification. just the most optimal setting could possibly not be achieved. Personally I would not worry about it.

#390656 Oil Sump Plug

Posted by JW1982 on 27 July 2014 - 03:58 PM

Many of the newer Ford models use a sump plug with a rubber washer. This rubber washer is part of the sump plug and can not be bought seperately. In my opinion the rubber washer can be reused a few times without any problems.

Some older Ford models had exactly the same sump plug but instead of the rubber washer they had a plastic washer which could be bought seperately. This plastic washer is also a perfect fit to the newer sump plugs. Officially the plastic washer are discontinued but many Ford dealers do still have old stock. Last year I bought about 20 plastic washers for a few Euro's. This way I have enough stock myself for future oil changes and do not have to buy the expensive sum plugs.

#390114 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 25 July 2014 - 09:04 PM

If I am right you drive an Asian Focus MK2. The Asian Focus MK2/MK2.5 are different from the European Focus MK2/MK2.5. For example the instrument clusters are produced by a different manufacturer and use different firmware. Possibly the Asian instrument cluster (or its firmware) do not support the EHPAS settings menu.

I previously owned an Asian MK2.5 instrument cluster which did not work correctly in my European Focus MK2. The AS-BUILT data was different and the instrument cluster did not support some of my cars functions. Note that ELMconfig is designed and tested for Russian/European Ford models which are different from the Asian models. Some of the functions of the program may not be compatible. Updating modules with the wrong firmware or even selecting the wrong settings may result in bricked electronic modules.

#390008 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 25 July 2014 - 04:15 PM

Only the 1.4 and 1.6 Duratec and 1.6 Duratec TI-VCT Petrol engines have the conventional hydraulic power steering system.

All other engine types do have the EHPAS (Electric Hydraulic Power Assisted Steering). On the EHPAS system the steering caracteristics can be set to Comfort, Adaptive or Sport. The settings menu should be present in the instrument cluster menu. If not the instrument cluster is not configured properly. My experience is that selecting some options also affects other settings/options.

You should first try to restore the instrument cluster settings to the Original factory settings. If no backup is available the original settings can be recovered by the vehicles AS-BUILT data. In most cases this solves the problem.

I suspect your problem is related to the shift indicator. If I understand correctly you deselected the following option:

Shift Up Indicator (level 1) / Hill Hold Menu (MPS6) (level 2/3).

This is not the correct setting to solve your problem. This option activates the shift up indicator on a level 1 instrument cluster. A level 1 instrument cluster is the most basic instrument cluster without trip computer. The level 1 instrument cluster was only available on very low spec vehicles for certain markets. A level 2 instrument cluster is the most common one and has the smaller trip computer display. The level 3 instrument cluster has the large trip computer display which is used for satnav or automatic transmission.

The following setting is known to make the EPHAS menu dissapear:

ECO Shift Up (on the HEC level 2/3 settings).

I suspect deselecting this options will solve your problem.

#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.