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#349282 Parasitic Drain?

Posted by JW1982 on 31 March 2014 - 02:52 PM

The radio is basically a stand alone CANbus module. Even if the radio is switched off it still has a 12 Volt power supply. There is no other module which switches off the power supply of the radio.

The radio communicates with some of the other modules over the CANbus network. After locking the car all of the modules should stop to communicate. If there is no communication the CANbus network should enter sleep mode after a certain time.

In your case the radio prevents the CANbus system from entering sleep mode. I have seen before that a defective radio still tries to communicate or puts a small voltage on the CANbus network which can be recognised as communication. This results in the fact that the CANbus system stays active which can drain the battery in a relative short time.

My experience is that replacing the radio solves the problem. Which type of radio do you have?

#345164 Rear Drums To Disks Conversion. Mk2 1.6Petrol

Posted by JW1982 on 20 March 2014 - 04:48 PM

Based on technical drawings of ATE there are a few differences between the rear brake hoses for disc or drum brakes.

* Lenght. The brake hoses for disc brakes are a bit longer.
* Fitting at the caliper end. The thread is the same (M10 x 1) but the threaded end of drum brake hoses is much longer than the threaded end of disc brake hoses.
* Position of the vulcanised rubber protection sleeve and mounting grommet.

Based on the technical drawings I suppose the brake hoses for disc brakes will probably not fit on drum brakes.

#343408 Where Does The Hid Module Go?

Posted by JW1982 on 16 March 2014 - 08:25 AM


This picture is for RHD vehicles. I suppose on LHD vehicles the module location should be the same. My experience is that in most cases the wiring for the module will be missing. In this case the wiring must be retrofitted also.

#337508 Rear Brake Conversion Focus Titanium Mk2.5 1.6

Posted by JW1982 on 01 March 2014 - 10:50 AM

In my opinion upgrading the rear drum brakes to disc brakes is definetely worth it. On my car the breaking performance has increased noticably after upgrading to rear disc brakes. During braking at high speed the car is much more stable now. An additional advantage is the parking brake which is more powerful which is useful on steep hills. 

To do the disc brake conversion you will need the following parts:

1x Left brake caliper complete.
1x Right brake caliper complete.
1x Brake pad kit.
2x Brake disc. For the 1.4 and 1.6 Duratec you will need 260 mm discs.
2x Brake caliper bracket.
2x Brake lines (hoses) for disc brakes.
1x Parking brake cable kit.
2x Guiding pin kit. This kits contains guiding pins and rubbers.
2x protection plate.
1 Liter of braking fluid.
Some bolts.

In some countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK the 1.4 and 1.6 Hatchback versions of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 are equipped with rear drum brakes. In other countries like Germany all Focus MK2/MK2.5 versions are equipped with rear disc brakes as standard. This means the conversion can be done easily using Original parts.

The braking system of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 is developed and produced by ATE (a company owned by Continental). Most of the needed parts are available from ATE as aftermarket replacement parts. These parts are identical to the OEM Ford parts and much less expensive.

Most of the parts I used where brand new. I only used new Original (ATE) parts and Brembo Brake discs and pads. Because new rear brake calipers and brackets were very expensive I decided to buy 2 rear brake calipers including the brake caliper brackets from a German scrapyard. After I sandblasted and rebuilded the brake calipers completely they where as good as new for a fraction of the price. The complete conversion costed me approximately €300,-. It took me about 3/4 of a day to do the conversion.

I wrote an English guide about converting the rear drum brakes to disc brakes. My guide can be downloaded from the following link:


#335798 Indicator & Brake Light Fault.

Posted by JW1982 on 24 February 2014 - 06:51 PM

Most lights of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 are controlled by the GEM module/fuse box (located under the glovebox). Almost all of the (micro)relays are mounted directly to the circuit board of the GEM module/fuse box and can not be changed without soldering.

First you should check for defective fuses and lightbulbs. If all fuses and lightbulbs are good you can start to check all connectors of the GEM module/fuse box. These connectors may come loose if the passenger hits the connectors with his/her feet.

If all fuses and lightbulbs are good and all of the connectors are correctly inserted into the GEM module/fuse box it is most likely the problem is caused by a defective GEM module/fuse box.

#335233 Elmconfig Or Forscan

Posted by JW1982 on 23 February 2014 - 10:39 AM

ELMconfig version 0.2.13b can be downloaded from the following link:


This is a link to the website of Civil-zz. He is the developer of ELMconfig. older versions of ELMconfig and the Runtime packcan also be found on his website.

#335217 Elmconfig Or Forscan

Posted by JW1982 on 23 February 2014 - 07:58 AM

The latest version of ELMconfig is 0.2.13b.

The Forscan software is primarily intended for diagnostic purposes.

The ELMconfig software is primarily intended to change settings, configure modules, update the software of the PCM and HEC, etcetera. Elmconfig does have some diagnostic functions but these are in my opinion less advanced than other diagnostic software.

#335010 Adaptive Headlights

Posted by JW1982 on 22 February 2014 - 01:04 PM

On the LHD versions of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 the Headlight Control Module is located behind the dashboard next to the steering collumn. I suppose the module should be on the same location on RHD vehicles.

Headlight Control Module location.

The steering angle sensor is located on the steering collumn. The steering angle sensor is mounted on the back of the clockspring assembly.

Steering Angle Sensor.

Steering Angle Sensor located at the back of the clockspring.

Clockspring assembly mounted on the steering collumn.

There are 2 different types of steering angle sensor. The steering angle sensor for ESP has a 4-pole connector and is suitable for ESP only. The steering angle sensor for AFS lightning has a 6-pole connector and is suitable for both ESP and AFS lights.

#334841 Adaptive Headlights

Posted by JW1982 on 21 February 2014 - 07:46 PM

For AFS light the car must be equipped with a steering angle sensor and Headlight Control Module. The steering angle sensor for AFS lights is a different type than the one which is used for the ESP system. On cars with normal halogen headlights both the AFS steering angle sensor and Headlight Control module are not present.

To retrofit AFS headlamps you need all wiring and above mentioned parts. In most cases the wiring in the engine bay is present but the wiring in the interior is missing.

#333781 Front Disc Size?

Posted by JW1982 on 18 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

The front disc diameter depends on the engine type.

On the 1.4, 1.6 Duratec, 1.8 Duratec HE Petrol engines and 1.6 TDCI Diesel engines the front disc diameter is 278 mm.

On the 2.0 Duratec HE Petrol engines and 1.8 and 2.0 TDCI Diesel engines the dront disc diameter is 300 mm.

#332759 Heated Front And Rear Screen Switch Panel

Posted by JW1982 on 15 February 2014 - 06:56 PM

Some optional functions are prewired at the factory. If so the connectors for certain options may be connected to the blanks. The blanks are on the position of the ESP switch and the passenger deactivation light. If these options are prewired the connectors are connected to the blanks. It is better to remove the connectors first before removing the blanks.

#332755 Heated Front And Rear Screen Switch Panel

Posted by JW1982 on 15 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

The blanks can be removed easily. The easiest way is to remove the panel and push them out from behind. removing them from the front with a screwdriver damages the trim / blanks easily.


The Blanks are available as a replacement part from Ford.

#332703 St Exhaust On 1.4 Studio

Posted by JW1982 on 15 February 2014 - 03:38 PM

It is possible but the ST exhaust must be modified to fit under the wheel well. To do this you have to cut the exhaust tips and weld them back on in a different angle to fit to the bumper. Because the ST exhaust must be mounted at a lower position to fit under the wheel well the exhaust can be seen from the rear which in my opinion does not look nice.



In my opinion it would be a lot easier and better looking to make a custom stainless steel dual exhaust system. 

#330777 Mk2.5 Fog Wiring

Posted by JW1982 on 09 February 2014 - 09:48 AM

If the connectors do not fit on the H8/H11 bulbs they are probably not for the fog lights.


As far as I can see these connectors could well be for adaptive headlights. On cars without adaptive headlights the connectors for adaptive headlights are most times present and taped to the wiring loom.

#329281 To Fix Or Scrap... Advice Needed..

Posted by JW1982 on 04 February 2014 - 07:22 PM

The combination of a 1.6 TDCI engine and  the CVT automatic transmission is known to cause problems. The 1.6 TDCI generates too much torque for the CVT transmission which in the end results in transmission problems.


Most Ford dealers will only replace the complete gearbox to solve the problem. Some transmission specialists do have the knowledge to rebuild the current gearbox with improved parts. Rebuilding the gearbox will probably be a lot cheaper than replacing the complete CVT gearbox.