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#542211 Sticky Steering Wheel? (Is It Leather?)

Posted by JW1982 on 21 November 2015 - 09:48 AM

If you use it with extreme care and not regularly it will not damage the leather. I carefully clean my leather steering wheel about every 36 months and protect it afterwards using a preservative (matt finish) I got from a local leather retrimmer.


I currently have a leather MK3 ST steering wheel which was in pretty bad condition. The previous owner used a gloss preservative on the leather and the stitches were molded because the car was exposed to the elements after an accident. After cleaning and preserving the leather the steering wheel is back in mint condition.

#541954 Sticky Steering Wheel? (Is It Leather?)

Posted by JW1982 on 20 November 2015 - 02:20 PM

A degreaser can dissolve/soften the coloured top layer of the leather. If this is the case the best option to solve this will be another steering wheel. These days a used mint condition leather steering wheel  can be found for little money.

#541691 Sticky Steering Wheel? (Is It Leather?)

Posted by JW1982 on 19 November 2015 - 05:21 PM

A focus mk1/mk1.5 Ghia did have a real leather steering wheel. The lower spec mk1/mk1.5 versions did have a plastic or artificial leather steering wheel. The artificial leather steering wheels are known to become sticky during time or if not being treated correctly. In some cases the coloured top layer of the artificial leather may even peel off.


If your car still has the original Ghia steering wheel it should be real leather.

#538995 Mk2.5 Instrument Cluster Retrofit Pats Has No Key

Posted by JW1982 on 10 November 2015 - 04:37 PM

The PATS type setting of the MK2.5 instrument cluster needs to be changed from Keyless PATS (PATS functions controlled by an external (KVM) module) to normal PATS (PATS functions controlled by the instrument cluster).


The easiest way to do this is by using an ELM327 interface and the free ELMconfig program. After the PATS type settings are changed to the correct settings the keys (a minimum of 2) needs to be programmed to the instrument cluster and the instrument cluster needs to be paired with the PCM (PATS initialization).

#537919 Rear Disc Brakes

Posted by JW1982 on 05 November 2015 - 04:37 PM

The specifications of the Focus MK3 are different for most European markets. The specifications are based on the legal requirements and customers demand  of a country. In the Netherlands and Germany for example all MK3 versions do have rear disc brakes. in some other countries the 1.6 TI-VCT and the 1.0 ECOboost (hatchback and saloon) did have rear drum brakes. The wagon has always rear disc brakes.


My German spec. 2013 MK3 hatchback 1.0 ECOboost 125 HP has front and rear disc brakes as standard.

#536701 Mk2.5 With Mk3 Mist Washers Help

Posted by JW1982 on 01 November 2015 - 02:24 PM

I compared the dimensions of the MK2/MK2.5 and the MK3 washer pump and I came to the conclusion that it should be a straight fit.


I already bought a MK3 pump at a local scrapyard but never had the chance to install it. After I sold the car I also sold the pump. If I am correct the guy who bought it installed it into his MK2.

#535873 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 29 October 2015 - 05:51 PM


are they legal where you live



Oh. Care to post a link to that seller?


The seller I bought them from does no longer sell them. However there are someother sellers on Ebay.com or AliExpress.com which offer these illuminated rear bumper reflectors.




are they legal where you live


in the Netherlands these illuminated rear bumper reflectors are perfectly legal. Our traffic law requires 2 mandatory rear position lights and also allows an additional pair.


However an additional pair of brake lights or rear fog lights are not allowed. This is why I decided to only use the position light function of the rear bumper reflectors. 

#534327 Locking The Crankshaft To Tightern The Pully Bolt 1.6 2002

Posted by JW1982 on 25 October 2015 - 09:32 AM

The easiest way is by using a flywheel locking tool. A flywheel locking tool can be installed after the starter motor has been removed. It is simply bolted onto the starter motor bolts and has a single tooth which locks the flywheel into position.


Another possibility is to use a decent (good quality) universal pulley holder. However a lot of force is needed to tighten the pulley bolt to the specified torque/angle so the pulley holder must be very strong. I used to have one which simply broke during tightening so I made one myself using solid steel bars.

#534326 Head Unit Replacement And Reverse Camera.

Posted by JW1982 on 25 October 2015 - 09:24 AM

If you do not bother much about sound quality and FM reception quality a Chinese radio will have a lot of functionality for a good price. The sound quality and FM reception quality of most cheap Chinese radio's is pretty poor. Some have relative good sound quality but this is very difficult to determine before buying.

#534306 2014 Focus Zetec S Stereo/display Upgrade

Posted by JW1982 on 25 October 2015 - 06:41 AM

Installing an incorrect audio system will result in loosing functionality like Bluetooth/Voicecontrol, USB and AUX (Basically all functions controlled by the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol or SYNC module). Because of this incompatibility the audio system will also generate several DTC codes. The audio unit and the display do also need to be from the same system. If not this will also cause compatibility issues.


The audio functions will work without any problems.



Most USA audio units and displays are also not fully compatible. Despite the part numbers have partly the same part numbers. In some cases this can only be solved by changing the firmware manually. However you will not find a Ford dealer who has the knowledge to do this.

#534289 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 24 October 2015 - 09:52 PM

Some time ago I found some illuminated rear bumper reflectors on Ebay. However the price was ridiculous so I decided to wait a little longer. A few weeks later I found the same reflectors in an internet auction. I made the seller an offer and bought the reflectors for a really good price.









The reflector lights have 2 functions. Position lights and brake lights. Because of legal issues and also a matter of taste I decided to only use the position light function. I modified the wiring of the reflector lights, installed protective sleeves on the wiring and some waterproof connectors to make assembly/disassembly in the future much easier.


Today the weather was nice so I installed the reflector lights to the rear bumper and I also installed the wiring. I Used the original grommets to feed the wiring to the boot of the car. In the boot I connected the wiring to the existing wiring loom to the tail lights. I soldered every connection and used heat shrink tubing for insulation.





The illuminated rear bumper reflectors look really nice. The light output is about the same as the original taillights.

#534281 Ford Focus St 2015 Ambient Lighting

Posted by JW1982 on 24 October 2015 - 09:35 PM

The color of the ambient lighting can only be changed if the car has the multicolor LED option. The standard ambient lighting does not have this function.


I do not know the UK specifications but in other countries the multicolor ambient lighting was/is not available on the ST.

#533621 Ford 6000 Cd

Posted by JW1982 on 22 October 2015 - 02:40 PM

does it mean that I can buy one and connect it to my radio ?? 


The Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system can be retrofitted without any problem. However You will need a lot more parts than only the module. The Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system contains the following parts:


* Bluetooth/Voicecontrol module.

* Mounting bracket for the module.

* Radio remote (stalk) with VOICE button.

* Microphone.

* Large model interior light surround (with a small grille to accommodate the microphone).

* Wiring loom for the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system. Originally on cars with the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system the wiring is fully integrated into the interior wiring loom behind the dashboard. For retrofitting the system Ford offers an accessoire wiring loom but this is quite expensive.


The Focus MK2 did have the old 1st generation Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system. Parts for this system are rare and expensive. The more common modules and wiring of the newer 2nd generation MK2.5 system are not compatible. Next to this both the 1st and 2nd Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system are no longer supported by Ford. Newer phone types can have compatibility issues and/or bugs.


in my opinion it is not worth both the effort and money to retrofit the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system on a Focus MK2. A decent aftermarket system will be cheaper and have better functionality.

#533159 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 20 October 2015 - 04:51 PM

I did not take any measurements of the brackets. I removed the red reflectors from the door cards and made some prototype brackets which fitted exactly inside the door panels. After some testing I made the final design rounded brackets to spread the light more evenly and added the holes to insert a screwdriver.



The reflector lights are connected directly to the door modules. I used the following Pin numbers of the door modules:


Puddle lights (Positive)

Connector C2 pin 6


Connector C2 pin 18



This will only work if your car has puddle lights or door modules that support the puddle light function. To make it work the puddle light function needs to be activated in the Central Configuration of the car.

#532701 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 18 October 2015 - 08:44 PM

I used the door card screws to secure the LED brackets. I used some longer original screws which I still had from my previous Focus MK2. The extra holes in the LED brackets are needed to insert a screwdriver to fasten the door card screws.