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#479383 05 Focus Lx Window Switch Illumination

Posted by JW1982 on 24 April 2015 - 05:16 PM

On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 all switches and panels are illuminated by LED's. Some of them are normal top LED's but the majority are SMD LED's which are soldered on the circuit board.

If you want to make the illumination of the switches brighter you have to replace the LED's by brighter LED's. It also might be necessary to change the resistors on the circuit board for resistors that match the new LED's. As long as you have some soldering skills this can be done without any problems

#477941 Dashboard Question

Posted by JW1982 on 19 April 2015 - 07:46 PM

No, this will never work.


The connector is completely the same and the Convers+ instrument cluster will light up after the ignition is turned on but the Convers+ instrument cluster will never work. It is not even communicating over the same speed CANbus system.



The GEM module is also completely different. The Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 does not even have a GEM module like the Focus MK2/MK2.5 has. The Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 is technically much similar to the Focus MK3. These vehicles have a CCC (Central Car Configuration) which is centralized into the Body Control Module and the instrument cluster.

#473120 Focus Mk2.5 Zetec S Sportpack 18" Wheel Bolt Replacement.

Posted by JW1982 on 04 April 2015 - 06:01 PM

First Ford uses wheel nuts and not wheel bolts. Second the original wheel nuts with the stainless steel caps are not suitable to fasten/loosen with an impact air wrench. The power of the impact wrench ruins the stainless steel caps. They come loose and fall off.

Personally I only use a torque wrench to fasten the wheelnuts with stainless steel caps to the specified torque. I still have the original wheel nuts with stainless steel caps that came with my 2005 focus MK2. These wheel nuts are still in excellent condition. Despite I take care very well for my wheelnuts some of the stainless steel caps came loose. I glued them back on using Loctite glue to solve this.

The original wheel nuts with stainless steel caps are pretty expensive. There are several different types of these wheel nuts. Some of them will cost over €10,- a piece.

Ford wheel nuts have a thread size of M12 x 1.5. The Ford alloy wheel nuts have a large cone. This cone is much larger than the cone of generic wheel nuts.

#472968 Multi Function Modules

Posted by JW1982 on 04 April 2015 - 06:28 AM

Part number 98AG-14K150-AF has Finis number 1125327 and costs just below €100,-. This is the latest available version of this module. This part number supersedes the following part numbers:


These part numbers are no longer available because they are replaced by the latest part number. These part numbers are basically just older versions of exactly the same part. All part numbers mentioned above are interchangeable.

The first suffix letter of the part number (in this case A) stands for the version of the part. This letter describes certain specifications of the part (supported functions or supported options for example). In most cases this letter needs to be identical.

The second suffix letter of the part number stands for the revision of the part. Every time a part is improved this letter changes. The later the letter in alphabetical order te newer the part.

#472726 Ids

Posted by JW1982 on 03 April 2015 - 03:22 PM

You have to perform the procedure with the new unprogrammed key in the ignition from the beginning. Changing the key during the procedure does not work very well.

#472493 How To Make Headlights Come On When You Start The Car

Posted by JW1982 on 02 April 2015 - 08:00 PM

On the Focus MK3 the Scandinavian DRL function can be activated without any problems. With the Scandinavian DRL function the headlights will be always on if the engine is running.

This function can be activated in the Central Configuration of the BCM. To activate the Scandinavian DRL function setting #16 "DRL" must be changed from "Without DRL (Standard light)" to "Always Headlights".

Changing the central Configuration of the BCM can be done with an ELM327 interface and the free FoCCCus program.

#471947 Wheel Bearing

Posted by JW1982 on 01 April 2015 - 04:55 AM

this is an amazing guide I found on here for changing the Drums to discs, you should find all you need though the guides for swapping out the hubs, id say that part your doing is probably the easiest part of the whole thing, save yourself the 130 an go get a Haynes manual or use this guide and sign up to be a paid member on here ;)

That is the guide I wrote some years ago LOL.

#468446 Focus Mk2.5 Zetec Suspension

Posted by JW1982 on 22 March 2015 - 07:04 PM

In my opinion Eibach spring are great. My previous Focus MK2 did have the handling suspension which was quite good but the Eibach springs were even better.

The comfort of the Eibach springs is also great. There was no big difference between the handling suspension and the Eibach springs. Even with the car fully loaded during vacation the Eibach springs felt better than the handling suspension.

#468424 Focus Mk2.5 Zetec Suspension

Posted by JW1982 on 22 March 2015 - 06:12 PM

The handling suspension has different springs and shock absorbers from the standard suspension and is 10 mm lower.

#463812 Advice Pleas On 2013 Titanium Footwell Bulb

Posted by JW1982 on 10 March 2015 - 07:25 PM




As far as I remember the size of these SMD LED's is approximately 2.5 mm x 2 mm.

#463795 Advice Pleas On 2013 Titanium Footwell Bulb

Posted by JW1982 on 10 March 2015 - 06:48 PM

I have some spare circuit boards of the footwell lights. I will take some pictures later and explain what needs to be modified to replace the SMD LED's.

#463264 Retrofitting A New Radio/display System Mk3

Posted by JW1982 on 09 March 2015 - 07:08 PM

The 5 Inch full color Sat Nav display has the following part numbers:

BM5T-18B955-Dx (superseeds AM5T-18B955-Dx)
EM5T-18B955-Dx (superseeds AM5T-18B955-Dx and BM5T-18B955-Dx)

The x in the part numbers above is the revision letter. This can be any letter. The higher the letter in alphabetical order the newer the part number.

The 5 Inch display does also have a different surround panel. However the surround panel of the 3.5 Inch monochrome display can also be used with some small modifications.

Strangely the opening in the 3.5 Inch surround panel is a bit larger than the opening of the 5 Inch surround panel. Because of this the 3.5 Inch surround panel will expose 2 small metal edges on the side of the 5 Inch display. This can be solved by covering this 2 metal edges with wrapping vinyl. The 5 Inch display will also be a small bit too low. This can be solved by adding 2 washers between the 5 Inch display and the mounting bracket.






#461892 Mk3 Retrofit Add Ons & Mods

Posted by JW1982 on 06 March 2015 - 04:19 PM

"Rear Electric windows"

To retrofit the 4-window electric comfort windows you need a lot of parts. You need at least the follwing parts.

* Rear window mechanisms with door modules.
* Front window mechanisms.
* Front door modules.
* All door wiring looms.
* Interior floor wiring loom.
* All door switches.

I also may have forgotten some parts. The system also needs to be programmed into the car.

"Cruise Control"

Cruise Control can be retrofitted without any problems. I wrote a guide about retrofitting the original Cruise Control system on the Focus MK3.


"Auto dip rear view mirror"

The automatic dimming rear view mirror can be retrofitted without any problem. In some cases the wiring is missing and must be retrofitted also. Note that there are different windscreens used for the different trim levels. My car with Active City Stop laser, rain sensor, light sensor and automatic main beam sensor has a different windscreen from the lower spec versions of the Focus MK3.

"Centre console with Z shape handbrake"

Can be retrofitted without any problems. If you have all parts this will simply be plug and play.

"SONY Radio"

Can be retrofitted without any problems. Note that there are different versions of the Focus MK3 radio's. The older radio's were compatible with the old Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system while the newer radios' are compatible with the SYNC system. These radio's and some of the wiring are not compatible. You have to buy a radio which is compatible with your car.

"Auto Wipers"
"Auto Lights"

To retrofit auto lights and wipers you will need the sensors on the windscreen and the light switch. In some cases the wiring is missing and must be retrofitted also. Depending on the trim level of the car the windscreen may be different also. The auto lights and wipers must also be configured in the Central Car Configuration.

"Power folding Mirrors"

To retrofit the fower fold mirrors you need both mirrors, the door wiring looms and the window switch assembly with folding button. The folding mirrors must also be configured in the Central Car Configuration.

If you have access to a scrap car which has all needed parts it will be no problem to retrofit all options mentioned above. The biggest job will be removing the wiring looms from a scrap car and installing them into your car.

#461128 Focus Red & Black Editions

Posted by JW1982 on 04 March 2015 - 06:47 PM

I assume Ecoboost engines, like the Fiesta?

Based on online information the black and red edition are expected to be avalable with the 125 HP 1.0 ECOboost and the 150 HP 1.5 ECOboost petrol engines and possibly also the 1.5 and 2.0 Diesel engines.

#460703 Green Cotton Induction Filter For 2010 1.8 Zetec S

Posted by JW1982 on 03 March 2015 - 05:01 PM

From the late Focus MK2 (2007 onwards) Ford switched from a square panel air filter to a cone shaped air filter.

Except from the Focus ST (late MK2 and MK2.5) all engine types have the same air filter. Even the Focus MK3 does have this same cone shaped air filter.