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JW1982

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#449670 Updating Mk2 Ford Focus Ghia Headlights

Posted by JW1982 on 29 January 2015 - 06:14 PM

The AFL (Adaptive Front Lightning) headlights are not plug and play.

The AFL headlamps are controlled by the HCM module (Headlamp Control module). The HCM is only present on Focus MK2/MK.5 versions with AFL or HID headlamps. Focus MK2/MK.5 versions with normal halogen headlights do not have this HCM. The AFL headlights do also require a steering angle sensor which is installed to the steering collumn. Focus MK2/MK.5 versions with normal halogen headlamps do not have this steering angle sensor. Focus MK2/MK.5 versions with ESP do have a steering angle sensor but the ESP steering angle sensor is different from the steering angle sensor for ESP/AFL. In most cases the wiring (or part of the wiring) which is required for AFL headlights will also be missing. Many times the wiring in the engine bay is present but the wiring in the interior is most times missing.


However the AFL headlights can be installed without using the AFL function. If the AFL motors inside the AFL headlights are disconnected these headlights can be adjusted correctly and used as normal healights


#449155 Subwoofer On My Original Sony

Posted by JW1982 on 27 January 2015 - 04:54 PM

The radio's of the Focus MK2 (including the Sony radio's) do not have an output signal or a remote signal for an amplifier.

You will have to use the rear speaker output to connect the amplifier. Depending on the type of amplifier you may need a High/Low converter to do this.


#448311 Forscan Dtc Codes

Posted by JW1982 on 25 January 2015 - 10:20 AM

The Focus MK2/MK2.5 does not have a bulb check system. LED bulbs can be installed without any problems.

If the puddle lamps are working correctly I would not bother about the DTC code.


The other stored DTC codes which did not re-appear after erasing the codes are old DTC codes which are not active at this time. The rain sensor communication fault is quite common. I have seen this a few times on diferent Focus MK2/MK2.5 models. My previous MK2 did also have this DTC code once in a while (about twice a year). Even installing a new rain sensor and a new GEM module/fuse box did not solve this problem. I suspect this DTC code is caused by a software bug.


#447824 Aircon Pipes Disconnected On My Focus Mk2 2006 1.6

Posted by JW1982 on 23 January 2015 - 08:45 PM

The dryer looks like a large thin silver coloured radiator and should sit in front of the main radiator. Yours appears to have gone AWOL.
 
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The part on the picture is not the dryer. The parton the picture in front of the radiator is the condensor of the airconditioning system. The condensor is a heat exchanger which cools the gas formed coolant back to a liquid formed coolant.

The dryer is mounted more to the right side of the car below the headlight.


#447778 Aircon Pipes Disconnected On My Focus Mk2 2006 1.6

Posted by JW1982 on 23 January 2015 - 07:33 PM

These pipes should be connected to the dryer of the air conditioning system. On your pictures the dryer seems to be completely missing.

 

If the dryer is missing and the air conditioning system has been empty for some time the other parts of the system like the air conditioning compressor for example may also need to be changed. In your case the system needs to be complete before it can be pressure tested and a proper diagnosis can be made.




#445529 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 17 January 2015 - 08:49 PM

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The LED beams are a nice match to the color of the 4300K HID lights. First I thought about installing 5000K HID lights but now I am glad I decided to install the 4300K HID lights.


#443726 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 11 January 2015 - 09:08 AM

The last 2 months I spend searching online for a pair of headlights for my Focus MK3 .In my opinion there are only very few good looking aftermarket projector headlights available for the Focus MK3.

In the USA there are some good looking projector headlights available but many reviews mention a poor quality and USA headlights are not adjustable from inside the car.


Finally I found a pair of good looking projector headlights. The reviews were very good so I decided to order them last week from a company in Germany.



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These headlights are called "Sky Wing" and are produced by Eagle Eyes which is a Taiwanese manufacturer. These headlights are plug and play and already have built in height adjustment motors.

After 2 days I already received the headlights. The headlights were very well packed in a box surrounded by foam. After I unpacked the headlights I took a closer look at them. In my opinion the Sky Wing headlights look very good. The overall build quality looks very good and the materials used on these headlights seems to be very good also. The quality of and the materials used on these headlights seems to be even better than the original Ford headlights. The original Ford headlights have lots of plastic parts like the bulb holders which break easily. On the Sky Wing headlights the bulb holders are made of metal wich is a lot stronger.


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Like the original Ford headlights the Sky Wing headlights are also sealed with permaseal. Most other manufacturers of aftermarket headlights use a butyl sealant.


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Next to the normal air vent openings the Sky Wing headlights have 2 additional air vent openings covered with mesh to easily remove possible condensation.


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Both the H7 projector and H1 reflector are made of casted aluminium and look/feel very solid.


Next I connected the headlights to a 12 Volt power source to test the light output of the LED beam and the projector.


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The light output of these headlights looks very good. The LED beams of these headlights are originally used as sidelights but can also be connected as DRL easily by changing 1 connector pin.


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Light output of the projector using the supplied H7 halogen bulb.


I am going to install an aftermarket H7 HID kit into the Sky Wing headlights instead of the supplied H7 halogen bulbs. I ordered the HID kit yesterday which will hopefully be delivered tomorrow.

After the headlights are isntalled I also have to reprogram the bulb check system to accept the HID headlights. The Focus MK3 has a bulb check system which checks for defective light bulbs. A HID kit with a much lower power comsumpion than a halogen light bulb will be recognised by the system as a defective light bulb which will result in a warning message on the display of the car. Next to the bulb check system the Focus MK3 also has a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) system to increase the lifetime of the light bulbs. Most of the HID kits do not function correctly on this PWM signal. They will simply not start at all or switch off after a few seconds.

To solve both the bulb check system and the PWM system many people use warning cancelers and/or relay cables with resistors. These resistors will use the same power as the halogen headlight which makes the bulb system think that a normal halogen bulb is connected. A downside of this solution is that the resistor will become very hot.

Personally I do not like to use warning cancelers or a relay cable with resistors so I decided to reprogram the Central Configuration of the car. By reprogramming the BCM a steady 12 Volt signal is used to the headlights instead of the PWM signal and the light check system will accept the HID kit.

Theoretically this should work perfectly but I can not test it before the Sky Wing headlights and HID kit are installed into the car.


#443717 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 11 January 2015 - 07:43 AM

Did you select the "ECO Shift Up" checkbox on the first configuration page of the instrument cluster? Selecting the "ECO Shift Up" checkbox on a car which does not support this function is known to cause this problem.


#443605 New Cd Player Does Not Fit. Focus Mk1 2002.

Posted by JW1982 on 10 January 2015 - 09:32 PM

The focus MK1 has a 1.7 DIN radio. A 2 DIN radio will not fit without modifications.

The easiest way to install a 2 DIN radio into a focus mk1 is by using a Metra adapterkit. Depending on the brand and type of radio you have it will be necessary to remove some edges of the original dashboard panel and the dashboard behind it. Some 2 DIN radio's require more space than others. Most 2 DIN radio's must be installed without the small trim which surrounds the radio front. The Metra kit fills the gaps on both sides of the radio.


#441754 New Black Headlights Fitted =)

Posted by JW1982 on 04 January 2015 - 01:27 PM

I used a good quality 35 Watt aftermarket HID kit with 4300K HID bulbs. 4300K has the highest light output and personally I do not like the higher K values. These are too blue in my opinion. Unfortunately many aftermarket headlights do have this problem if HID bulbs are used.


#441726 New Black Headlights Fitted =)

Posted by JW1982 on 04 January 2015 - 10:41 AM

I also had these FK Angeleye headlights on my previous Focus MK2. I replaced the standard yellow light bulbs with LED bulbs with SMD LED's on the top and on both sides.

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To make the light equally spread within the halo ring I removed the top SMD led from the LED bulbs. Correctly positioned the 2 SMD LED's on the side will light the halo rings perfectly.


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The LED's I used are a lot cheaper than the Original lED's that are designed for the DEPO/FK Angeleye headlights.



I used an aftermarket HID kit but the DEPO/FK are not suitable for HID bulbs. The HID bulbs fit perfectly and the light output is very good but the extra UV light of the HID bulbs will damage the UV coating of the headlights. In my case the UV coating started to peel off after about a year.


#441490 Cd Player Issues

Posted by JW1982 on 03 January 2015 - 12:40 PM

An 09 Focus MK2.5 should have the oval shaped Sony radio if it has a built-in CD-changer. The old 6006 radio is a square model which was only installed into the early Focus MK2. During production of the Focus MK2 the 6006 with built-in CD-changer was not available anymore and is more or less superseded by the more expensive square shaped Sony radio with 6-CD changer. At a later time the square Sony radio's were superseded by the oval shaped Sony radio's.


All Ford Sony 6-CD changer mechanisms are more or less the same. If the mechanism is misalligned it is a hell of a job to find the correct adjustment. There are 2 electric motors at the bottom of the mechanism. These electric motors move the different parts of the mechanism. The initial position of the 2 electric motors must be perfect otherwise the mechanism will get stuck and parts may break. Finding the correct initial position of the 2 electric motors is a very time consuming proces. If 1 of the 2 electric motors is even 1 tooth of the sprocket wrong the mechanism gets stuck.


#441434 Cd Player Issues

Posted by JW1982 on 03 January 2015 - 08:26 AM

First the 6-CD Sony radio is not a 6006. These are completely different radio's. The 6006 was the old standard Ford radio with a built-in 6-CD changer. The 6-CD Sony radio is the premium Ford radio.


The CD-changer mechanism of the 6-CD Sony radio is very delicate. These radio's are known to have problems with the CD-changer mechanism. Generally these problems can be avoided by only inserting 5 CD's and leave the top one empty.

The internal CD-changer mechanism of the Sony radio has some small plastic parts. Usually if a CD gets stuck into the mechanism it simply moves further and the plastic parts will break. This results in a CD-error and a defective mechanism. Replacement CD-changer mechanism are regularly offered on Ebay but these mechanisms are pretty expensive. In my opinion replacing the mechanism is not worth the effort. A mint condition replacement Sony radio (preferably the 1-CD version) can usually be bought for less money.


Retrieving the CD's by opening the radio and removing them from the top is not a smart thing to do. There is a small switch inside of the radio front which registers inserted/ejected CD's. If a CD is removed from the top the radio thinks the CD is still present and will show a CD error.



In the past I repaired a few of the broken Sony 6-CD mechanisms. I rebuilded the complete mechanism and replaced the broken plastic parts by parts that I made myself from fiberglass. Afterwards I alligned the mechanism correctly. Correctly alligning the mechanism is a hell of a job which generally takes a lot of time. The first time it took me over 6 hours to get the mechanism correctly alligned.


#441197 Ford 6000 Cd Player Bluetooth Installation

Posted by JW1982 on 02 January 2015 - 05:09 PM

The Bluetooth (BT) menu of the radio is only shown if there is a Bluetooth/Voice control module connected to the radio. If there is no module connected the Bluetooth menu is hidden.

If your radio has the Bluetooth menu this would suggest that the car already has Bluetooth support. The presence of the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system can also be recognised by the radio stalk remote with VOICE button and the microphone which is installed into the interior light frame.



The Focus MK2 has the old Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system. It is not possible to update this system and in my opinion it is outdated. Some newer phones will have compatability issues with this system. If the car has this sytem and everything works it is a nice feature but personally I would not bother to retrofit this system. An aftermarket Bluetooth carkit (like a Parrot for example) will be cheaper and has better functionality.


#440687 Ford Key System Explained

Posted by JW1982 on 31 December 2014 - 02:58 PM

Ford 2 Key System (blue key system)
does this apply to flip out keys

No, the focus MK1 was the last focus using the ignition key with blue insert. On the Focus MK2 (and also the C-max) Ford used a different type of PATS chip. From the Focus MK2 it is not possible anymore to program extra ignition keys yourself.


The ignition keys with blue insert are used on the old TIMED PATS system. If there are 2 Original programmed ignition keys the owner can program additional ignition keys himself. If there is only 1 ignition key (or even none) the keys can only be programmed with a suitable Ford specific diagnostic system. The TIMED PATS system protection is based on a time delay during programming of the ignition keys. After the diagnostic system tries to access the PATS system there will be a time delay of about 10 minutes before access to the PATS system is granted.

On the Focus MK2 and onwards Ford uses the CODED PATS system. On this system ignition keys can only be programmed with a suitable Ford specific diagnostic system. After the diagnostic system tries to access the PATS system there will be code (OUTCODE) generated by the car. This code must be converted to a valid code (INCODE). After a valid INCODE is send to the car access to the PATS system is granted.