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#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.


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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.


#387201 Heater Knob Modifcation

Posted by JW1982 on 18 July 2014 - 08:34 AM

Fitting the knobs is easy. You only have to pull the original knobs off using a pair of pliers. Next you can push the custom knobs on the shafts of the heater panel.


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The custom heater knobs look great but after a while I started irritating myself about the cheap looking light switch knob. Because there are no custom alternatives for the original light switch knob I decided to make one myself. I used one of the custom heater knobs to make my own matching custom light switch knob.


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#386655 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 16 July 2014 - 05:52 PM

if you dont mind, can you tell me how i install a focus mk2.5 speedo in my mk2? what do i need?
and when you say that its needed a lot of work to change the steering wheel, what is needed?
 
regards and you project is really looking good, just need a little bit more on the exterior ;)
congrats

To install a Focus MK2.5 instrument cluster into a Focus MK2 you will need the following things:

* A suitable Focus MK2.5 instrument cluster. Technically there are only differences between Petrol and Diesel instrument clusters.
* An ELM327 interface and the ELMconfig software to configure the MK2.5 instrument cluster with the correct settings of the car.
* A suitable diagnostic system which has the ability of (CODED) PATS programming and PATS initialization (also called PATS pairing). For example the Ford IDS system or the Ford specific FoCom diagnostic system. Any Ford dealer should be able to do this.
* Access to a INCODE/OUTCODE generating service (also part of the Ford IDS software).


To install a Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel into a Focus MK2/MK2.5 a lot of modifications are required. The steering wheel itself is a straight fit but all of the electrical circuits of the Mondeo steering wheel are completely different from the Focus. This means all of the circuit boards inside the buttons ( a total of 4) must be modified. It took me a some long nights to compare the Mondeo and Focus circuits with eachother and find out what was needed to convert the Mondeo circuits to function with the Focus electrics. Replacing the components and removing/connecting the tracks on the circuit boards.

Now I know how much work (and money) it actually took to complete this modification I would think twice to do it ever again.



On the exterior of the car I do not change much. I am kind of an OEM freak and like the standard looks of the car.


#385315 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 12 July 2014 - 03:49 PM

Approximately a year ago I bought a brand new Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel on Ebay. It was a black leather steering wheel with radio control buttons and info display control buttons but without the cruise control buttons and the airbag. Because it was a real bargain I decided to buy the steering wheel and search for a suitable airbag and cruise control buttons afterwards.


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As described the steering wheel was in excellent (new) condition.


After I got the steering wheel I started the search for a suitable airbag. After 2012 Ford changed the Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel and airbag. Because I had the new design steering wheel I also needed the new design airbag. Finding a used new design airbag for a reasonable price turned out to be the same as finding a needle in a haystack. Most Mondeo steering wheel airbags at scrapyards or Ebay are old design airbags which do not fit my steering wheel. Eventually I found one new design airbag but the seller asked way too much money for it.

Because I could not find a suitable used airbag for a reasonable price I decided to buy a brand new airbag. Next to several Dutch Ford dealers I also E-mailed to a number of Ford dealers across Europe. There turned out to be a incredible price difference between Ford dealers across Europe. Eventually I found a Ford dealer in Poland which quoted me the best price. Including shipping the new airbag costed me half the price as the same airbag from a Dutch Ford dealer.


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Next I started the search for a pair of Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 cruise control buttons. These are relative rare which results in high prices. After searching online and at scrapyards for over a month I finally found a pair of suitable cruise control buttons. They came from a very young low mileage Mondeo MK4.5 which was scrapped.


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After I got all needed parts the challenge just began. All of the buttons of the Mondeo steering wheel needed to be converted to work with the Focus MK2 electronics. Converting the radio control buttons and info display buttons was relatively easy. The radio control buttons of the Mondeo steering wheel have exactly the same resistance values as the Focus MK2/MK2.5 stalk control. The only difference is that the Focus MK2/MK2.5 buttons connect the sensing wire through the resistances to ground while the Mondeo radio control connects the sensing wire to a second wire which is not connected to ground. To solve this I only had to connect the second wire to ground. The info display control buttons of the Mondeo steering wheel are also uses resistance values for the different functions while the Focus MK2/MK2.5 uses switches which connect to ground. To solve this I removed all resistances and connected and made some connections on the circuit board. I use the UP/DOWN button to scroll through the menu and the LEFT/RIGHT/OK button to select the options/settings. This is because the Mondeo info display control has 5 buttons while the Focus MK2/MK2.5 info display has only 3 functions.

After these buttons were finished and tested I started to convert the cruise control buttons. The Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 uses completely different resistance values as the Focus MK2/MK2.5. I changed all resistors on the Mondeo circuit board for the correct values for the Focus MK2/MK2.5. Despite all resistance values were exactly the same it did not work correctly. It turned out to be very unreliable. I decided to make my own circuit boards with microswitches on it. These microswitches are connected using small wires to a pair of original Focus MK2/MK2.5 cruise control circuit boards which are mounted below the Mondeo button holders. This setup functions very well and is much more reliable than my previous attempt.


The next problem was that all functions of the Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel require 10 wires while the Focus MK2/MK2.5 originally only has 7 wires. The Focus MK2/MK2.5 clockspring has 2 additional tracks which are not connected at the steering wheel side. Soldering 2 wires directly onto the tracks of the clockspring ads 2 wires to the existing 7. This results in a Focus clockspring with 9 wires but there is still 1 wire short. I solved this problem by sending all 3 info display signals over just 2 wires. To do this I made an electrical circuitry using diodes to join the 3 info display wires on the steering wheel side to 2 wires. On de steering collumn side I made an electrical circuitry using micro relays to seperate the 2 info display wires back to 3 wires. This circuitry functions very well.


Today I installed the Mondeo MK4.5 steering wheel into my car. It looks great and all functions of the steering wheel work.


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Note that installing a Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel to a Focus MK2/MK2.5 is really a lot of work. It is not a suitable modification for beginners.


#384944 Wipers Won't Switch Off

Posted by JW1982 on 11 July 2014 - 03:43 PM

On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 a lot of electrical related functions (including the windscreen wipers) are controlled by the GEM module/fuse box. The GEM module/fuse box is basically a computerized module which controls a lot of electrical functions like comfort related functions, the lights, windscreen wipers, etc.

On the GEM module/fuse box there are very few relays that can be changed. Most relays are directly soldered onto the circuit board of the module and officially can not be changed.


Note that if you want to change the GEM module/fuse box you absolutely have to install one with the correct part number (same or higher). Not all GEM modules/fuse boxes do support all options. You may loose functions/options after installing the wrong type of GEM module/fuse box. Also note that a new (or used) GEM module/fuse box must be programmed to the car. All settings must match with the cars options otherwise it will not work correctly or will not work at all.


#382852 Ford Focus Led Rear Lights

Posted by JW1982 on 06 July 2014 - 05:44 PM

The part number of the wiring loom / bulb holder of the MK2.5 LED taillights is 1520746. They will cost approximately €40,- a piece.

Did you buy the LED taillights new or second hand? Ford sells the LED taillights as a seperate (replacement) part (which does not include the wiring loom / bulb holder) and as a complete retrofit kit (which contains all needed parts). If you bought the complete kit it should include all needed parts.