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#518865 Ford Focus 2015 Zetec Autolock

Posted by JW1982 on Yesterday, 04:28 PM

The BCM of the late Focus MK3 and Focus MK3.5 can not (yet) be diagnosed with the FoCCCus software. The latest available software version of the FoCCCus program (0.8.4) does not support the latest type of BCM.

The current software versions of the Ford IDS diagnostic system can not be used to activate the autolocking function. This function is officially not supported by Ford Europe. Because of legal reasons Ford decided to remove this function from the IDS software. The function is still present in the IDS software but is greyed out and can not be activated.

At this time activating the autolocking function on the late Focus MK3 and MK3.5 is only possible with old software versions of the IDS software. The biggest problem will be to find a Ford dealer who is willing to install older software to activate the autolocking function. Most Ford dealers will simply say it is not possible or not supported.

#516629 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 27 August 2015 - 08:06 PM

After only 7 days I received the DRL kit. As expected this kit is made of good quality materials and the finish of both the DRL lights and the triangles is very good.


The housing of the DRL lights is made of black powder coated aluminium. The clear lenses are made of thick polycarbonate.

All connectors have rubber seals and are water resistant.

The DRL lights do have a European Certification number.

The DRL controller supplied with this kit is certified as IP 67 and is fully sealed with epoxy.

Some time ago I decided to install a short throw shifter. There are several manufacturers which offer a short throw shifter adapter for the Durashift B6 6-speed gearbox. These adapters are mounted onto the gear selector arm on top of the gearbox. Most of these adapters have a relative simple design. I decided to make such an adapter myself.




Above my first prototype. This is only for testing. After I make all necessary improvements I am going to make myself a final version.

#515637 Gearbox Oil Change Any Ideas

Posted by JW1982 on 25 August 2015 - 03:18 PM

The Ford IB5 gearbox does not have a drain plug. There is only a filler/level plug behind the cover.

Draining the gearbox can be done by removing a driveshaft or by using a vacuum pump and hose through the filling hole.

#515631 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by JW1982 on 25 August 2015 - 02:56 PM

The camshaft pulleys need to be loosened to achieve the correct (perfect) timing.

A flywheel locking tool and a Torque wrench (of the correct capacity) should be enough but personally I would also use an angle gauge.

Note that all (timing belt) pulleys on this type of engine are keyless. The bolts used to secure the pulleys are stretch bolts. Stretch bolts can only be tightened once. You have to replace both the crankshaft bolt and the camshaft bolts. Also note that the crankshaft bolt has changed a few times during production. You have to make sure to use the correct type (length and thread diameter) of bolt. All different types of bolts used do also have different torque/degree settings.

Re-using the old stretch bolts or not fastening the bolts to the correct torque settings can easily result in engine damage. If you have never changed a timing belt the 1.4/1.6 Duratec is not the easiest type off engine to start with.

Also note that this type of engine has (2 different) stretch belts to drive the aircon pump, alternator, water pump and power steering pump. A strecht belts does not have tensioners and officially needs to be cut to remove it. This means you also need 2 new stretch belts and a stretch belt assembly tool.

My advice is to take pictures of all major parts before disassembly. Marking all parts before disassembly is also a good thing to do.

#514287 Timing Belt Change Mk2.5

Posted by JW1982 on 21 August 2015 - 01:38 PM

1. The specified changing interval of the timing belt is 100.000 Miles/8 Years (whichever comes first). Based on this interval there is no need to change your timing belt. I changed my timing belt after 8 Years at about 45.000 miles and the belt was pretty worn. In my opinion it is not a bad idea to change the belt sooner than the specified interval.

2. A suitable block of wood on a jack is used to support the engine after the engine mount has been removed. Correctly positioned this will not damage the sump. There is very little weight on the block/trolley.

3. The timing screw which locks the crankshaft is only used to achieve the correct belt timing. This screw can not be used to prevent the crankshaft from turning during removing/fastening the crank shaft pulley bolt. The timing screw can break easily when it is used to prevent the crankshaft from turning. The camshaft locking tool can also not be used to prevent the camshafts from turning during removing/fastening the camshaft pulley bolts.


To prevent the crankshaft/camshafts from turning I use a tool that I made myself. Similar tools are also available from tool suppliers. The pins on this tool can be inserted into the spokes/holes of the crankshaft/camshaft pulleys and stop it from rotating during removing/fastening the bolts.

Personally I use a big air wrench to remove the crankshaft pulley bolt. This bolt can be really (really) tight. Most time this bolt can not be removed with normal tools. To fasten the new bolt I use a Torque wrench and an angle gauge. Again this bolt is really tight and it requires a lot of force (while preventing the crankshaft from turning at the same time) to obtain the correct Torque/angle setting.

4. The procedure described in the Ford Etis manual will work fine. I used this procedure several times without any problems. Changing the timing belt on the 1.4/1.6 Duratec engines is relatively easy.

Personally I would also check the valve lash. If adjustment is necessary (which usually is not) the timing belt needs to be removed to remove the camshafts. Once removed the timing belts can not be used anymore and needs to be replaced. I have seen before that people who changed their timing belt needed to change it again within a year because the valve lash adjustment was out of specifications.

#513390 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 18 August 2015 - 06:46 PM

I saw that DRL kit on Ebay But I did not bid on it.

The DRL kit advertised on Ebay is not the DRL kit Ford offers as an accessoire. The DRL kit which ford offers as an accessoire is produced by Nolden. The kit offered on Ebay is basically just a standard Philips DRL kit with vehicle specific trim. I have never seen this DRL kit in any Ford documentation or in real life.

Personally I do not like horizontally mounted DRL lamps. Because of this I specifically searched for the vertically mounted DRL lamps.

#512985 Sat Nav Sd Card On Brand New Ford Focus (2015)

Posted by JW1982 on 17 August 2015 - 11:13 AM

Emergency Assistance uses a different GPS antenna. This is not the same GPS antenna that is used for SAT Nav. The GPS antenna which is required for Sat Nav is not present in cars without Sat Nav.

I expect there will be some other hardware/software differences between vehicles with/without Sat Nav.

#511900 Mk3 1.0 Ecoboost Recall

Posted by JW1982 on 13 August 2015 - 04:37 PM

Note that the recall is not applicable to all of the 1.0 ECOboost engines. The recall only covers a certain amount of cars equipped with the coolant return hose of the affected production batch. The recall is not applicable to older/newer types of coolant return hose.

#510502 Passenger Door Ajar Light On Dash

Posted by JW1982 on 09 August 2015 - 06:40 AM

On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 the switches are integrated into the door locks. If the light is illuminated and the doors can not be locked the lock mechanism will most likely be stuck or defective. The car should display which of the doors is causing the problem.


This problem can often be solved by disassembly, cleaning and regreasing of the lock. If this does not solve the problem the lock needs to be changed.

#508973 Upgrade To Sony Dab But No Radio

Posted by JW1982 on 04 August 2015 - 03:56 PM

Note that not all Focus MK3 radio's are compatible to your car.


Technically there are 2 different radio systems used on the Focus MK3. The older radio system is only compatible with the old Bluetooth/Voicecontrol system. The newer radio system is only compatible with the newer SYNC 1.0 and 1.1 system. The radio unit, display (FCDIM) and wiring of the older and newer audio systems are not interchangeable. Installing the wrong type of radio will result in error messages and losing a lot of functionality.


An early 2012 MK3 should have the older type of audio system.

#507169 Key Fob Battery +alert

Posted by JW1982 on 29 July 2015 - 12:42 PM

Only cars with Keyless Start (start button) will show a warning message on the display about low battery voltage of the key fob. This is because the key fob of a Keyless Start vehicle uses the battery to transmit the PATS signal. If the battery is empty on a keyless Start vehicle the car will no longer start (unless you use the emergency PATS chip inside the key fob).

Cars with normal remote central locking will not show a message about low battery voltage of the key fob.

#506823 Mk3 Wheels On Mk2

Posted by JW1982 on 28 July 2015 - 12:33 PM

The MK2/MK2.5 wheel nuts are different from the MK3/MK3.5 wheel nuts. You can not use the MK2/MK2.5 wheel nuts on the MK3/MK3.5 Wheels and vice versa. You have to use the correct type of wheel nuts for the type of Wheels you have.

A few years ago Ford decided to standardize the (technical) design of the wheels and wheel nuts to a global Ford standard. In technical documentation these new type of wheels and wheel nuts are called Global wheels and Global wheel nuts. Nowadays the Global wheels and wheel nuts are used on most different Ford models arround the word. The alloy Global wheels and wheel nuts can only be used together. The old allow wheel nuts can not be used on the new global wheels.

Early Focus MK3 models (produced before 11-05-2012) did have the new type global Wheels combined with the old design 1-piece (solid) wheel nuts. However this combination does not fit to most other Ford models.

#502318 Replace 6000cd With Sony Dab Hu, Wiring Query

Posted by JW1982 on 12 July 2015 - 06:09 PM

As far as I know the Sony DAB radio of the Focus MK2.5 does not have 2 Fakra antenna connectors. It should have a normal ISO connector for radio reception and a Fakra connector for DAB reception. I owned several Focus MK2.5 Sony DAB radio's and none of them did have 2 Fakra antenna connectors.

The Sony DAB radio of the Mondeo however does have 2 Fakra antenna connectors. The Mondeo version is technically different from the Focus version and is not compatible. The communication protocol of the radio is partly different. A Mondeo version of the Sony radio can not be diagnosed or configured on a Focus MK2/MK2.5. In some cases the radio shows a "Unconfigured Mode" message and does not functon correctly.

If you want to install the Sony radio anyway you have to use a ISO to Fakra adapter to connect the FM antenna. The DAB function needs a seperate DAB antenna. There are DAB splitters available which use the normal FM antenna for DAB reception but my experience is that these do not have a very strong reception. The reception of a seperate DAB antenna is much better.

#502052 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 11 July 2015 - 02:23 PM

I was thinking about upgrading my HEC to enable a few extra features, which version should I go for?
My car is a UK spec 2008 Mk2.5 Focus CC 2.0 TDCI and these are the current HEC details:
Part#             8V4T-10849-HF
Hardware#         8V4T-14C226-AB
Strategy#         8V4T-14C026-AA
Calibration#      8V4T-14C088-AA
Software Version: 18.01.2008
Initial ROM:      230
I'm guessing I'd also need to upgrade the PCM too, which as I understand I can find the correct file at http://civil.iffc.ru...fig/pcm_frw.htm
--- Edit ---
My PCM details are
Part#             7M51-12A650-ATE
Software Version: v.6 (25.09.2006)
Firmware version: K7QBSE6
Module type:      SID83M
So I guess the correct firmware would be
Engine          | Module | Transmisson | File name   | Module Number   |
2.0L 136PS TDCi [/size]| SID83M [/size]| MT / [/size]MMT6   [/size]7M51ATE_TXT | 7M51-12A650-ATE |[/size]
Description                          | Release date |
DW10BTED4 [/size]C214/C307/S389 [/size]Stage4 aDPF |[/size] [/size]06/04/2009   |[/size]

Depending on the exact type of instrument cluster you could update to firmware version 511 or 512. These firmware versions were officially never used on the Focus MK2.5 (only on the Kuga) but will work fine. The ELMconfig program will only list the firmware versions that are suitable for your type of instrument cluster.

You PCM firmware is already one of the latest versions. There is only one newer version but you should only load this onto the PCM if you are 100% sure it is compatible.

Both the firmware update of the instrument cluster and the firmware update of the PCM require an ELM327 interface which supports a Baudrate of at least 115.200 Kbps. Personally I would advise to use an ELM327 interface which supports a Baudrate of 500.000 Kbps. If something goes wrong during the update proces the module in question (instrument cluster or PCM) can easily become bricked.

Personally I would only start updating if you have the skills and tools to get the car back running after something went wrong. Both the instrument cluster and the PCM contain a part of the PATS immobilizer system. If something goes wrong the car may be immobilized.

I experimented a lot with the firmware update procedure of ELMconfig (Focus MK2) and FoCCCus (Focus MK3). However I also own a few other Ford specific diagnostic systems which are capable to reprogram all possible modules. Next to this I also have some spare PCM's and instrument clusters to get the car back running in case something goes wrong. In my situation there is almost no risk.

#501975 Air Filter Help K&n E9289

Posted by JW1982 on 11 July 2015 - 06:51 AM

Yeah that's what I thought, bit pricey for what it is, however I'm still not sure if it will fit in my standard air box, I believe my focus is known as a mk2.5?

All Focus MK2/MK2.5 and MK3/MK3.5 versions with the round type air filter do have exactly the same air filter element. Only the bottom part of the airbox itself is different. This basically means that the K&N 57S-4000 kit or the K&N E-9289 filter element are compatible with all Focus MK2/MK2.5 and MK3/MK3.5 versions with the round type air filter.