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#436677 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by JW1982 on 14 December 2014 - 02:03 PM

Did you update the instrument cluster firmware recently?

Some of the custom instrument cluster firmware versions that are included with ELMconfig have the snowflake warning disabled. The Russian developer of this firmware disabled the snowflake warning because on their cold climates it is burning constantly.

If you are using the stock firmware versions the snowflake warning should function correctly.

#436269 My Focus Mk3 Champions Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 12 December 2014 - 06:10 PM

After driving my Focus MK2 for over 6 1/2 Years it was time for something new. Unfortunately there were only a few (very young) used cars in the country which met my requirements. After a long search I finally found my new car:

2013 Focus MK3 5-doors Champions Edition

My car is a German spec Focus MK3 Champions edition Edition. Because of the Ford sponsorship of the Champions Leage in 2013 Ford Germany offered this special (limited) edition for a few months.

My car has the following options:

Engine: 1.0 ECOboost 125 PS with 6-speed manual transmission.
Color: Midnicht Sky metallic.
Interior: Ultimate/Lux / Charcoal Black


Front and Rear Parking Sensors.
Active Park Assist.
Active City stop.
Powerfold Mirrors.
Power 1-shot Up/Down Front & Rear Windows.
Global closing Titanium.
Rear Privacy Glass.
Dual Zone Climate Control.
Heated Windshield.
Heated Washer jets.
Heated Seats.
Start/Stop System.
Rain Sensor.
Light Sensor.
Front Fog Lights.
Hill Start Assist.











The car did have 16 inch alloy wheels as standard but because I like my own 17 inch alloy Focus MK2.5 wheels a bit more I decided to install my own wheels instead of the original 16 inch alloy wheels.







In my opinion these wheels look great on the Focus MK3.

My Focus MK3 did originally not have Cruise Control. Cruise Control was not a standard feature on the German spec Champions Edition. Strange enough the first owner did order all possible options which were available on the Champions edition except Cruise Control. Because I am used to have Cruise Control and I really miss it I decided to retrofit Cruise Control to my car. There are some aftermarket solutions to retrofit Cruise Control to a Focus MK3 but personally I do not want an extra stalk or aftermarket buttons. So I decided to retrofit the OEM Cruise Control system.


Because I could not find a mint condition replacement Cruise Control steering wheel for my car I decided to modify my own steering wheel instead of buying a new one.









In my opinion it looks very good. The Cruise Control switch fits perfectly into the cutout I made at the side of the steering wheel. The Cruise Control switch is a very snug fit and all edges line up perfectly. The steering wheel does look exactly the same as an original Cruise Control steering wheel. From the outside there are no visible differences.

I made a guide about retrofitting Cruise Control to a Focus MK3. This guide can be found on the following weblink:


During winter I drive on a set of 15 inch steel Focus MK2/MK2.5 wheels with winter tyres.




Despite 15 inch wheels were officially never available for the Focus MK3 they fit without any problems on the 1.0 ECOboost models. The 1.6 TI-VCT and 1.0 ECOboost versions have 278 mm front disc brakes. This is exactly the same disc size as the Focus MK2/MK2.5 versions which were available with 15 inch wheels. On other Focus MK3 engine types Ford used bigger brakes which require at least 16 inch wheels.

Next year I plan to perform some more modifications on the car. The next modifications are on my wish list:

* A pair of HID projector headlamps.
* Some LED bulbs which match the color of the HID lamps.
* New instrument cluster with a bigger display.
* New OEM Sony satnav system with the bigger color display.
* New OEM rearview camera.

#435586 Mk2.5 Wing Mirrors On Mk2

Posted by JW1982 on 10 December 2014 - 12:04 PM

Normal MK2.5 mirrors do not fit on a MK2. As already said before the mounting of the mirrors is a bit different.

However the mirrors of the MK2.5 Focus CC do fit on the Focus MK2. Unlike the normal Focus, the Body shell and doors of the Focus CC were not changed during the facelift. The early versions of the MK2.5 Focus CC did still have the old MK mirrors. The later MK2.5 Focus CC did have MK2.5 style mirrors whit a mounting plate that fits to the MK2 mountings.

#435114 Titanium Half Leathers

Posted by JW1982 on 08 December 2014 - 04:46 PM

During production Ford changed the specifications of the different trim levels. The exact specifications of the car depend on the production date of the car.

There were also several different brochures of the Focus MK2. The specifications listed in the brochure may be different between the different model years and is not Always correct. The price list however is updated on a regulart basis and should show the correct specifications.

#430426 Focus Bluetooth Issues

Posted by JW1982 on 22 November 2014 - 06:43 AM

After the Phone has found the Ford Audio you have to select PIN 0000 to connect. This is not the actual PIN code but a code which forces the Ford Audio system to show the correct code. After the correct code is shown on the radio screen you have to select this code on the Phone and connect to the Ford Audio system. Now the Phone should be connected to the Ford Audio System.

Also note that the Bluetooth/Voicecontrol needs to be updated to the latest firmware version to support some newer Phone types. On the Focus MK2.5 with a USB connection you can perform the update yourself using the Ford Audio Update. On the Focus MK2.5 the update can only be performed by a Ford dealer.

The latest available update for this system was released in November 2012. Officially there is no support for this system anymore. Because of this Ford also removed all download links of the Ford Audio Update from the Ford websites. Because there is no support anymore the system will become outdated. This may result in problems with some newer Phone types.

#428774 Airbag Cover

Posted by JW1982 on 16 November 2014 - 08:20 AM

Note that the late Focus MK2 and MK2.5 has a different GEM module from the early MK2.

On the early MK2 GEM module the last 2 letters of the part number were related to the option level of the GEM module. On this GEM module it was relatively easy to determine the option level. On the late Focus MK2 and MK2.5 GEM module the part numbers are a bit different. There are a lot more versions of this type of GEM module and the option level can not be determined easily by the last letters of the part number. The last 2 letters of the new GEM modules part number are not related to the last 2 letters of the old GEM modules part number.

The fact that a "C" GEM module should not support Cruise Control is based on the early MK2 GEM module. Based on the information I have most late MK2 and MK2.5 GEM modules do support Cruise Control. Only the low level GEM modules do not support Cruise Control. Unfortunately there is no list of the supported functions of the different part numbers. As a replacement Ford only offers one GEM module. This GEM module supports all possible functions.

After connecting the Cruise Control buttons there is a simple method to determine Cruise Control support of the GEM module. Push and hold the rear window heating switch. Turn the ignition on to position 2. Wait about 5 seconds and then release the rear window heating switch. This method puts the GEM module into test mode. Now push on a button of the Cruise Control. If the GEM module supports Cruise Control it will sound a beep.

In the GEM modules test mode you can test the following functions:

All Cruise Control buttons.
Front heated windscreen button.
All positions of the light switch.

After using the test mode you have to follow the same procedure to exit the test mode. Otherwise the GEM module will stay in test mode.

#426034 Retrofitting Ptc Heater To Mk2

Posted by JW1982 on 06 November 2014 - 08:08 PM

The wiring colors of the PTC heater element are different from the wiring colors of the cars wiring loom. The 2-pole connector on the PTC heater element has the pin numbers casted into the connector.

Pin 1 of the PTC heater element connector is for the IGN. This should be a Green/Orange wire and further (after a connection) a Green/Black wire. This wire goes to Pin 5 of the C102 connector. The C102 connector is the big blue connector of the GEM module/fuse box.

Pin 2 of the PTC heater element connector is for the PWM signal. This should be a White/Black wire. This wire goes to Pin 9 of the C103 connector. the C103 connector is the small blue connector of the GEM module/fuse box.

#425674 Retrofitting Ptc Heater To Mk2

Posted by JW1982 on 05 November 2014 - 06:16 PM

There are a few different versions of the Focus MK2/MK2.5 heater control panel for manual A/C. On the outside all heater control panels look identical but inside there are technical differences. The versions which are suitable for the Fuel Fired Heater or PTC heater have a different circuit board with some additional components.

The heater control panel can be identified by the part number. This part number is located on a sticker at the top of the heater control panel. The following part numbers are suitable for the Fuel Fired Heater or PTC heater:

Green illumination:

Red ellumination:

The prices of a new heater control panel which is suitable for the Fuel Fired Heater or PTC heater vary between €225,- and €300,-. The version with green illumination is a bit cheaper than the version with red illumination. These heater control panels are a bit rare in Western European countries. These heater control panels are Occasionally offered on ebay. Mostly by eastern European sellers.

#425121 Very Scary Moment Today...

Posted by JW1982 on 03 November 2014 - 07:00 PM

If the turbo has broken and the engine has been running on the engine oil (which is very likely) there is a huge risk of serious internal engine damage. The combination of debris from the turbo entering the engine and high RPM's combined with not enough engine oil will almost certain lead to engine damage.

In my opinion the engine should be inspected for engine damage first. If there is serious engine damage it may be cheaper to install a used low mileage engine.

#424629 Blaupunkt Stereo Sat Nav

Posted by JW1982 on 01 November 2014 - 02:06 PM

More information about the fan speed control circuit can be found on the following website:


#424580 Blaupunkt Stereo Sat Nav

Posted by JW1982 on 01 November 2014 - 08:47 AM

It is not possible to change the radio firmware for the Focus MK2/MK2.5 Blaupunkt firmware. These radio's are technically different. It is not only a matter of different firmware. in my opinion there is no easy solution for this problem. The easiest solution is changing the radio for the correct type.

The EATC system of the early MK2 is a bit different from the EATC system of the late MK2 and MK2.5. The biggest difference is the reversed fan speed control. The easiest way to solve this is by installing an additional electronic circuit. on the Russian forum can be found a lot of information about this subject. Some time ago I translated the Russian circuitry to English. The circuit should look like this:


#424492 Blaupunkt Stereo Sat Nav

Posted by JW1982 on 31 October 2014 - 07:11 PM

This problem can only be solved by using the correct type of Blaupunkt radio. A Blaupunkt radio from another Ford model is simply not compatible to the Focus MK2/MK2.5. Modifying the wiring will not solve this problem.

It is not possible to solve this problem by updating the firmware. There simply is no firmware available which solves this problem. There are communication differences between the different Ford models. The communication protocol of a Mondeo MK4 and S-max/Galaxy is different from the Focus MK2/MK2.5. The radio for example is not even connected to the same CANbus network. On a Mondeo MK4 and S-max/Galaxy the radio is connected to the MM-CANbus (Multimedia CANbus) network. On a Focus MK2/MK2.5 the radio is connected to the MS-CANbus (Mid Speed CANbus) network.

#423211 Front Disc Size?

Posted by JW1982 on 27 October 2014 - 04:23 PM

It depends on the size of the front brake discs. If the car has 278 mm front discs the rear discs are 265 mm. If the car has 300 mm front discs the rear discs are 280 mm.

Installing the wrong size brake discs at the rear (in relation to the front disc size) will result in an incorrect brake distribution.

The 1.8 TDCI should have 300 mm brake disc at the front and 280 mm brake discs at the rear but you should check the size before ordering brake discs

#421930 Lowering A Focus....

Posted by JW1982 on 23 October 2014 - 04:56 AM




Above a few pictures of my Focus MK2. This focus is equipped with the OEM Eibach lowering springs and 7Jx17 inch alloy MK2.5 wheels. These pictures were taken just after lowering the car. After some time the car was a slightly bit lower.

I was very happy with the Eibach springs. Better handling with a minimum loss of comfort.

#420488 My Focus Mk2 First Edition

Posted by JW1982 on 18 October 2014 - 07:21 PM

Today I picked up the new car. Here are some first pictures of the car with my 17 inch alloys: