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In Topic: Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

30 October 2013 - 02:30 AM

Is it possible to enable DDS on a S-Max or do they need sensors in the tyres unlike the Focus/Kuga?

Also to enable auto locking for a Mondeo/S-max is the procedure as follows :-

- Read from IPC
- Read from BCM

- Select Central Configuration

- Automatic Locking by speed - Select with automatic locking

- Write to IPC
- Write to BMC

Is that correct?

Or should it be done the following way?

- Read from BCM

- Select Central Configuration

- Automatic Locking by speed - Select with automatic locking

- Write to BCM


- Read from IPC

- Select Central Configuration

- Automatic Locking by speed - Select with automatic locking

- Write to IPC




Not sure about the S-Max but I enabled DDS on my focus mk2.5 without any sensors in the wheel as DDS uses the ABS sensors (guessing Yaw/Pitch/wheel speed) to work. I had a recent flat and DDS issues a warning on the information cluster to check tyre pressure.

In Topic: Guide Fitting Cruise Control Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5 And Ford C-Max

13 September 2013 - 09:58 AM

Correct, I Took the connector from the scrap car steering wheel removed the 2 pins with the brown and white wires did the same on connector c103. Opened up my connectors and inserted the pins. Ran connecting wires between the two. Plugged them back in. Ran the test to confirm the GEM and HEC recognised the buttons on my steering wheel. The wiring diagrams in the Guides part of the forum shows the pin numbers and confirms that it is a straight run between the steering wheel and GEM.
Good luck. Hope it works for you.


Just took a look at the GEM pins and confirm the Pins are there. So looking positive. Just ordered a USB ELM327 cable :)

In Topic: Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

10 September 2013 - 05:32 AM

I will continue a bit actually, if somebody is interested. So this emulation layer after emulation can cause problems by itself. But why are we having problems? Why do other devices work and other do not? Well, hello China! As USB took over and serial ports started to dissapear but still all the devices supported only serial protocol (again, it's trivial to implement compared to USB protocol), few companies smelled money. Let's make Serial-USB bridge chips so that hardware vendors do not need to do anything else than add one chip to their devices and software vendor's do not need to do anything at all! Great idea, and great profit!


Chinese being chinese, they of course smelled money also and started to clone thise bridges. As far as I know, most often cloned device is Prolific's PL2303. This was a bit unfortunate, because back in times Prolific's drivers were crap. And Chinese cloned these chips and sometimes cloned chips were inferior. And Chinese used Prolific's drivers for their cloned chips. Inferior chips and crappy drivers. You can imagine. Prolific got their act together and started to improve their drivers... and blocked cloned chips while they were doing it! So if you have cloned PL2303 chip, latest dirvers from Prolific do not work and you are forced to use crappy drivers for your crappy cloned chip! This is the reason why somebody said that their device do not work on Win7 but works on Win Vista. Or works with old drivers etc etc etc. 


Ah, and China... ELM327 chip made by ELM Electronics based on Canada gained also popularity. So of course it was doomed to be cloned by Chinese. They had released version 1.0 of their chip and it was cloned. After that ELM Electronics realized that they need to protect their IP and they implemented copy protection for newer versions like 1.4b which had support for all cool features and had lot's of bugs fixed etc. Poor Chinese, unable to clone never verions... Well, just label these 1.0 chips... let's say... 1.5, it's better than 1.4b! People will buy them, they won't understand! And that exactly was what happened. Old buggy cloned chips is now inside most of the ELM327 devices sold in eBay and DX! Don't know if Chinese ever were able to bypass this copy protection or did they perhaps develop their own better chips based on this v1.0, but essentially, if you are buying anything else than genuine ELM Electronics ELM327 chip, it's Russian roulette. You just do now know what you get. You may get well-working device or you may get alfunctioning device! And you ask why your device won't work 500 000 bps? :)


So, if you really want to get real deal without problems, buy device which has genuine FTDI FT232R bridge inside (AFAIK these are not cloned - at least not often, so as long as you get FTDI, youre good). And as you are doing right thing already (do you really wan't to give your money to Chinese pirates?), you may just as well grab genuine ELM Electornics ELM327 chip also. Price difference is not that much...


Of course, problem is, that how do you know if you get genuine ELM327? I really do not know. I actually asked this directly from ELM Electronics. They answered, that you just cannot know. You will have to trust the seller. So ask seller if their devices have genuine chips inside and you're done your best...


I think I will cease my rant here, I hope this information is usefull for you who are wondering how things do work and why some devices will work and some will not...


This seller specifically mentions that it comes with the FT2323RL chip which means it supports FTDI right ? 



In Topic: Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

19 August 2013 - 06:04 PM

Anyone knows how to change tyre circumference using ELMCONFIG ?


I have changed my wheels from 205/55/16 to 225/40/18 apparently we need to calibrate the axle id.


Any ideas. Apparently this can be done via IDS, thus just want to check if this is possible via ELMCONFIG. I can't seem to find the config page for this though for ELMCONFIG 2.6

In Topic: Guide Fitting Cruise Control Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5 And Ford C-Max

11 August 2013 - 05:06 PM

Could not resist a quick look at the car.
I carried out the exact procedure as listed in my post 311. Except this time when asked the question about the non empty VID block I selected ‘no’ as recommended by jarp in post 313 lines 3-5. and carried on until the reprogrammed box appeared.
Took the car for a drive. Made sure I selected the buttons as in JohnH post 312.
I now have cruise control. Very strange feeling as though I am not in control. But I will get used to it running up and down the M5.

One other thing, I didn’t have the wires to the steering wheel from GEM. I checked that the pins were there in the GEM, and visited a scrap yard. Found a Focus with the wires, (unfortunately only a 3 spoke steering wheel) Cut the connectors off from each end. Took the pins out of these connectors and inserted them into the correct positions (10 & 18 in C103) in my connectors. Crimped wires in to join the two new connector pins together. Activated GEM and HEC cruise control and carried out the test using Heated rear window switch to confirm continuity. All working.
My GEM is Pt No 7M5T-14A073-CF. HEC Rom 403 and PCM Pt No 7M51-12A650-AFD as listed in picture 1 of my post 311.
The biggest problem I had was finding an ELM 327 that would run at 500000 baud rate.
A big thank you to all who have contributed to this and hope my experience will help others. Any questions just ask.

Cragat, just to confirm, your car didn't come with the wiring from steering to GEM and you basically took wires from another scrap focus and pulled it from the steering to the GEM connector ? The 2 wires are just plain straight wires right ? Thanks.