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Matthew C

Member Since 21 May 2013
Offline Last Active May 05 2015 07:17 AM

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In Topic: Elm327 Usage Tips

03 May 2015 - 07:46 AM

I hope this is a sufficiently clear photo of my 2003 Focus' port.  Does it use the same contact pins as other people's.

In Topic: Elm327 Usage Tips

03 May 2015 - 07:09 AM

Thanks all.  I did see the modified cables for sale, and I read a guide on how to modify the cable myself, but the mod ended up using pin positions that are unused on the socket on my Focus, which is why I though mine must be a different protocol.


If I figure out how to upload a photo, I'll show you what's on my car.

In Topic: Door Replacement

03 May 2015 - 06:55 AM

Hi I think a previous owner has done it on my Mk1.5 (One side is badged LX, the other isn't).


I did do it on a Renault a few years ago, keeping all the original glass, C/L and handles - I think the hardest part was lifting the door back into place afterwards, but I did scrape my fingers and knuckles fiddling around inside the panels.


I'd suggest checking that your locks and handle components are all going to be loose and not seized in the door before committing to the job.


Having a manual would be a big help.

In Topic: Elm327 Usage Tips

30 April 2015 - 11:56 AM

"It looks as though the crucial pins are 6 and 14 for the hi and low Can busses respectively. I plan to modify this interface using a DPDT switch so I can switch between busses as shown in a number of online guides. However I want to try it unmodified first to make sure it actually works first!

Did you try elmconfig with your interfaces?"


No, I didn't try ELMconfig.  Is that to configure the reader/interface so that it can communicate with the car, or is it to configure the car using an interface that is working?


In Topic: Elm327 Usage Tips

28 April 2015 - 09:51 PM



I've recently had 2 ELM327 readers off Ebay.


A £5 Bluetooth one that connected with the Android app (Torque lite)that was recommended, but wouldn't connect to my 2003 Mk1.5 Focus, but which would connect to my Skoda Fabia.  I sent it back.


A £13 USB one, claiming to work with Fords from 2001 onwards.  It connected to my PC fine with the software supplied, and a variety of others I found on the internet (EasyOBDII, PCMSCAN, FORScan and others), but the reader wouldn't connect to my Focus, it did all connect to my Skoda.  I'm sending it back


I took the car to a garage yesterday and their fancy dancy reader connected to my car and told me the codes and wiped them all clear and ran some tests.  Trust Ford quoted me £65 to read the codes, the local garage did it for £20.


What pins are used on your OBD2 port?  For comparison mine uses: 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 16 and instead of being a proper trapezium shaped moulding, it's like a rectangle with two ears sticking out at the corners where the widest side of the trapezium would be.


I'm pretty sure that the 2003 Mk1.5 Focus that I've got is not OBD2 compliant or that Ford used some obscure protocol, and for that reason doesn't connect to the readers I bought.  If anyone reading this does know what works with a 2003 Focus I'd be glad to find out.