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Ignition/unlock Live Under Bonnet

08 August 2013 - 10:07 PM



I have ordered a DRL kit for my 2007 S-MAX 2.0 Titanium.


I will be fitting it myself which is no problem, however I am still unfamiliar with the electronics of the car itself as I haven't owned it very long and haven't had time to play.


Basically, as any S-MAX owner will know, upon unlocking the car with the remote the instrument cluster, radio, etc. all turn on. I am looking to find any cable/relay that I can tap a live feed from so that the DRL's will illuminate when the car is unlocked. Obviously the courtesy lights aren't much of an option, as I need the power to be constant until the engine is turned off and the appropriate relay/source turns itself off as they normally do.


I know there must be at least one somewhere as things turn on when unlocked, I'm just not sure where to look or find it.


The electrical load will be low (about 0.4 - 0.5 amps), and I would prefer it if the source is under the bonnet for easier wiring, however the cabin could also be a feasible option.


Also, if anyone happens to know what colour the cable is for dipped beam positive, that would also save me a bit of time!


Many thanks for your help!



Grinding Noise From Nsf Wheel

12 June 2013 - 02:07 PM


New to the forum, and can't seem to find much about this (similar things, but nothing exact).

I bought an S-MAX (2007 2.0 Titanium) three weeks ago, and all was going wonderfully until the last couple of days..

When turning the wheels to the left, no matter how small of an amount, a loud 'grinding/straining' sounds comes from the NSF wheel arch.
This has gotten progressively louder rather quickly (gone from an annoying grind three days ago that was barely audible, to a loud straining noise
today that overpowers the radio).

The noise is more audible inside the car than it is outside, as I stood by the wheel and got my partner to rotate the wheels left to right a few times.

The noise happens when the car is standing still or travelling, and isn't affected by speed.. but doesn't happen when I turn right.

I'm guessing it's something to do with the suspension, but my knowledge of mechanics isn't great, so I don't know where to even start looking or
what/how to check.

I really appreciate any help someone can provide, as I don't really want to spend money at a dealer if it is something I can tinker with myself!

Many thanks,