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#446966 Elm327/forscan

Posted by sonic113 on 21 January 2015 - 03:54 PM

Thanks guys.



Check my signature fella, theres a link there on a guide I wrote that will help to get you started :)


Basically it allows you to read pretty much every sensor it can access (so far I havent found anything it cant read, but then I havent got every ford ever made to test it with :P)


You can do thorough diagnostics (I helped my Auto Leccy identify an issue with my airbag resistance using this!) and read general error codes.


Read my thread, and if you have any questions, let me know!


James I downloaded your pdf and looks good to get me started.


The link is outdated for the elm usb cable. I was going to buy one I saw on ebay but I noticed you have "Modified elm cable" so the one I was looking at is maybe wrong. Can you link me to the correct one?






its easy enough to use it and more importantly its actively updated, id consider paying for it its so good and lets just say I don't usually pay for software!

there is quite a few folk on here that use it too so im sure there will always be someone about that can guide you, but it really is pretty easy going :)


definitely is worth its weight! it makes a nice change to find a free bit of software that works so well!



I agree fellas its nice to get software that is free but also that actually works well.  :)

#446371 What Tyre Pressure Do You Run?

Posted by sonic113 on 19 January 2015 - 11:36 PM

I know that there are many arguments for and against high/low pressure tyre levels in regards to fuel economy and speed but unfortunately the solid fact is that running tyres over a car manufacturers recommended pressure will result in loss of grip and an increased level of uneven wear and a higher risk of losing traction/stability resulting in the likelyhood of swapping ends and entering the pearly gates backwards with a surprised look on your face.
What the tyres are rated to is not the important factor, the recommended pressure for a car at different loading levels is.




two good articles there clive.

they make sense and deserve a read through. 


I think the best answer to any one looking advice on tyre psi is stick with the label on the door or the handbook as these are manufacture recommendations.


I think if you do this you cant go far wrong lol! I will be running mine from now on on the fully laden recommendations on the door label as Its me the wife and 2 kids and usually a boot full most of the time so for me personally I think this might be the best bet in terms of psi recommendations.

#442334 Interior Lights

Posted by sonic113 on 06 January 2015 - 01:18 PM

they just push in up top, pop out the 501s, and the new boards just fit in to that socket, put the covers back on and your done!

The rear footwell lighting I direct you to Lennys fantastic guide for the rear ones, I got 4, 2 in each side, basically you attach them to the top of the underseat blowers, run the cables up past the handbrake and over to the passanger side footwell where you splice on to the front footwell lights.


For the front footwell I use http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

ive got 2 in the front, and two more in the boot, I slapped another in the glovebox as well, they come with all the required attachments and are amazing bright.

the footwell lights come in blue, red and white, its difficult to get an accurate colour shot of them all working as the light balance is all over the place, but I love the red warm glow coming up and mixing with the clear white from above. :)


Darren looks good man.


I used Lennys guide to install the front and rear footwells as well. Hats of to Lenny for that guide as its very informative.

I might change the bulb in my interior light to a white LED same as yours. Is the link above the only place you can get them? how long will they last and do they give of a better light than the standard bulb? I was going to add a red on at one point but though it would be too much red so a white one might be nice and cleaner looking than the standard yellow.

#437033 Focus In Car Entertainment & Gadgets

Posted by sonic113 on 15 December 2014 - 09:02 PM

good stuff Darren. after xmas Im ordering another from the Uk site. Hopefully they may have deals in January lol!  i will try to get the one with the E at the end. when all is installed it will be a great wee edition to the inside of the car. :)  

#436588 Focus In Car Entertainment & Gadgets

Posted by sonic113 on 14 December 2014 - 02:21 AM

just a wee update on my HU,

it went wrong the other week, the discs stopped playing I rarely used discs so probably only the 3rd or 4th time I used it, I spoke to Eonon who got me to run some tests and take a video, returned the head unit to HK for replacement, they shipped a new one out and all is well again.

Now, a couple of important things, English isn't their first language, we had some confusion to start with which delayed the return, to be fair it was my fault, my English isn't the best and straying from the queens English too much probably makes as much sense as Chinese does to us. So keep it clear, simple and to the point, also remember the time differences, it can add a few days on to the process if you miss one another!

Next up, the new headunit seems to be an upgrade, the screen appears to have better contrast, appears more fluid and has a connection for DAB+, the previous one had a connection for tyre deflation warning system, this new one doesn't have that but id probably rather have the dab anyway, in all other ways it appears the same, I couldn't see any differences with model numbers either so if your going to buy one it might be worth checking out if it comes with the DAB connection or not

Note that it doesn't have DAB itself, just a connector for an external module.


I think mine got lost in the post so will have to reorder after xmas. do you think your fault was a one off? would you still recommend getting the same model Darren?


I'm looking forward to getting one of these installed.

Let us know how you get on with the new one.

#424871 Focus In Car Entertainment & Gadgets

Posted by sonic113 on 02 November 2014 - 03:24 PM

Great job Darren.


I have my head unit ordered so hopefully its here by december post rush. I will be looking into gettin rear cam for it after xmas so all is good so far. lol!

#421704 Timing Belt + Water Pump Kit

Posted by sonic113 on 22 October 2014 - 11:54 AM

your links havent copied properly, its broken


id only get the genine ford cambelt, which i believe is made by Gates. you wouldnt want to get something off ebay for such a vital component






Use ford parts, but I can do one in 30 mins so labour shouldnt be much from and independant




I would only use the genuine ford kits for the belts just to be sure as its such a vital component. I Will be doing my belt on my 2009 1.6 zetec focus next year and will be getting a genuine ford kit. I'll only have the Haynes manual as a guide but I have done some on the old escorts belts so I'm hoping it should be too bad to do.

#416048 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by sonic113 on 03 October 2014 - 06:02 PM

All signs of incompatible memory card, this is on the mobius forum, buzzing/strange audio sounds and stuttering. What memory card are you using and class?

It's impossible to show the mobius true video quality on YouTube and it's hard for people to understand after you've explain how great it is then seeing a YouTube video lol


I agree Kurt.

the mobius is brilliant video quality and has to bee watched in real life to see it. You tube video compression does noting for it really.

#415272 Heater Settings

Posted by sonic113 on 01 October 2014 - 10:11 AM

See the dots in between the pictures?

Try tweaking dial to one of those dots. It helps balance the air flow


good idea Sean. I find myself having to do this most of the time. I guess the pictures on the dial are just an estimated position of the airway valve that directs the air flow. 

#414995 Heater Settings

Posted by sonic113 on 30 September 2014 - 10:46 AM

whats the best settings to clear the rear passengers windows when they are misted up. when the family get into the car from the rain the rear windows mist up and it really annoys me as I have tryed all sorts of settings on the heater.


so here is a few questions?


1) Obliviously warm/cold is tune to full warm (red) but it is best to have the A/C button on when on warm setting or is this just used for the cold air setting? 


2) what is the best air flow position on the heater controls for rear window demisting? I use the front and rear heated button to demist these but the passenger windows I'm lost.



also on a side note.

I never use the parking lights on the light control just the side lights (Until Now lol!). Now i just found out there is a parking light function and noticed that it only works when ignition is off . can this be just turned to the left to be activated when parked at night on a road ect and how long can this be left on this mode for?



#414993 Focus Ecu Reset & Learn

Posted by sonic113 on 30 September 2014 - 10:37 AM

Ok little update here. I did this yesterday and drove 6-7 journeys ranging from 5mile to 35 mile a journey being from car start to car stop lol!  and I don't know what to say really.

I did notice a slight difference on each journey kind of like the car adjusting or something but on each journey I tried  do the same thing in regards to my driving. I changed gear around 2250 rpm and used the throttle as I would under normal driving. also when coming to a stop I gently slowed the car down using the brakes and gears where as before I would of been a bit more of a "just stop" guy lol!. 


Now this morning I have noticed that the car does feels a little more smoother and pulls more smooth on inclines but I don't know if I can truthfully say it has made a major difference but I would go as far as saying it has made some maybe although I do believe that I need to do some more journeys to see how it maps out. I think that through a few more journeys of my normal driving the car may settle from the reset and I may or may not noticed anything but I guess time will tell.

#414615 Focus Ecu Reset & Learn

Posted by sonic113 on 29 September 2014 - 11:30 AM

ok I have been reading a few articles on resetting the ecu of a car and how it may help various things like mpg and stuff like that.


I have decided to give this a go as I want to see for myself if it makes any differences. To be clear my car is fully serviced and running 100% only iggle I have is a slight lack of pull/throttle feeling when I'm pulling on hills ect. So I decided to try a reset first just to see.


The aim of this test is basically to see if any difference can be noticed in any way or form.

I can not find a guide of sorts but I plan to do the following:


1)Disconnect  Battery Negative terminal.

2) Let car sit for 1hour to discharge all.

3) reconnect Terminals

4) Start car allow to idle for 10 - 15 min without touching accelerator

5) Take for a drive and drive the way I normally do

6) Continue my normal driving style throughout the week/Month and see if there is any kind of difference at all.


any Input here would be greatly welcomed and encase any one suggests yes I do have the radio code so don't worry lol!



I Read that James (Jeebowhite) has reset his mondeo and I think his cmax and he noticed an improvement in the mpg and I have also read that some people suggest a reset after each service or change of a senor, air intake as in a sense this changes the environment of the engine (example new or updated air filter will allow more  or clean air through so ecu can adjust or alter other things to suit this change in the engines environment ect) 


Now to be clear I'm not saying this works or does not work I'm just restating what I have read and heard from others hence the reason I would like to try this out for myself.


so any advice or input is greatly welcomed here and hopefully by the end we should all have a good insight in how the ecu works and if a reset actually does or may help.


Thanks for reading.




#414180 Focus In Car Entertainment & Gadgets

Posted by sonic113 on 27 September 2014 - 10:23 PM

mine was very quick, less then a week for the HU and all nicely wrapped.


Good luck with it, mind to take your time, getting all those wires in is a bit of a hassle and make sure that once the antenna is connected up you tape it down so it cant fall out, turns out my shocking reception on FM was down to the plug falling out as you try and position it in the dash

Absolutely fantastic work on the install and the information on the unit. I should have mine ordered in the next cominh weeks at the moment some family situations are eating the cash lol! I cant wait to see if we can have a go at modding or editing the HU. There must be a way for eonon to install the firmware or software to the unit in the first place so there may be hope.
Is your radio reception ok now since you found out abut the loose plug?
Also I think the black looks pretty good of Im honest but it would be interesting to see the silver installed as well.
The screen looks pretty good in the pictures it must be half decent in real life. The Sat Nav looks the part as well and as I stated before its one of the main reasons I'm looking for one of these units. 
Honestly I cant wait to get one ordered and installed. When you get your camera installed please do take a shot of the screen to show us how it looks.
Great work my friend.  :)

#413208 Air Intake Pipe Advice!!!

Posted by sonic113 on 25 September 2014 - 10:36 AM

I've tried the torque pro app on my phone, but I didn't find it very good. Can anyone recommend a cheapish live data scanner that is decent and will help solve this issue


I wouldn't mind finding on of these myself fro viewing live data. If a scanner is out of the question hopefully some one can recommend a set up with a laptop or something. I personally think the live data stream would be the best way to diagnose any issue like this or be a first method of choice before replacing parts because as stated above a failed sensor will throw a code but on that is faulty or failing may show up better in the live stream or at least point you in the right direction.

#411462 2014 Upgrades

Posted by sonic113 on 20 September 2014 - 10:39 AM

What is the best tyres for reduced road noise,better handling and better fuel economy for the focus? Where is the best place to get good deals? I'm due a new front tyre and usually go to local tyre garage but this time am thinking of looking around and trying a different tyre.