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south_bound

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#437422 Jump Sarting Vehicle Using Jump Leads

Posted by south_bound on 17 December 2014 - 12:43 PM

Interesting...I've used jump leads many times without problem but admitiedly never with a car newer than 07 plate, and including mixed petrol and diesel engines starting eachother.  I normally start with the donor car engine already running, and always very careful that the + and - don't touch eachother or a common conductor and short out!  Is really a problem on new cars, or is it a case of someone once had an ECU blow up and posted it on youtube so now everyone thinks it will happen to them? 




#417049 Mpg

Posted by south_bound on 07 October 2014 - 09:50 AM

 

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Not sure its really possible to compare as we are all different drives doing different runs in different cars with different weather in different traffic.

 

I agree it is almost impossible to compare like for like.  I would say the 3 things which affect mpg most is 1. type and age of engine, petrol vs diesel, 2. length and type of journey/traffic and 3. driving style.  It is debatable which has the biggest effect.

 

For me, 2007 Focus 1.6tdci ghia, coming up to 100,000 miles, mainly medium to long journeys on A roads and motorways the long term average is 60.5 mpg.  I got the dpf gutted in Dec 2013 and since then it has climbed to about 66 mpg.  Even the 2,000 miles pulling a big trailer the length of Europe gave me over 50mpg average.




#415906 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 03 October 2014 - 09:12 AM

David I assume you're connecting the camera to the 12V cigarette socket? Have you tried a different 12V adapter and USB cable? It might be worth checking if those are faulty just to rule them out. Or try connecting it to a USB mains plug, like a phone charger, that should get it to start recording the same as connecting it in the car.

 

If none of this works it's probably a faulty camera.

 

 

 

 

Yes the Mobius acts as a USB drive too so it's easy to get files off it. It doesn't have an impact sensor and you can't lock files, but it can record for nearly 4 hours in 1080p with a 32GB card, so I don't know how you would manage to record for that long after a crash and lose your crucial footage.

 

The mobius can lock files using one of the buttons while recording.  I think the newer firmware automatically locks the previous file if you are close to the beggining of a new file, or the next one if you are close to the end which sounds like a good idea.  I haven't tried this as I haven't updated my firmware but with 4 hours recording time I think I would have time to copy the files I need before they get overwritten anyway.




#396822 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 12 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

There was another thread in the Focus section not long ago, but now buried abut 12 pages down in the forum - http://www.fordowner...k2-focus/page-7

 

This is my set up, just behind the driver's side of the rear view mirror using a custom made mount.  I can just see a corner of the rain sensor cover but it doesn't bother me.  The most important is that it is put of sight from inside and out and sees whats ahead of the car.  Works a treat.

 

 

Here is a picture taken from the driver's door.

 

 

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Here is a picture from the outside facing directly into the wind screen

 

 

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#396820 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 12 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

There was another thread in the Focus section not long ago, but now buried abut 12 pages down in the forum - http://www.fordowner...k2-focus/page-7

 

This is my set up, just behind the driver's side of the rear view mirror using a custom made mount.  I can just see a corner of the rain sensor cover but it doesn't bother me.  The most important is that it is put of sight from inside and out and sees whats ahead of the car.  Works a treat.

 

 

Here is a picture taken from the driver's door.

 

 

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Here is a picture from the outside facing directly into the wind screen

 

 

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#395629 Aux Cable

Posted by south_bound on 08 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

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Sorry for the delay have had problems with my internet. All I have done is plug in a lead into the glove compartment.  

 

How did you get the cable out of the glove box to behind the centre console?  Is there already a hole or did you need to drill one?

 

 

 

In my focus I've fitted a couple 12v sockets, well, 1 extra.. it is running off the same lines as the original, just spliced into it.. I'm not really knowledgeable with electrics so I don't really know what I'm doing... but IF I added ANOTHER 12v socket to the same wires, would I be able to use all three at the same time, say to charge 3 phones? Or would this put too much strain on...the original wires? The fuse? etc? 

 

Just wondering how you spliced into the original socket cable - I had a look at mine this evening (Mk 2 si the existing socket is in the centre console) and the orange cable has a push fit connector to the back of the socket outlet.  Its all a tight to get my hands in to pull out the connector so before I do so, is this theway you did it or stright into the cable without undoing anything?  The route to the armrest looks clear enough and there looks to be enough depth to add a couple of new outlets on the back of the armrest as per my picture in the other post. 




#394430 Remap In Surrey

Posted by south_bound on 05 August 2014 - 06:40 PM

I can give you a good contact near Bristol if you want, but thats a good couple of hours from you.  Knows his stuff though.




#393705 Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by south_bound on 04 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

Ignore that last point, I did a google image search and found it.  This one taken from an ebay ad shows it front on and confirms the right way around for the plate.

 

 

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#393701 Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by south_bound on 04 August 2014 - 07:50 AM

id say if you have a diesel engine with an EGR valve,
Then blank the EGR valve as soon as possible, they never help the engines performance they only recirculate waste gases which contaminate the engine oil aswell as cake up the induction system with carbon slowly killing the turbo,

Not that if i was a car manufacturer facing a reduction in new car sales: id surly fit an EGR valve to all diesel engines to ensure i make future profit from turbo failures, blocked dpf's and carbon caked oil sumps,

My diesel engine is a euro five emissions based engine, its had the dpf internals removed, 2.5" cat back exhaust fitted, the EGR valve has been blanked, the ECU has been remapped, a Performance induction filter has been fitted,
The car had its first MOT last week and passed 100% no problem's
Never has it displayed an error
Currently getting 68.1MPG with 110,000miles on the clock.

WAR
EGR
DPF
What is it good for?
"absolutely nothin"
Say it again now,
:lol:

 

I agree with all that.  Have you found that the car performance and fuel efficiency just keeps on getting better with time after these mods, almost as if the car is learning to drive with the new set up?  I say that because I had the dpf removed and remap 6 months ago and after an immediate improvement it has contimued to get better over time!  I keep records with every fuel fill up and before the dpf work I was averaging 60mpg, but it was down to low 50s with dpf clogged and engine light on etc.  I just did a 350 mile return trip at the weekend and averaged over 73mpg.  Pulling away when I really need to boot it gives a clear difference in performance from before as well.  Anyone else noticed this with dpf removal or egr blanking?

 

 

 

either way mate its fine.
The egr hole is a perfect circle in the very centre,
Sliding the plate in from either angle will total eclipse blank the valve passage in the centre,
The rest if the plate is just flange and gasket,

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Thanks, that is really useful.  Where did you find the picture, this is exactly what I was looking for to make sure the plate goes in the right way around.




#392827 Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by south_bound on 01 August 2014 - 07:41 PM

Hi, the plate for the 1.6 looks non symmetrical as if it needs to go in one way round.  How do you work out which way it needs to go?  Also, I have seen that some people loosen or take off the fuel filter housing to get batter access - did you do it that way?  I have had the plate for a few months now, but haven't got around to doing the job.




#392600 One Touch Windows

Posted by south_bound on 01 August 2014 - 06:41 AM

4 door models with all electric windows can be programmed for one touch up and down as is the case on my 07 Ghia.  Also have the ability to raise or lower all 4 windows remotely using the key fob buttons.   I can't remember what I did to programme this, but found it on the internet somewhere, maybe even a guide on this forum if you go looking.




#390708 Oil Sump Plug

Posted by south_bound on 27 July 2014 - 06:50 PM

My 2007 1.6TDCi has a copper washer, 10mm internal diameter, 20mm outer diameter.  I have been meaning to replace it for ages but never got around to it and have reused the same one for the last 8 or so oil changes. 

 

The bigger problem I have is that I think I have striipped the thread on the plug - it tightens then suddenly gives and I need to go around another turn to tighten it again.  I check the oil level regularly and it is ok, even though there is a slight seep from the drain plug.  I might go to Ford to get a new one for the sake of £8 and peace of mind, and get a new washer at the same time.




#388187 New Oil Filter

Posted by south_bound on 21 July 2014 - 09:48 AM

I always end up loosening the intercooler piipe as well - the screw cap catches on this either on the way out or the way back in afterwards.  I'm sure its not the most difficult access to the oil filter in the world, but Ford could have made it a lot easier if they had thought about it!




#388186 A Little Black Box Under The Back Seats

Posted by south_bound on 21 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

If its like mine its to do with the Eloys fluid control - mine got disconnected when I had the dpf removed and it has come up here a couple of times when talking about that subject.  You really had to go digging to find it there under the carpet - were you looking for loose change left by the previous owner?




#386346 Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

Posted by south_bound on 16 July 2014 - 07:41 AM

I've had my Mobius since about Feb/March and all working well - bought it after reading the very good reviews on various forums.  I made a custom mount to put it behind the drivers side of the rearview mirror and hardwired back to an ignition live fuse tap under the glove box (fit and forget, and very discrete).  I take it out every now and then to download any interesting footage and it has always shown what I expected.  The only thing is that I have a magnetic mount and I don't always align it perfectly so sometimes have the corner of the rain sensor in the picture if its a bit skew, but no big problem.

 

The longest trip I have done with it filming is about 13 hours non stop (well only for fuel and toilet stops) and while the heatsink was hot to touch it didn't cause it any problems.

 

To be honest the cost of these things is no more than a reasonable meal out (and I don't see too many people spending weeks deciding which restaurant to go to on a Saturday night).  I would just order it to try and you will be pleasently surprised