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Focus Mk3 Fitting Reversing Camera

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I have a 2014 Focus Estate with Sync 1 and the 5" colour monitor, park assist and GPS. It was first registered in March 2014, so I guess probably built in the latter half of 2013.

I would like to fit a reversing camera, but I'm slightly confused about the options available, especially since many of the guides on here seem to have lost their pictures.

I suppose the simplest is to fit a non-OEM camera (does the Estate need a special one to fit the tailgate release?) and separate monitor - are the ones that replace the mirror any good? Do they interfere with normal mirror usage? Or has anyone put a display above the mirror? Are the cameras and displays usually 4:3 or 16:9?

Or what are the options to use the centre display and also integrate successfully with the park assist?

Thanks,

Lance

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16 hours ago, Albacore said:

I have a 2014 Focus Estate with Sync 1 and the 5" colour monitor, park assist and GPS. It was first registered in March 2014, so I guess probably built in the latter half of 2013.

I would like to fit a reversing camera, but I'm slightly confused about the options available, especially since many of the guides on here seem to have lost their pictures.

I suppose the simplest is to fit a non-OEM camera (does the Estate need a special one to fit the tailgate release?) and separate monitor - are the ones that replace the mirror any good? Do they interfere with normal mirror usage? Or has anyone put a display above the mirror? Are the cameras and displays usually 4:3 or 16:9?

Or what are the options to use the centre display and also integrate successfully with the park assist?

Thanks,

Lance

There is plenty of posts on here with the pictures still. Have another look. 

Just put sync 3 in and connect any rear cam seems to be the best bet. 

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Thanks, but conversion to Sync 3 sounds like a rather ambitious and expensive project for me.

Having done a bit more research, I've found that I have the older 5" screen with the beige connector (sod's law!) - EM5T 18B955 DA, so I either need to upgrade that or buy the Russian reversing camera module.

The upgrade seems to be more cost effective. I've read that the screen I need is the F1BT 18B955 DC. I've seen an F1BT 18B955 DA for sale. Does anyone know if that will work?

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Slow progress!

I've now got a display F1BT 18B955 DC, but not fitted it yet. When I look behind the current display, there is a green Rosenberger 4 pin connector in the loom, taped up and not connected.

I've tried to trace where the cable goes, but it disappears into a loom the size of a small ash tree and despite my best efforts I'm not sure where it goes. I've looked behind the glove box and I'm pretty sure it doesn't go that way; I've had that centre console side panel off and can't see a termination for it there either.

Does anyone know where it terminates? I appreciate it probably doesn't go as far as the rear of the car, but it would be nice to pick it up somewhere on the way.

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I'm doing exactly the same as you except I also upgraded from a non sat nav unit. It really seems hit or miss on what wires you have behind the unit. Mine is 2012 and like yours was the brown plug on the display. So I've fitted the screen with the green plug. Taped up behind the screen was the pink, blue and black Fakra leads. I also luckily had the wires to get voice to work but no green plug. Finding a female blue 4 pin plug is proving difficult unless you want to wait for the slow boat from China. I've ended up fitting a camera moulded into the boot handle but is rca cabled. Cost about 8 quid from amazon. So I've got to make a patch lead. I've successfully coded everything but have left it without camera for the moment as it plays havoc with the park pilot display having it switched on but not connected. Let us know how you get on. 

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17 hours ago, Dozz said:

I'm doing exactly the same as you except...

Good to find someone else on the same road - I was starting to feel lonely on here! I was hoping that one of the experts on here might have shed some light on my cable routing problem, but if not, I'll just cut the cable to the green connector and use the connector and a short length of the cable and connect it to a newly routed camera cable, either with a female phono or simply by soldering.

Can you give me a brief outline of the coding you did to get things working? Did you use Forscan?

Also it sounds like you have park pilot, which I do as well - I don't want to lose its display - does it continue to work with the camera display with the non-oem camera?

Camera-wise, there seem to be some non-oem ones that do dynamic lines by some clever trickery.

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So my camera isn't working. I'm waiting on a plug for the back of the display. When I went in and changed the coding for the camera I was presented with the screen just turning black. With the park pilot it was quite funny. I have sensors front and back. With the camera disconnected the screen went black but showed the picture of the car for the pilot........ Only the front half! From the centre of the roof back it had vanished. So once I get the camera sorted I'm not sure what I'm going to get. I've heard that some of the sync 2/3 conversion guys have managed to get it working but doing something the architecture but WHOOOSH! That's way over my head. I didn't use forscan for the coding I used FoCCCus but used forscan to delete error codes etc. I had to tell my car that a, it now has a camera #99, b the screen was now 5" from 4.2 #172 and c, my branded stereo was now with sat nav #214. Once the lead turns up and the camera is working I'm thinking there maybe one more setting I'll try which is number 157 which is currently bt/vc phone interface+usb which I think needs to be bt/vc+info+navigation. As for camera it has tiny little wire which I'm meant to cut if I don't want lines but I don't think that has anything to do with the Dynamic set up

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On the Ford MFD system (either bluetooth Voicecontrol based or SYNC 1.0/1.1 based) the active/dynamic parking lines will only work if an original rear view camera and module are used (on very late MK3 versions and MK3.5 versions the rear view camera module is integrated into the BCM). The rear view camera communicates with the rear view camera module by a LINbus network. The rear view camera module projects the active/dynamic parking line overlay onto the camera image. 

An aftermarket rear view camera does not have the ability to communicate with the rear view camera module. It is not possible to project the active/dynamic parking lines onto the video image of an aftermarket rear view camera. This is not a problem because most aftermarket rear view cameras have fixed parking lines. 

 

When a rear view camera is connected to the Ford MFD system (either a original or aftermarket camera) the rear parking sensors are no longer displayed on the FCDIM (display). Only the front parking sensors are displayed. The rear parking sensors only have the audible warning (beeps). The visual warning is replaced by the camera image. 

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10 hours ago, JW1982 said:

When a rear view camera is connected to the Ford MFD system (either a original or aftermarket camera) the rear parking sensors are no longer displayed on the FCDIM (display). Only the front parking sensors are displayed. The rear parking sensors only have the audible warning (beeps). The visual warning is replaced by the camera image. 

even more reason not to bother....  

by far the best set up was the big BM screen under a big hood from the dash (as in e89 and e60) full of (the similar to ford but adult sized) traffic light display.  Here each corner had a massive very accurate display and distinctive tones front to rear which just worked.. in comparison to a camera subject to road filth and the screen full of sun reflections (which makes it a total and utter waste of space).

I never had the camera on my merc and thought it would be a decent upgrade that I ought to fit.  I sourced secondhand parts relatively cheapy, getting hold of the original crazy money parts (including the very expensive active line module £1300, camera £750 and loom £ 350) then paid silly money to get it coded and calibrated only to find its about 10% fit for purpose.... if merc weren't so retarded fitting front and rear sensor visual indicators in different places on the car and a volume level 1/3 of what's required, I now know I would never bother fitting one again.

on a merc….all the noises are the same and almost inaudible and then the sensors only come in when its almost too late to react..... so you end up staring in three mirrors, four corners, whilst wobbling your head about trying to look around the steering wheel spokes to see the speedo for the fronts sensor info, the top of the rear window for the rears and the screen for the camera….   all in, you'd be better off just driving it like an adult

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So I've got everything hooked up to tonight. However the camera still doesn't work. Before once I had coded the car even with the camera disconnected the screen would go black and the park pilot would launch as a smaller graphic on a black screen. As already stated the rear half of the park pilot disappeared. So while I was waiting for my lead to turn up I changed #99 back to no camera and I've left it at. Now tonight I connected it all up , changed #99 to with camera and sat back to bathe in my ultimate knowledge. Bollix! The screen isn't even going black. It's like I've got it coded for no camera. I've read the bcm, rewrote it again still no joy. I've even changed the ipc to mirror the bcm. So I'm stumped. Got grumpy drank beer and sulked.

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After changing the configuration you have to lock the car and wait approximately half an hour. This way the FCDIM (display) will enter sleep mode. When unlocking the car the FCDIM reboots and will adapt to the configuration changes. 

If everything is connected and configured correctly the rear view camera should work after a reboot of the FCDIM. 

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JW................ can I have your babies????? 🤣 went out this morning and working all fine 🤣

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Hi Folks !

i was interested in this post as I’ve just bought a 19 reg Focus Titanium Estate  which has the sensors but not the reversing camera.

would this have the wiring to the boot area already for the camera, or would I need a suitable kit.

i don’t suppose Ford provide these as they don’t encourage aftermarket fittings normally .

Thanks in advance for any help forthcoming .!

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