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  1. Ford Focus Mk 1 Bluetooth Aux In?

    Hi All, I received all the parts yesterday and it looks really good (if i do say so myself :)) It works really well, except I have a bit of a hiss. I think this is more to do with the Bluetooth connection rather than wiring. But after turning down the treble it's hardly noticeable (although it will probably drive me nuts). Thanks again for all the help though, especially Clive/Stoney!
  2. Ford Focus Mk 1 Bluetooth Aux In?

    Ah cool, looks like a plan :) Just going to use skotchlok connectors to hook into the power and earth, rather than mess around with solder and heat shrink. All going well I should be doing it next week sometime. Thanks again for the help Clive.
  3. Ford Focus Mk 1 Bluetooth Aux In?

    Sorry to be a pain, it looks like the cigarette lighter is 'live' all the time even when the car is off. I’m not sure whether the Belkin has an Auto Off feature or not and I don’t really want it to draw power whilst it’s not in use. I've just watched a video where someone is doing exactly what I want to do, but they have a Blaupunkt stereo. He's hooked it up to the power wire on the stereo which is also controlled by the ignition switch (see below for vid). I’ve just had a look in my trusty copy of the Haynes manual and I’m guessing that I should piggy back onto 443/3 which appears to be the switched live. Is this correct? Also can I piggy back the black cable of the cigarette lighter to one of the two earths (445/11 or 445/12)? If that theory could be confirmed as a good one that would be awesome :) Thanks for your help (again) Tom.
  4. Ford Focus Mk 1 Bluetooth Aux In?

    Thanks Clive, I'll hook it up normally first to see what it's like and then if it's good I'll have a go at wiring it in. I've got some shrink wrap around here somewhere... I'll post some pics as soon as I've done it.
  5. Ford Focus Mk 1 Bluetooth Aux In?

    Hi Stoney, I'm not very electrically (if that's a word) minded, will I be ok to use both the new piggybacked outlet (hidden) as well as the existing one (in centre console). So for example, the aircast will always be plugged in, but from time to time I'll want to use the existing one for my sat nav and other bits and bobs. I probably wouldn't drill a hole anywhere, just have it in a box somewhere behind the dash (if there's any room). Cheers for the help, Tom.
  6. Hi Guys, I've got a little question I was hoping someone could help me with (I have a horrible feeling this has been asked before, but I struggled to find an answer). I have a 2002 Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec and into the stereo I have a connects 2 aux in adapter (see below for link) which I plug my iPhone into. For a year or so this has served me really well and I was really happy with it. Now I'm looking at buying a Belkin Aircast (see below for link) which uses Bluetooth to wirelessly pickup music and phone calls from my phone (using A2DP). All you need is an aux in and a power supply from a cigarette lighter. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Aircast-Auto-Hands-Transmitter/dp/B004FNYQZ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349287388&sr=8-1 Its had good reviews and I'm quite keen on installing one. The only problem is that I don't want the power adapter sticking out of the dash, ideally I'd like it hidden behind the dash or in the glovebox. So what I'd like to know is:- I imagine that if I remove the stereo head unit i'll have access to the back of the cigarette lighter. Would it be possible to add another cigarette lighter outlet by splicing the cable of the new one onto the existing one? If this is a bad idea is there another way of achieving a similar result? Any hints/tips/advice/opinions more than welcome. Thanks, Tom.
  7. Temperature And Speedo Gauge Problems

    Hi Everyone, I've got another problem with my temp gauge. It will go from normal to red lining and back to normal (after easing off or dabbing the brakes) within a few seconds. It usually happens on the dual carriage-way coming back from work when I’m doing around 70-80mph. I've only recently had the temperature sensor replaced, so is there something else that could be faulty? I’ve only noticed this problem within the last 2 weeks. Thanks again for your help, Thanks, Tom.
  8. Temperature And Speedo Gauge Problems

    Just come back from the garage and their diagnosis is a faulty temperature sensor, which in turn is playing with the engine management system. If that's all that's at fault it should be a nice cheap fix lol. Cheers, Tom.
  9. Temperature And Speedo Gauge Problems

    Hi, Thanks for the info, for some reason I just thought that it should idle a little higher than that. Going mad lol. Yeh that was quite annoying about the coil, it was just a suggestion that somebody gave me. I'm going to drop it into the garage tomorrow and see if they can diagnose it for me. Hopefully nothing too expensive. The first thing I noticed was the Speedo (fell to zero for a couple of seconds), but I haven't seen that since. Now the temperature gauge starts in the red and then eases down to normal (about mid-way), however when it's in the red it isn't accompanied by the engine warning light (as stated in the OM), very confusing, but hopefully an easy fix. Anyway cheers for the help, I'll keep you posted. Tom.
  10. Temperature And Speedo Gauge Problems

    Hi Chaps, Sorry to bump this back to the top, but I was hoping you could answer some more questions... Replaced the spark plugs, HT leads and coil this afternoon, and the problem still persists with the temperature gauge and the 'lag' with the accelerator. Also the car seems to idle at around 750 rpm, something just doesn't feel right. Is there anything else that could be at fault? Thanks for all your help, Tom.
  11. Temperature And Speedo Gauge Problems

    Started up the car this morning and had the same problem. Struggling to start, then when started pushing the accelerator makes the engine stall. Hopefully it's just buggered spark plugs, but I fear it may be something more expensive :( Also have the same problem with the temperature gauge. I'm going to have a quick look at that link now. Just bought a Haynes manual from Amazon. Thanks for the advice, Tom.
  12. Hi Guys, A couple of days ago my car developed a few problems... This morning the engine wouldn't turn over on the first attempt, it sounded like it was really struggling. Then when it eventually did fire up the car nearly stalled when I first used the accelerator, the revs just dropped to nothing. A mate at work told me that it may be the spark plugs need changing. Earlier today I pulled off the rubber plugs the cover the spark plugs and found that they were all sat in a pool of water, a couple of weeks prior to this I had driven through a ford a little fast. However at the time there were no signs of any problems. We managed to get most of the water out with an air supply and now the car starts up ok. At the weekend I'm going to drop a sponge in there to clean it up and then change the spark plugs over. Do you think it’ll be OK, or is there anything else I should do too? A couple of days ago the speedometer just dropped to nothing whilst I was doing about 50mph. I kicked it down a gear and gave it some gas and it game back. Then today when I turned on the ignition (after cleaning up the spark plugs) the temperature gauge started in the red and then settled down and centred with no warning lights, I'm pretty sure it never used to do this. Could anyone suggest what could be causing these problems and whether the three faults are related? Thanks, Tom.
  13. How To Replace The Arb Drop Link Rod

    Afternoon, Just replaced the two front ARB's and low and behold there is no more creaking from the front of the car :) Since posting about the stalling issue I haven't felt it, perhaps it was just the cold temperatures? Anyway here are some pics of the old ARB's... (Excuse the project car in the back of shot :)) Cheers for the help, Tom.
  14. How To Replace The Arb Drop Link Rod

    Yep, will do, hopefully it'll be a nice simple task. I've got another problem as well actually, when the focus is just idling (for example at the lights) it feels as though it's about the stall. Any ideas? Cheers (again) Tom.
  15. How To Replace The Arb Drop Link Rod

    Hi, Thanks for the advice. I'm not 100% sure, I only noticed the problem yesterday and I googled it this morning and found a couple of posts on other forums that seemed to think the ARB Drop Link Rod was at fault. http://forums.focaljet.com/problems-service-recalls/578669-loud-creaking-front-left-suspension-wheel-area.html http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Uk/uk.rec.cars.maintenance/2007-08/msg00869.html (Really sorry if I'm not meant to post links to ther forums, I'm not sure about the rules here.) Cheers, Tom.