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  1. Mk7.5 Retrofit OEM park sensors - Can it be done?

    Thanks Ian, I was about to ask about the wiring. Are you referring to the small or the large grey plug? (Left or right?) Also, what else is on the same connector? Paul, I got the sensors and wiring from a breaker. If I'm not mistaken, the park pilot was necessary on cars before 2012 as I couldn't find it on the parts catalogue for mk7.5, although I might be wrong. I'll try tracing the wires next time I get to the car. See attached for the sensors i got. You might notice they come from a 2012 car, but considering the plug is identical, I'd be surprised if they don't match.
  2. Hi all, As mentioned on another post, i've been tasked by a friend to look for potential mods on his MK7.5. This time we're looking into OEM reversing sensors (not Xvision) that show on the display. The car is a 64 plate with high level stereo (not branded) and a single colour (blue) screen. It also has the bluetooth module, although that's probably irrelevant. I know a lot of people suggest this might be expensive, but i didn't find any posts confirming if that's at all possible and if you can do it with Forscan. The sensor plug is present at the back of the car behind the bumper, so i was hoping it would be a case of simply connecting the sensors and enabling using Forscan. So far i've been unable to make them work. On forscan i selected the option for rear sensors only, but i get a warning on the screen when reverse is engaged. I see the car and an exlamation mark on the back and the front. I imagine this means it couldn't find the sensors, even though they are connected at the back. Looking at the parts catalogue, i couldn't find any parts required for a car of that type, unlike the MK7 that required the module. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
  3. Thanks for your replies everyone. To be honest i was a bit surprised if that was a rain sensor as it sat behind the dotted section. The GPS does make more sense. Looking at the code of the item (DE8T 19H463 DA), loads of people call this rain sensor so i'm in a bit confused as to what it actually is. It's the 1.6 TDCI engine
  4. Hi all, A friend of mine recently bought a 2014 mk7.5 fiesta that was meant to be style, but came with start&stop, hill start assist and Bluetooth which are usually not seen on style. The car came with footwell light wiring (no bulbs) which makes me think it has the full loom. Looking at the windscreen, even though it's not heated, it appears to have the rain & light sensor which is also wired as far as I can see. I tried activating the sensor using forscan but I got an error on the screen saying something in the lines of "rain / light sensor malfunction, device required". I got the error when only rain was active or rain and lights were active. There is no auto headlight switch installed yet, but I doubt the car would know. Has anyone else succeed in this?
  5. Replace locks on Mk7 Fiesta

    That depends on the value of the car, the likelihood of getting stolen, the cost on my premium and the difficulty of changing locks. I've read quite a few posts about fiestas getting stolen (mainly ST tho) which means they are quite popular amongst thieves as well as customers, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's actually happening. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to convince anyone to start changing locks, all I'm saying is it's much easier and cheaper than most people think and doesn't require loads of tools or skills. The average car enthusiast can find his way round this for around £40-50 (depending on breakers prices) Also, in the event your locks get damaged, the process is the same and saves you an expensive visit to the stealership.
  6. Replace locks on Mk7 Fiesta

    I haven't owned that many used cars and i didn't do it on the last one i had, but it was only £500 so it wasn't worth it. I have however been changing locks on every house i've moved to (after the appropriate notice where necessary).
  7. Replace locks on Mk7 Fiesta

    To be honest i'm surprised it's not. The reason i desparately wanted to change them, was the fact i got the car privately with just one key and the seller has you home address from part 6 of the V5C. Buying a second-hand car is always a risk as the seller might keep the second (or third) key on purpose. If you replace all the locks, you eliminate that possibility. If you're super paranoid, you can send the new locks on a different address or buy them direct from the breaker so they don't have your address either :)
  8. Replace locks on Mk7 Fiesta

    So i managed to get hold of a set of locks and keys from a breaker and have sucessfully switched them over. They are hard to come across as most breakers prefer to sell them as a set with the ECU. It wasn't very hard and thanks to another forum member's suggestion i only replaced the cylinders leaving the steering lock assembly and immobiliser untouched. For now i had to keep the old immobiliser chip and will pair the second one using Forscan. Overall it took me around 15 minutes to replace the two cylinders, and another 15 minutes to swap the immobiliser chip on one key because the old one was glued in place. p.s. I was debating with myself in creating a guide, but it's related to car security and that's a public forum...
  9. Driver Assistance Pack - should I have chosen it?

    Personally i'd go for it. There's a large number of collisions that happen at low speeds for example when entering a roundabout where the car in front stops while you look to your right. You're currently familiar with your daily commute, but you'll eventually drive on unfamilar roads, where you'd be more likely to look at the signs or general traffic and momentarily miss the car in front. The cost you mention (£200) is nothing compared to the repairs of a potential accident and/or subsequent insurance premium surge. Also, it won't break your bank considering you're buying a new car. You might even recoup some of that money when you try to sell the car. p.s. My comment is based on the assumption you can disabled the collision feature
  10. Do I have an alarm?

    Looks like a coding issue on the updated website. There appear to be some JavaScript errors on the details page, which probably break the "more details" button. Looking at the source of the page, the details are there, just hidden, so it's probably a temporary bug.
  11. One-Touch Electric Windows Problem

    Appreciate it's a bit of a resurrection and a bit off-topic but probably worth noting in case it solves your issue or helps someone else. When i got my car a week ago, the passenger window was going down half way. It worked fine going up and down but always stopped at the same spot. Upon removing the door card, i realised it was blocked by the mirror cable. It appears the previous owner had replaced the mirror and didn't feed the wire correctly so it was crossing the path of the window as it went down. Initially i tried removing the inner door card also, but it wasn't necessary. An easy way to feed it correctly, is to remove the mirror completely, lower the window fully and then feed the mirror cable. This way, the wrong path will be blocked.
  12. Do I have an alarm?

    I was messing around with forscan earlier and it appears the perimiter alarm is a feature that can be activated even if the car doesn't come with it. My 2010 Zetec did not have an alarm, yet i was able to activate it using forscan. Tested with the open window method and the car behaved correctly. I did come across the following bugs however that will need further testing to confirm their cause I get a notice saying "Bonnet open". My bonnet has a sensor on it, however it needs some "persuasion" to close fully after a minor bump, so the lock might need replacing on my car. I don't get an actual alarm sounding. The hazzard lights are flashing which indicates i'm missing the sounder. My horn has stopped working some time ago (before i activated the alarm) so will need to test again when i replace it. At this stage i'm unsure if the car needs a separate sounder for the alarm or it simply honks the horn when the alarm goes off. I'm quite confident those bugs are limited to my car, but will let you know when i get to the bottom of them.
  13. Do I have an alarm?

    Alex, according to etis my 2010 Zetec tdci doesn't have a permiter alarm as it states "Less Anti-Theft Alarm". I've also tried openning the door when the car is locked and the alarm did not go off, so mine probably doesn't have one. I'd imagine there are certain models that include it as standard, but not all of them.
  14. Do I have an alarm?

    Few different ways 1. Go to https://www.etis.ford.com and enter your VIN number. If it comes up saying "Less Anti-Theft Alarm", then you don't 2. Leave a window open and lock the car. After a few minutes open the door from the handle inside. If it goes off, you have an alarm.
  15. Replace locks on Mk7 Fiesta

    Unless i need to replace the ECU (and speedo that usually goes with it) it shouldn't be a massive job and can certainly deal with it. Won't be a 5-mins job, but certainly beats carrying an ugly steering wheel lock around. Has anyone attempted this and can comment on the required parts? If not, i'd probably buy them and see if they fit!