JW1982

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    Wilco
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    Focus MK3 Champions Edition
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    2013
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  1. There are 3 different top mounts for the Focus MK3: Finis 1703202 Part number BV61-3K155-AA From 03-01-2011 to 17-06-2013 (except BEV-version). Finis 1824950 Part number BV61-3K155-C2A From 04-03-2014 onwards (vehicles with sport suspension) From 04-03-2014 onwards (vehicles with standard suspension, except Russian market) From 04-03-2014 onwards (vehicles with performance suspension) From 17-06-2013 to 04-03-2014 (except BEV-version). Finis 1820233 Part number CV61-3K155-B2A From 17-06-2013 onwards (vehicles with heavy duty suspension) However Finis 1703202 is no longer available and has been replaced by Finis 1824950. Both parts are fully interchangeable. Unless there is still old stock you will automatically receive the latest available part when ordering any of these numbers. As far as I know the heavy duty suspension was never used on Western European vehicles. The top bearings Finis 1508111 Part number 3M51-3K099-AD remained the same for all suspension types and production data.
  2. The triangle design DRL lights for the Focus MK3 are produced by several Chinese manufacturers. There are litterally dozens of these DRL kits that may look identical but are technically different and most important are different quality. I bought myself a high quality set of these triangle design DRL lights 4 Years ago and it worked without any problems ever since. The cheaper triangle designs DRL lights are usually lower quality and have cheap generic Chinese DRL controllers. Some DRL controllers detect the voltage increase when the engine is running and switch the DRL ON/OFF based on the battery voltage. Most of these DRL controllers are not suitible for the Focus MK3 because of the relative high battery voltage an Battery Monitoring System.. I have installed several of these triangle design DRL kits and none of them did have the same DRL controller. If you can take detailed pictures of the DRL controller and the wiring schematic I can have a look at it if you want.
  3. JW1982

    Coolant

    You need a coolant that meets or exceeds the Ford WSS-M97B44-D (concentrated) or Ford WSS-M97B44-D2 (predilluted) specification. Most coolants that meet the SP12 / G12+ specifications also meet the Ford specification. There are however coolant brands/types that meet the Ford specifications but needs to be changed more often than the 10 Years changing interval that Ford prescribes.
  4. ACM (Audio Control Module) is the radio itself. The MK3 audiosystem basically consists of the following parts: *ACM (Audio Control module). *FCDIM (Display). *FCIM (Control panel). *Bluetooth/Voicecontrol module or APIM (SYNC) module (if present). These modules communicate by the CANbus system or LINbus network.
  5. If a software update is available the IDS program should ask if TSB 35/2012 (installation of the electric coolant pump) has been performed or not. Depending on this choice the program automatically selects the correct software version. In case the car already has the latest available software version the update procedure can be forced by performing the non-com procedure. When connecting the IDS program to the car make sure that the ignition is switched off. The program will still try to connect and will show several warning messages to switch the ignition on or off. Proceed but make sure that the ignition remains switched off. After a few attempts to connect to the vehicle the IDS program will offer the possibility to select the car manually by the tear tag number or the PCM hardware number. After selecting the PCM hardware number (this number can easily be found on the Etis website) the software loads the correct vehicle functionality without actually connecting to the car. Next go to the module programming section and select the function to change a module. select PCM and start the procedure. During the procedure the program may ask to switch the ignition on/off a few times. Proceed but make sure that the ignition remains switched off. proceed once the program instructs to replace the PCM module and switch the ignition on. This is acually the first time that the ignition must be switched on. Now the IDS software should ask if TSB 35/2012 (installation of the electric coolant pump) has been performed or not. Depending on this choice the program automatically selects the correct software version based on the hardware version of the PCM.
  6. Sound & Connect (USB, Bluetooth Audio and Ipod Control) is only supported by the GEN 3 Sony radio's and the Travelpilot FX and NX satnav systems. The standard 6000CD radio only supports phone connectivity functionality when a suitible Bluetooth/Voicecontrol module is connected. If the car has the standard 6000CD radio it needs to be replaced by a GEN 3 Sony radio or Travelpilot FX or NX satnav system if you want to retrofit the Sound & Connect system. In this case I would not bother and install a much more modern aftermarket radio that has all modern connectivity functionality. The Bluetooth wiring (if present) is usually taped to the main dasbboard wiring loom. It is located much further/upwards under the dasbboard than the AUX connector and passenger airbag deactivation connector.
  7. The Focus MK3 radio does not have an ignition switched power supply. It only has a permanent power supply and the ignition status is communicated to the radio by CANbus communication.
  8. The prescribed spark plug gap for the 1.8 Duratec HE engine is 1,3 mm. Ford never changed the prescribed spark plug gap for this type of engine. Next to this there are also no known problems regarding the spark plug gap on this type of engine. You should regap the spark plugs at the prescibed gap of 1,3 mm. A narrower gap results in a smaller / weaker spark. Because of this the spark can be not powerful enough to properly ignite the fuel/air mixture. This can affect both the fuel consumption and starting behavior of the engine and in extreme cases the catalytic converter can become damaged as a result of unburned fuel residues.
  9. The wheel hubs need to be tightened using the following procedure: Step 1: Torque: 65 Nm Step 2: Stage 1: Loosen: 90° Stage 2: 65 Nm Step 3: Stage 1: Loosen: 90° Stage 2: 65 Nm Step 4: Stage 1: Loosen: 90° Stage 2: 65 Nm Step 5: Stage 1: Loosen: 90° Stage 2: 65 Nm This procedure is needed to avoid introducing stress/deformation of the wheel hub housing during assembly. This will reduce the risk of premature failure of the wheel hub drastically.
  10. On the Focus MK3 the single color Ambient Lights (including the footwell lights) are fully controlled by the BCM. On these vehicles the Ambient Lighting functionality can easily be activated by changing the Central car Configuration. After being activated the footwell lights will work and can be switched ON/OFF from within the instrument cluster settings menu. The multi color Ambient Lights are controlled by a seperate LED controller. On the Focus MK3.5 however both the single color and multi color Ambient Lights are controlled by a seperate LED controller. Vehicles without the Ambient Lights do not have the LED controller. In most situations the footwell lights wiring is only partly present or not connected at all. After being activated the footwell lights can be switched ON/OFF from within the instrument cluster settings menu but will not work because of the missing/disconnected wiring and the missing LED controller. To make the footwell lights work you either have to install/connect the missing wiring and LED controller or wire the footwell lights a different way.
  11. Electric coolant pump. Finis 1763048 Part number CM5G-8C419-AA €148,87 Wiring harness. Finis 1772607 Part number BV6T-14C361-AA €13,19 Coolant hose. Finis 1853623 Part number CM5G-9V427-GD €15,50 Coolant hose. Finis 1793564 Part number CV61-8B573-VD €13,91 Bolt. Finis 1381665 M6 x 14 €2,65 Coolant reservoir. Finis 1717053 Part number 8V61-8K218-AE €17,34 Coolant reservoir cap. Finis 1301104 Part number 3M5H-8100-AD €13,87 or revised cap with Finis 5193938 MK3.5 coolant hose (thin hose/pipe). Finis 1855418 €11,27 MK3.5 coolant hose (large hose). Finis 2122838 €32,37 Waterpump (circulation pump). SKF VKPC84219 Reprogramming of the PCM needs to be done preferably with the Ford IDS or FRDS diagnostic system. During the update procedure the diagnostic system asks whether the car has the additional coolant pump or not. Depending on this the diagnostic system automatically selects the latest version of the correct software.
  12. On cars that do not have the additional coolant pump it is highly recommended to retrofit the pump. All needed parts cost approximately 250 pounds from Ford and the installation will approximately take 2 to 3 Hours. After all parts are installed the PCM needs to be reprogrammed with the correct software that has the ability to control the additional coolant pump. Below some pictures of all parts that are needed to retrofit the addtitional (electric) coolant pump: Coolant pump. Wiring harness. Coolant hose. Another coolant hose. Bolt. Apart from this it is also highly recommended to convert the MK3 1.0 ECOboost cooling system to MK3.5 specs. using the following MK3.5 hoses: This is a very easy conversion which costs approximately 60 pounds. This is about the same price as the single MK3 degas hose. Also inspect the coolant reservoir thoroughly and in case any (micro)cracks are found the coolant reservoir and coolant reservoir cap should be replaced. Below some pictures of a coolant reservoir that was less than 3 Years old when I changed it. This reservoir is cleaned completely after disassembly and shows several signs of discoloration and (micro)cracks. A new reservoir is clear/white In case of any doubts the reservoir should and reservoir cap should always be replaced. These are inexpensive parts that can prevent a lot of trouble. The coolant reservoir and the coolant reservoir cap cost approximately 40 Pounds. It is also a good idea to inspect the waterpump for leaks. This type of waterpump has a mechanical seal that is lubricated and cooled by coolant. It is perfectly normal for this type of mechanical seal to leak a tiny amount of coolant. Especially when the seal has not been fully bedded in yet. Unfortunately the original (Pierburg) pump quite oftes suffers from a leaking seal. If there are excessive signs of coolant (both drops or traces of dried coolant) it i a good idea to replace the waterpump. A replacement SKF waterpump Which in my opinion is better quality than the OEM Pierburg waterpump) will cost approximately 100 pounds. Installation of the new pump should take less than 1 Hour. By retrofitting the additional electric coolant pump, converting the hoses to MK3.5 spec. and inspecting the coolant reservoir, coolant reservoir cap and waterpump (and replacing them if needed) all of the known MK3 1.0 ECOboost cooling system problems are basically solved. It will make the car more reliable and also give you peace of mind.
  13. The severe discoloration of the coolant reservoir is one of the symptoms of deterioration of the plastic material. You should inspect the reservoir thoroughly and in case any (micro)cracks are found the coolant reservoir and coolant reservoir cap should be replaced. Based on the severe discoloration I suspect that there is a huge chance that the reservoir already developed (micro)cracks. Below some pictures of a coolant reservoir that was less than 3 Years old when I changed it. A new reservoir is clear/white In case of any doubts the reservoir should and reservoir cap should always be replaced. These are inexpensive parts that can prevent a lot of trouble.
  14. JW1982

    tyres

    Can be several brands. Ford usually buys large badges of tyres from different manufacturers. Well known suppliers are Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental and Michelin. Ford did (and does) not use a single sipplier. My previous Focus MK2 did have Bridgestone tyres factory fitted. My original Ford 17 Inch MK2.5 wheelset did have Continental Sportcontact 2 tyres factory fitted. My Focus MK3 did have (the optional) Goodyear all season tyres factory fitted
  15. The Battery Monitoring System should only be reset if the battery has been disconnected and fully charged using a suitible battery charger for EFB batteries or if the battery is replaced by a new (fully charged) battery. A major requirement of the BMS reset is that the battery is fully charged and has not lost its original capacity. Performing the BMS reset on an older already worn battery is not a good idea. Performing the BMS reset procedure basically makes the BMS adapt to the characteristics of the battery. Performing the BMS reset procedure on a battery that is not fully charged or lost most of its original capacity basically tells the BMS that the battery is fully charged while in fact it may be charged for only 60% or only has 60% of its original capacity left. This can result in serious problems like for example undercharging the battery or overcharging the battery. Both will seriously affect the life expectancy of the battery and can also cause the alternator to make excessive noise. Personally I would start with disconnecting the battery and charging the battery using a suitible battery charger for EFB batteries. After the battery is fully charged it can be reconnected and the BMS reset procedure must be performed. If the battery is a bit older (2,5 Years or above) or has been drained completely in the past the capacity of the battery may have lost a large piece of its original capacity. In this case it is recommended to test the battery and in case of any doubts to replace it. My experience is that these batteries do not last that long. My Focus MK3 1.0 ECOboost is currently 5.5 Years old and I have to replace the battery approximately every 2,5 to 3 Years. After the battery is fully charged, tested and the BMS is reset you can rul this out as the cause of the rumble.