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  1. Swapping to alloys (size help)

    You need the following wheel nuts: The original Ford Finis number is 1678260 (part number 8V41-1K024-AC). There are also several aftermarket equivalents for this wheel nut. For excample the Febi Bilstein 29463.
  2. Swapping to alloys (size help)

    If combined with the correct wheel nuts these wheels can be used without any problems. However from an aesthetic point of view the wheels will be sitting a bit too far into the wheelwells (closer to the suspension). This can be solved by installing spacers.
  3. Swapping to alloys (size help)

    These are original 7 x 17 Inch S-max/Galaxy (2006) Ghia wheels. Originally these wheels were diamond cut. Note that these wheels have an offset of 55 mm. Original 17 Inch Focus MK3/MK3.5 wheels have an offset of 50 mm. This means that these wheels will be sitting 5 mm further into the wheelwell (closer to the suspension) than the original 17 Inch Focus MK3/MK3.5 wheels. Aesthetically this will not look nice. The original 17 inch Focus MK3/MK3.5 wheels are already pretty far inside the wheelwells. Personally I would consider installing spacers (of at least 5 mm thick). Also note that these wheels must be combined with the correct wheel nuts. The Focus MK3.5 has the latest design Global Wheelnuts. These wheel nuts are not suitible for the old design wheels. Being S-max/Galaxy (2006) wheels these wheels are definetely old design wheels. Old design wheels must be combined with the correct period wheel nuts. The original S-max/Galaxy wheel nuts that are available for these wheels have M14 x 1.5 mm threads. These will not fit because the Focus MK3/MK3.5 requires wheel nuts with M12 x 1.5 mm threads. To install these wheels you need the solid wheelnuts for alloy wheels that were used on the Focus MK2.5 and very early MK3. These wheel nuts have Ford Finis number 1678260 and cost a fortune from Ford (approximately 5 Pounds a piece).
  4. Cruise control retrefit

    The free FoCCCus and Forscan programs do not have the ability to do this. These programs can only activate the Cruise Control functionality in the Central Car Configuration. As far as I know the Russian UCDS diagnostic system and the Ford IDS diagnostic system both have the ability to activate the Cruise Control functionality on later MK3.5 versions. If changing the Central Car Configuration does not activate the Cruise Control functionality you either have to invest in a suitible diagnostic system or find someone who has the ability and tools to activate the Cruise Control functionality.
  5. The recall only applies to the 1.6 ECOboost Petrol engine.
  6. Cruise control retrefit

    Just changing the Central Car Configuration is not enough to activate Cruise Control on most later MK3.5 models. On these vehicles it is also necessary to reprogram the PCM and in some cases also the BCM.
  7. Swapping to alloys (size help)

    Transit Connect/Courier wheels are perfectly suitible for the Focus MK2/MK2.5 and Focus MK3/MK3.5. The specifications are identical (or at least very similar).
  8. Weird badging on focus?!

    Not only the 1.6 TDCI and 1.0 ECOboost engines. On most European markets the 2.0 TDCI and 1.6 ECOboost do also have the ECOnetic technologies badge. The ECOnetic Technologies versions are different from the 95 and 105 HP ECOnetic versions. The following website explains the ECOnetic Technologies philosofy : http://technology.fordmedia.eu/documents/Ford_GreenECOneticExplained.pdf
  9. Rear Light question MK3.5

    The Central Car Configuration of the Focus MK3/MK3.5 is stored in both the BCM (Body Control Module) and the IPC (Instrument Cluster). The main CCC file is stored in the BCM and the backup CCC file is stored in the IPC. The BCM is connected to the HS (High Speed) CANbus network and can be diagnosed using a standard ELM327 interface. The IPC is connected to the MS (Mid Speed) CANbus network and can not be diagnosed using a standard ELM327 interface. This can only be done with a modified ELM327 interface which has a switch to switch between the HS CANbus and the MS CANbus network. Because the IPC only contains the backup CCC file and not the main CCC file it is not really needed to change this file. The system uses the main CCC file to configure all modules and settings. Keeping the backup file original will not affect any of the changes made in the main CCC file. However I personally prefer to have both the main and backup CCC file to be identical.
  10. Engine managment light

    I have seen this problem a few times before. In these cases the problem was caused by low quality fuel. On these cars I solved the problem by updating the PCM software to the latest version and told the owners to use better quality fuel. The 1.0 ECOboost is very sensitive for quality and octane rating of the fuel. Sometimes even the brand of fuel can make a huge difference.
  11. On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 the electronic throttle pedal is not connected to the PCM. It is connected to the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster converts the PWM signal of the electronic throttle pedal to a CANbus signal and transmits this signal to the PCM. The instrument cluster is also responsible for the throttle response (which can be improved by configuring the car as an automatic and selecting "Sport"). Throttle pedal related DTC codes are often caused by the classic instrument cluster problem that is caused by cracked soldering connections. I have seen this many times before.
  12. Rear Light question MK3.5

    The FoCCCus program was never updated for the Focus MK3.5. When Ford released the Focus MK3.5 the original developer of the FoCCCus program stopped developing the program. The original developer had no intentions to update the program for the Focus MK3.5. Version 0.8.5 is the latest version that was released by the original developer. Some other persons wanted to update the program for the Focus MK3.5. They got the approval of the original developer and developed Version 0.8.6. This version has limited support for the early Focus MK3.5. However after a short period Ford changed the hardware numbers of the MK3.5 IPC and BCM. These vehicles are not supported by the FoCCCus program. The Forscan program or the Ford IDS diagnostic system are much more suitible for the Focus MK3.5.
  13. IDS automatically selects the correct update file if an update is available. it is not possible to select a VBF file manually.
  14. Swapping to alloys (size help)

    Original Ford 7,5 x 17 Inch wheels are very rare. Most original Ford wheels are 7 x 17 inch. Some are even 6.5 x 17 Inch. A 225-45-17 tyre fits perfectly on a 7 x 17 Inch wheel. When using a different size tyres than approved/prescribed by the manufacturer you should be aware that this is illegal in some countries. With different size tyres that are not approved the car no longer conforms to the European type approval . This can have pretty big consequenses. In case of an accident the insurance can use this to not have to pay. In Germany and Belgium for example different sized tyres are only allowed after an individual acceptance inspection by a notified body.
  15. The center bore of Ford wheels is 63,3 mm. The center bore of peugeot wheels is 65,1 mm. When installing peugeot wheels on a Ford you need 65,1 mm --> 63,3 mm spigot rings (hub centric rings). As already said you must absolutely use the correct wheelnuts. Ford wheelnuts are not suitible for Peugeot wheels. When using suitible spigot rings and correct wheelnuts it is absolutely safe to use these wheels. However the large offset difference can cause the wheel bearings to fail prematurely.