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Matthew C

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  1. Elm327 Usage Tips

    I hope this is a sufficiently clear photo of my 2003 Focus' port. Does it use the same contact pins as other people's.
  2. Elm327 Usage Tips

    Thanks all. I did see the modified cables for sale, and I read a guide on how to modify the cable myself, but the mod ended up using pin positions that are unused on the socket on my Focus, which is why I though mine must be a different protocol. If I figure out how to upload a photo, I'll show you what's on my car.
  3. Door Replacement

    Hi I think a previous owner has done it on my Mk1.5 (One side is badged LX, the other isn't). I did do it on a Renault a few years ago, keeping all the original glass, C/L and handles - I think the hardest part was lifting the door back into place afterwards, but I did scrape my fingers and knuckles fiddling around inside the panels. I'd suggest checking that your locks and handle components are all going to be loose and not seized in the door before committing to the job. Having a manual would be a big help.
  4. Elm327 Usage Tips

    "It looks as though the crucial pins are 6 and 14 for the hi and low Can busses respectively. I plan to modify this interface using a DPDT switch so I can switch between busses as shown in a number of online guides. However I want to try it unmodified first to make sure it actually works first! Did you try elmconfig with your interfaces?" No, I didn't try ELMconfig. Is that to configure the reader/interface so that it can communicate with the car, or is it to configure the car using an interface that is working?
  5. Elm327 Usage Tips

    Hi I've recently had 2 ELM327 readers off Ebay. A £5 Bluetooth one that connected with the Android app (Torque lite)that was recommended, but wouldn't connect to my 2003 Mk1.5 Focus, but which would connect to my Skoda Fabia. I sent it back. A £13 USB one, claiming to work with Fords from 2001 onwards. It connected to my PC fine with the software supplied, and a variety of others I found on the internet (EasyOBDII, PCMSCAN, FORScan and others), but the reader wouldn't connect to my Focus, it did all connect to my Skoda. I'm sending it back I took the car to a garage yesterday and their fancy dancy reader connected to my car and told me the codes and wiped them all clear and ran some tests. Trust Ford quoted me £65 to read the codes, the local garage did it for £20. What pins are used on your OBD2 port? For comparison mine uses: 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 16 and instead of being a proper trapezium shaped moulding, it's like a rectangle with two ears sticking out at the corners where the widest side of the trapezium would be. I'm pretty sure that the 2003 Mk1.5 Focus that I've got is not OBD2 compliant or that Ford used some obscure protocol, and for that reason doesn't connect to the readers I bought. If anyone reading this does know what works with a 2003 Focus I'd be glad to find out.
  6. There is an intermittent Engine management light on my wife's 2003 Focus. Many sources say that European legislation means that all petrol cars from 2001 on would be OBD2 compliant, so I bought a cheap (£5.40) OBD2 bluetooth reader, from a seller with a suitable returns policy. It didn't work. The software connected with the reader, but the reader didn't connect with the Focus at all. I tried the reader in my 2003 Skoda Fabia and it did more than I would have imagined. So I sent it back and bought the cheapest (£12.50) USB reader that was explicit in saying it suited a Ford Focus of this year. It didn't work, but worked with the Skoda. At the seller's suggestion I tried another software version, that didn't work. I downloaded a trial of Forscan, it too connected with the reader, but the reader didn't connect with the car. There is a fuse listed in the Haynes manual, that says it is for the diagnostic port - I checked it and it's fine. How can I know what the protocol for the Ford Focus is? Did Ford comply with the EU regulations? How can I tell if the port on my car actually works? What readers have any of you actually got to work on your early Focuses? I saw a post on this forum where someone took his car to a Ford garage and they scanned for fault codes and updated his software for £70. Is updating software a common thing to do? What would a normal scan and tell me the codes cost? Or if anyone with a proven reader or a 2003 Focus, between Manchester (Home) - Stockport - High Peak (Work) can spare me 5 minutes one evening I'd be grateful for the chance to try my reader in their car (before I send it back) or their reader in mine. I could be wrong, but I think the car doesn't run as well as it used to, and there's a foreign trip coming this summer, so I'd like to get it sorted soon. All advice gratefully received. Matthew
  7. Thank you Clive, James. I've not been far in the car in the last couple of weeks, but just using an old pillow against the lower back and dropping the seat has helped. I only drive my wife's car at the weekends, so a cushion that can live in the boot most of the time is probably what I'll get. Matthew
  8. My wife has recently sold the lovely Volvo 850 and bought a Focus. She is very pleased and finds it very comfortable. She is 5 foot 5. I was taken a half hour journey this morning and had to drive it back for half an hour this afternoon. My back aches something awful. I am 6 foot 5 and 16 stone, so in the tallest 1% of men in the country, and only just a little overweight. Back in the mid 1990s I had a company car and did 100000 miles in a Mondeo in two and half years. I had terrible backache then as well. Now I know the Volvo was a luxury car, built for all them massive scandidavians, but I'd hoped the Focus wouldn't be so bad. We won't be changing car for a while, so do you have any suggestions (and links to shops or ebay) for cushions, supports etc to help me out. Matthew
  9. A wrong assumption has been made on the on-line insurance, so we need to correct that with the insurers. While I'm at it I want to know for sure if our 2003 1.6 LX Focus estate has a Thatcham approved alarm and immobiliser. How do I check?
  10. 6 years ago some eejit in a Rav 4 wrote off my wife's 7 seat Renault. She needed the space to put 4 car seats in a car to take ours and some other kids to school, so we bought a 135000 mile 13 year old Volvo 850 estate. Kids have grown out of car seats, some now walk to school, so she wanted a smaller more economical and easier to park estate, but still with space for tents and the rest of the camping kit. We looked at Focus, Golf, Fabia, Astra, Avensis, Laguna, 307, 406, V40, and maybe some others. I sold the 850, still going strong at 186000 miles, 19 years old and a little rust starting to show where it had been scratched parking. A friend who works for Fords gearboxes bit said the design life for the engine and gearbox is 150000, so we were reluctant to get anything near that mileage, and most of the Focuses for a grand or less that I saw were rusty and sometimes noisy. We ended up buying a clean-looking 53 reg estate with 107000 miles on the clock with no service history or owners' guide. I'm hoping that this forum will help me to keep the Focus running well for a long time, and that Fix Or Repair Daily, is an undeserved reputation. I'm going to wait till the V5 and the Haynes manual arrive, change oil and filter, and then think about why the idling seems high, and if there's a way of telling when the belt was last changed (if ever).
  11. Welcome to the Ford forums Matthew C :)