Matt92

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About Matt92

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  • Birthday 06/12/1992

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  • First Name
    Matthew
  • Gender*
    Male
  • Ford Model
    Focus 1.5 tdci Titanium
  • Ford Year
    2015
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Warwickshire

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  1. Matt92

    1.5/6 diesel duratec

    It seems reasonable, there’s a few niggles here and there, radio buttons don’t light up if you leave a CD in, although I was reading that could just be a software update. I’ve only used the navigation locally but it seemed to work once I programmed it. The Bluetooth connection for music playback has its moments, not sure quite why but it’s like there’s interference or something, normally when I’m close to my works building, once I’m away it comes back. I’m happy with it overall though. I used to have an escort estate, one of the last when they started chucking all the extras at them, mine even came with ABS. It was nice having that extra space except you find yourself moving things for other people with smaller cars.😂 Never had an auto gearbox and I never will if I can help it, just seems too much to go wrong and then try finding someone willing to fix it when it does.
  2. Matt92

    1.5/6 diesel duratec

    I paid under 10k for my 2015 facelift titanium, it had 39k on the clock, but I looked around and the price was similar for other cars of a similar spec and mileage. Hopefully I’ll run it to 100k and beyond and get my money’s worth.
  3. Matt92

    1.5/6 diesel duratec

    1.5 tdci has a recall on the camshaft sprocket on early models. My 2015 had it done before I picked it up last month. Check the etis website to see if it’s been done on any you might go to view. Mine is the 125ps version and it’s got plenty of grunt for what I want, goes a lot better than my old 125ps 1.8 mk2 Duratec. Hopefully when the newness wears off and I stop playing with the go pedal my fuel consumption will improve although I still managed 49mpg on my first tank full.😅 6 speed manual gearbox feels nice, good positive shifts and just generally pleasant to drive. Obviously I can’t comment on long term reliability, but I’ve got everything crossed.🤞
  4. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    I’m usually floating around Henley-in-Arden or Stratford, holidays are normally up the A46 so avoid those areas and you’ll be fine. 😂
  5. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    I will thank you. Also I’m pleased to say this little Diesel engine pulls it much better than the thirsty old 1.8 Duratec engine I got about 26 mpg when towing and it was a real struggle. So hopefully I won’t be holding you up in traffic.😇
  6. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    Right, hopefully this is the final update to this project. Today after the car had been given a good run about an hours drive in both directions, I decided to bite the bullet and go for the BCM programming. So for anyone reading this now or in the future doing the same thing and might have some reservations about the programming part. You need to connect to FORScan, click on the BCMii central configuration (main) and press the play button, you get a scary looking warning like I posted earlier in this thread (providing you have the correct calibration files) click ok. It takes a little while to load and the dash will flash up with brake fluid service and engine oil service. When it’s done it shows the list of what can be done, go down to the bottom and click the save button first before you make any changes. There are two alterations needed in here I can’t remember the wording but they both mention towing or towbar. Edit these to you configuration and click write. Scary warnings come up and things flash and shout but just follow the instructions. You’ll probably want to read the DTC’s as this process put quite a few into my car and clear them. Now after this I hooked up the the caravan and checked all the systems, external lights all worked and so did the internal ones.👍 But, when reverse was selected the parking sensors went crazy and were not switched off automatically as I thought they should be. So what I had to do was connect back to FORScan and went back into the PAM and enable both towbar options (as seen earlier) in there and now the sensors are switched off when the caravan is connected. No codes and it all seems fine. 🤞 Big thank you to @iantt and @Tebba for all your help and for your patience. Looking forward to my first caravan holiday now.
  7. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    So looking on the FORScan forum, they say that in order to access the central configuration you first need to load the secondary boot loader. I gather if this is a necessary procedure someone here must have done this, is it straight forward, does it take long, is it safe?
  8. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    I’ve just downloaded foCCCus and having a look at it in offline mode I can see lines 20 & 76 is there any reason I shouldn’t plug back into my car and try activating it with this instead of FORScan?
  9. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    I’ve done that, put those files in the folder, then when I restarted FORScan, it told me there was a new version of FORScan available 2.3.20. I downloaded that too, so I was hoping everything would work better. When I click on BCMii main it still tells me it wants to download a secondary boot file and to make sure the vehicle battery is full and so is the laptop battery and that it won’t go to sleep, god knows how long it would take if I continued. In this new version of FORScan it now includes “TRM trailer tow activation”. Which I clicked and it said it would activate all necessary modules so I did, but it says “TRM: error reading module configuration” and then “service procedure has been interrupted” and then doesn’t do anything else. Starting to make me wonder if the module I’ve got is faulty or if I’m going to end up giving ford a chunk of my cash.
  10. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    @Tebba I’ve just downloaded that, which folder on the computer do I put that in? It did tell me where they should be before, but when I clicked yes to download from FORScan it came up the the warning in the post above.
  11. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    Here is what I have below. The PAM module looks like this inside at the moment, this is where I tried to enable it but it throws the fault when I do. When I click on the BCMii it comes up with this which looks a little scary to me, like it’s going to load new software into the car or some thing. I’d much rather download something when it’s not connected to the car. Really don’t want a dead car on my drive.😓 And here’s the information it tells me about the BCM.
  12. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    I have the extended licence, when I click on the BCM it says something about a boot file I need to download, so it won’t let me in there. I’ll have another look and see if I can get in there. I’ll report back thank you, kind regards.
  13. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    Update time, I bought all the parts I needed off eBay, all genuine Ford parts. Fitted everything today and it seemed to go well, until... what you would think was the easy part, programming the module. I used FORScan, looked through the different areas and found in PAM were two options, I can’t remember the exact wording but they were both towbar related and both disabled. So I selected each one in turn clicked edit selected and changed them to enabled then clicked write. That seemed to go fine and all looked successful, I couldn’t check to see everything was working though as I don’t have an adapter to go from the 13 pin plug to the twin 7 pins on the caravan. But with that done I found a code in the PAM module as can be seen below and when I selected reverse I’d get a message on the sync screen telling me there was a fault with the parking aid system and then the parking sensors just wouldn’t work. I went back and disabled the two settings in the PAM module and the codes cleared and everything works as it should. Is there anything else I need to do? I saw an option in service functions I think it was that said reset module but I didn’t fancy clicking it just in case I shouldn’t.
  14. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    Yes, thank you for your help. I’ll update this thread when I’ve got everything fitted and hopefully working.
  15. Matt92

    2015 focus towbar fitting.

    I haven’t pulled the connector away from the loom yet, but there are four wires going to it, so I think it’s good to go. Looks like a couple of purple with stripes, a black with a blue stripe and white/orange I’ll have another word with Ford, the chap I spoke to admitted he didn’t really know much about it. If the towbar looks like the one in that link you just sent, then I’d be happy with that. But then looking at the drop down “required fitting parts” there are two modules and two wiring kits listed one for 01/2016 onwards and one up to 12/2015 mine being the latter. I’m different to most caravan users, as mine is 30 years old and doesn’t have a battery of it’s own, I use the car battery to run the water pump and lights, it’s not ideal, but I’m a low power user with additional solar lights. I hope this modern system allows for this type of use with a permanent power supply.