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  1. Dash Camera with Rear one,advice.

    I have two cars and, rather than buy two sets of dashcams, I have a camera clamp fixed to the passenger headrest. It doesn't get in the way of anything and also gives a 'Driver's eye' view, rather than a record of what he/she doesn't actually see. Plugs into the centre arm rest cigarette lighter socket. Easy to move to the other car and do the same. I got a Nextbase Duo. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nextbase-Camera-Digital-Driving-Recorder/dp/B014EW48BQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503567134&sr=8-1&keywords=nextbase+duo Not the cheapest, but has integrated GPS. Both the front (wide angle) and and the rear-facing (telephoto) give excellent quality pictures. Here are two clips from my other car (LHD GT500 Mustang), one showing the split screen and one the front screen .......
  2. Long accessory delay after startup

    Ted, The car won't enter Test Mode. Pressing and holding the Menu button and then turning the ignition to II does nothing. There is a short delay and then the normal menu appears, followed by the delay of around 14 sec for the functions I've listed. During that 14 sec, I've found that the gauges (fuel & temp) don't work, nor does the front screen heater, together with the icons I've already mentioned. Curiously, the rear screen heater works immediately. Just in case it might be the radio (CANBUS) which allows reprogramming some column stalk buttons, I completely disconnected it. No change. There's an audible click of the right hand middle relay after 14 sec, so I swapped it with the one next to it (identical coil/connection schematic). Still the same. Checking the battery with a multimeter - Ignition Off voltage = 12.8; ignition on (pos II) voltage = 11.3; start voltage, fluctuates, but approx 9V. Any of that useful? I'm reluctant to take it to my local Ford dealership, who want £75 even if they don't solve it and the fee plus parts/time if they do. Phill
  3. Long accessory delay after startup

    Ted, My apologies for the delayed response - I've been away. The Menu button, when turned from '0' to '1' (Accessory) does absolutely nothing - no Test mode. Furthermore, at '1' the radio does not work and the Temp/Fuel level meters don't indicate anything until the 12 sec has passed. I have an OBD2 meter, but that shows no faults and does not give the startup voltage, only static voltages. I have an SCT Tuner, used to remap the engine, but it is coded to my Mustang and won't work for the Focus. I do have a multimeter, which I will use later today, but of course I can't start the car and hold the meter probes onto the battery! I'll have to undo the terminal clamps and retighten with probe wires present, then look at it though the windscreen :-0 Phill
  4. Long accessory delay after startup

    Phil, I tried that and it does nothing. Maybe that is also part of the problem ....
  5. Long accessory delay after startup

    Ted - My OBD2 meter shows no fault codes, so I'll give your idea a try. Phill
  6. Hello folks,I have had a 2008 Focus 1.8 Zetec for about eight months, and a while after buying it, I found that the windows (driver and passenger sides) and wipers wouldn't operate for around 12 seconds after the ignition is turned on. All the other electrics appeared to be working satisfactorily.Turning off the ignition switch and turning it back on (without starting up), the delay resets to 12 seconds again. Since then, I have found by experimentation that some display icons also stay on for 12 sec - the Engine Warning; stability control icons and the up red arrow in the rev counter - also all stay on. When they go out, the windows, washer and wipers all work. It's a pain having to wait if I turn off the ignition and a window is still partly open. Mystifies me...Anybody got any ideas as to what the cause might be?
  7. Electric window delay on start up

    Supplementary - It appears that the wipers also don't work for the first 14/15 sec either.
  8. Hello, I have had a 2008 Focus 1.8 Zetec for about eight months, and in the last few weeks, I found that the windows (driver and passenger sides) won't operate for around 14 seconds after the ignition is turned on. All the other electrics appear to be working satisfactorily. Anybody got any ideas as to what the cause might be? Phill