Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

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Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Pete4107 » Tue May 15, 2012 6:59 am

Hi fellow Mk3ers,

I had to take my Mk3 Powershift estate in to the dealer again yesterday to get the clock sorted (it was losing time again but hopefully it is sorted once and for all now).

Anyway the chap at the dealership who hooked up the computer to the car told me that there were a number of hidden options available that only need a 'tick' or two putting in on the computer for them to work. Although already fitted and working on mine, this includes the Deflation Detection System - DDS (currently a £75 option if ordered new). Apparently as it works off the ABS/Traction Control sensors it just needs the 'tick' putting in to activate it. Another is for the doors to lock themselves above a certain speed. There was something else as well but I cannot recall (memory like a sieve!). I had already found out previously they can likewise activate the variable steering settings on certain 1.6 (125ps) powershift Titanium spec mk3's.

So if your car needs hooking up to the computer at the dealer it's worth asking if they can activate some of these hidden settings.

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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby pug309 » Tue May 15, 2012 5:26 pm

Nice, but for the dds, wouldn't you need the sensors onside the wheels for it to work?


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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby FocusDanny » Tue May 15, 2012 6:44 pm

Cheeky ford!!!!
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Pete4107 » Tue May 15, 2012 7:24 pm

pug309 wrote:Nice, but for the dds, wouldn't you need the sensors onside the wheels for it to work?



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Hi Allan,

Apparently the Deflation Detection System (DDS) works by the traction control and ABS sensors sensing that a deflated (thus smaller) wheel is rotating faster than its partner wheel on the same axle (it isn't one of those systems which have a sensor in the tyre and/or valve and detect deflation that way). Mine already came with DDS fitted and has no tyre/valve sensors.

I think the other thing the chap said could be altered as well was the facility to deadlock the car with just one press of the keyfob.

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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby pug309 » Sun May 20, 2012 7:02 pm

I might have to ask about this, as mine was meant to have dds, but they de specc'ed the range after i ordered but before the car was built. Cheeky buggers to be charging £75 for ticking a box on the in-car software during the build. Do we have anyone that works in ford who could verify this (not that i don't believe you, just want to make sure before i try to approach a garage)


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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Tommy » Sun May 20, 2012 7:06 pm

Guys you can activate the dds via a unit connected to the car and a laptop and using a Russian software to activate these features and more (with some wiring modification to the ELM32 box)

Lenny or Pree will be the guys to ask, pree has a guide :D
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby pug309 » Tue May 22, 2012 10:10 am

Do you happen to have a link to this guide, just out of curiosity


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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby spikeyjon » Tue May 22, 2012 11:28 am

The guide is here :-

http://www.focusowners-social.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=12540

and here :-

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/31287-guide-for-focus-mk2mk25-c-maxkuga-elm-327-cable-and-ff2-program/

I've just bought a ELM327 unit off ebay which arrived today, so will be modifying it sometime this week to get it to work.
Have downloaded the software already and got that working, will just have to see if it works on the MK3 :D

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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby shughie » Tue May 22, 2012 12:45 pm

this is my third Ford in a row so I`m known at the dealers, i had a word with salesman who was on my side, but service dept would be happy to have a look but would charge like a wounded bull, needless to say my mk3 is still standard.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby pug309 » Tue May 22, 2012 5:47 pm

spikeyjon wrote:Have downloaded the software already and got that working, will just have to see if it works on the MK3 :D

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Great, let us know how you get on please.


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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby spikeyjon » Tue May 22, 2012 7:11 pm

pug309 wrote:
spikeyjon wrote:Have downloaded the software already and got that working, will just have to see if it works on the MK3 :D

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Great, let us know how you get on please.


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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby spikeyjon » Fri May 25, 2012 10:38 am

Well I modified the cable with the switch as in the instructions, and tried it out yesterday, but alas it doesn't work.
The cable works fine, with the software showing the OBD and DTC parts, but couldn't access the GEM or HEC parts, which is where you need to get into to activate bits and bobs.
The software is designed for the Focus MK2/2.5, so I'm hoping that the fellas who are developing this software will do the MK3 in the future.

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Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby phill207 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:45 pm

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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby efiste2 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:45 pm

you can still do the DTC dashboard check as you could on the other Focus'ssss....

To enter the self-test mode, simultaneously press and hold the trip recorder reset button (Level 1-) or the center confirmation button (OK button, Levels 1 and 3) for longer than 5 seconds and turn the ignition switch from position "0" to position "II".
The start of self-test mode is indicated by 'Test' being shown in the display. The trip recorder reset button or the confirmation button must then be released within 3 seconds. Otherwise the system exits self-test mode.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Ron240 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:55 pm

efiste2 wrote:you can still do the DTC dashboard check as you could on the other Focus'ssss....

To enter the self-test mode, simultaneously press and hold the trip recorder reset button (Level 1-) or the center confirmation button (OK button, Levels 1 and 3) for longer than 5 seconds and turn the ignition switch from position "0" to position "II".The start of self-test mode is indicated by 'Test' being shown in the display. The trip recorder reset button or the confirmation button must then be released within 3 seconds. Otherwise the system exits self-test mode.
What if your car has keyless start, which is standard on Titanium, Zetec S and Titanium X?
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby shughie » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:43 pm

keyless entry is an option on the titanium btw
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby efiste2 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:34 pm

Not sure about the keyless option having never seen one to have a play with, how would do you put your leccy windows up and down without the engine running.....ie igntion switch pos 2 on lower spec cars......to access the DTC check etc etc, you could press the ok button on the steeringwheel START the car whilst the button is pressed, then release it.....see what happens.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Ron240 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:50 pm

shughie wrote:keyless entry is an option on the titanium btw
Yes but i only said keyless start(Ford Power Starter Button), which is currently standard on the Titanium.
The only model of the 3 i mentioned that has keyless entry and start(Ford Keyfree System)as standard is the Titanium X.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Ron240 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:54 pm

efiste2 wrote:how would do you put your leccy windows up and down without the engine running.....ie igntion switch pos 2 on lower spec cars.
Apart from global opening/closing which i know about, the ability to open a single window without first starting the engine is something i have wondered about myself.
There are certainly times when i might want to do it, but would be inconvenient to have to start the engine. In fact only last weekend i wanted to open the drivers window to listen to music while i was working on the outside of my car, but was not able to.
Who knows...there may be a way to do it but i havent found it yet.
If there isnt, its no great hardship.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby shughie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:51 am

efiste2 wrote:Not sure about the keyless option having never seen one to have a play with, how would do you put your leccy windows up and down without the engine running.....ie igntion switch pos 2 on lower spec cars......to access the DTC check etc etc, you could press the ok button on the steeringwheel START the car whilst the button is pressed, then release it.....see what happens.

press start button without foot on brake turns ignition on without starting.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Ron240 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:43 am

shughie wrote:press start button without foot on brake turns ignition on without starting.
Ahhhh right.....so pressing the start button without having your foot on the clutch will have exactly the same effect.
Presumably press the button again to turn the power off.
So if one wanted to lower a window with the engine off - simply press the start button without any feet on the pedals, lower the window then press the start button again.
I will try this later. :)
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby shughie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:08 pm

you got it Ron, mine`s powershift which is why I said brake, but you`re right about the clutch.. I read your original post and yes, I need new glasses :lol: (off to specsavers)
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby Ron240 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:03 pm

A big thanks to shughie for the tip on how to turn the ignition on without starting the engine.
It works perfectly. 8)
Ive looked through the handbook and havent seen any mention of this....which seems strange considering there are definitely times when you would want to turn the power on without actually starting the engine.
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby shughie » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:42 pm

glad to be of help
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Re: Mk3 Hidden Options.....................

Postby pug309 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:27 pm

This works on the keyless models, was quite chuffed when i saw all the crap that i didnt understand. sat for 5 mins scrolling threw it multiple times, just to see the gauges sweep lol

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