I saw a van today for cruise activation that had the aftermarket switches fitted, which is possible by cutting out a section of the steering wheel rubberised lower section. The cruise didn’t work after activation. Customer said he had to cut away part of the plug & was then faced with 2 choices on how to plug in the connector. Had no time to check the work beyond measuring the resistance of the switch circuit. It measured 2.1Megohms, thats about 2 million Ohms more than what it should be. Pressing the various cruise buttons had no effect. I’ll update the blog if the customer get’s to the bottom of it, but for now , the previous advice still applies – get yourself a Transit wheel with buttons from a high spec transit , or choose one from a CMAX MK1 ( 2003-2007). Try Breakerlink.com if ebay yields no result on your search. & stop looking for Focus MK2 wheels, as most are incompatible, which is annoying as they look 10 times better.
No fault codes , just low power overall. Its the turbo actuator apparently according to a very helpful customer, who gave me the report from Ford after i had a look & after little head scratching declared it to be a warranty job. . .I’ll measure boost while driving if another comes in with the same symptoms. Every day’s a school day as they say 😉
Well here is a 1st , a 75ps Connect MK2. I have only done 95 & 115ps versions up till now but am pleased to say the 75 makes the same power as the 95, I.E 120ps. Hugely improved. 115ps models will make about 133ps, & the differences in engine hardware are the reason. I have lost my notes but Turbo & DPF are the culprits from what i recall from studying Fords’s excellent Microcat parts system when the Mk2 came out..
Well it’s Christmas again & vantuner still isn’t giving a discount, but it is easier to book as less owners are getting work done this month. As for general news, new vehicles covered etc, there is almost none but i have worked out an easy ( cheaper) way for speed limiter removal for late model Corsa D speed limiters, of about 2011 vintage, just before that real ugly bastard fiat doblo clone version was released.
Need more power ? more sarcasm ? call or whats-app me on 07956 555 666. Office hours, monday to saturday.
Aimed primarily at those who disable emissions control equipment like DPF system’s the new MOT reg’s include a more thorough physical check of the DPF system, so no just cutting a hole /hatch in the DPF filter body to remove its filter media, you’ll need to open & weld it back along a seam. There’s still no check on its or the EGR systems efficiency much beyond a basic smoke check. Other MOT regs update include a lit or malfunctioning MIL lamp being a fail, & physically checking EGR is connected & present.
Making these systems reliable is the only way to thwart the desire to delete these systems though as hugely expensive & problematic repair options continue to override the public health concerns of owners with afflicted vehicles. We could all go electric i suppose, but then i’d have nothing much left to tune. I couldn’t even find DRIVE on my mates Tesla last week, so bollox to actually remapping it.
Vantuner see’s a fair few Iveco Daily van ecu’s that need the immobiliser switching from the UK & of late , from Australia also.
Intermittent starting problems or a flashing key code light on the dash is a tell tale sign of a failed or failing immobiliser, cranking but not starting. Its easily remedied but involves sending the engine ecu to me in the UK.
The job itself isn’t expensive as the are not expensive van’s & a return fast courier takes about 3 days & costs £33 for 2003 to 2011 models & £51 for the earlier, heavier ecu , up to 2003 model. That’s an uninsured price, which isn’t a big problem on these as the ecu’s are cheap used fairly easily programmed to suit your vehicle just from info gained from your VIN.
More general info can be found on the main Iveco Daily Starting problems / immo page , here.
Dan @ In Transit Garage in Strathaven near Glasgow, Vantuners Scottish representative & true ford transit expert , now has the latest ford tuning hardware & can remap all current (as of Nov 2017) ford vans via the van’s diagnostic socket, this makes tuning quicker , safer & easier to adjust .
New additions :
1.6 & 1.5 2014 onwards Transit Connect Mk2
2.0 Transit Mk8 & Transit Custom
2.2 Transit & Transit Custom from about 2012 on.
For bookings & info Dan can be reached on 01357 521531 or directly on 07872 320173
On recent 1500 mile run to Germany.
125mph on GPS
& 34 mpg on the on-board computer averaging 85mph
60k miles done so far on the current tune.
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s are doing 18k on the front also which is pretty impressive, although it is a £200 tyre !
Power wise, its the usual maxed out tune that these Euro 5 engine’s seem to lap up – so circa 180ps /420nm.
Ford’s 2017 Transit Mk8 & Transit Custom, now has an updated engine – the “Panther” 2.0 – complying to Euro 6 emissions specifications.
Available in 3 models there’s also an auto option, finally !.
As of June 2017 , thanks to the usual Italian hacker, they can now be tuned & delimited with all models capable of great gains in power & torque. Like most Ford diesels power varies a little from 1 van to the next but 190ps /460nm is the ballpark figure.
Many tuning companies will quote a little more to get you in the door, i quote what they really make, measured on a top quality dyno setup, & get customers who value honesty, over hype, just like myself. They can be tuned without opening the ECU as well now so less concern for water ingress after the tuning or warranty considerations.
Most enquires i receive ask about the safely of the engines once tuned but like many models in various manufacturers ranges , one engine is used & its differing ECU firmware that determines the output power level.
Warranty concerns are usual, but Ford, like most manufacturers, cant tell it’s been done. V.A.G & MB can currently but that’s it.
So with lumps making up to 170 stock, 190 isn’t pushing anything. The 105 & 130 are just detuned 170’s, thats one way of looking at it anyway 🙂 another tuning option that may be unique to vantuner is a stealth factory power level change, it’s not done via the switch like the factory does it during setup , but its does not change any fuel or boost maps either. Call for more details.
As a footnote to engine specs & types, a 2.2 Euro 6 is available on a MK8 mini bus chassis – most commonly as a 125ps – these make 175ps once tuned & for off highway use like airports, DPF & Adblue systems removal is available.