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#1 +theblazingangel

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 16:54

So my car's been sitting unused for a couple months and the battery went flat. I've recharged it and today gone out for a drive. (I'd been worrying recently that the engine might have seized, thankfully not). Things mostly seem well; I did notice that according to the dashboard that the car seems to think it's -55 degrees celsius, I think not, not here thank ****; it did go down to saying -48 by the time I got back; I'm not sure what to make of that, but anyway, that's not the point in this thread...

 

The point in the thread is that my radio is asking for the security code! I've rung the ford dealership I usually take it to for servicing and they don't have it, suggesting I call the company who I actually bought it from (I then did and they don't have it either). The ford dealership said something about having to take out the radio to get the serial number...

 

I'd really rather not have to go to the expense of taking it to them just for this, if at all possible I'd like to do it myself, or at least get all the info they need myself so that they could get the code for me over the phone. In fact a quick google search indicated that I might even be able to get the code from a website by just knowing the serial number...

 

So, how do I take out the radio to get to the serial number is my question. Can anyone please direct me towards instructions/diagrams/whatever that will tell me how to take things apart. It would actually be interesting to get detailed enough info so that I could at least see how to take apart the entire car if I ever wanted to (I do understand that other knowledge and tools may be required to actually do so), but the main objective is the radio...

 

My car is a 2008 Ford Focus Zetec (UK model). The radio is a 6000CD and as far as I know is the original for the car.

 

It should go without saying that there are no visible screws or other obvious means of removal visible to me, otherwise I clearly wouldn't be asking for help :p. I presume I may have to remove some of the dashboard panelling in order to do what I require, but I need to know which pieces, what order, where all the screws and/or clips are, etc so that I don't break anything.

 

Can anybody help me?




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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:04

Hello,

So my car's been sitting unused for a couple months and the battery went flat. I've recharged it and today gone out for a drive. (I'd been worrying recently that the engine might have seized, thankfully not). Things mostly seem well; I did notice that according to the dashboard that the car seems to think it's -55 degrees celsius, I think not, not here thank ****; it did go down to saying -48 by the time I got back; I'm not sure what to make of that, but anyway, that's not the point in this thread...
 
The point in the thread is that my radio is asking for the security code! I've rung the ford dealership I usually take it to for servicing and they don't have it, suggesting I call the company who I actually bought it from (I then did and they don't have it either). The ford dealership said something about having to take out the radio to get the serial number...
 
I'd really rather not have to go to the expense of taking it to them just for this, if at all possible I'd like to do it myself, or at least get all the info they need myself so that they could get the code for me over the phone. In fact a quick google search indicated that I might even be able to get the code from a website by just knowing the serial number...
 
So, how do I take out the radio to get to the serial number is my question. Can anyone please direct me towards instructions/diagrams/whatever that will tell me how to take things apart. It would actually be interesting to get detailed enough info so that I could at least see how to take apart the entire car if I ever wanted to (I do understand that other knowledge and tools may be required to actually do so), but the main objective is the radio...
 
My car is a 2008 Ford Focus Zetec (UK model). The radio is a 6000CD and as far as I know is the original for the car.
 
It should go without saying that there are no visible screws or other obvious means of removal visible to me, otherwise I clearly wouldn't be asking for help :p. I presume I may have to remove some of the dashboard panelling in order to do what I require, but I need to know which pieces, what order, where all the screws and/or clips are, etc so that I don't break anything.
 
Can anybody help me?

Could you take a picture of the dashboard and the radio? It depends on the card and/radio.

My OEM radio that be unscrewed. My third party one you take to take it out with some slots. So depends a lot.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:08

Hello,
Could you take a picture of the dashboard and the radio? It depends on the card and/radio.

My OEM radio that be unscrewed. My third party one you take to take it out with some slots. So depends a lot.

 

It looks exactly like this one:

 

http://www.fiesta-cl...00-cd-6000-.jpg



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:23

Ok, so I posted here prior to doing a proper google search as I wasn't holding out much hope on that front, but actually II've already found a youtube video which seems to have exactly the instructions I need for this. I just need to find something to use an alternative to a proper "bojo" tool...

 



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:27

Ok, so I posted here prior to doing a proper google search as I wasn't holding out much hope on that front, but actually II've already found a youtube video which seems to have exactly the instructions I need for this. I just need to find something to use an alternative to a proper "bojo" tool...

 

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there are a few "bojo" tools on ebay,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/bojo-tools



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:28

 

 

just to check, usually the code is the instruction book for the radio, have you got any of the original handbooks for the car? 



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:48

there are a few "bojo" tools on ebay,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/bojo-tools

 

Thanks, I didn't really want to wait for something purchased to be delivered though, I wanted to do this immediately if possible. Anyway I remembered I had some similar metal such things I bought a while ago for taking electronics things aprt and that worked perfectly :)

 

just to check, usually the code is the instruction book for the radio, have you got any of the original handbooks for the car? 

 

Yep, I've been through all the paper work, nothing. I found a piece of "official" cord for recording the number, but it was blank.

 

I have however just been out and successfully obtained the serial number, so now off to see if I can get the code from a website and then it's a matter of waiting ~25mins until it allows me to reattempt (every time I go out it seems to been forgetting and restarting the 30min countdown from earlier when I tried a few numbers I found in the paper work (it really wasn't clear whether they were pieces of a phone number or security codes :/ turns out they were indeed a phone number laugh.png ))



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 18:14

With the serial number starting with a V, google results suggest I need to either pay a web-service (~£11 one quoted) or contact a ford dealership which may or may not give it to me for free. (The code needs looking up in ford's database, presumably 'M' ones could be calculated with an algorithm and the 'V' ones are random?). So I'll give the ford people another ring tomorrow. I better get off and start making the dinner...



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:58

The manufacturer should know the serial number of all components in your car.

 

The official dealership should be able to reset the password no questions asked.

 

I'd just take it to the dealer.

 

The false temp. could be due to a failed temp. sensor.

 

p.s. have you tried to input  "0000" ?



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 13:09

Something I remember, a lot of fords, fiestas, focuses, escorts and galaxies, I remembered something...
If you can remove the stereo, the one in the image you provided, has pins for releasing the unit, you might need to remove the facia panel to access those..

Small screwdrivers or knitting needles do the trick


Now this may not be the case for your car.. but all the ford cars I have bought (from new I might add)
Have had the code either written onto the unit on a sticker, or onto the metal plate, usually on the top plate but not always..

As for the temp sensor, try disconmecting the battery, and turn the ignition on, give it 5 ish minutes, to make sure your electrics are completely dead, then reconnect the battery. If this doesnt do the trick, then it'll need to go to a dealership, or someone who has the relevant diagnostic machine, to reset any fault code and possible recalibrate the sensor..

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 19:53

Update: All sorted. I contacted the ford dealship I go to for servicing and such again. I spent a lot of time waiting for them to be in a position to actually talk to me properly about it, ultimately they failed to call back past closing time and being fed up hanging around waiting for them and since they said they would be charging me ~£12 for it, I turned to a web service instead.

I think I'll just ignore the temp sensor for the time being, the next service and MOT is due in a couple of months so I'll just get it sorted then if it's still a problem.

Thanks all :)

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 16:07

Hello,

Anyway I remembered I had some similar metal such things I bought a while ago for taking electronics things aprt and that worked perfectly :)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo! NEVER use a metal/flat driver tool for this! The scratches you problably will get will make you cut your vains!

These plastic tools can be found in most car shops. They also work for cell phones if you want to dismount them.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 18:32

Hello,
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo! NEVER use a metal/flat driver tool for this! The scratches you problably will get will make you cut your vains!

These plastic tools can be found in most car shops. They also work for cell phones if you want to dismount them.


Don't worry, it wasn't just some screwdriver or something, I've got a metal "spudger" kit from ifixit.com. I agree that a larger and plastic tool would have been much more appropriate but it worked perfectly fine, the tools were smooth and just about strong enough, the gap I needed to poke it in was relatively large, I was very confident that I wouldn't be contacting anything that could potentially give me an electrical shock with it or making any scratches, it was fine. :)