Focus Sport SCT Chip Problem. Will they correct it?
I've had a sputter in my car durring acceleration and shifting at lower RPM's ever since i put in my Focus Sport SCT Chip. I thought that maybe the plugs and wires needed to be changed due to the advanced timing, so I did that. Was still there. Tried new factory plugs and wires and it's still there. Could the clutch be slipping? No that's not it either.
After a lot of searching, troubleshooting, and imput from all great focus enthusiasts I finally pulled the chip out and TA DA. Sputtering is now gone and feels like i have more power. I am going to email Focus Sport tonight and call them in the morning to see if they are going to compensate in any way. Hopefuly they will reprogram it at no charge. the only program I have on it is to disable the second O2 sensor.
I have heard that other people have had this problem with their Focus Sport SCT Chip. If anyone else has had this problem please let leave your feedback and let me and the others who are having this problem know how Focus Sport treated you. I just think that as much as we spend on the chip it should perform as expected. Thanks.
12-16-2004 09:06 PM
I was one of the testers for the SPI SCT chip and have had no problems whatsoever. None, Nada, Zip. Most problems are due to not getting all the potting off the circuit board or improper cleaning. FS will tell you te reclean the contacts first. When you clen them, only go until the contacts get SHINY. If you go until the contacts get COPPER, then you'll have to resolder the contacts to build them up again. This is a painstaking task, so I cannot stress enough to be gentle when you clean the contacts.
I do not know your mechanical ability, and I do not infer you can't install your chip, but MOST of the problems with the SCT or any chip in general is improper installation.
Now if you get to the point where the contacts are clean and you still have problems, then contact FS and they will take care of you. Until you have checked everything out you'll be wasting your time calling or e-mailing FS, as they will tell you just what I have.
12-16-2004 09:33 PM
the directions for cleaning the contacts say to clean em until they have a coppery tinge to em, which is what I did, and I have the same sputtering problem at low rpm in first gear. I'm gonna pull out the chip and check later, but for now I'll let it sit.
12-16-2004 11:21 PM
Originally posted by spikNspan DAN the directions for cleaning the contacts say to clean em until they have a coppery tinge to em, which is what I did, and I have the same sputtering problem at low rpm in first gear.
That is exactly what the instructions say, and that too is what I did. I'll take another look at the computer but I did follow the instructions as they were given to me. I'll have to call and verify it with Focus Sport in the morning.
12-17-2004 12:18 AM
Ok. Just finished another test run with the chip in. Sputter, sputter, sputter. Re-cleaned the contacts on the computer and still the same outcome. I'll see what Focus Sport has to say in the morning.
12-17-2004 11:50 AM
Just got off the phone with Focus Sport and told them what was goin on, and thati had recleaned the contacts. They said to send it in and they would take care of it. So I'll send it off and see what happens.
12-17-2004 12:09 PM
i have the same problem and they said that it could be that the stumble could have always been there but with the chip that i notice it more. They said that the chip would magnify an ignition problem if I had one, but seriosly if they fix it let me know. It's annoying somethings. But i did the same stuff you did except for cleanning the contacts again. If the chip wasn't making a good connection then it wouldn't be working. It's that simple.
12-17-2004 01:53 PM
I'll let you know as soon as I get it back.
12-19-2004 01:19 AM
I had the SCT chip at one point and installed it 100% correctly and it just didn't work for me. All types of things weren't right. In the end Randy just refunded my money with no hassles. I don't think the SCT will work on EVERY car out there. Most maybe but not all. I was proof of that.
12-19-2004 08:56 AM
What is your code on your computer? Maybe that has something to do with it.