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Old 02-27-2012, 10:37 PM   #31
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I snapped a couple pictures of the sunglasses holder after I removed it in my Titanium.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/5434694...7629471429163/


Thanks to the OP for the great idea. It made a huge difference, and I no longer have to yell to be understood on the highway.
You're welcome, I'm glad It made a difference Looks like it's the basic same procedure to remove the console on upper trim models as it is on lower- careful prying. I'll add a note to the video for people who haven't read this thread.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #32
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OK, just did this on my SEL and learned a few things. Take a look at the pics posted and then here's what to do:

1. Pull down slowly but firmly in the middle of each side. Each should pop out (down) fairly easily.
2. Flex the assembly downward in the middle so that you can get the forward tabs free (nearest the sunglasses end).
3. Work the two rear most tabs free. They have upward facing hooks that require a bit of persuasion to get free.

I then put a piece of 3.5" x 12" Dynamat on exposed sheet metal. Most of the roof has thin lines of a semi-gooey sealant or sound proofing but it is noticeably absent right above the microphone. I then added two pieces of sound deadening material, one a sheet about 12" x 12" and then another about 2" x 6" directly over the microphone. I then got stumped reinstalling it as I could not get the two rear hooks to engage. Imagine the mental picture of the whole assembly falling out as you are driving down the road...
Here is what you do:

1. The unit you removed above is actually two pieces (see CAD drawing on page two of this post). Depress the two forward tabs of the center section (in the middle of the whole thing) so that you can then drop it out of the outer section. When you've pinched the two tabs you can then push the center section downward and out.
2. Once you have seperated the two sections, install the outer section back in the roof by pinching the two rear tabs to the hooks until they are firmly engaged. This is the key to reinstalling.
3. Flex the assembly downward in the middle so that you can fit the front back into position. Then push each side up until they snap into position.
4. Pull on things to ensure this outer section is firmly in place before moving on.
5. Push the center section, with mic and other controls (watch the wires so you don't pinch them) back into the outer section starting from the rear. It snaps in fairly easily. I had to snap the corners back into place once the primary tabs reengaged but they did so without complaint.

Overall, the plastic is fairly tough and resilient so unless you gorilla hand the thing it should easily survive this one time you will ever mess with it.

Thanks for the CAD drawing and photos. That is what I was waiting for before tearing into it.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:27 AM   #33
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OK, just did this on my SEL and learned a few things. Take a look at the pics posted and then here's what to do:

1. Pull down slowly but firmly in the middle of each side. Each should pop out (down) fairly easily.
2. Flex the assembly downward in the middle so that you can get the forward tabs free (nearest the sunglasses end).
3. Work the two rear most tabs free. They have upward facing hooks that require a bit of persuasion to get free.

I then put a piece of 3.5" x 12" Dynamat on exposed sheet metal. Most of the roof has thin lines of a semi-gooey sealant or sound proofing but it is noticeably absent right above the microphone. I then added two pieces of sound deadening material, one a sheet about 12" x 12" and then another about 2" x 6" directly over the microphone. I then got stumped reinstalling it as I could not get the two rear hooks to engage. Imagine the mental picture of the whole assembly falling out as you are driving down the road...
Here is what you do:

1. The unit you removed above is actually two pieces (see CAD drawing on page two of this post). Depress the two forward tabs of the center section (in the middle of the whole thing) so that you can then drop it out of the outer section. When you've pinched the two tabs you can then push the center section downward and out.
2. Once you have seperated the two sections, install the outer section back in the roof by pinching the two rear tabs to the hooks until they are firmly engaged. This is the key to reinstalling.
3. Flex the assembly downward in the middle so that you can fit the front back into position. Then push each side up until they snap into position.
4. Pull on things to ensure this outer section is firmly in place before moving on.
5. Push the center section, with mic and other controls (watch the wires so you don't pinch them) back into the outer section starting from the rear. It snaps in fairly easily. I had to snap the corners back into place once the primary tabs reengaged but they did so without complaint.

Overall, the plastic is fairly tough and resilient so unless you gorilla hand the thing it should easily survive this one time you will ever mess with it.

Thanks for the CAD drawing and photos. That is what I was waiting for before tearing into it.
Did you test the sound quality?
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:51 AM   #34
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My main issue is not the voice commands but using the hands free over bluetooth. There is some serious background noise according to the people on the other end of the call. I'm thinking there has to be a better mic that would work with it. I'm going to do some research.

EDIT: Perhaps even a small directional mic?
Most likely not an issue with the actual microphone. It's probably poor noise cancelling software in the system. It also sounds like poor sound deadning around the microphone. I read somewhere it was one of the improvement items on the new MyFord touch software. I doubt a different mic will solve the problem.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:31 PM   #35
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Thanks to all who posted useful pics etc.
I didn't even know where my mic was until now.
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Just road tested with the soundproofing. Everyone thought the road noise was greatly reduced from previous calls. Sync got all of my instructions correct on the first try (over an hour) whereas before I had to repeat myself far too often. I can't claim that is 100% due to the soundproofing as Sync is still prone to fits of misbehavior...
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:14 PM   #37
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Hello fellow Fanatics. Took delivery of a new 2012 Focus Ti on 3/2 and just so excited with all the features. Including the hands free. Well I was told recently by a few people I call regularly that the sound quality was horrible and it sounded like I had the windows down, etc. Which led me to this thread.
I have a sunroof and opened it this morning. I can actually look down the front of the head liner where the sun roof closes and see the whole back of the Mic and everything. WOW. No wonder it sounds like Im talking in a wind tunnel. The back of the mic is obviously exposed to that open cavern which im sure just amplifies the wind-noise on the other side of the headliner. Inside the car it seems pretty quiet. I am definitely going to try and see if I can isolate the back of the mic area from the everything else. Has anyone tried or have thoughts on using that dense foam material, the kind you usually sit on at the game or what some use to kneel on when working on flooring, etc. I wonder if that might be better or worse than that sound deadening material .

Unbelievable though that Ford would not have some sort of foam sound absorbing material in there already.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:16 PM   #38
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I dynamated the entire area.
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When you say dynamated the entire area. Exactly what area do you mean? Like removed the headliner and applied dynamat? Also does your car have a sunroof?
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Yes. I removed the headliner and applied some dynamat I had left over from my last stereo install. I have the Titanium with a sunroof. I called a friends phone and recorded a voicemail pre and post install and the difference is staggering.
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