12-15-2018, 08:52 PM
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Fort Rucker, AL
What I Drive: 2009 Blue Focus S
FF Reputation: 1
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I know this threat is very old but I wanted to share my experience with this mod. I have a 2009 Focus S that I bought pretty cheap because it has no extras; 5-speed manual, crank windows, ect. I use this car to go pretty much everywhere and I was getting annoyed with it not having cruise control. I started researching and came to the three option conclusion that others had. I could either do an aftermarket kit myself ($300), have a dealership install a new steering wheel and activate (?$$) or buy a button and do it myself ($48 rockauto).
I decided to do it myself and I bought the button. Meanwhile I researched to see if it was possible to reconfigure the PCM with an ELMconfig adapter and Forscan. I couldn't find anything from anyone that talked about programming it yourself so I figured after the button was installed I would give it a shot.
As for the button install I wanted to go as cheap as possible so I hacked away at the stock steering wheel to make a spot for the new stock button. It took about two hours and some filling in with hot glue to give myself a backing and I had the spot looking descent enough. I put everything back together and started working on programming.
Using Forscan I was able to get into all the modules and see everything (PCM, FDIM, IC, ect.) but for whatever reason Ford made the PCM software different. After back and forth emails to Forscan I figured out that my PCM was not getting modified in my garage.
I reluctantly called my local dealership and to my surprise, after everything I had read on this thread, he had no problem scheduling an appointment for me. When I brought the car in he gave me the "I'm not gonna make you any promises" spiel. He was skeptical because it is a 5-speed, so he wasn't sure if it had all the hardware the system needed. I was worried that he was gonna charge me a shop hour for nothing but I let him try and sure enough it worked like a charm. I didn't stand over his shoulder when he was using the IDS but he seemed to know exactly what to do. I made sure to mention "Programmable Parameters" though.
The best part about it all was the dealership guy only charged a half hour so it came out to $42 for the service. So overall in parts and "labor" I'm in under a $100, not bad for factory cruise control add. However I may buy a new steering wheel later on if I can get one for cheap. Anyways I know this is a long reply but I wanted to testify for those that may want some extra info and that this mod does still work.