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Old 07-20-2005, 01:01   #1 (permalink)
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2000 ford focus se intermitent gauge failure

I bought my 2000 focus about 1 month ago. at first the dash
indicators would ocassionally fail. the problem gradually got worse.
now my indicators rarely work and there is ocassionally a "boing"
sound when they go out. the dealer dosenít know of any pre existing
conditions to cause this malfunction.

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Old 07-20-2005, 16:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 ford focus se intermitent gauge failure


"red" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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>I bought my 2000 focus about 1 month ago. at first the dash
> indicators would ocassionally fail. the problem gradually got worse.
> now my indicators rarely work and there is ocassionally a "boing"
> sound when they go out.


I'm not sure what you mean by "dash indicators". Do you mean the turn signal
indicators, the warning lights, the gauges, or all of them? Does anything
else happen i.e. the engine run rough, radio stop etc. Does it happen right
away when you start or after you've been running a while? Does vibration
make it worse? Does it happen without starting the engine? Have you checked
for a loose fuse? How old is your battery? Have you had the codes checked?
Can you make it happen (or stop) by tapping on the cluster cover? Has anyone
pulled the instrument cluster to check for a bad electrical connection?


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Old 07-20-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 ford focus se intermitent gauge failure

This is another problem that is impossible for anyone on a newsgroup to
remotely diagnose something like this.


"Dave Gower" <davegow.removethis@magma.ca> wrote in message
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"red" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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>I bought my 2000 focus about 1 month ago. at first the dash
> indicators would ocassionally fail. the problem gradually got worse.
> now my indicators rarely work and there is ocassionally a "boing"
> sound when they go out.


I'm not sure what you mean by "dash indicators". Do you mean the turn signal
indicators, the warning lights, the gauges, or all of them? Does anything
else happen i.e. the engine run rough, radio stop etc. Does it happen right
away when you start or after you've been running a while? Does vibration
make it worse? Does it happen without starting the engine? Have you checked
for a loose fuse? How old is your battery? Have you had the codes checked?
Can you make it happen (or stop) by tapping on the cluster cover? Has anyone
pulled the instrument cluster to check for a bad electrical connection?



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Old 07-20-2005, 22:01   #4 (permalink)
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"" wrote:
> "red" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
> news:1_632441_9abb7f15d183266597adc5588c466f98@autoforumz.com...
> >I bought my 2000 focus about 1 month ago. at first the dash
> > indicators would ocassionally fail. the problem gradually

> got worse.
> > now my indicators rarely work and there is ocassionally a

> "boing"
> > sound when they go out.

>
> I'm not sure what you mean by "dash indicators". Do you mean
> the turn signal
> indicators, the warning lights, the gauges, or all of them?
> Does anything
> else happen i.e. the engine run rough, radio stop etc. Does it
> happen right
> away when you start or after you've been running a while? Does
> vibration
> make it worse? Does it happen without starting the engine?
> Have you checked
> for a loose fuse? How old is your battery? Have you had the
> codes checked?
> Can you make it happen (or stop) by tapping on the cluster
> cover? Has anyone
> pulled the instrument cluster to check for a bad electrical
> connection?


my entire instrument cluster fails. the gauge lights do not go out.
my headlights dim when this happens and there is occassionally either
a popping noise from my speakers or a "ding" noise from my dash.
the car does not run rough and seems to be unaffected other than the
headlights dimming and instrument cluster failing.

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Old 07-21-2005, 08:01   #5 (permalink)
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"red" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote

> my headlights dim when this happens


Sounds like a failing battery or alternator. This can be diagnosed at a
decent repair shop.


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Old 07-21-2005, 08:01   #6 (permalink)
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"Henri" <henri_latour@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> This is another problem that is impossible for anyone on a newsgroup to
> remotely diagnose something like this.


Maybe, but without more information it's premature to make that statement.
In fact his reply did give at least a clue.


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Old 07-24-2005, 12:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 ford focus se intermitent gauge failure

l have 2001 Focus that sometimes dash went crazy, lights dimed/blinked,
radio went out,auto trans jumped out of gear etc. After taking to 4
dealers and spending a lot of money l purchased a service manual and fixed
it myself. All the time everything was failing the engine kept running,
because the key switch ground wire was attached to the battery ground post
with a separate screw.l finally came to the conclusion that the problem was
the primary source of power because there was no other way you could have
so many circuts fail at the same time. That means the battery ground cable
was failing. When l discovered the key did not work when the 2 wires were
disconnected from the battery ground post l was sure the ground cable
under the air cleaner was the source of the problem so l ran a jumper wire
from the screw to a body bolt. The problem went away so a week later l
pulled off the air cleaner section over the ground bolt to find it in very
dirty condition. the location of this end of the connection is convex which
allows moisture in etc. l moved the cable to the side of the fender just
ahead fo the suport bracket between the air cleaner and the battery, after
removing the paint and cleaning the cable end. Problem solved.

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