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Old 11-23-2005, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
Rocky
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2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

sometimes lately when I start my 2001 f150 XL, the odometer is blank while I
am warming the truck up, but the display for the odometer always lights up
within a minute - the dealer says I need a $281 cluster unit that will be
programmed to my mileage from their vendor. I have a 2001 F150 XLT cluster,
but a dealer said I can't have it installed in an XL. is this true? is
there I place where I can send it out, and have the mileage set a little
ahead of mine, and then I can find a dealer to install it?
Rocky


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Old 11-23-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

I forgot to add I only have 76k miles on the truck.

"Rocky" <jcadellano.spam@optonline.net> wrote in message
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> sometimes lately when I start my 2001 f150 XL, the odometer is blank while
> I am warming the truck up, but the display for the odometer always lights
> up within a minute - the dealer says I need a $281 cluster unit that will
> be programmed to my mileage from their vendor. I have a 2001 F150 XLT
> cluster, but a dealer said I can't have it installed in an XL. is this
> true? is there I place where I can send it out, and have the mileage set
> a little ahead of mine, and then I can find a dealer to install it?
> Rocky
>



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Old 11-23-2005, 22:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

Is the display blank only when you start the truck or does it blink in and out
occassionally while the truck is running? I just disassembled my dash on my 99
F150 XLT so I could resolder the circuit board where the connector joins on.
Common problem on many F150's from that time frame. Mine actually had 3 of the
solder joints that were fractured. Total time to disassemble, fix and reassemble
was about 30 minutes. If yours is only blank when you start up though it may not
be the same problem.

Cheers,
Lawrence


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Old 11-25-2005, 05:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

only when I start up. I never saw it blank out while I was driving. Does
removing the cluster trigger the PATS? or as long as I reinstall the
cluster before starting, I will be ok?

"Lawrence" <lmcclaf@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> Is the display blank only when you start the truck or does it blink in and
> out
> occassionally while the truck is running? I just disassembled my dash on
> my 99
> F150 XLT so I could resolder the circuit board where the connector joins
> on.
> Common problem on many F150's from that time frame. Mine actually had 3 of
> the
> solder joints that were fractured. Total time to disassemble, fix and
> reassemble
> was about 30 minutes. If yours is only blank when you start up though it
> may not
> be the same problem.
>
> Cheers,
> Lawrence
>
>



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Old 11-25-2005, 07:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

Rocky, Possibly unrelated, but check your fuses. I had a similar
problem with my '00 Mustang GT. All gauges non operating for a few
seconds after start up. Fuse that repaired the problem is labeled for
an option the car doesn't have.

bradtx

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Old 11-25-2005, 21:02   #6 (permalink)
Lawrence
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

You probably don't have the same problem as me then. Removing the cluster won't
affect the PATS. At least as far as I know it doesn't.

Cheers,
Lawrence


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Old 11-26-2005, 19:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

today was the first time the odmeter wouldn't display until I slapped the
top of the dash over the cluster. Sounds like bad solder - I think Ford
should have a warrany on this - how can they allow an odemeter not to
display on a 2001? Any suugestions on where can I check to see if an XLT
cluster will work in an XL?
Rocky

"Lawrence" <lmcclaf@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> You probably don't have the same problem as me then. Removing the cluster
> won't
> affect the PATS. At least as far as I know it doesn't.
>
> Cheers,
> Lawrence
>
>



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Old 11-26-2005, 23:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 21:54:42 -0500, "Rocky"
<jcadellano.spam@optonline.net> wrote:

>today was the first time the odmeter wouldn't display until I slapped the
>top of the dash over the cluster. Sounds like bad solder - I think Ford
>should have a warrany on this - how can they allow an odemeter not to
>display on a 2001? Any suugestions on where can I check to see if an XLT
>cluster will work in an XL?
>Rocky


If it's bad solder, why not pull the cluster and check it out. bad
solder joint will be dull in appearance. Good one will be very shiny.
You can 'fix" the bad ones by hitting them with a soldering iron and
let it remelt.


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Old 11-27-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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Well, now it definitely sounds like you have some fractured solder joints. I
can't see any problem subbing the XLT cluster for the XL one but it would be
easier just to resolder the few joints. Not only will the bad ones look dull,
you will see an actual crack around in the joint. A 3 second touch per solder
joint with a soldering iron will cure everything. Much easier than
contemplating a cluster swap which could possibly end up in a cluster f.... if
you know what I mean ;-)
I'm and electronics tech specializing in flight simulators myself and I do the
odd job for freinds on the side and it seems lately that I have been making
most of my repair moeny off bad solder joints. 4 stereo amps, 3 vcrs, two
computers, and six tv sets in the past week alone. Is the industry standard for
lapflowing solder getting that bad?

Cheers,
Lawrence


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Old 11-28-2005, 03:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 f150 odometer delay in turning on display

On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 17:57:32 -0500, Lawrence rearranged some electrons to
form:

> Well, now it definitely sounds like you have some fractured solder joints. I
> can't see any problem subbing the XLT cluster for the XL one but it would be
> easier just to resolder the few joints. Not only will the bad ones look dull,
> you will see an actual crack around in the joint. A 3 second touch per solder
> joint with a soldering iron will cure everything. Much easier than
> contemplating a cluster swap which could possibly end up in a cluster f.... if
> you know what I mean ;-)
> I'm and electronics tech specializing in flight simulators myself and I do the
> odd job for freinds on the side and it seems lately that I have been making
> most of my repair moeny off bad solder joints. 4 stereo amps, 3 vcrs, two
> computers, and six tv sets in the past week alone. Is the industry standard for
> lapflowing solder getting that bad?
>
> Cheers,
> Lawrence


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