Just a Focus nuance. I’m concerned about the beeping running down the battery with car off-so I pulled out fuse #36, which is for “a/c swith, instrument cluster”. Ford focus dashboard warning lights and symbols this section covers many of the dashboard warning lights symbols with pictures and their meanings found within the ford focus range. Or as it’s called in the business the PRNDL (prindle) switch. So, all I need from you guys is a quick, specific, and cheap solution to my problem 8’). I have a 2013 Ford Escape Titanium. I wonder if power is backfeeding through that and to the cluster. The metal traces and the components soldered on the circuit board don’t expand and contract quite the same as the circuit board material does, which can stress the solder joints of crack the metal traces. New battery. he diagnosed the starter motor was bad again as not spinning. Is this something on high end cars, or all new cars? The problem might be with the transmission range switch. Congrats on the solution di k. It seems car designers haven’t quite solved the thermal expansion problem for in-car circuit boards. turned the key and it started up still. This issue would last a week or so, then go away for a while…then come back. Other than that, the only other annoying thing is the engine revs loving to NOT fall quickly. but then filled the tank to the brim and then not starting and no dash lights again. 18 Posts . One of the ways that can happen is through the alternator circuit. However, the abs light is one of the lights that stays faintly lit with car on or off. It’s a tough problem because of the temperature extremes found inside of cars. decided to give up, tried with the key one more and it had started up with the key. A few days ago I went to my car, and it spread to include the checkfuel cap, oil, and door ajar lights. I’m hsaving similar difficulty however no warning lights are on just when the key is out of ignition the backlight on the dashboard and caution lights stay on. Anyway take a look at that post and see if it doesn't help you out. I had the exact same problem with a Volvo, and it was due to a bad ground connection somewhere in the dashboard. It means your battery has taken over to keep the electronics working. Now two days later I lose power to my windshield wipers, brake lights, a/c and heater fans, dash lights, and windows. I took out the instrument cluster, opened it up, and cleaned the circuit board with wd-40. As far as the brake light, it has not been one of the problem lights and it does light up when turning the key…then go out when car is started. i got home turned off the engine and noticed the ABS light was on faintly. luckily i had a solar panel and connected that up to the battery the night before. Thought it might be related to the A/C, but it does it whether or not that's turned on. It’s been a week since I did this. I hope I’m attributing that correctly. Let’s take a look at some of the most common dashboard warning lights and their corresponding system. It could be an internal cluster problem as noted above. The lights all flash and pulse individually. 01 ford focus , lights flicker ,dash lights dim, when driving. As soon as the output from the alternator drops to a certain fairly low level, the battery light flickers. a back street mechanic tried joining up 2 jump cables together to connect to the live on the battery to the live jump point under the hood. next day it was fine until i had tried jump starting my other transit. When wet they’re difficult to dry down in there and need disassembled to dry. While the Ford Focus is no exception, it does soldier on and remains a popular vehicle. Once it starts flickering transmission hesitates, but transmission shops claim my transmission is not the problem. As the title says really, the handbrake warning light flickers sometimes when going around right hand bends at a certain speed, roughly 15-20 mph round a roundabout or turning right into another road. Upon starting your vehicle, you may see some of these indicators light up as a routine check to verify functionality. Ford tech at a dealer. The instrument cluster located on your Ford’s dashboard is equipped with warning lamps and indicators that allow you to easily monitor your vehicle’s condition and control settings. I am also having a similar issue. Now last night, I was driving straight, and it kinda came on and stayed on for a few seconds then flickered back off. Anyway, whichever car it was, even if the actuator failure rate was 1% per year, per car, by the law of averages, you’d expect to have one or two actuators failing every year. While not limited to a single model year, you can find these problems on 2000 and newer vehicles. ? These symbols can be grouped together by color, system, importance, etc. Office desktop computers don’t experience this problem much because — well how much temperature variation is there in an office? Jeremy. Even if it does go away the trouble may be within the cluster and not the alternator. Mk1 focus, 1.8 petrol, drum rear brakes. got home. then 6/7 weeks later i been out working in the bus all day. With most automotive electrical systems the power to the cluster is turned OFF with the ignition switch. from 50 degrees to 90 degrees max? For that , an inch by inch inspection is required. it still started. I think it was the Focus. i also still have my solar panel connected to my battery. My head lights, dash, and... My head lights, dash, and... all lights flicker - 2002 Ford Focus have changed alt.When all this is going on at idle i he … read more. In additionim hearing a buzzing type sound along w the flickering. Problem continues ,dealer and shade tree mechanics can not duplicate or find the problem. Associate Degree. I wonder if it’s as simple as a bad ignition switch ? the other transit failed to start and made a clicking sound. It’s like there are two " levels" to this problem. I’m assuming the brake warning light on too. Each dashboard symbol corresponds to one aspect of the car. I have a similar problem - every once in a while all of my dash lights flash on like the car is trying to conk out/stall (I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee) - the car has no loss of power and runs fine, just all of the dashboard lights and warnings come on like its going to stall. While driving, my head lights flicker from bright to dim, the dash lights almost pulsate, the radio flickers in and out, and the speedometer shoots up to 140 and back down, as well as the other gages. Happens on dry days, wet days, cold days, warm days - at least 3 times a month. When I turn the key to second position, all the lights light up full strength and solid, like they’re supposed to (for the testing phase). if i turn the ignition in certain position to turn it off, the lights goes out. released the brake. So if things are happening while the ignition is turned off power has to find another pathway to cause the things you stated to happen. Did this happen soon after giving someone a jump start, or getting a jump start? i use the van to tow the bus and it started in second gear by releasing the clutch at around 10 mph. Cougar-unfortunately the alternator is buried deep inside…and I can’t get to the connecter. I have a 2000 Ford Focus that I just changed the alternator in. When fault stops and I am intransit, if the lights start flashing again - the speedo, rev counter and gauges are all … I.E 0 Mph To 70 Mph Does... Code Read Is P2004. It is important to keep an eye out for the dashboard lights flickering because if the only symptom is a dead battery, then it could simply be that the battery has outlived its usefulness. FYI, there are commercial places that will repair these kinds of problems too. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, Dashboard lights going berserk...even when car is off. If the Ford Focus ABS dashboard warning light illuminates whilst driving, it indicates there is a malfunction within the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). he fitted a second hand on and it worked fine but, last night after i been working all day. it struggled to start after i removed the cables but still started. wouldnt start not even a crank. Cougar has a good suggestion. This sounds to me like it could be an alternator problem. The car runs just fine…but…?! Then it spread to include the ABS light too, and eventually became permanent. Everything works fine - no broken belt or anything. I had the battery tested at a Pepboys and they say it’s fine. This issue would last a week or so, then go away for a while…then come back. drove it back home fine. What follows is easily the most complete list available of symbols and warnings that may appear in and on your car’s dashboard or instrument cluster. One of them had the EXACT same problem you’re experiencing. When the troubles happens again and the car is parked try disconnecting the plug on the alternator and see if that clears the trouble. It also seems that the longer the car is run, the longer it takes to start going berserk again once shut off…hmmm? Replaced Thermostat But Heat Guage Turns Off And On But Doesn't Over Heat. Also a loud beep occurs at erratic intervals. Most offices are even less than that. What could it be? It all happened today. I've checked all fuses and wire connections that I know of but can't quite locate the problem. Any body got any idea on this? I have changed the alternator,battery,transmission range sensor, and fuel pump. 3,520 satisfied customers. Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 3, 2009. At one pointthe car temporarily jerked while buzzingclicking sound. But it’s less expensive than buying a new one. It Has Been There Since I Bought The Car And Has... 2000 Ford Focus Zx3 Diag. in addition,I'm hearing a buzzing type sound along w/ the flickering. the light was still on, still doing the same and it still started. The board still has many very bad looking solder connections, but the issue is totally gone. Driving Runs Fine. I don’t know much about cars, but it seems like a big “hint” that after running the car a while most of the problem goes away. I know the lights on the Zetec (my zetec) flicker and the dash lights do waver and get weaker around indle, especially with a load like th A/C, pretty piss poor IMO. It may be one of the alternator diodes in on the fritz. The always blame the computer and want to replace or "flash" it. Most are faint, but the oil light and door ajar light seem full strength. i turned off the engine while the cables were still connected. @dik We have 2005 Ford Focuses in our fleet. Now, I need to travel on a dark windy highway filled with deer on Friday. Worn wire harnesses will do this too if chaffed enough to expose several different circuits, they could touch at random times. Engine Light: One of the most sensitive lights on a Ford, the check engine light has two warning levels. First time this has ever happened. It's a big pain to do, but at least it stops my dashboard from draining my battery. The dimmer switch, light switch and headlight beams would get. Associate Degree. 2005 Ford Focus: About 10 months ago noticed my battery light was faintly visible with car off and key out of ignition. on the 2001 transit in the UK the battery is under the drivers seat and the jump points are under the bonnet (hood) we tried frantically to get them back on again which we did briefly and managed to bump start it. 2005 Ford focus ZX5 71K miles. Our photo car is a 2000 Focus Wagon. The owners manual says it should come on for a few seconds once the car is started…it does not light up like it’s supposed to. My guess is that tomorrow morning it’ll be back to level two. there are no lights at all on my dash when my engine is running, but when i turn my keys off and even remove them the ABS light is on faintly. In the past two days, I've noticed the Radio and Tune buttons' lights will flicker while the car is running and the headlights turned on. When I Turn On The Head Lights At Night Only Half Of The Mph Control Panel Light Up. Right now I’m back to level one, just the battery light and abs light are faintly flickering away and the remote entry works fine. gone to go out in it again later and then no crank at all and the ignition lights came on and off as they should. And the repair shop will figure out that the problem is really with the ABS, but the ABS dash board light bulb has burned out. Fuse boxes are suspect and these days they’re comprised of sandwiched circuit boards. Then once car is on, they go back to flickering faintly…but the loud beep goes away. I have a 2004 Ford Focus ZTS (standard transmission).Sometimes while driving however my lights, (headlights,dashboard lights, over-headlights) begin to flicker.Also, I'll be giving the car gas when for (maybe a second) suddenly no gas will get to the engine.This causes violent jerking while in low gear. The clicking and flickering carried on for about 5 minutes. Disconnect the plug on the back side of it and see if the trouble clears. turned out to be a break in the live feed for the problem with no ignition lights. Discussion Starter • #1 • Jan 15, 2010. But six weeks ago, after driving from CA to WI, it went away…for a few weeks, but came back. Headlights also do it. i park up and turned the engine off and all the dash lights were on bright and a continuous beep which would disappear when i turn on the ignition with my keys. When my car is running all my lights flicker when the rpms drop or when it idles they don't do it when the rpms are high. Everything Else Lights Up. it was late so i gone to bed. lights were back on with the keys in. Code 1290. Ford Focus (52) - Dashboard lights flashing, intermittent bleep ~ 30seconds, speedo,rev counter, petrol, temperature gauges not registering. Level two has 5 or 6 lights flickering, a loud erratic beeping, and the remote entry system doesn’t work. You might wonder why the battery light comes on – which makes you think the alternator is kapuut – when the ABS system is actually the problem. The fix was replacing the instrument cluster. I have a 01 Ford Explorer Sport - today the battery light starts flickering on and off. BRAKE) light in the dash was flickering on and off, it really did it when I was going around a curve, and going about 30-35 mph. About 10 months ago noticed my battery light was faintly visible with car off and key out of ignition. next day, i removed the good battery from the van and fitted it in the bus. Also, if I lock the truck with the remote or the d … read more. That means it will likely come into your shop with its own set of problems. ( the major problem with attempting to dry out flooded cars. it is a 2001 ford transit minibus 2.4tddi with 474000 miles on the clock. If disconnecting the alternator doesn’t help point to the trouble then I suggest you start pulling fuses one at a time to help locate the source of the power. Indicator light on dashboard turning on; The alternator is a crucial component in recharging the battery. came back to go home. System should be checked by a qualified technician immediately. When the entertainment system starts acting goofy, then you’ll know the problem is with the prindle switch. 62 Posts #2 • Jan 23, 2006. himvalo said: Hi all, ive noticed that while driving at night my headlights will flicker every so often, included with that my dashboard console flickers, nothing major but just annoying. I heard or read somewhere recently that the new Focus has something like 142 electro-mechanical actuators. Yet some of you guys still think the Focus is a wonderful vehicle. Reliability becomes a tough problem the more gadgets that are designed into cars. rang for help. i had a few issues with it. At idle motor almost dies head lights flicker and dim all ligts on intreior dim . The other problematic lights do light up properly during the ‘test’ phase. Then it spread to include the ABS light too, and eventually became permanent. I’ve heard mechanics say they have to pull the circuit card and resolder every single solder joint on the circuit board. I guess I learn something every day! Click a link to learn more about each one. As soon as you rev it or start driving, the lights power up again. When I go to start my 2007 Ford F-150 the light on the dash blinks rapid and the truck won't start ... Lock/unlock function with the remote works but the indicator light on the dash does not come on. The prindle switch comunicates with the body control module. chris. At Idle, Acts Like It Wants To... My Car The Battery Light Came On So I Got A Person To Check It And He Said It Was Not Charging So I Went And Got Another Altanator And Put... Ok So I Have An Annoying Rattle That I Can Hear The Majority Of The Time I Am Driving. But then after driving the car, it’ll go back to level one. After searching the internet, it seems this isn’t all too uncommon with the focus. 1 Answer. got home that night. my ignition barrel feels a bit sticky too. connected the battery up. dash lights were still on but the bus unlocked. i been out today and tried the bus. the dash lights were still on but faint. Senior Technician. So, what is that light on your dashboard? This stops the beeping and flickering, cuz the lights no longer have power to them. Let's take the shock out of a few electrical problems in this popular vehicle. so i decided to disconnect the battery while i was parked up for couple hours. If so, then it is unlikely a brake-related problem. Ken G - I’ve never heard of fuse boxes having sandwiched circuit boards. didnt get enough speed so didnt start. luckily i had another transit van. I am sure it is the same thing and no matter how many times I took my car to the dealer they could not fix it. Does the brake warning light come on when you turn the key to “On”, but before you start the engine? It can take several hours to do this, so the customer I expect isn’t very happy when presented w/the bill. On some cars the alternator (battery) light will come on with a brake problem. it given the dash lights again but will only start on a bump start. Modules and other electrical boxes must be dissasembled to dry …and clean within. And does it completely turn off after you start the engine and disengage the parking brake? The weather is wet,rainy, and cold today. I have a 2000 Ford Focus, with 112,000 miles on it. The body control module controls all the interior lighting and other functions inside the interior. Then after sitting a while it starts going berserk. Replaced Idle Air Control Valve. If certain indicators were to … if i press the brake it goes out and comes back and flicker slightly when brake peddle is released. It was faint and erratically pulsing, it also did this when car was running. Thanks It was faint and erratically pulsing, it also did this when car was running. At one point,the car temporarily jerked while buzzing/clicking sound. Replaced Both Intake Runner Valves. however, we changed the starter motor and removed the jump cables and the dash lights were fine and started off the key as normal. So I have a weird problem and maybe one of you guys can help. i repeated this 3/4 times and it was fine and the ignition lights have gone out as normal when i turned off the ignition. Wow, I really appreciate all the prompt responses. For further information on how Anti-lock Braking Systems First disconnect and reconnect the cluster several times to clean the connector, oxidation on instrument cluster connectors can cause a poor voltage supply or ground to the cluster and cause the processor to misbehave. nothing at all. In the beginning, this problem was easy to ignore…but now I’m extremely concerned, and I soon need to drive back out west and have no confidence in this car. No other dash display flickers, nor anything else on the center column, JUST the two buttons. Even though my problem was with a Chrysler Pacifica, I believe we had the same problem. ended up using public buses to go and try my bus again. I've had this problem for some time, but learned to live with it. Unfortunately, the battery would eventually go dead, because those warning lights were causing a draw. ). it got late and got a lift home with the plan that i would use my other transit to drive back down with a friend and tow the bus back home. The designers of the car figure if you see the battery light come on, you’ll head for the repair shop asap. You need to eliminate that as a possibility first. @di%20k … there’s a possibility that the problem is with the ABS system rather than the alternator. no luck, so we decided to push it as far as we can up the slope in the car park where it was and try a bump start. Sounds like something electrical is wet. Lights flickering on dashboard as well as headlights. few days later i got an auto electrician out. I have the fob, so when I pushed the start button I could hear clicking sounds and my headlights flickered. These lights may simply be indicating a vehicle control setting, e.g., Front Fog Lamps On. back in october it failed to start, it would crank but did not start. I own a 2001 Ford Focus whose lights and dash are flickering.It is a 2.0 DOHC car. turned it off and tried starting it again. It’s a fail-safe system, in case the ABS dashboard light bulb goes out. 2001 Ford Focus Engine Size unknown Wheel Drive Type unknown Manual 80000 miles hi Ive had my ford focus about 2 months about 3 weeks ago I noticed all the inside electrics flickereing this mainly happend when the car was just started. If able to get dry after all this time, alkaline residue will continue to cross circuits. tried starting. I simply unplug the 7.5 watts connector every time my car is off. For what it’s worth, the battery voltage is 12.3 volts, and while running it’s a steady 14.35 volts. a bit of luck i wouldnt be left stranded with 14 passengers miles from home until i can get it sorted. Normal braking will continue without the use of ABS. A fault with the alternator is probably the main reason for a battery light to flicker. needless to say i drove home as quick as i could. 2009 Ford Focus SE. You can google “automobile module repair” to find them. gone to start the bus again after giving up on the van. We are able to fully test and rebuild your own unit. 1,511 satisfied customers. If so, this could be a brake problem. go to start it. but must have been a bad day as the van wouldnt start neither. i also noticed too that sometimes after i removed the keys and the ABS light is on faint, the engine temperature gauge goes up to normal temperature but goes down when brake is pressed. crossing random circuits. And Iexpect it gets worse with larger circuit boards, like are found in newer cars w/more complicated electronics. Just the other day, I noticed while I was driving that the red (! 20 Posts . Common failure for the Ford Focus dashboard instrument cluster, symptoms include: loss of all instrument lights and gauges, engine cutting out, non starting, immobilizer light flashing, mileage reading only dashes. Today when I went to start my car it wouldn't start. just cranking. 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