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Ford Focus Instrumentation & Controls Questions

dj2bigdj2big Posts: 9
Just bought a 2007 focus ses sedan.

Wanted to know if the steering wheel cruise control bottons light up when you turn on your headlights?


  • There is no heat coming out of my 2000 ford focus. The engine temperature heats up and remains average throughout the drive, but no heat is coming through the vents. After checking the radiator, there is a lot of "black sludge" in the radiator resevoir where the antifreeze is poured. The car is also getting very poor gas mileage. Could this be as simple as a radiator flush? Or is there something more important here? Nothing is leaking by the way.
  • The dash bulb apears to have burned out on my daughters 2001 hatchback Focus. Can anyone tell me what is involved in replacing the bulb. Any insight would be helpful.
  • I need some help. My dash lights and rear running lights are out. All fuses are OK. Disconnected battery and reconnected but problem still exists. Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  • Dash lights and lights around heater go on for second and then go off. I checked fuses but no issue there, I heard this may be related to heater blower fuse???
  • claudesclaudes Posts: 1
    We just got our 2001 Focus back from the shop for a very similar problem. Our dash & tail lights went out. Brake lights & turn signals worked fine. We thought that we had checked all the fuses & they were fine. ??
    It turns out that our license plate light connector rusted out & shorted causing fuse #42 to blow. I hope this helps.
  • steve136steve136 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the info, I will keep that in mind. I didn't find the problem but the lights came back on after a week and have stayed on so far. Obviously there must be a bad connection somewhere.
  • Hi, when travelling above 60mph, occasionally the speedometer dial goes down to zero and the radio goes quiet. There is no loss of power and after a few seconds everything returns to normal. Is this a major problem or potentially just a loose connection? Any answers would be greatly appreciated
  • scole1scole1 Posts: 4
    Hi, I do not believe they do. I have a 2007 SES wagon and they don't light up.
    I figure part of the point of having stuff on the steering wheel is that it is done by feel as you do not want to have your eyes off the road. I use the cruise all the time, after a while you just know where it is, kind of like playing the piano.
  • yes i know what your talking about i have the same problem and nobody knows anything if you fix it let me know something and i'll do the same for you. Some people say it might be the throttle body sensor but i dont think so i havent replaced it.
  • Hi... Did you ever find out what was causing this. I have the same problem.
  • I am having a similar problem with my 2001 ZX3. My Instrument cluster lights are out, along with the dome light, parking lights.

    Just like you, the brake lights, turn signals and all other lights work fine.

    When I looked under the dash for the fuses, there was no fuse in #42. The manual does not list one in that position.

    By the way, my license plate lights are all corroded. I removed them and cleaned them and replaced the bulb, but I still have no lights.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • Steve,
    My ZX3 '00 had that problem years ago. After I took it to the second Ford dealer they correctly diagnosed a shorted wire. I paid about $75 to repair. Months later I read the NHTSA website about the Ford recall on that. This dealer wouldn't reimburse me stating my car wasn't produced at the facility the recall applied to. What a crock.
  • wcrollwcroll Posts: 1
    All instruments on my 53 plate focus go dead on me, then come back on usually when car has heated up. This intermitting fault seems to dissapear for about a week then comes back, Ive checked the fuses they are ok. Everything else seems to be ok ie lights etc so I suppose it must be something to do with the instrument cluster.
    Any help would be appreciated.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    Curiosity question. What is a 53 plate Focus?
  • I just purchased a 2002 Ford Focus ZTS with 70,000 on it. By owner, so no warranties. Right when I was about the pull out of the lot I noticed there was antifreeze leaking, I took it to my mechanic and he said that the Focuses are known for their Thermostat Housing Units the leak and such. Anyone had the same problem? And whenever I drive I can hear the (I guess) computer making noises and beeping, anyone experiencing that as well? Thanks.
  • HELP! I can turn off car and my radio, blower, and wipers still work. Even if the key is removed.Replaced battery cable assembly then this started. Could have I fried the BCM?
  • jeromebjeromeb Posts: 31
    The Discussion Title is pretty much it. Beginning April 29, 2009, the speedometer redlines to 140 before I crank it. It holds that position for almost a second then returns to 0 mph. This event also resets the trip odometer to 0.0.

    The only thing otherwise was that I'd gotten a new set of tires installed on April 28.

    Is there any possible explanation for the unusual speedometer and trip odometer behavior?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,966
    This sounds like a simple gauge gone bad. Tires certainly have nothing to do with it, and I doubt there's anything mechanically wrong with the car that's causing it.

    So start with the gauge itself and connections to the gauge. I had a temp gauge that was behaving oddly that turned out to have a cracked electrical connector. When the car was decellerating the connection would open and close and the temp gauge would bounce down to zero and back up to operating temp. When accelerating, the connection was physically forced closed and the temp gauge read properly.

    But when you add in your odometer resetting, I'm leaning towards the instrument itself being fried.

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  • jeromebjeromeb Posts: 31
    I have attempted no repair for 3 weeks. Sometimes it behaves as described, sometimes not.
    I deem it to be nothing worth spending money on.
  • jeromebjeromeb Posts: 31
    The problem seems to have resolved itself.
  • gmintergminter Posts: 1
    Wipers and blower motor will continue to run with switch off and key removed. Any ideas on what the problem is? Thanks.
  • had thermostate leak myself , very easy to do and costs about £50
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