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    Hi...on the subject of Ford focus instrument clusters : I have a MK3 2006 1.6 TDCI....all was fine when i bought it....a month later it developed an intermittent instrument
    cluster fault where all the lights would light up and it was stuck at idle revs (no matter if you pressed the accelerator) ...it seemed to happen when the car was up to temperature and when restarted it would perform this trick,when restarted it would take a while for it to clear.....then it progressively got worse and would cut out (idle revs) whilst driving....if you tapped the pod it would spring into life all would be fine for a while then it would resort back to all lights on !!!.....i found that if you pressed on the plastic cover of the instrument cluster all the lights would go out and you could resume normal driving...so whilst stationary parked at home i recreated the lights on the dash..undid the 2 retaining screws..moved the cluster to the left (in my case) and was fine....tightened the screws again ....have been driving for 2 days and no issues with lights up on the dash.....it worked for me...if this happens to you its worth a try before shelling big bucks on this at Frauds or an independent

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    I think you will be very lucky if the problem does not reappear, Marrco23. There is clearly a bad connection somewhere either inside the cluster or in the connector/wiring at the back of it.
    Before taking the plunge and opening up the cluster as I did back in posts #485 and #488, I tried much the same things as you but nothing worked for long.
    The repair I did then has been very successful though. It is well over a year and many thousands of miles ago now and there has been no sign of it since. In fact the old Focus is going better than ever.
    As I said then I cannot give any advice to anyone who is not able to repair it themselves. As I recall Hometune did give a suggestion a bit later in this thread about a company who might do a repair job for you if the problem comes back.

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    Hi middleman...thanks for the reply....yes i have read countless stories for this.....yes i know its a temp fix for something that needs to be addressed....maybe it is the dreaded dry solder joint or maybe a loose connection....one thing i did notice about the pod on removal that it had been out before because there was a hair line crack in the plastic cover.....so maybe trouble ahead !!!

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    I have to say reading this HUGE post that it has put me off EVER buying a modern day Ford.
    I've had older Fords. Escort, several Cortinas, Granada, and Scorpio Ultima.

    I don't think manufacturers realise how much posts like this influence future car sales... They do though. We review EVERY DAMN THING at length on the internet these days, before parting with a bean.
    Terrible apathy. One reason I'd never use Vauxhall again either.

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    Same problem instruments failed then came back on, been ok for 2rys now failed again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffd View Post
    I have had the same intermittent dashboard problems i.e. no speedo, no rev counter, fuel and temperature guages, but only during damp or wet weather suggesting (to me) an earthing or shorting problem. My car is an 03 Focus 1.6 LX, I have already had the General Electric Module (Gem) and boot release mechanism changed for just short of £500, so I really do not want to spend another £300 - £400 for a dashboard. I will also contact Watchdog and Ford to highlight this problem
    hi,
    have you ever found out what needed to be fixed. i have got the same problems and cant get to the bottom of it
    thx

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    Try looking at the connecting plug and socket arrangement for the instrument cluster. Look for corrosion and give it a spray of contact cleaner be gentle with it.

    Look on u tube, I sure there will be a 'how to' video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senneoko View Post
    hi,
    have you ever found out what needed to be fixed. i have got the same problems and cant get to the bottom of it
    thx
    I don't know if it's still on but Ford were replacing faulty Focus instrument clusters for 99. With a call to their customer services department.

    http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/?t=62482

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    Default Focus instrument Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by bridayo View Post
    Same problem instruments failed then came back on, been ok for 2rys now failed again.
    Again all now working ok when they all went off I was very low on fuel? after refuelling they all came back on could it be just a coincidence?
    I think it was prob. due to a damp connection somewhere .

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