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big col
HI EVERYONE, I AM NEW TO THE FORD FORUM,SO HELLO TO EVERYONE :) ...I HAVE A 1997 (P REG) FORD ESCORT 1.8 GHIA X (WITH THE ZETEC ENGINE)...I HAVE BEEN HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE TEMPERATURE GUAGE ON THE DASHBOARD..IT RARELY MOVES AND NEVER GETS INTO THE "NORMAL", PART OF THE GUAGE, BUT IT IS MOVING SOMETIMES...I HAVE JUST HAD A NEW THERMOSTAT FITTED..MY MECHANIC SAID THAT IT MAY BE MY TEMP'SENSOR...I FITTED A NEW ONE YESTERDAY,THE GUAGE STILL SHOWS NO CHANGE...ANY IDEAS CHAPS?

CHEERS
COL
johnH
hi, please dont use caps in your post...looks like your shouting and being rude.

anyways as for your issue, carry out the dash trick (sticky on forum) and to see if your cluster is faulty
big col
[quote name='johnH' timestamp='1307641041' post='131106']
hi, please dont use caps in your post...looks like your shouting and being rude.

anyways as for your issue, carry out the dash trick (sticky on forum) and to see if your cluster is faulty
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hi john, thanks for your reply...sorry about the caps, i genuinly had no idea it would come over that way...lower case in future.

the dash trick?, never heard of it.i am no expert on cars, i have a very small knowledge,but not on this proceedure..could you explain a bit more please.

col
jeebowhite
Take a look at the top thread in the Ford Focus Forums... thats the dash trick. Basically (this will reset your odometer) Switch ignition off, press and hold the reset button on button then turn the key to start engine. leave the button pressed in then the trip computer will go into self test mode.

Review the thread here http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/1486-focus-dashboard-secret-trick/ for more info
big col
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1307698937' post='131227']
Take a look at the top thread in the Ford Focus Forums... thats the dash trick. Basically (this will reset your odometer) Switch ignition off, press and hold the reset button on button then turn the key to start engine. leave the button pressed in then the trip computer will go into self test mode.

Review the thread here http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/1486-focus-dashboard-secret-trick/ for more info
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hi jeebowhite, thanks for your reply....sounds simple enough, the trouble is, as my car is a 97 escort, it has no digital readouts anywhere on the dashboard.
the odometer is the simpler "push-button" sort, one pushes the button in,and it reels the numbers round to zero again (i hope i have explained that clearly enough).the information only covers the digital aspect, would it work for my earlier version?.

obviously,i dont want to call my mechanic if i can fix it myself.

cheers jeebowhite

col
jeebowhite
Should have really read that! - if you have the OBDII port (i know they werent standard around then) so you might be able to use an OBDII scanner, could well be a wiring issue, or faulty sensor, but its difficult to say with little diagnostics and being unable to see the car!

It could even be a fault that has developed on the dial itself, from my understanding there is an electric reel that when heated the metal expands, and so the needle moves, so if their isnt a full connection, then it wont expand all the way!
big col
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1307706632' post='131239']
Should have really read that! - if you have the OBDII port (i know they werent standard around then) so you might be able to use an OBDII scanner, could well be a wiring issue, or faulty sensor, but its difficult to say with little diagnostics and being unable to see the car!

It could even be a fault that has developed on the dial itself, from my understanding there is an electric reel that when heated the metal expands, and so the needle moves, so if their isnt a full connection, then it wont expand all the way!
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yes..i was starting to think that it [u]might[/u] be a wiring issue. the needle moves sometimes but never gets into the "normal", position..as you know, it could be a number of things...process of elimination huh.
i have decided to get my mechanic in, obviously one cannot determine exactly what the problem is, without ascually seeing the vehicle etc.

many thanks for your advice and help matey, i appreciate it

thanks again

col
jeebowhite
will be interesting to hear what the outcome is! hope its nothing too expensive!
big col
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1307707958' post='131245']
will be interesting to hear what the outcome is! hope its nothing too expensive!
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i will keep you posted....hopefully my experience of the problem, may help others.and not be as expensive as i thought! haha

cheers buddy

col


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