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2006 Ford Focus 1.6LX - No mods and no new installations/repairs


This is going to sound random. I drove through a foot of water the other day at a cautious speed. The car drove home with no problems.

A day later I go out to the car and the windscreen wipers are stuttering over the screen, the interior beeper is beeping (lights left on sound), the indicators are flickering and the immobilizer light is flickering randomly.

If I turn the car on its 100% fine and drives normally however every time I turn the car off it starts this strange behavior again. I have resorted to unplugging the battery.

Any ideas would be appreciated?

I'd suspect water in your engine fuse box or wet connectors somewhere under the bonnet causing a short.
[i]Sounds like what stoneys sayin to me [/i]
What he said
What he said.
Wait a minute!!!!
It was me that said it!!! :P
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Who said what!!? :wacko: [/font][/size][/color]
i agree with who said what about what he said seriously though its clearly a water ingress issue so ide have a look under the bonnet first and try to dry it out
Possessed you say?
You should ask a Vicar to give it a service...
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]A job for the misses hair-drier.[/font][/size][/color]
An exorcism is the only cure!!!
Weve all seen the movie an exorcism will make it worse it may even try to kill you
Rename it Christine and pray.
If it starts looking like this, there's no point even trying to run

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If it starts looking like this, there's no point even trying to run
It would save on repair bills though, just a monthly wax to repel blood stains. ;)
Very true. Always good having a car that can self repair itself nomatter how bad you crash it.

Just don't piss her off or she'll mow you down or kill you with carbon monoxide poisening.
As long as you don't fit fuzzy dice you should be ok.
just spent 15mins finding this thread because i knew id seen it, but didnt read it at the time! haha

i had this yesterday. did you sort the problem out? iv had the car through floods before, so how could it get wet in the small amount of water there was? went crazy during the day. i took it straight to where i bought it and he had the relays out and some how it was still going! but all dry under there and there was no fault codes. and when pushing the relay in you could hear it clicking every second or so as it engaged.

i thought after an hour of drying at had dried as it was fine when i parked up, but noticed when i came home at about 3am that the wipers were about half way up! :unsure:

any advice?
..scared to try anything myself as if it is possessed the bonnet may slam shut on me!! :rolleyes:
Phili Smith
I suggest a can of wd40 sprayed liberally around electrics (particularly alternator) some electrics are so low on car that water ingress can back power system and do strange things with ignition off! when you turn on you will put 12 volts where it is supposed to be and problems seem to disappear, when ignition is off small voltages creep through alternator charge light cicuit and back power all sorts of things

wd40 was the answer! :D

the box seemed perfectly sealed apart from one seperate red wire which wasnt inside of the main circle going into the fuse box. it looks after market really

is there a red wire thats seperate? ..the only possible aftermarket thing i see on the car in rear footwell blowers which are under front seats (i assume these are aftermarket as they has RS logos on them)
or are they standard?

Without a doubt it will be the gem module which is the fuse box under the glove box inside the car we have changed dozens of them.
Just been reading the thread, and I've had exactly the same thing happen to me tonight.

Due to the wet weather, I've driven through some flooded roads.

My apologies for sounding slightly thick, but what exactly do I need to do to the gem module? What is a gem module? And how do you change them?
Without a doubt it will be the gem module that has water ingress. Which is the fuse box under the glove box

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