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mike john

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speedo and mileometer failure whilst driving no common denominator like specific speed just total shut down slight loss of power also. any ideas please

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Sounds like it could be the 'watchdog' problem. If the car is 2003 model there could be printed circuit board corrosion in the instrument cluster. See BBC Watchdog web page. If confirmed as 'Watchdog' problem Ford dealer should provide replacement cluster fo £99 all in inclucing cost of dianostic test and VAT.

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speedo and mileometer failure whilst driving no common denominator like specific speed just total shut down slight loss of power also. any ideas please

i have had the same problem on my 55plate titanium alsothe battery light coming on and off in no specific order had it to the dealer and they cannot fault the car tried a few connections around battery and alternator and touch wood ive had no problems since but i dont hold out any hope as i quess it will return

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yeah ive recently had the same problem i think. When im driving the speedo goes to zero and then takes a while to come back again. I haven't had time to take it to the garage yet. Is this the same kinda problem? my focus is a 2.0 zetec esp w reg

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I had the same problem on my 03 1.8tdci estate. In my case the speedo would drop to zero and stay there until the engine was stopped and restarted. The dealer replaced the VSS under warranty but this didn't cure it. They have now replaced the instrument cluster. This appears to be an example of the problem highlighted by the Watchdog programme.

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If the Titanium I am thinking of buying (14,000 miles, 2005) had this fault would the mileage then be inaccurate? Couldn't this be like accidental 'clocking'?

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I don't know if the odometer also stops working in these instances. I must admit that I didn't notice if mine was still working as I was concentrating on the rev counter as an indication of speed (after the first failure I compiled a list of rpm vs speed in various gears).

Obviously the new cluster has started from zero so I have had to put a note of the mileage correction in the vehicle service book.

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with the loss of power it could be the speed sensor.

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