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#1 mike john

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 11:05 AM

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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#2 Dave kingswood

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 01:42 PM

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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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:29 PM

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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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:24 PM

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

#5 gaz1250

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 10:19 PM

Are you sure its not a VSS sensor prob

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:10 AM

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.

#7 ezman

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 07:47 PM

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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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:42 PM

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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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:47 PM

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


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