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#1 Zetec Dave

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 02:55 PM

I bought a Focus Zetec 1.6 petrol (new model) from JCT600 in Leeds just over a month ago. As soon as I got the car I realised the fuel gauge was not working correctly, with readings showing all over the place. To cut a long story short JCT600 have just replaced the fuel sender unit (under warranty) but the problem is still there. I filled up yesterday and the gauge went immediately to full. Today however the gauge shows various readings from 1/4 to 3/4 full so it is clearly not working correctly.
JCT600 have been in touch with a Ford dealer who apparently told them that if replacing the fuel sender unit does not cure it then it is 'just part and parcel, and a characteristic' of that particular car. Needless to say that comment is incorrect and I have told them that I do not accept it.
Any suggestions as to what the problem may be would be very appreciated.
Thanks, David

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#2 vinnyvangough

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:01 PM

Could just be a poor connection on the wires.

I had this on my Escort and after a wiggle on the wires it is working fine now.

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:23 PM

its a common problem on the focus and is usually cured by a new sender unit.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:58 AM

its a common problem on the focus and is usually cured by a new sender unit.

But the sender unti has just been replaced. The problem is still there.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 02:45 PM

i carnt understand why the gauge still plays up if they fitted a new unit because this problem is caused by a faulty fuel pump module which will have a poor / open circuit contact. A new revised fuel level sender card assembly should be fitted. and usually cures the fault all i can say is that the gauge itself must be faulty. these can be reset and i wouldnt accept the car with the gauge not working right would they recover you for free when you run out of petrol!

#6 Roger

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 07:00 PM

Whilst on this subject......
i have a 02 Zetec 1.6 Focus.
When i switch the engine off both the fuel and temperature gauges
bounce to the half or mid point.
When i start up they both return to the correct positions.
Is this normal or a similar problem ?
Cheers
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#7 jr30864

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 07:56 PM

Whilst on this subject......
i have a 02 Zetec 1.6 Focus.
When i switch the engine off both the fuel and temperature gauges
bounce to the half or mid point.
When i start up they both return to the correct positions.
Is this normal or a similar problem ?
Cheers
Roger




this seams to b the norm i drive mondeo friend drives focus and both the same

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