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#1 APJ

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:17 PM

Anyone know what this light means?

Started my Focus thismorning (2.0tdci titanium saloon, 2005 reg) and a little red light inbetween the rev counter and speedo came on..then started flashing for about 2 minutes then went off. Its purely just a red light…..no symbol on it and its not with the main cluster of warning lights. I may of started it a bit quick before the glow plug light went off…but it did start ok.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:32 PM

sounds like the immobiliser light do the dash trick and see if any dtcs were stored it usually flashes in a sequence to indicate the fault may have been just a glitch if all is working okay

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:35 PM

Sounds like its the alarm/immobiliser light. It's not supposed to be on while driving.

A few times though, I've started my car too quick and the lights stayed on flashing. I just stopped the car, turned it off then started it again normally and the light didn't come on.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:39 PM

Damnit Arthur beat me to it by a second. I was gonna say about the sequence and to do the dash trick.

But it does sound like a glitch from starting too quick. In my case when it happened I think I managed to stall it, so I quickly started the car and noticed the light was now flashing. I pulled over safely, turned the engine off then started again normally and the light didn't start flashing again while driving.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:07 PM

Cheers guys...yep will do the dash trick to see if it has thrown anything up. But i think your right, i just started it a bit quick as was late for work and it didnt like it. I didnt quite stall it but was close to stalling and just recovered it. Will be careful tonight when it start it and hopefully there will be no flashing red light issues!

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:19 PM

I know mate its not stall related. I was just saying my reason for starting the car quick. I stalled it, so I then started it in a hurry and this must have confused the imobiliser light.

The light stays on blinking conatantly when the engines turned off, so you know its working and also as a deterent. Then it goes off once the keys turned.

But in my case I put the key in and turned it straight away and too quickly, on this occasion, the light stayed on.

There didn't seem to be any sequence to the flashes, it was just flashing normally at low speed, I did notice though that as I sped up, it flashed more rapidly the faster I went. Still no apparant sequence, it was at a constant rate but the rate was more rapid the higher the speed.

Like I said I just pulled over, turned off the engine and started it again as normal.

Do the dash trick but I reckon in this case it is just cause you started too quick.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:45 PM

Oh yes of course, its the b1oody imobiliser light isnt it. Couldnt even think what the light was for at first. Will still do the dash trick tho just incase its something more serious

cheers for the help guys

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

How long did you drive the car for with the light flashing by the way? And did you notice if it flashed faster as you drove faster?

Have you started the car yet since to see if it still stays on when starting the car normally?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:23 PM

I think the light stayed flashing for a good couple of minutes...to begin with it flashed quite quickly but then slowed down until it stopped...the flashing didnt seem to relate to how fast i was going.

Good news tho, no error codes. And when i started my car lastnight it was fine..no light at all so was obviously just a gremmlin in the system which sorted itself out:-)

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:59 PM

All good then mate

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:20 PM

Can i ask you another question as you know ya onions as they say. What headlight bulbs give the best look in your opinion? At the moment i just have standard bulbs. My headlights are those ones that move as you turn the wheel. Does that limit my choice of bulb? I just want something brighter, with a whiter light...what do ya reckon?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:47 PM

I currently swear by osram cool blue intense. I know many fellow members also do. But then plenty of people swear by philips too. All comes down to personal choice.

If you had a mooch through my thread found in my signature, I think about 3 quarters the way through, you'll find photos of my headlights.

I would insert the photos straight here for you but I'm currently using my phones net.

Also, fellow member Stoney871 has even uploaded a few videos of his osrams in action on country roads.

Aren't your hid's bright enough? I know you can get osram hid bulbs.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:10 PM

Mine are those 'adaptive headlights' which i am amazed havnt broken yet. Am i right in thinking i currently have halogen bulbs and if i wanted HID's id have to buy a kit?

Do the osram cool blue intense bulbs just fit straight in or do i have to do some kind of conversion?

Cheers will have a look at ya pics of the osrams in action and check out Stoney871's vids

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:21 PM

Did your car come with adaptive headlights as standard? You got me confused with that one lol cause I haven't seen a mk2 with them before that wasn't an ST unless been retro fitted at great expense.

I'm now on the laptop so I can find the videos for you.

Scroll half way down this page for the videos:

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:45 PM

From what i could gather from the previous owner (who bought the car from new), he said he opted for all available optional extras when he bought the car, except for cruise control. So i guess the adaptive headlights were an optional extra? I think some of the top spec Titaniums and Ghias did have the option of adaptive headlights. Not sure how much extra they cost, maybe not many people opted for them cos was probably quite expensive. Im glad ive got em tho, as i said no issues with them so far...which im surprised by as i guess theres a little motor somewhere that turns the lights.

Cheers for the pics and videos...they look well bright! and a nice clean light too. Might have to go with the osram cool blue intense, thats if i can just fit em straight in?

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