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#1 The Bunk

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

Hi, new here.


Test drove a 2007 1.4L Zetec Ford Focus today (I'm in ireland) and was happy enough with it.

However, I noticed a small red light coming on beside the "Zero" on the Speedometer. It seemed to only come on when I was accelerating. It was off when the car was stopped.

Posted a picture below of the closest image I could find on the web. You can see the small light just beside the 0MPH. It's off in the photo.

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Anybody know what this is? Is this standard for this light to come on?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

it comes on when the door and bonnet is open i believe.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

ide be more worried at the high engine temperatutre on the dash thats awfully high

as for the light if a door or bonnets open it will say on the dash display as well it indicates a serious issue ie engine problem it shouldnt be on when driving going by the temp gauge there may be a few problems its almost over heating also youre engine management light is on thats the orange one on the right as is the battery light which it shouldnt be and the oil light all this while youre driving i think the red light is indicating an engine issue

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

i would give that car a miss all warning lights on

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

i dont even think they are the right clocks for the car the 1.4 doesnt rev that high thats the ti vct clocks on that car with the 8000rpm redline

anyway as said that car has major issues cant believe youre only worried about the small red light

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

Sorry guys, I wasn't clear. My bad.

The photo is not the actual car I test drove. I just posted that sample photo to show the position of the small light beside the 0MPH. It's the best sample photo I could find.

Some people are telling me its a shift light to tell me when to change gears?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

nope its not a shift light if it comes on then something is wrong ie a door isnt closed or bonnet when it lights usually something will come up on the dash display to warn you like low washer fluid or rear pass door open bonnet open its not a shift light it only comes on in red if its something you need to deal with asap otherwise the light on the opposite side will glow orange

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Why is not staying on constantly?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

it should stay on all the tim ethe only shift light is on the rev couneter and its a red arrow that lights up when you hit max rpm i can state ive never seen a focus where that light which is a warning light is used as a shift light it indicates an intermittent fault somewhere hence why its going on and off ive never seen or driven any ford where that light is on when you drive unless somethings wrong and its warning you it should go red and there should be a beep to get youre attention then a message on the display if someone has tampered with the wiring to turn that into a shift light i would walk away any mot inspector knows its a warning light may cause issues with an mot in the future.

if anyone else has seen it used as a sgift light please say

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

Sounds like a loose door to me.
Maybe the latches needed adjusting.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

Or loose bonnet maybe? I've had this happen me a few times when the bonnet wasn't closed properly after being open.

Did the display panel not show a warning message when the light came on? When I noticed the issue with the bonnet being open, it only came on when accelerating, as it was only then there was enough force to lift the bonnet if ya know what I mean. But the message always flashed up on the display as well.

I'd take another closer look if you're interested, but I must say it would be a bit off-putting as a first impression!

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

I'm having the car looked at by an independent mechanic in 2 days. Hopefully he can shed some light.

If it's a warning light of some sort, why isn't it a proper light with a symbol in with the other main warning lights? This is just a tiny little dot of a light over directly beside the zero on the speedometer.

Why do you say it's possibly linked to an open door or bonnet?

Anyone know where I can download a user manual for a UK/Irish 2007 Focus? I can only find American ones online.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:09 PM

See the little dot on the other side, just beside the 8 on the rev counter? It's a little amber warning light for things like, low fuel.

Hang on, I'll go try take a pic here to show you...

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:11 PM

the reason we say its a warning light is because that is its function there are 2 lights the red and the orange the red illuminates if there is an issue such as a door boot or bonnet open it means stop now and sort it then theres the orange light which ive only had lit when my screenwash is low its not in with the main lights for a simple reason its next to the dash display the point is it goes red and beeps you look and the display will tell you what the fault is

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

Here ya go, couple of pics showing the dash lights. As said above, it's a warning light of some sort, so worth having checked out! The fact it's red would suggest you stop as it's a serious problem, the amber light I mentioned on the other side is for minor things like low fuel, washer fluid etc.

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