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Best Answer n7twc, 24 October 2013 - 09:15 PM

I didn't have the PCB changed - I posted the instrument cluster to Cluster Repairs UK, who diagnosed a fault with the connector and burn marks on the PCB.  They fixed the connector and cleaned the PCB, before re-testing to confirm it worked + sent it back to me.

 

In my case, this resolved the issue.

 

Your first step is to follow the YouTube video in the first post on this thread, so you can remove the instrument cluster.  Then if you move the cable connecting into the back of the instrument cluster, see if you can get the warning lights to come on and off.

 

If so, I'd say it's 80% going to be the instrument cluster.  You can either follow the instructions on this thread to repair it yourself, or send off to a company for repair.  I used the company mentioned here, who charged £160 inc. return postage, which resolved the issue and means I now have a 2 year warranty on the whole cluster (yes, not just on the repairs they made).

 

If not, it might still be worth having the cluster sent off, as if they can't find a fault, it'll only be around £40 for the diagnostic.

 

As others have said here, this problem is becoming more common on the MK2 Focus.  Dealers are also reporting this, based on my research.

 

Last thing you want to do is spend £800 parts + labour for a new instrument cluster - all keys need to be recoded, and the instrument cluster has to be programmed to the vehicle + immobiliser.  It's a pain!

 

Any problems / questions, let me know. It's thanks to this forum I saved a ton of money, so I'm determined to help others do the same.

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#16 connaz99

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:07 PM

Hi Tim

Iv had the exact same problem with my 06 Focus, and its driving me nuts. Not starting on a morning, showing 'Engine System Fault' and going into Limp mode whenever it feels like.

Did this finally sort your problem out changing the PCB?????

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#17 n7twc

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:15 PM   Best Answer

I didn't have the PCB changed - I posted the instrument cluster to Cluster Repairs UK, who diagnosed a fault with the connector and burn marks on the PCB.  They fixed the connector and cleaned the PCB, before re-testing to confirm it worked + sent it back to me.

 

In my case, this resolved the issue.

 

Your first step is to follow the YouTube video in the first post on this thread, so you can remove the instrument cluster.  Then if you move the cable connecting into the back of the instrument cluster, see if you can get the warning lights to come on and off.

 

If so, I'd say it's 80% going to be the instrument cluster.  You can either follow the instructions on this thread to repair it yourself, or send off to a company for repair.  I used the company mentioned here, who charged £160 inc. return postage, which resolved the issue and means I now have a 2 year warranty on the whole cluster (yes, not just on the repairs they made).

 

If not, it might still be worth having the cluster sent off, as if they can't find a fault, it'll only be around £40 for the diagnostic.

 

As others have said here, this problem is becoming more common on the MK2 Focus.  Dealers are also reporting this, based on my research.

 

Last thing you want to do is spend £800 parts + labour for a new instrument cluster - all keys need to be recoded, and the instrument cluster has to be programmed to the vehicle + immobiliser.  It's a pain!

 

Any problems / questions, let me know. It's thanks to this forum I saved a ton of money, so I'm determined to help others do the same.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:03 AM

Yeah I had this exact issue, at first I was so confused as to what the cause was, but after researching online I found out that this was really quite common.. and luckily for me a cluster repair center was fairly local so I took my car with me, and they removed the cluster, repaired it with contact spray etc and gave me a 2 year warranty! They also misquoted me £100 by accident instead of £120, always a plus :D

 

New clusters from fords are ridiculous lmao!



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:44 AM

Hi Tim,

 

I have marked your reply above as the answer to the question so that anyone coming across this, can see that is how you resolved your issue.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:22 PM

Brilliant - After similar symptoms - dashboard warnings lighting up like a Christmas tree and my car (06 plate focus 1.6 tdci LX) going into limp home mode on several occassions I read this thread in desperation. 

 

An RAC patrolman and my local garage found no tell tale error codes on their diagnostics but intermittent problem kept recurring.  (Sometimes solved by turning ignition off and on again or indeed banging the top of the dashboard!)

 

Not a fuel problem or any noticeable damp problem.  Likely electrical problem seen by me as being soldering on joints - after I had read here this description of near identical problems first seen in MK1 Focus and now creeping into MK ii Focus like mine.

 

Anyway, took a deep breath and, in agreement with my garage, "you may as well try this, seems likely problem" especially with one cure being banging the dashboard - I removed and sent off to Clusterrepairs.co.uk my instrument panel unit and PCB.

 

I really cannot fault Cluster Repairs - very prompt and efficient service.  They quickly mended my instrument control panel and attached Printed Circuit Board (PCB) in an hour or so (I elected their £30 extra service for an 'Exchange Board with 2 yr warranty, a total £139 plus vat incl rtn postage to me).  I then received my instrument panel back next day.  25 miles on and two overnight morning start ups (I do low mileages) and all is working well. Chuffed to bits!

 

By the way, before I posted it away for repair I had been reduced  to one warning light (engine block orange image) but this too has been extinguished by the repair.  Do note though that I ran my car for over a year with this same orange engine management light - and regular consultations with my garage that it was being lit by a faulty Exhaust recirculation valve  (ETR?) fault.  When I finally invested in a new ETR valve my Focus ran like a dream - wish I had paid up and had a new one fitted rather than trying to clean up the old much earlier.  Indeed for many months since new ETR Valve fitted car has been running very smoothly - until this very recent instrument control panel fault.

 

So all in all I'm delighted with Ford Owners club, Cluster Repairs and this thread in particular.  I followed the You Tube link and removed the instrument unit myself - just two screws, (garage lent me their screwdriver for a minute), a quick search on how to disconnect the cable clip from its housing - found on another You Tube clip (there is a black metal arm which cantilevers over and clips and unclips the cable section from the circuit board - and posted it away and re-fitted myself.  So far so good and well pleased with my £139 plus vat repair and £11 special postage via Royal Mail to Cluster Repairs.  Thanks to all on here - this is my endorsement of all your great work.  Feel really empowered!



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:32 PM

I had the same issue, removed and disassembled, soldered and replaced in an hour, total cost £0.00 unless you really want to be pedantic ;)

 

This is my instrument cluster, I have already soldered the top 3 right hand side as you can see.

 

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