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#1 johnbrad68

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:38 PM

Hi all.....I am a newbie to your site so a big hello to all!

My name is John i am from Peterlee in county Durham and today I have acquired a 2001 ford focus diesel 1.8i....

It was a bit tatty so ive cleaned it up but theres a couple of problems I am hoping I can get help with. The main issue I have is all the lights apart from the front headlights dont work. Rear lights, rear registration light dashboard light interior light side lights all dont work. Ive been told it could be the fuse but are they all connected with the same fuse or different ones?....I know theres two fuse box areas one behind the glove compartment and one in the engine so not sure which one it will be. I got no book or anything with the car so any help would be appreciated......

 

also theres a slight noise from the front passenger side its like a humming sound if that doesnt sound too stupid.....

 

once again any help would be hughly appreciated

 



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:01 AM

Hi John and welcome to the club. If I remember correctly, I think the lighting fuses are under the bonnet. I believe there will be a fuse for each side but it seems odd that they would both go. Could indicate another issue?



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:04 AM

I've looked under the bonnet and the area where it says, two bigger fuses, seen to be empty......

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:16 AM

I've looked at the fuse box diagram and it says f19 and f14 are for side lights 10amp fuse but there's nothing to click the fuses into....

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

if the noise is inside, it could be the passenger fuse board. Can you confirm if the indicators, wipers etc work? is it only the lights that dont?

 

It could be a wiring issue, or it could be as simple as the fuses, maybe something daft like a bit of moisture in the fusebox.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:20 AM

Okay...further information.....I've been to auto electrician he tested the fuses and there was no live to one of them...he joined the fuses with a wire and they came on...so he said it would be the switch...I changed the switch...and still nothing...

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:23 AM

The noise isn't from inside it's from wheel.....the indicators ,wipers, reverse light and fog light all work

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

so one of the live wires is busted.

 

Dont suppose he helped to track it down?



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:14 PM

nope just lit them up them let them dim again,i know he blew the 48 fuse while doing it lol



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:13 PM

possibly shorted it by applying a wire from the live of fuse 48 to where the live should be on the other fuse...

 

its possibly the fuse board that needs replacing. Perhaps its corrosion or similar from one of the wires, but its hard to say. I would call him back and ask him to try and fix it long term and see what he says.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:50 PM

Yeah I think I will have to....only issue is cost...this kind of came nexpectedly, my previous car kinda died on me so funds are now short lol.....

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:04 PM

know what you mean! I would start by seeing what he can do, if it is a new fuseboard, he might be able to wire in a short that allows it to operate in the meantime, allowing you to recover your funds in the long term.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:00 PM

...does the fuseboard drop down to get in behind it.......somebody suggested i bypass the problem and run a wire from the light switch to the fuse box.........which is the live wire in the switch...i understand theres two live connections going into the back of the fusebox...but im told this is the best way forward for me so.......



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:18 PM

...just a quick footnote, the central locking doesnt work either.....coincidence?



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:44 AM

ok....so an update...

Ive played around with the fuses over the weekend and put some charge into a dead battery,anyway, last night i got rear lights and dash lights and the alarm when you leave lights on....eureka i though......today i went to check see if i still had them all on and found three fuses melted......the one for the rear lights and the two side lights......so obviously its not sorted.....



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