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n7twc

Member Since 27 Sep 2013
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In Topic: Ford Focus 2006 - Dashboard Warning Lights

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.


In Topic: Ford Focus 2006 - Dashboard Warning Lights

14 October 2013 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for the advice all. Sadly not confident enough to try and fix myself, however was successful in having the instrument cluster sent off to Cluster Repairs UK for repair.

 

They confirmed both dry joints on the connector, plus the PCB required cleaning due to burn marks.

 

Completely agree with the postings in this thread - if you are slightly competent, these are fixable yourself.  If not, getting it sent off for repair (+ therefore now covered by warranty) worked for me.

 

Having spoken to them and a couple of other Ford dealers, this is now becoming a common problem on Mk2's, as it was a few years ago on the Mk1.

 

Thanks for everyone's help on this.


In Topic: Ford Focus 2006 - Dashboard Warning Lights

06 October 2013 - 10:53 AM

Probably an obvious question - if I disconnect the instrument cluster, will it lose the mileage count?

In Topic: Ford Focus 2006 - Dashboard Warning Lights

06 October 2013 - 09:03 AM

Thanks for the advice. Soldering not really something I'm great at!

 

The company that repair the clusters said it's only £40 - £50 if they diagnose it and find no faults, so it sounds like it's worth me sending it off to them, so I'll get back either a cluster that's repaired or a cluster that we know hasn't got the problem you've mentioned.


In Topic: Ford Focus 2006 - Dashboard Warning Lights

06 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

Took the car away from Ford. All working fine for a day or so, and then I'd get in to start the car, and it wouldn't start.  All warning lights back on etc.

 

Can't believe this is an instrument cluster fault (haven't sent it off yet).  Got annoyed enough to have a look myself.

 

Followed the below to remove the instrument cluster:

 

Found the plug that goes into the back of the cluster, which has about 20 wires going into it.  If I move the cables in one direction slightly, everything on the instrument cluster works and I can start the vehicle.  Move the cables slightly the other way, and all the warning lights come on, no speedo reading etc.

 

Concluded there's a break or bad connection on one or more of the pins / cables about an inch away from the plug. Now need to find a car electrician or similar who can test each cable to find which ones are at fault.  Assume it's possible for them to cut back an inch or so of the cable + rewire it into the plug (there's loads of cable inside the dashboard behind the cluster!)

 

I'm based in Birmingham - know of a good independent car technician that can do this for me?

 

Thanks.