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  1. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    If the car is juddering and battery light coming on it sounds like its more than the cluster. This one sounds alternator/battery problem. With mine I phoned my local ford dealer and told him the problem, he ordered the part and asked me to come in so he could do a diagnostic on the cluster for £40 then fit the new one if it was faulty for £164 (inc diagnostic). He told me it is normally £80 for a full diagnostic. If your local ford dealer had a service garage then give them a call. It's probably best to get the diagnostic done as that will bring up any faults that have occurred. But if it is the alternator then don't expect to pay anything less than £200 (not inc diagnostic)
  2. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    Well I took it in, they did a diagnostic and it was the cluster. Got a new one fitted and all is great (apart from mileage being reset to 0, but I will get used to it)
  3. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    Haha! Especially when I just saw on their website a 2009 59 reg 1.6 zetec with only 11000 miles on the clock for £7000
  4. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    Tbh I was expecting £200 from ford for just the part. I'm going to give the alternator another test and let the engine get up to temperature to see if there is any change as I only had about 15 minutes to do it before work this morning. The only part of all this I'm not looking forward to is going to the ford garage and seeing all the new focus', got a feeling I could be tempted to get one haha
  5. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    I tested it on my lunch break again, it's warmed up alittle since this morning and battery is now 12.3v. I'm going to give it a charge tonight when I get home. No faults with the dash this morning, and I can tell its not an alternator fault as the voltages I tested are well within the parameters given by the hundreds of self help guides I've found on mechanical sites. I'll probably give it one more test later for a longer period to see if there are any other fluctuations. Surely if it was an alternator problem all gauges would stop working, but with the fuel gauge not being affected I'm leaning more towards instrument panel. I've suspected it a while since the trip counter has reset itself on and off for the past year or so.
  6. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    Did some quick tests with my multimeter this morning (taking into consideration the cold weather) the battery gave a reading of about 12.15v (should be atleast 12.4v but as it was cold it would be lower). Switched the engine on and got a reading of 14.4v and no drop in voltage when I put every electronic device on in the car. If it was the alternator the voltage would have not gone .5v over my original voltage. Also no resistance drop from the negative terminal, not sure about the positive as I'm not to sure how to test that one. I'm stumped now, after reading about alternator problems my car had been exhibiting signs (slower in car fan at low revs ect)
  7. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    wow i think this may cost more than i thought, i think the ford dealer only charged £50 because i was having the cluster done. looks like i'll have to shop around for a cheaper diagnostic.
  8. Mk1 Instrument Cluster Problem

    The battery is fairly new, I had a new one put in last year. I might just get the diagnostic done. I've read a few other forums and seen that a lot of people's cluster failure faults are the same as mine (i.e most gauges and not just one)
  9. Hi everyone, I've had my Focus for a few years now and started having some problems with my instrument panel. The only thing i could find to show the problem is this youtube video. mine happened whilst i was driving. Similar to the video, the temp, rev and speed gauges all went down to zero, the mile counter display only showed lines (like shown in the video) however the fuel gauge didn't change and no warning lights came on until all the dials started working, then the check engine light came on for about 5 seconds. its done this a few times in one journey then everything was fine, no engine dips or stutters and no strange noises prior to the fault. i phone my local ford garage who put me onto parts, i told him what happened and he said it was a definite cluster failure, told me £130 parts and labor to replace it which i'm sort of happy with as i was expecting more. he put me onto the service guy to book a time to go in and he started asking if i wanted them to do a diagnostic test "just in case" which would put the price up to £170. i told him the other guy said it was a definite cluster failure, and he said but what if it isn't? I just took the original £130 quote and its going in friday morning. now i'm having second thoughts about the diagnostics. has anyone had similar symptoms and was it a cluster failure?
  10. Welcome to the Ford forums Andy3050 :)