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barrymx5

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    Barry
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  • Ford Model
    Mk2 Focus diesel 55 plate
  • Ford Year
    2005
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Merseyside

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  1. Not sure if this question was aimed at me, so forgive me if I’m out of turn. If I’m being honest I’m not sure what solved my issue or even if it’s permanent. I do know that the plug-in connections on the instrument panel appeared slightly dry (fractured) under close scrutiny. Having had this serviced it might well have been the solution but on fitting it appeared to have made no difference. I can’t remember if I cancelled all the fault codes at this time. A mechanic mate of mine reckoned there was evidence of a slight coolant leak onto the starter motor so it made sense to take it off, test it and clean all the contacts and in doing so eliminate it. My mechanic mate reckons it was cleaning the ecu contacts that most probably did the trick but I can’t be certain. I’m leaning towards the cancelling of the fault codes after the work had been done. The problems that GP123 is having seem very similar to those of mine, so I can only suggest going down the same route as me initially and then look at all other options that you guys have kindly suggested.
  2. I’m delighted to post that I’ve solved my no start problem. Other than send the cluster off for an overhaul, I’ve removed my starter motor to check its function and cleaned all contacts plus I’ve removed the ecu from under my wheel arch and cleaned the contacts. With everything back in place I was down to three faults which I was able to clear and start the engine first turn. I’m only mentioning this to offer alternatives should all else fail. Good luck!
  3. Once again many thanks for the suggestions. I’d say at least x6 fault codes were showing and even though the wife was saying ‘get rid’ I thought I’d give it one more chance. On inspecting the engine bay I noticed a reddish coolant fluid leak onto the starter motor so though it might have effected the contacts. I removed and tested it as per YouTube demo and it worked as it should. I also removed the ecu and cleaned the contacts, so as you can imagine quite a bit of knuckle rash. The moment had arrived, everything back in place when I turned the key with great anticipation and ……nothing!! I plugged the diagnostic back in and noticed I was down to only x3 faults which I quickly erased. I turned the key once more and ‘bingo’ she fired up like a champ and sounded better than before all the probs started. So I don’t really know what the issue was though I’m thinking it might well have been the cleaning of the ecu contacts. Anyone thinking of doing likewise please bear in mind that the ecu on this car is under the wheel arch and has a security pin in a metal cage covering the contacts. This has to be removed by either drilling, sawing or grinding and is a pig of a job. So I’ll run the car to see if it’s cured and report back in a couple of weeks. Many thanks once more guys.
  4. Hi there, I’d love to offer advice but I’m having a no start problem myself. Your investigations far surpass mine as I’ve only had my instrument cluster refurbished. Apparently it’s fairly common for dry joint issues over time on the connection plug. I have an 05 1.8 Focus Mk2 diesel which won’t so much as crank. The instrument panel displays a flashing immobiliser light, and break light and engine system fault on the display lcd. I’m at a loss what to consider next and would greatly appreciate the benefit of your experience.
  5. Following my almost cert £80 solution investment, I’ve just received my instrument cluster back from CuSToMod with the lcd in tact so at least I can see info on the screen now. I couldn’t wait to plug it in to see if my issue had been resolved, but sadly there’s absolutely no change. The car doesn’t crank, the immobiliser light still flashes and the break light and engine system fault shows on the display. What a downer! Richard at CuSToMod suggested the fault was elsewhere, maybe plug connectors, bad fuse or corrosion in the fuse unit under the glove box. I’ll certainly explore this next but on a quick inspection there doesn’t appear to been a damp problem in the fuse box. I’ve also noticed that the led displays flicker slightly now, something that I hadn’t noticed before .
  6. Many thanks for the comments, that’s great advice and somewhat taken the risk out of dealing with CusTOMod. This is why forums like this are invaluable in such circumstances. Fingers crossed is resolves my issue.
  7. Sorry to hear about your daughter and it does put things a bit more in perspective. However, I’d be a bit of a mug if I ignored the fact in legal terms, when a company is dissolved, it ceases to exist. It cannot still be trading although a person may trade (misleadingly) using its name. Dissolving a company means closing it down completely. Once a company has been removed from the Companies House register it becomes illegal for it to continue trading. These are not my words, I’ve Google it. So to answer you unofix, I couldn’t be less interested in auditing anyone’s accounts, but I prefer to make an informed decision when making any purchase. Quite frankly I don’t see much risk anyway as PayPal payments are protected, and especially when given such high recommendation which I appreciate.
  8. Sorry to hear about your daughter and it does put things a bit more in perspective. However, I’d be a bit of a mug if I ignored the fact in legal terms, when a company is dissolved, it ceases to exist. It cannot still be trading although a person may trade (misleadingly) using its name. Dissolving a company means closing it down completely. Once a company has been removed from the Companies House register it becomes illegal for it to continue trading. These are not my words, I’ve Google it. So to answer you unofix, I couldn’t be less interested in auditing anyone’s accounts, but I prefer to make an informed decision when making any purchase. Quite frankly I don’t see much risk anyway as PayPal payments are protected, and especially when given such high recommendation which I appreciate.
  9. I’ve been in touch with CuSToMod and after my contact with Richard I’m about to send my cluster off for repair. I couldn’t find a postcode on their web-site in order to workout the cost of sending the item to them so I googled the company. I was somewhat concerned when I discovered a possible issue: CUTSOMOD LIMITED / Company No. 10249693 Reg office 7 Barnaby Way, Laindon, Basildon, Essex, UK SS15 5TS Company Status- Dissolved on - 26 November 2019 Any thoughts Jimpster?
  10. Hi Jimpster, I’ve been in touch with CuSToMod and after my contact with Richard the company director, I’m about to send my cluster off for repair. I couldn’t find a postcode on their web-site in order to workout the cost of sending the item to them so I googled the company. I was somewhat concerned when I discovered a possible issue as the company was dissolved in 2019 but still operates now. Richard agrees that 2019 was their ‘last account’ as he puts it and then continues to offer postage instructions as though there was no issue. Any thoughts on this? CUTSOMOD LIMITED / Company No. 10249693 Reg office 7 Barnaby Way, Laindon, Basildon, Essex, UK SS15 5TS Company Status- Dissolved on - 26 November 2019
  11. Yeah, I hear what your saying Unofix but the one I have is already broken and they’re really quite easy to swap. I’ve been offered a Mk2 05 plate petrol display but I’m not sure it’s compatible and would appreciate advice. I’ll certainly explore your advice Jimpster and see what they can come up with. Many thanks for the advice offered guys, it’s very much appreciated and supportive in my tIme of need.
  12. Does anyone know if I’ll need to reprogram the cluster if I replace the liquid display. I’m thinking the information might be stored in the chip so info won’t be lost. I’m only guessing though, or is it wishful thinking?
  13. Many thanks for the comments. I used to teach electronics so felt both confident and prepared to tackle a simple dry join challenge. I was doing so well following explicit YouTube direction on remedying the issue, and yet somehow I managed to crack the liquid display. So now I’m worse off than when I started, especially as my efforts didn’t resolve the initial problem. If anyone knows of a reasonable cluster or liquid display replacement provider I’d be eternally grateful. Still looking for a solution but I’ll wait to see what the diagnostics bring up.
  14. I’d thought of that cos I’d experienced a dash circuit corrosion prob on a Mk1. The difference is that the lights are solid and don’t flicker like before. If all else fails I’ll check it out and clean the board. The passenger fuse box is bone dry though I haven’t checked any fuses there yet. Thanks for the comment.
  15. I’ve got an issue with my 55 plate Mk2 Focus diesel. The engine warning light has been popping on for a while now but it disappears when the car is re-started. Without warning my car stalled whilst waiting at a barrier and it refused to start again. I now have a rapidly flashing amber immobiliser light, and break light fault and engine system fault notice on the cluster. Having researched the problem I’ve cleaned the earth strap connection to the bodywork, checked my battery condition and anything suspicious in the engine bay electrics box. All fuses appear to be in tact. I would appreciate comment from anyone having had a similar experience or have any level of expertise. My wife tells me that my 17yr love affaire with this belting little car is at an end if I can’t fix it on the cheap. I can’t really justify throwing too much cash at a car worth very little anymore. It’s value is more to me as a work horse, tip runs golf bag locker etc. I have a vid of the issue but I’m not sure how to show it here. Advice appreciated.
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