Last post on Nov 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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Ford Focus SVT, Ford Focus, Lights, Electrical, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#497 of 506 Re: Focus Electrical problems, I may have fixed it [crbastow]
Jul 25, 2013 (2:28 pm)
I am having the same problems with my car. I had to replace the alternator twice. Thank you for the advice. I am going to try it.
#498 of 506 Re: Tail light assembly keeps melting--Is there a recall anyone knows of? [therays4]
Aug 02, 2013 (10:02 am)
remove the melted in piece as best you can. Yes damage will occur. Get a new bulb and place in the holder that is still mostly intact and with just a dab of silicon or RTV, glue the bulb to the holder and then, with silicon, glue the whole assembly together.
#499 of 506 Re: Tail light assembly keeps melting--Is there a recall anyone knows of? [carsalessucks]
Aug 02, 2013 (10:36 am)
Try an LED bulb. They cost more, but create less heat. It worked on a Ford Freestyle I had.
#500 of 506 Brake lights stay on when out of park
Oct 19, 2013 (2:22 pm)
Brakes lights stay on whenever they feel like it. Most of the the time they get stuck on after 10 seconds. This is only when car is running and in D, 1,2, N or R ( auto trans ) Will not do it if car is in park or ignition key on. Only when engine is running. This started about two weeks ago, and I started replacing parts. I've read lots of posts involving the brake light/hazard problem and chewed up or chafed wiring in tail gate. Several too about the 3rd brake light. I've also read literally 100's on other forums with no resolution. The 2000-01 Focus is the only year that uses the hazard switch to also work the brake lights, tails only not the 3rd brake light. I changed the stop light switch twice, no change. I have used two different hazard switches, problem returns no matter which one I use. One less then a year old, and one brand new. All are Ford parts, no aftermarket. So those two items are fine. Not a fuse problem because I do have working brake lights when in park. Check wiring going into hatch, peeled back rubber boot and checked any exposed wires. This is quite common in the Focus hatch, so that's the first thing I did. No change. The directional's will flash when lights are stuck on until last night. I went for a 30-40 minute ride and the lights got stuck. I can see the glow from my side mirrors, of course only at night. I never know during the day. The only way to shut them off is to unplug the hazard switch, but that's only cutting the power source. If I wait for 15-20 minutes and plug it back in they will stay off. The switch does get warm but that's because the lights are on, it stays cool when lights not stuck. Back to last night. When I got the car home I put it in neutral and tried the turn signals. I put the right turn on and the left side was blinking. WTF ! I got out and checked, the lights were flashing like a school bus. Each side flashing opposite of the other. Is something heating up after awhile ? I have no clue. This year Focus does not have a separate flasher unit that I could try. It's all through the hazard switch.
New stop light switch(2)=nothing
New hazard switch(3)=nothing
Hatch wiring repaired=nothing
New multifunction switch=nothing
All fuses good
#501 of 506 Park lamps and rear defrost
Oct 27, 2013 (12:32 pm)
My left rear park light stopped working. Have checked fuses and changed the bulb (original was good). Put a meter in the socket and no power. Checked wire all the way to fuse box and no power. Here is the weird part. When the car is on, light switch is off and I activate the rear defrost the park lights front and rear come on on the left side. Turn the defrost off and they go out.
This is for a 2005 ZX5 SE. Any suggestions?
#502 of 506 rear light issue
Oct 27, 2013 (2:34 pm)
I had an original 2000 Focus. My son now drives it. I have followed the posts since day 1. I never encountered the rear light issue. I read it had something to do with the wiring along the trunk lid getting pinched and damaged. Perhaps a good electrical shop could check and repair the wiring. Good luck!
#503 of 506 Re: rear light issue [hault]
Nov 03, 2013 (3:03 pm)
I agree, probably pinched wire some where. Or possibly a short where around the fuse box since it is possible that the defrost is having some effect on it.
I have been driving a 2000 focus lx for a few years now and have had a lot of problems big and small. I had never encountered an electrical issue yet besides fuses or hooking up an aftermarket cd player.
#504 of 506 Re: Brake lights stay on when out of park [charley954]
Nov 03, 2013 (3:10 pm)
Your best bet is to just completely trace the wiring from power source to switch to the bulbs. Its gotta be a short somewhere.
#505 of 506 Re: 04 Focus clicking and missing [carcluless66]
Nov 15, 2013 (3:05 pm)
Did you ever figure out what the problem was? I'm having the same clicking noise coming from under the dash and it will shut off my radio and dim my lights and it has even shut my car off. Any advice would be great! Thanks.
Nov 18, 2013 (12:27 pm)
Ok, so I have an '03 focus and we figured out the electrical problems. On the sedans they have electrical problems with positive battery cables, wire going from.altenator, and numerous dash wires. The clicking is from your switch that stops the vehicle from going into gear from reverse. These switches can get problems in them if you have ever spilled in the gear shifter. But most likely it is from a short in the cable leaving your altenator. That is what cause all of our problems. Now if you have a hatchback the issue will be where the electric connector going down to the lights. It gets pinched and causes a short. In the end we saved the most time by taking the vehicle to a Ford dealer and paying $250 for a diagnostic & replacement of the wire. It sounds like a lot but it was a whole lot cheaper than the $1200 we spent trying to replace parts.