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#268 of 486 Is it only a coincidence?
Aug 29, 2009 (7:40 am)
Two weeks ago, my daughter took my 2006 focus zx3 to the local ford dealer to replace a right rear turn light bulb. The next day the battery light came on. The problem seemed intermittent, so she neglected to take it to the garage. Last Friday she picked me up from work and during the 25 mile drive, the lights gradually dimmed, the cd player quit and then the radio came on by itself. We made it home just as everything died; power steering, brakes, everything. I had it hauled to the dealer who took two days to replace an alternator and battery, but that's another issue. My question is this: Is the fact I started having electrical problems right after they replaced a bulb coincidence or could the service department have caused the problem, either accidentally or deliberately?
#269 of 486 Re: Focus Estate Diesel 51 plate [littleslick]
Aug 29, 2009 (8:14 am)
sorted my problem out. did nt know about the 2nd fuse box at the back of the glove compartment!!! where the light fuses are..
#270 of 486 Re: Is it only a coincidence? [janestahl]
Aug 29, 2009 (8:15 am)
that is some thing you could never prove. it is some thing that must be put down to coincidence unless you could PROVE otherwise which I think would be impossible.
#271 of 486 Re: Is it only a coincidence? [janestahl]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 29, 2009 (11:01 am)
Don't think so unless the car was jump started incorrectly at the dealership (crossed battery cables) for some reason. But if the car was started and running normally, they would have had no reason to do that. You can't damage an alternator by replacing a bulb.
Aug 29, 2009 (8:58 pm)
2 things to check, 1. both ends of battery cables must be clean and tight. 2. grab wires at alt plug-in and give a slight tug and look for any signs of corrosion at the wire ends in the plug-in.
Also, changing a stop light bulb in no way had anything to do with your other problems, just bad timing.
#273 of 486 lights fault?
Sep 03, 2009 (2:03 pm)
My passenger side and rear lights would not work in my 2000 focus estate,checked fuse,blown. replaced and again blew. plugged out connecter in boot for lights , front lights both sides came on. next i plugged back in large brown connecter .Now both sides have stopped working and fuses have not blown and bulbs seem to be ok. removed licence plate lights and noticed they were very wet inside . Dont know what to do next. Hope someone can help. thanks.
Sep 03, 2009 (6:22 pm)
OK, it's been awhile but I may be able to help. To test your bulbs use an ohm meter.( you can find a small-cheap volt-amp--ohm tester at Sears, Auto Zone, or anyplace like this ) see if you can pass current through each bulb with your ohm tester, if you don't get a reading you have a bad bulb. Now back to wet lic plate bulbs. Are the sockets clean (with bulb removed) or corroded ? they must be clean.
as for water getting in, it can come in around trunk handle, around light lens. take out the lic lifht bulbs and see if other lights work. FLASHBACK I was working at a Ford dealer in 99-00 and we had a recall on 00 Focus to replace the wiring loom that goes to yhe lic lights,they would short out & cause havic. The connector is located in the trunk, on the L.side high up under the back glass. unplug it there and see if you can get your other lights working. If they work with that loom disconnected, go to a Ford dealer and see if this recall is outstanding.If it has been done. Thank them and see if you can find 1 at a bone yard.Get a 4 ft chunk of mechanics wire, take your old loom loose in the trunk, hook the wire to the old loom and pull it out from the L top corner of trunk lid. Tape wire to new loom, spray down with soap water and pull back through trunk lid with mech wire and reconnect to connector. hope this helps. Cliff
#275 of 486 Electrical problems - Central timing module?
Sep 06, 2009 (2:05 pm)
I have a Ford Focus Ghia Estate 1989CC V reg (2000) which all of a sudden
developed electrical faults as follows: rear and number plate lights don't work
at all; parking lights and side lights don't come on when the light switch is
moved to their respective position; the warning buzzer that sounds when the
lights are left switch on doesn't sound; and the instrument panel illumination
doesn't come on. All the other lights work OK (headlamps -low and high beam-,
indicators, break, fog and reverse lights, interior lights) and the screen wipers
work OK (including intermittent mode). The horn works OK and all the warning
lights in the instrument panel come up as expected. The fuses appear to be OK
in both the engine fuse box and the central fuse box. Any ideas?
#276 of 486 2001 Ford Focus SE Brake lights
Sep 11, 2009 (12:17 pm)
have a 2001 Ford Focus SE Manual Transmission. The brake lights don't work yet the fuse, brake switch, flashers and running lights funtion properly. What could be the cause of the brake lights not functioning?
I did check the power to the brake switch, the switch is good.
What could be the problem?
Thanks in advance,
Sep 11, 2009 (2:34 pm)
Do your brake lights & flashers use the same bulb ? I've slept since then. If they do, your brake lights go through your turn-signal switch. check for power from brake light sw going up into ts sw & back out to the rear. Hope this helps