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#291 of 486 Issues with passenger side tail light and parking light
Jan 14, 2010 (11:24 am)
I drive a 2004 ford focus zx5 2.0L When I go to turn on the headlights and such when it gets dark, my passenger side tail light and parking light, and the turn signal flasher light will not come on. However if I use the breaks or turn signal to turn right, those lights will light up.When I click on the remote to lock the doors also all the lights light up correctly.
I have checked the bulbs and the fuses and they all appear to be good. I've checked over the headlight switch and the direction signal switch and they appear to be ok, but its possible I missed something.
Any ideas on what could be wrong are appreciated!
Jan 14, 2010 (5:52 pm)
Does your R.side turn signal and brake light work properly ? Your question does not make this clear.
Jan 14, 2010 (6:15 pm)
Yes, they both work correctly.
Jan 14, 2010 (8:11 pm)
It sounds like you may have an open ground wire in the harness of that side tail light. Maybe look for a damaged wire where the harness runs into the door of the hatch.
#295 of 486 Re: Electrical problems - Central timing module? [mike_be]
Jan 14, 2010 (8:16 pm)
has any of the bulbs on the car recently been replaced?
#296 of 486 Re: Electrical problems - Central timing module? [rchannin]
Jan 15, 2010 (9:02 am)
Yes, I replaced the tail light (mostly because I thought it was burned out) and I replaced the bulb for the R. side directional light, which was burned out. The parking light bulb was ok as was the tail light, however I left the new bulb in for the tail light anyways.
I haven't had a chance yet to go over the grounds, however from what I recall, I think they were ok. I will have to check to make sure once I'm off work.
Jan 15, 2010 (10:18 am)
use a 12 volt test light, turn pk light on, remove bulb, ground test light to inner surface or where bulb tangs park, then touch pointed end to bulb contact, it should light, if not, move ground clamp to a KNOWN good ground, if it lights then, you have a bad ground.if it doesn't light, you have an open in the power feed side, pos a bad socket. let me know
#298 of 486 Re: Electrical problems - Central timing module? [rune123]
Jan 15, 2010 (6:36 pm)
OK it may sound degrading but check the bulbs and compare them with the opposite side. if there is a single filament bulb in a dual filament socket it with cause a short and loss of power to certain components. some bulbs look very similar. You wouldn't believe how often I see this happen being a technician for four different car lines. Let me know what you find.
Jan 16, 2010 (3:26 pm)
Well, I feel a bit silly, aggravated/frustrated and all those wonderful feelings. Now keep in mind I had previously gone over the fuses. And I had thought I had checked them all. So I either just missed one, or just didn't see it. because the problem turned out to be the fuse. Thank you rchannin and oldfordmech. I really appreciate the suggestions you both have given me. I still don't know how I missed the blown fuse, but somehow I did. I guess I do need my eyes checked or something. Anyways, thanks again.
#300 of 486 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Electrical Problem? [persistance]
Jan 26, 2010 (11:35 pm)
I am having this problem with my 2002 focus se. it sit's for a few day's and its dead as a door nail. I am on my third alternator, new starter and 5th battery. have you figured out what the problem was with your's?