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#451 of 506 Rear Defrost & Clock Won't Work
Jan 13, 2012 (8:38 am)
Among many other issues with my 2000 Ford Focus, my next issue at hand is my rear defrost and clock. When I press the rear defrost, it makes a clicking noise, and the light momentarily flicks on...but upon release, shuts off. Being the dead of winter, this is now an immediate issue for me.
Additionally, the clock does not turn on. If I push the button to start the radio, it reacts as if the car is shut off, stating "one hour" of radio time. I am not a mechanic (although I've dabbled with basic fixes), so I checked the fuses (49 and 50) for the related issues. The fuses are intact. I am assuming there is an electrical issue going on...and after reading a few posts on here, it doesn't seem to be a surprise in the Focus.
Has anyone else had this issue (most likely a rhetorical question--lol), and if so, what is the culprit, and what should I do next? Also, how much would it cost to get this issue fixed?
(My apologies ahead of time if the answer(s) is within the vast realm of this forum; I sifted through more than a few posts, but just figured I'd go ahead and post. )
Thanks ahead of time for any help!
#452 of 506 2012 Ford Focus Sedan S Model
Feb 04, 2012 (11:02 pm)
I am waiting on financing from my credit union to purchase this Focus for $17,412, automatic and wasn't so sure that this was a good deal since the car already had 420 miles on it and it was a white fleet vehicle being sold to me. Tonight after returning home, I noticed that the left front yellow parking light was dim but the right side was bright. I am not sure what the problem is and getting second thoughts about purchasing it. Has anyone else had this problem? I am tempting to take it back to the dealer before I purchase and ask for him to give me another car. If it is a wiring problem, I don't want to have to be dealing with this down the road and return it now before I buy. Let me know what you think or would do in my case if it was you.
#453 of 506 Re: Focus Electrical problems, I may have fixed it [drvette]
Mar 12, 2012 (11:59 am)
Hard to believe but that corrosion is like kinking a garden hose you know what happens when you do that. Biggest problem on my 2003 & 2005 ford focus is ignition switches locking up won't turn. No recall and they want too much to replace them. Not something you can do yourself.
#454 of 506 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Sedan S Model [mississippi7]
Mar 12, 2012 (12:13 pm)
Don't do it think real hard about buying the ford fucus that's what I call the two I have. I hate mine. But there might be a handful of people out there having luck with them. Last good car I had was a 1997 chevy lumina. Should have figured out a way to keep that car. Best car I ever had was a 1964 chevy II nova now that was my baby. There wasn't one thing on that car I couldn't work on from bumper to bumper.
#455 of 506 Re: Focus Electrical problems, I may have fixed it [davetown]
Mar 13, 2012 (7:05 am)
I had a 2000 Focus since new. It has been passed on to my son. Now has 91,000 miles on it. The ignition switch was a problem on the early year Focuses. They came out with a revised switch at some point. When it became available I had mine changed out. Big improvement. Mine would lock up occasionally, but never totally failed. Both of your cars have the original switch. Overall I have been satisfied with the reliability of my Focus. Over the years the ghost electrical problems seem to be the main issue with the Focuses.
#456 of 506 2000 ford focus zx3 over heating
Mar 13, 2012 (12:39 pm)
my car starts to overheat after driving for a few minutes. It'll start to over heat then go down. Repeating the process till I get the turd home. I've replaced cam sensors, hoses, had radiator checked. Till wants to overheat. I'm at a loss withthis car. IT's a great car if it'll run. When it over heats it loses power. I don't want to get stuck with a huge bill because I don't have a clue what it could be. Anyone have this problem?
#457 of 506 Re: 2000 ford focus zx3 over heating [chrisg402]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 13, 2012 (12:53 pm)
A fast overheat like that would indicate a coolant flow problem---so maybe thermostat sticking closed/open/closed/open.
#458 of 506 Re: 2000 ford focus zx3 over heating [chrisg402]
Mar 14, 2012 (9:03 am)
Have you checked to see if the external fan is turning on as soon as it warms up? It may be a sensor on the radiator or wiring?
#459 of 506 parking light and tail light don't work.
Mar 27, 2012 (1:43 pm)
I recently had an accident and had to replace my driver side headlight assembly with a new aftermarket assembly that came with bulbs. After connecting it, I noticed that both my front parking light and tail light do not work on this side of the car. The brake light and turn signal do work, however, both front and rear. Is this a bulb issue, or do I have a bigger wiring problem?
#460 of 506 Re: parking light and tail light don't work. [bens_sound]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 27, 2012 (4:23 pm)
I would say that you've either blown a fuse or that maybe this aftermarket bulb has excessive resistance. Did the new headlight come with its own plug-in connector or are you using only the original car's wiring and connectors? If you have an aftermarket connector it could be wired wrong.