i got home turned off the engine and noticed the ABS light was on faintly. back in october it failed to start, it would crank but did not start. After searching the internet, it seems this isn’t all too uncommon with the focus. If so, then it is unlikely a brake-related problem. Ford tech at a dealer. One of them had the EXACT same problem you’re experiencing. it is a 2001 ford transit minibus 2.4tddi with 474000 miles on the clock. I wonder if power is backfeeding through that and to the cluster. But six weeks ago, after driving from CA to WI, it went away…for a few weeks, but came back. drove it back home fine. I have a similar problem - every once in a while all of my dash lights flash on like the car is trying to conk out/stall (I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee) - the car has no loss of power and runs fine, just all of the dashboard lights and warnings come on like its going to stall. Driving Runs Fine. If the Ford Focus ABS dashboard warning light illuminates whilst driving, it indicates there is a malfunction within the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). So if things are happening while the ignition is turned off power has to find another pathway to cause the things you stated to happen. No other dash display flickers, nor anything else on the center column, JUST the two buttons. The following are warning lights and indicators found in vehicles built by Ford. a bit of luck i wouldnt be left stranded with 14 passengers miles from home until i can get it sorted. Just a Focus nuance. When the troubles happens again and the car is parked try disconnecting the plug on the alternator and see if that clears the trouble. At one pointthe car temporarily jerked while buzzingclicking sound. You can google “automobile module repair” to find them. the light was still on, still doing the same and it still started. Even if it does go away the trouble may be within the cluster and not the alternator. Sounds like something electrical is wet. Thought it might be related to the A/C, but it does it whether or not that's turned on. The metal traces and the components soldered on the circuit board don’t expand and contract quite the same as the circuit board material does, which can stress the solder joints of crack the metal traces. I know the lights on the Zetec (my zetec) flicker and the dash lights do waver and get weaker around indle, especially with a load like th A/C, pretty piss poor IMO. i pressed the foot brake gently and the ignition lights gone out when no keys in. Cougar-unfortunately the alternator is buried deep inside…and I can’t get to the connecter. luckily i had a solar panel and connected that up to the battery the night before. Lights flickering on dashboard as well as headlights. decided to give up, tried with the key one more and it had started up with the key. Even though my problem was with a Chrysler Pacifica, I believe we had the same problem. The body control module controls all the interior lighting and other functions inside the interior. Ford focus dashboard warning lights and symbols this section covers many of the dashboard warning lights symbols with pictures and their meanings found within the ford focus range. i turned off the engine while the cables were still connected. I own a 2001 Ford Focus whose lights and dash are flickering.It is a 2.0 DOHC car. didnt get enough speed so didnt start. I am also having a similar issue. Mk1 focus, 1.8 petrol, drum rear brakes. Fuse boxes are suspect and these days they’re comprised of sandwiched circuit boards. Ken G - I’ve never heard of fuse boxes having sandwiched circuit boards. on the 2001 transit in the UK the battery is under the drivers seat and the jump points are under the bonnet (hood) we tried frantically to get them back on again which we did briefly and managed to bump start it. It was faint and erratically pulsing, it also did this when car was running. If disconnecting the alternator doesn’t help point to the trouble then I suggest you start pulling fuses one at a time to help locate the source of the power. it got late and got a lift home with the plan that i would use my other transit to drive back down with a friend and tow the bus back home. released the brake. next day, i removed the good battery from the van and fitted it in the bus. Replaced Thermostat But Heat Guage Turns Off And On But Doesn't Over Heat. it was late so i gone to bed. @dik We have 2005 Ford Focuses in our fleet. i also noticed too that sometimes after i removed the keys and the ABS light is on faint, the engine temperature gauge goes up to normal temperature but goes down when brake is pressed. next day it was fine until i had tried jump starting my other transit. I had the exact same problem with a Volvo, and it was due to a bad ground connection somewhere in the dashboard. And the repair shop will figure out that the problem is really with the ABS, but the ABS dash board light bulb has burned out. 1 Answer. the other transit failed to start and made a clicking sound. I have a 2004 Ford Focus ZTS (standard transmission).Sometimes while driving however my lights, (headlights,dashboard lights, over-headlights) begin to flicker.Also, I'll be giving the car gas when for (maybe a second) suddenly no gas will get to the engine.This causes violent jerking while in low gear. I am sure it is the same thing and no matter how many times I took my car to the dealer they could not fix it. These symbols can be grouped together by color, system, importance, etc. You might wonder why the battery light comes on – which makes you think the alternator is kapuut – when the ABS system is actually the problem. As the title says really, the handbrake warning light flickers sometimes when going around right hand bends at a certain speed, roughly 15-20 mph round a roundabout or turning right into another road. The prindle switch comunicates with the body control module. turned it off and tried starting it again. It is important to keep an eye out for the dashboard lights flickering because if the only symptom is a dead battery, then it could simply be that the battery has outlived its usefulness. Cougar has a good suggestion. A fault with the alternator is probably the main reason for a battery light to flicker. Then after sitting a while it starts going berserk. 3,520 satisfied customers. While not limited to a single model year, you can find these problems on 2000 and newer vehicles. ended up using public buses to go and try my bus again. One of the ways that can happen is through the alternator circuit. just cranking. Replaced Idle Air Control Valve. So I have a weird problem and maybe one of you guys can help. Today when I went to start my car it wouldn't start. I don’t know much about cars, but it seems like a big “hint” that after running the car a while most of the problem goes away. I simply unplug the 7.5 watts connector every time my car is off. It means your battery has taken over to keep the electronics working. My head lights, dash, and... My head lights, dash, and... all lights flicker - 2002 Ford Focus I heard or read somewhere recently that the new Focus has something like 142 electro-mechanical actuators. It could be an internal cluster problem as noted above. no dash lights or anything. These lights may simply be indicating a vehicle control setting, e.g., Front Fog Lamps On. there are no lights at all on my dash when my engine is running, but when i turn my keys off and even remove them the ABS light is on faintly. Code 1290. Unfortunately, the battery would eventually go dead, because those warning lights were causing a draw. have changed alt.When all this is going on at idle i he … read more. I think it was the Focus. You need to eliminate that as a possibility first. Associate Degree. So, all I need from you guys is a quick, specific, and cheap solution to my problem 8’). it still started. no luck, so we decided to push it as far as we can up the slope in the car park where it was and try a bump start. if i press the brake it goes out and comes back and flicker slightly when brake peddle is released. At idle motor almost dies head lights flicker and dim all ligts on intreior dim . it struggled to start after i removed the cables but still started. Anyway, whichever car it was, even if the actuator failure rate was 1% per year, per car, by the law of averages, you’d expect to have one or two actuators failing every year. I've had this problem for some time, but learned to live with it. few days later i got an auto electrician out. Indicator light on dashboard turning on; The alternator is a crucial component in recharging the battery. Reliability becomes a tough problem the more gadgets that are designed into cars. he fitted a second hand on and it worked fine but, last night after i been working all day. i use the van to tow the bus and it started in second gear by releasing the clutch at around 10 mph. First disconnect and reconnect the cluster several times to clean the connector, oxidation on instrument cluster connectors can cause a poor voltage supply or ground to the cluster and cause the processor to misbehave. tried starting. The fix was replacing the instrument cluster. For what it’s worth, the battery voltage is 12.3 volts, and while running it’s a steady 14.35 volts. For that , an inch by inch inspection is required. We are able to fully test and rebuild your own unit. Replaced Both Intake Runner Valves. Engine Light: One of the most sensitive lights on a Ford, the check engine light has two warning levels. FYI, there are commercial places that will repair these kinds of problems too. came back to go home. i repeated this 3/4 times and it was fine and the ignition lights have gone out as normal when i turned off the ignition. The always blame the computer and want to replace or "flash" it. I guess I learn something every day! I have a 2000 Ford Focus that I just changed the alternator in. The board still has many very bad looking solder connections, but the issue is totally gone. luckily i had another transit van. Once it starts flickering transmission hesitates, but transmission shops claim my transmission is not the problem. Wow, I really appreciate all the prompt responses. @di%20k … there’s a possibility that the problem is with the ABS system rather than the alternator. Also, if I lock the truck with the remote or the d … read more. This issue would last a week or so, then go away for a while…then come back. Then it spread to include the ABS light too, and eventually became permanent. Jeremy. Normal braking will continue without the use of ABS. Headlights also do it. The other problematic lights do light up properly during the ‘test’ phase. In the past two days, I've noticed the Radio and Tune buttons' lights will flicker while the car is running and the headlights turned on. The dimmer switch, light switch and headlight beams would get. Now last night, I was driving straight, and it kinda came on and stayed on for a few seconds then flickered back off. Modules and other electrical boxes must be dissasembled to dry …and clean within. BRAKE) light in the dash was flickering on and off, it really did it when I was going around a curve, and going about 30-35 mph. ). if i turn the ignition in certain position to turn it off, the lights goes out. 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