go to start it. I wonder if power is backfeeding through that and to the cluster. connected the battery up. Is this something on high end cars, or all new cars? You can google “automobile module repair” to find them. Let’s take a look at some of the most common dashboard warning lights and their corresponding system. About 10 months ago noticed my battery light was faintly visible with car off and key out of ignition. tried starting. Fuse boxes are suspect and these days they’re comprised of sandwiched circuit boards. What could it be? No other dash display flickers, nor anything else on the center column, JUST the two buttons. Normal braking will continue without the use of ABS. I’m hsaving similar difficulty however no warning lights are on just when the key is out of ignition the backlight on the dashboard and caution lights stay on. gone to start the bus again after giving up on the van. So, what is that light on your dashboard? At one pointthe car temporarily jerked while buzzingclicking sound. When wet they’re difficult to dry down in there and need disassembled to dry. Code 1290. Each dashboard symbol corresponds to one aspect of the car. As soon as you rev it or start driving, the lights power up again. Driving Runs Fine. drove it back home fine. Thanks I have a 01 Ford Explorer Sport - today the battery light starts flickering on and off. Office desktop computers don’t experience this problem much because — well how much temperature variation is there in an office? needless to say i drove home as quick as i could. Sounds like something electrical is wet. This issue would last a week or so, then go away for a while…then come back. It was faint and erratically pulsing, it also did this when car was running. I hope I’m attributing that correctly. 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. So I have a weird problem and maybe one of you guys can help. didnt get enough speed so didnt start. I am also having a similar issue. Unfortunately, the battery would eventually go dead, because those warning lights were causing a draw. Jeremy. Then once car is on, they go back to flickering faintly…but the loud beep goes away. I’ve heard mechanics say they have to pull the circuit card and resolder every single solder joint on the circuit board. Right now I’m back to level one, just the battery light and abs light are faintly flickering away and the remote entry works fine. 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 got home turned off the engine and noticed the ABS light was on faintly. The problem might be with the transmission range switch. gone to go out in it again later and then no crank at all and the ignition lights came on and off as they should. it given the dash lights again but will only start on a bump start. That means it will likely come into your shop with its own set of problems. Did this happen soon after giving someone a jump start, or getting a jump start? Thought it might be related to the A/C, but it does it whether or not that's turned on. i also still have my solar panel connected to my battery. I think it was the Focus. Even if it does go away the trouble may be within the cluster and not the alternator. And does it completely turn off after you start the engine and disengage the parking brake? The dimmer switch, light switch and headlight beams would get. The lights all flash and pulse individually. Most offices are even less than that. I took out the instrument cluster, opened it up, and cleaned the circuit board with wd-40. it is a 2001 ford transit minibus 2.4tddi with 474000 miles on the clock. 2005 Ford Focus: About 10 months ago noticed my battery light was faintly visible with car off and key out of ignition. It's a big pain to do, but at least it stops my dashboard from draining my battery. Level two has 5 or 6 lights flickering, a loud erratic beeping, and the remote entry system doesn’t work. But it’s less expensive than buying a new one. Most are faint, but the oil light and door ajar light seem full strength. Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 3, 2009. Reliability becomes a tough problem the more gadgets that are designed into cars. I've checked all fuses and wire connections that I know of but can't quite locate the problem. the other transit failed to start and made a clicking sound. released the brake. turned it off and tried starting it again. Associate Degree. Indicator light on dashboard turning on; The alternator is a crucial component in recharging the battery. lights were back on with the keys in. from 50 degrees to 90 degrees max? 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. 2005 Ford focus ZX5 71K miles. This stops the beeping and flickering, cuz the lights no longer have power to them. Replaced Thermostat But Heat Guage Turns Off And On But Doesn't Over Heat. I had the exact same problem with a Volvo, and it was due to a bad ground connection somewhere in the dashboard. rang for help. I guess I learn something every day! few days later i got an auto electrician out. If so, this could be a brake problem. i use the van to tow the bus and it started in second gear by releasing the clutch at around 10 mph. I have a 2013 Ford Escape Titanium. 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. It’s a tough problem because of the temperature extremes found inside of cars. got home. Congrats on the solution di k. It seems car designers haven’t quite solved the thermal expansion problem for in-car circuit boards. 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. Everything works fine - no broken belt or anything. so i decided to disconnect the battery while i was parked up for couple hours. As soon as the output from the alternator drops to a certain fairly low level, the battery light flickers. This issue would last a week or so, then go away for a while…then come back. 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. But six weeks ago, after driving from CA to WI, it went away…for a few weeks, but came back. FYI, there are commercial places that will repair these kinds of problems too. A few days ago I went to my car, and it spread to include the checkfuel cap, oil, and door ajar lights. In additionim hearing a buzzing type sound along w the flickering. The weather is wet,rainy, and cold today. Wow, I really appreciate all the prompt responses. 20 Posts . 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. I wonder if it’s as simple as a bad ignition switch ? 1 Answer. 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. turned the key and it started up still. The instrument cluster located on your Ford’s dashboard is equipped with warning lamps and indicators that allow you to easily monitor your vehicle’s condition and control settings. We are able to fully test and rebuild your own unit. Ken G - I’ve never heard of fuse boxes having sandwiched circuit boards. Today when I went to start my car it wouldn't start. It may be one of the alternator diodes in on the fritz. At Idle, Acts Like It Wants To... My Car The Battery Light Came On So I Got A Person To Check It And He Said It Was Not Charging So I Went And Got Another Altanator And Put... Ok So I Have An Annoying Rattle That I Can Hear The Majority Of The Time I Am Driving. Also, if I lock the truck with the remote or the d … read more. 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. New battery. The board still has many very bad looking solder connections, but the issue is totally gone. the light was still on, still doing the same and it still started. nothing at all. 62 Posts #2 • Jan 23, 2006. himvalo said: Hi all, ive noticed that while driving at night my headlights will flicker every so often, included with that my dashboard console flickers, nothing major but just annoying. Replaced Idle Air Control Valve. 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. have changed alt.When all this is going on at idle i he … read more. These lights may simply be indicating a vehicle control setting, e.g., Front Fog Lamps On. he fitted a second hand on and it worked fine but, last night after i been working all day. Also a loud beep occurs at erratic intervals. ? Click a link to learn more about each one. This sounds to me like it could be an alternator problem. After searching the internet, it seems this isn’t all too uncommon with the focus. 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. As far as the brake light, it has not been one of the problem lights and it does light up when turning the key…then go out when car is started. For that , an inch by inch inspection is required. Or as it’s called in the business the PRNDL (prindle) switch. 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. 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. When I turn the key to second position, all the lights light up full strength and solid, like they’re supposed to (for the testing phase). 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. I’m concerned about the beeping running down the battery with car off-so I pulled out fuse #36, which is for “a/c swith, instrument cluster”. At one point,the car temporarily jerked while buzzing/clicking sound. came back to go home. The body control module controls all the interior lighting and other functions inside the interior. Senior Technician. I have a 2000 Ford Focus, with 112,000 miles on it. it was late so i gone to bed. 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. he diagnosed the starter motor was bad again as not spinning. Lights flickering on dashboard as well as headlights. I've had this problem for some time, but learned to live with it. I simply unplug the 7.5 watts connector every time my car is off. @di%20k … there’s a possibility that the problem is with the ABS system rather than the alternator. And Iexpect it gets worse with larger circuit boards, like are found in newer cars w/more complicated electronics. 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. System should be checked by a qualified technician immediately. Engine Light: One of the most sensitive lights on a Ford, the check engine light has two warning levels. just cranking. 01 ford focus , lights flicker ,dash lights dim, when driving. turned out to be a break in the live feed for the problem with no ignition lights. Once it starts flickering transmission hesitates, but transmission shops claim my transmission is not the problem. Replaced Both Intake Runner Valves. i had a few issues with it. It’s been a week since I did this. So, all I need from you guys is a quick, specific, and cheap solution to my problem 8’). Then it spread to include the ABS light too, and eventually became permanent. It’s like there are two " levels" to this problem. Now two days later I lose power to my windshield wipers, brake lights, a/c and heater fans, dash lights, and windows. Anyway take a look at that post and see if it doesn't help you out. Headlights also do it. back in october it failed to start, it would crank but did not start. However, the abs light is one of the lights that stays faintly lit with car on or off. The clicking and flickering carried on for about 5 minutes. no dash lights or anything. Then it spread to include the ABS light too, and eventually became permanent. It means your battery has taken over to keep the electronics working. 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. When my car is running all my lights flicker when the rpms drop or when it idles they don't do it when the rpms are high. One of them had the EXACT same problem you’re experiencing. Then after sitting a while it starts going berserk. When I Turn On The Head Lights At Night Only Half Of The Mph Control Panel Light Up. When I go to start my 2007 Ford F-150 the light on the dash blinks rapid and the truck won't start ... Lock/unlock function with the remote works but the indicator light on the dash does not come on. If so, then it is unlikely a brake-related problem. next day it was fine until i had tried jump starting my other transit. Associate Degree. a bit of luck i wouldnt be left stranded with 14 passengers miles from home until i can get it sorted. then 6/7 weeks later i been out working in the bus all day. If able to get dry after all this time, alkaline residue will continue to cross circuits. Even though my problem was with a Chrysler Pacifica, I believe we had the same problem. luckily i had another transit van. My guess is that tomorrow morning it’ll be back to level two. 18 Posts . First time this has ever happened. Cougar-unfortunately the alternator is buried deep inside…and I can’t get to the connecter. While not limited to a single model year, you can find these problems on 2000 and newer vehicles. But then after driving the car, it’ll go back to level one. luckily i had a solar panel and connected that up to the battery the night before. For further information on how Anti-lock Braking Systems Now, I need to travel on a dark windy highway filled with deer on Friday. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, Dashboard lights going berserk...even when car is off. however, we changed the starter motor and removed the jump cables and the dash lights were fine and started off the key as normal. While driving, my head lights flicker from bright to dim, the dash lights almost pulsate, the radio flickers in and out, and the speedometer shoots up to 140 and back down, as well as the other gages. A fault with the alternator is probably the main reason for a battery light to flicker. Mk1 focus, 1.8 petrol, drum rear brakes. ( the major problem with attempting to dry out flooded cars. What follows is easily the most complete list available of symbols and warnings that may appear in and on your car’s dashboard or instrument cluster. i pressed the foot brake gently and the ignition lights gone out when no keys in. It also seems that the longer the car is run, the longer it takes to start going berserk again once shut off…hmmm? You need to eliminate that as a possibility first. It could be an internal cluster problem as noted above. The following are warning lights and indicators found in vehicles built by Ford. Upon starting your vehicle, you may see some of these indicators light up as a routine check to verify functionality. Yet some of you guys still think the Focus is a wonderful vehicle. Any body got any idea on this? 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. the dash lights were still on but faint. i park up and turned the engine off and all the dash lights were on bright and a continuous beep which would disappear when i turn on the ignition with my keys. It was faint and erratically pulsing, it also did this when car was running. if i turn the ignition in certain position to turn it off, the lights goes out. Worn wire harnesses will do this too if chaffed enough to expose several different circuits, they could touch at random times. When fault stops and I am intransit, if the lights start flashing again - the speedo, rev counter and gauges are all … Now last night, I was driving straight, and it kinda came on and stayed on for a few seconds then flickered back off. Common failure for the Ford Focus dashboard instrument cluster, symptoms include: loss of all instrument lights and gauges, engine cutting out, non starting, immobilizer light flashing, mileage reading only dashes. I’m assuming the brake warning light on too. 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. Discussion Starter • #1 • Jan 15, 2010. I couldn’t find a way to edit my post…but should add that: After running the car a while, and turning it off-the beeping and most of the flickering is gone…but comes back after sitting a while. 3,520 satisfied customers. I own a 2001 Ford Focus whose lights and dash are flickering.It is a 2.0 DOHC car. If the Ford Focus ABS dashboard warning light illuminates whilst driving, it indicates there is a malfunction within the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Just the other day, I noticed while I was driving that the red (! It can take several hours to do this, so the customer I expect isn’t very happy when presented w/the bill. In the beginning, this problem was easy to ignore…but now I’m extremely concerned, and I soon need to drive back out west and have no confidence in this car. With most automotive electrical systems the power to the cluster is turned OFF with the ignition switch. i turned off the engine while the cables were still connected. It Has Been There Since I Bought The Car And Has... 2000 Ford Focus Zx3 Diag. chris. One of the ways that can happen is through the alternator circuit. When the troubles happens again and the car is parked try disconnecting the plug on the alternator and see if that clears the trouble. got home that night. if i press the brake it goes out and comes back and flicker slightly when brake peddle is released. I.E 0 Mph To 70 Mph Does... Code Read Is P2004. Does the brake warning light come on when you turn the key to “On”, but before you start the engine? On some cars the alternator (battery) light will come on with a brake problem. decided to give up, tried with the key one more and it had started up with the key. I have changed the alternator,battery,transmission range sensor, and fuel pump. my ignition barrel feels a bit sticky too. next day, i removed the good battery from the van and fitted it in the bus. These symbols can be grouped together by color, system, importance, etc. ended up using public buses to go and try my bus again. Happens on dry days, wet days, cold days, warm days - at least 3 times a month. Everything Else Lights Up. i been out today and tried the bus. The prindle switch comunicates with the body control module. 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. but then filled the tank to the brim and then not starting and no dash lights again. Our photo car is a 2000 Focus Wagon. 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. 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. Other than that, the only other annoying thing is the engine revs loving to NOT fall quickly. I heard or read somewhere recently that the new Focus has something like 142 electro-mechanical actuators. but must have been a bad day as the van wouldnt start neither. Problem continues ,dealer and shade tree mechanics can not duplicate or find the problem. in addition,I'm hearing a buzzing type sound along w/ the flickering. Ford Focus (52) - Dashboard lights flashing, intermittent bleep ~ 30seconds, speedo,rev counter, petrol, temperature gauges not registering. The designers of the car figure if you see the battery light come on, you’ll head for the repair shop asap. Let's take the shock out of a few electrical problems in this popular vehicle. 1,511 satisfied customers. crossing random circuits. The owners manual says it should come on for a few seconds once the car is started…it does not light up like it’s supposed to. 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