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Old 13-12-2010, 14:32
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Last Friday the instrument panel died on my 02 reg 1.4 focus. The car drives ok and warning lights on panel still work Just none of the dials register or the electronic odometer work. Anyway drove the car to the shops and back no problems. When I got home started the car again after about 5mins and speedo and everything working again. Went to try it again today and dead speedo again.

Any ideas? I've heard it could be a speed sensor problem or the fault with the speedo as mentioned on Watchdog. Thanks

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Old 13-12-2010, 14:38
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Same happened to my Focus at about 90k. Had to replace the panel which from memory was about 100.
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Old 13-12-2010, 14:50
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I've had problems with various dash systems over the years, sometimes it's as simple as running a soldering iron over the joints on the dash (dry joints) to repair it.

You could have a look at these guys...http://bba-reman.com/content.aspx?co...RUMENT_CLUSTER
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Old 13-12-2010, 16:36
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My dad had this problem with his panel, condensation gets to the back of the instrument panel corroding to circuit board, resolved the problem by taking the panel out and cleaning up the corroded solder points on the board and spread it with WD40 to try and protect it from any more condensation attacking it

here's a long thread on the problem

http://www.rac.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=1926&page=1
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Old 13-12-2010, 16:40
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There was a fault with Ford Focus instrument clusters on certain ages of car, and after the problem was featured on the BBC Watchdog programme some time in 2008 (I think), Ford eventually offered a deal whereby dealers would replace the instrument cluster for 99 inclusive of parts and labour. About a couple of years ago my 2003 model was affected, and the cluster was replaced under that deal, though at first my Ford dealer denied knowledge of it. However, when I phoned Ford Customer Services they confirmed that the deal did exist, subject to the instrument cluster being tested by the dealer and being on one of the affected vehicles. 99 wasn't a very generous deal, but better than paying several hundred pounds.

I don't know if the deal still exists or if it ever applied to 2002 models, and maybe Ford would argue that on a 2002 car the fault has arisen simply because of wear and tear. If your Ford dealer isn't helpful, try giving Ford Customer Services a call. See:

http://www.ford.co.uk/Footer/ContactUs
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Old 13-12-2010, 16:46
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Have a look at the BBC's Watchdog website. I'm sure there was a mention in on of the programmes about this problem. I think Ford admitted there was a fault, and either replaced them free of charge, or made a contribution to the cost.

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Old 13-12-2010, 18:29
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http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/s....php?t=1351635
Some links there as well
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Old 13-12-2010, 19:42
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Last Friday the instrument panel died on my 02 reg 1.4 focus. The car drives ok and warning lights on panel still work Just none of the dials register or the electronic odometer work. Anyway drove the car to the shops and back no problems. When I got home started the car again after about 5mins and speedo and everything working again. Went to try it again today and dead speedo again.

Any ideas? I've heard it could be a speed sensor problem or the fault with the speedo as mentioned on Watchdog. Thanks
The instrument panel has it's own test facility.
Although the following link is for a USA Ford the test works on my 2001 UK (German) Ford Focus
http://www.mustangworld.com/ourpics/fcar/dtcodes.htm
If this works it is unlikely to be the instrument panel

The speedo going to zero, the odometer to 4 dashes and the car running a little rough is often a sign of the speed sensor failing. In the past few months my speedo does the same. I take my foot off the accelerator and then full on the accellerator again for a fraction of a second and the display comes back.

Check the internet search engines for Ford Focus VSS failure. Example: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/po...15028&m=152683
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