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Old 01-22-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Instrument cluster ?'s

Hey all. I have an 04 Ford Focus SE sedan that had an instrument cluster that is going bad. I have random lights on, that blink and flicker, but no codes are thrown. Also, the gas guage is off in it. I heared that there are issues with these. Are there? My question is this...Can I use a cluster that has a tachometer when my current one does not? Also, in my mustang, I was able to swap the control board to the new cluster and my mileage and passlock setting went with to the new cluster. Is this the same for the Focus? I have searched, but am not finding the specific answers I am looking for. Thanks in advance guys!

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Old 01-23-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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im sure any cluster will work but there is a known issue with the connectors on these clusters getting loose before you up and replace your cluster remove the cluster and unplug it (theres a little black lever that in the down position pop that up carefully ( don;t pry it you may break one of the pegs that lock it in) and lever it in and out a few times there maybe oxidization on the pins aswell as mentioned they do come loose on there own

my cluster had the SAME symptoms and it turned out to be just a loose connector

as for the control board the WHOLE board is the control board this board controls absolutly everything from the lights to the gauges

yes you can install a cluster with a tach no problem all the focuses are prewired for the tachs, even the tachless cluster has the tach wired in

as for the mileage thats locked in an encrypted chip and cannot be transplanted between the boards unless you remove all the surface mount chips and relocate to the new board.. problem is if you do the tach gauge may not work... best bet of your swapping clusters find one with close mileage and document the mileage of the old and the mileage of the new so it can be tracked
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:23 AM   #3
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wheres this control board at?

my CEL is supposed to be on, and it doesnt work.
(wont light up at all, even when battery is on)

i need to get this fixed to get my inspection sticker
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