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Old 05-04-2015, 03:19 AM   #1
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Shifting P to R/N/D just flashes P (Australian MkII)

Hi all,

I can't find any suggestions as to what this might mean. When in changing the automatic transmission the dashboard will normally change through P/R/N/D depending what is selected. Recently when shifting out of P it just starts flashing no matter what I put it into.

The car is driving fine, and I've checked break fluid levels and transmission fluid levels. Wondering if it's a wiring thing? I want to get it fixed as planning on upgrading soon.

Car is a 2008 Focus.

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Can't help myself, added "Australian MkII" to your title to help get responses.
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Hi all,

I can't find any suggestions as to what this might mean. When in changing the automatic transmission the dashboard will normally change through P/R/N/D depending what is selected. Recently when shifting out of P it just starts flashing no matter what I put it into.

The car is driving fine, and I've checked break fluid levels and transmission fluid levels. Wondering if it's a wiring thing? I want to get it fixed as planning on upgrading soon.

Car is a 2008 Focus.

Thanks in advance for any help.
^^That. Sounds to me like the wiring in your gauge cluster could be starting to fail. Have you got a OBD device to pull error codes? Ford service or an auto electrician could be the next step..
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Thanks sailor and hi unida.

I don't have an obd but was considering buying a cheap one to see if it would pick anything up. Ford wanted $170 to run a diagnostic check which seemed pretty excessive when I could get one online for $50. Would that pick up issues with the transmission or just engine faults?

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Thanks sailor and hi unida.

I don't have an obd but was considering buying a cheap one to see if it would pick anything up. Ford wanted $170 to run a diagnostic check which seemed pretty excessive when I could get one online for $50. Would that pick up issues with the transmission or just engine faults?

Thanks again for the help.
Depends if if the device has the code reading capability. Something like this Actron Auto Scanner, OBD2 & CAN - Supercheap Auto Australia
The people at Supercheap (if they're cool) may even have a shop one you can use in the car park to read codes and hand back. Good luck.
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