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Old 08-26-2005, 09:53 PM   #1
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Dash lights not working....

So i recently bought a '00 Focus ZTS and everything was peachy. All lights on the dash were working fine. Tonight though, I went to turn on the lights, and the temp, tach, speedo and gas gauge lamps didn't come on. Funny thing is, all the other indicator lights were on, like the warning lights. Also, the lights illuminating the heater controls didn't work. I checked all the fuses and they are fine. So I'm tossing it to you guys--any ideas why these lights aren't working?


^The Dash

^Right now the key is in the ON position, headlights are on

^Radio works, but heat control lights don't (even though the switches work)

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Old 08-26-2005, 11:37 PM   #2
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Did you put in the radio yourself?
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Old 08-26-2005, 11:40 PM   #3
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Ok, this is gonna sound condescending and I don't mean it to be, but just to cover all bases....

Did you accidentally hit the thumb-wheel on the headlight-switch panel, it dims all the cockpit lights down. I've done it once or twice on accident. An aftermarket radio and the "dummy" lights would still light up, but all the other stuff wouldn't.

Otherwise, if fuses are all good I'm at a loss
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Old 08-26-2005, 11:49 PM   #4
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yes, its my radio, but the lights worked since i put it in... and yes i know about the switch, its turned all the way up ..... still not sure what's up though...
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The only reason I am asking about the lighs is because (from what I understand) the Focus uses a modulated pulse, not a reostatic dimmer, for dimming the dash lights, and that if you tapped into a dash-bulb (ie for the heater assembly lights) for the radio dimmer that may have buggered something up, and it may even take a while before it manifests itself.

Just a thought.
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Old 08-27-2005, 09:12 AM   #6
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This afternoon when I get home from work (its 9 AM here in PA) I'll pull out the radio and make sure nothing's shorting anything else... thanks for the help, but are there any more suggestions as for what could be the problem?
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Old 08-27-2005, 09:21 AM   #7
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sounds like your dimmer or illumination is having a problem.

when you pull the radio, make sure the orange wires on the ford harness (that you hopefully bought) are not connected to anything. cap them off (tape off the ends). recheck the fuses.

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BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHHING REPLACE THE INSIDE LIGHT FUSE! the exact same thing happened to me.... i cant remember which fuse it was but it was either a 7.5 or a 10... check in the manual and replace interior lights fuse!!!!!!!
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I have 2 problems and don't know if they are independent of each other or related:
1. I had normal dash illumination but some bulbs started to go and now all of the illuminating ones are gone; the dials all work fine and the led works fine.
2. I had a tail window wiper problem and it worked after fitting a used replacement though intermittently (all dry weather)
Now, in bad weather it has stopped working and I appear to have a drip in the roof panel from the water jet when i click the wiper on.
The fuses are fine. I'm thinking, bulbs for the dash and a short for the tailgate ?
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