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06-05-2014 08:11 PM
Cruisin I have the same problem, been to the dealer three times.

This last time the tech suggested replacing the air filter???? He said it could be my K&N Air filter! For a Hill start assist not available" error?????

Today the car ran fine. I get home and plug and unplug a few fuses looking for a place to add a relay that will come on when the engine is running. After pushing around on the fuses, the stupid Hill Start Assist Light Came on again. I can usually clear it by disconnecting the battery, but that didn't work this time. A BAD SPEED SENSOR makes sense to me, BUT A Loose battery connection? MAYBE A BAD BATTERY WITH INTERNAL ISSUES?
Is there anybody from Ford on here that has any suggestions? I really like my Focus but this is getting old fast.
05-12-2014 05:29 PM
Cubfanmj My GF has a 2013 Focus that was having the same problem. It would show the " hill start assist is not available", the abs and traction control lights would come on. And 2x her car would not start, no electric whatsoever. We shot a video of it while driving and had the dealership watch it. They had it fixed later that day. The problem?? Loose battery cable, that was it. It has been 2 months how and it hasn't happened since.
02-13-2014 01:28 PM
sticklelm My 2012 Ford Focus has an issue that happens every so often. When I first bought the car, it had 20,000 miles on it. As I was driving is home, the hill start assist is unavailable light would blink randomly and the dash lights would turn on for only a split second. This would happen for 1-3 minutes and then stop. After traveling for a couple hours, I pulled over and shut it off thinking everything was fine I went to start it and it didn't do anything. No lights, key fob wouldn't lock the doors, nothing. The next morning, it started up just fine. 5 days later, I go to start the car and it has the same problem. I notice a weird noise coming from near the glove box and a similar noise coming from the dome light. While the key was in the on position in the ignition, at one point the dash lit up like it was going to start up. I tried to start it but it didn't and the dash lights shut off. What is wrong? I will let you guys know if it starts tomorrow. If it does, I may take it to the dealer.
01-23-2014 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by Tblair97 View Post
My car is doing the same thing and I have taken it in many times and they always say they can't fix it unless they see what it is doing.
Have you been to the dealer, Tblair97? Let me know and I'll look into available options.

01-23-2014 06:47 AM
GhiaFan Ask your service adviser to check for corrosion on the soldered connector on the instrument binnacle PCB connector.
I have read about this issue from a few UK MK3 Focus owners and they all had the issue fixed by cleaning the connector.
It is worth asking to have this checked to see if this could be the issue.
01-22-2014 04:04 PM
sailor I'm moving this to the MkIII section for more looks from current owners.

To research it more yourself, check in the "Archive" section here where threads on common issues are stored for easy searching.


P.S. - lisamarie, you might try the "fiestafly" forum for more model specific information. There's a link to that site in the main menu.
01-22-2014 03:55 PM
Tblair97 My car is doing the same thing and I have taken it in many times and they always say they can't fix it unless they see what it is doing.
Anyone have answers for this issue???????
I am extremely annoyed!!!!
01-20-2014 03:37 PM
lisamarie I have the same problem with my 2011 Ford Fiesta. Took it to the dealer and they did a diagnostic. Said it was a hydraulic pump failure and that it would cost $1600 to repair. Did it take some guess work for them to arrive at the sensor?
11-10-2013 09:35 AM
Originally Posted by nytelyf561 View Post
Very sane thing happen to time. How did it get fixed?
@umbrage said
"Received a call from the dealer: The issue is a "faulty ABS sensor".

It totally makes sense, given that if the computer can't read the movement of all four wheels, it shouldn't enable power steering, stability control, or give a speedometer reading. I'm sort of impressed that the solution is to just have the car drive like an old car, that doesn't have any fancy technology."
10-26-2013 12:35 PM
Originally Posted by umbrage View Post
Did anyone receive a resolution on this? I've just taken my vehicle to the dealership with the same problem (ABS + stability control lights constantly on, hill assist unavailable message at start-up). As a bonus problem, my speedometer stopped working at the same time.
Very sane thing happen to time. How did it get fixed?
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