|11-30-2012 08:00 PM|
This was a really helpful posting. The directions were simple and dead on. The whole job took about 30 minutes.
Thanks-I looked at some other sights for info but their information was not accurate for 2005.
|10-25-2012 11:53 AM|
Okay, I took the plunge yesterday and bought a cluster with tach from a local seller.
To clarify and re-iterate some of the things stated earlier in the thread:
I have a 2002 Focus SE with 125,000 miles, ATX, without ABS and without Traction Control.
For this car, installation is pretty much plug-n-play as long as the replacement cluster has the same white 26-pin connector.
I bought a cluster with 143K from a local seller, so I just have to wait until my mileage catches up. He had five other clusters with unknown mileage - so I tested those in my car also. (It was mutually beneficial b/c he learned more about his items, and I was able to verify that he didn't have a cluster with 126,000 miles - which was ideally what I was looking for).
(There is a cluster on E-bay with 131K miles which in hindsight would have been better for me, but I didn't know that for sure before I saw the local seller, and I couldn't in good conscience test that many clusters and then buy from someone else - unless his didn’t work.)
Things I found out:
I ran into mixed info on re-programming the mileage. Quotes were typically in the $150 range. Programmers (tools) seemed to run anywhere from $240 to $2400/$7200, and in the case of the early Focus, require soldering leads to the PCB. I think the dealers generally send this out. It seemed to vary a bit on the expertise of the shop and also possibly the programming tool used. Some shops said they needed the old speedometer (presumably to read the hex codes and program the new speedometer the same way). Others said they just needed a statement of mileage (presumably their tool converts given mileage to hex). The latter shops seemed more likely to be able to enable/disable TCS or ABS in the cluster.
Personally, I'm not sure why Ford included all this info internal to the cluster. It seems to me like it would be a better idea to have this stored in the BCM or PCM or something that was unlikely to need replacement and have two part number clusters (with and without tachometer) and just have it DISPLAY the mileage and turn on indicator lights when told by the BCM/PCM.
Also - I don't want to debate it, but the law on odometer tampering seems pretty well-meaning, but highly flawed in my opinion. As I read the law:
|10-22-2012 12:28 PM|
Did some more research on this:
|09-11-2012 11:30 AM|
|matmatician||Yeah, I did some more reading last night and it looks like the TC option has 4 disk brakes included which I don't have.|
|09-11-2012 11:28 AM|
Mine does not have TCS. I'm pretty sure the cars that do have TCS have a switch somewhere to disable it -
Page 135-136 - if your car has it, there should be a switch with a spinning tire on it near the gear shift lever.
|09-11-2012 01:07 AM|
|matmatician||Ok, dumb question here, but is there a way I can check and see if my Focus has Traction Control? I know I have ABS, I've used it several times lol.|
|04-26-2012 03:04 PM|
|04-23-2012 05:45 PM|
|jprix82||So I installed a cluster without ABS and TC. Everything seems to be fine except sometime when I turn the key on(engine off) the CEL and the oil light doesnt always come on.?|
|04-14-2012 05:35 PM|
The dummy upshift light will probably be disabled if you install a cluster from an automtic car. However you could also remove the upshift bulb from a manual cluster to achieve the same result, I suspect. The ABS vs non-ABS is a serious difference and I'd try to get the right type.
In swapping clusters, I'd try to find one for a car with similar options. There are enough selling on ebay with engine specs shown to do that. if you don't mind spending a few extra bux for a close match or living with a cluster that shows more mileage. A used cluster can't be reprogrammed and it looks like many folks posting in this thread are missing that point.
|04-11-2012 11:24 PM|
|jprix82||If I get a cluster out of a auto car and put it in my manual trans focus,will I lose the dummy shift light?|
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