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Old 08-19-2008, 10:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy tried everything electrical problem on 05 ford focus need help

i own a 2005 ford focus and i have been havin an electrical issue with it...while driving all the light will blink and as i drive more they blink faster..what i mean by light is the radio the dashboard..i also start hearing a clicking noise coming from under the sterring wheel and the car act like it wants to turn off..if i turn it off sometimes it wont turn back on and i have to wait or if it does turn on my clock and radio resets...i have taking it to several mechanics including the dealership and i keep getting new things done but never is it fixed..they have changed the battery, did a tune up, changed the electrical ignition switch and disconnected the auto alarm and still not fixed..i just want to know whats wrong..i cant afford all these guesses..im a single mom of two lil ones and i need a reliable vehicle...can anyone help me?


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Old 08-19-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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I'm gonna take a guess here. Electric relay. Or some fuse is bad in the car fuse box (not the one under the hood)
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:49 PM   #3
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^^ I think the mechanics would've thought of that one already and checked them out, but you never know. might be. pull the fuses from under the dashboard. there's a little CD case compartment/holder under the dashboard by where your left knee would be if you're sitting on the driver side. Open it and pull it all the way out. the fuse box is right behind that little door. i suggest you use pliers to pull them out as they are very tight. make sure you pull them out and put them back in one by one to avoid problems and confusion.
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You actually paid for a tune-up to fix an electrical problem?

You need to take it back to whoever worked on it, and demand the problem be fixed at no cost.....or you want your money back for the previous unsuccessful repair.
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With the problem with our car originally we were told the ignition was going bad and that it wasn't reading the chip in the key sometimes. So they put in a new ignition switch, relay, and then it kept happening so we took it back and this time they told us the gem module needed to be replaced. It was a problem they didn't "find" the first time and would need to be replaced for our car to work right supposedly.

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Old 08-20-2008, 03:19 PM   #7
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Had the same problem on my car turned out to be the rebuilt alternator that was just installed.. it had a faulty regulator the faster I went the less charge it would supply which triggered the relays into acting up... I also has the Light Phases on one occasion they light up so bright they burnt out which I then plugged in my battery minder ( has a volt meter and it was sitting at 18.7 volts and the unit beeped overcharge

on the controllers they will act up, stop working or misbehave if there voltage fluctuates to much seeing not everything has a voltage stabilizer

I complained to the rebuilder they refunded the money and bought a scrap yard alternator and everythings running fine now

whats funny is my neighbour just approached me with the same problem with his import about the lights phasing and I asked was his alternator rebuilt or new he said rebuilt 7 months ago.. I told him to change it
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If the radio and clock are clearing it has to be a complete power disconnect. The clicking is probably a /or several relays going off / on when the power drops out and then back on.
Start at the battery connections, then where the cables are crimped / soldered to the cable connectors, and unfortunately the focus is notorious for its bad grounds. If none of these are bad check the loom in the tilt portion of the steering column for shorts / bare wires .
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This sound like a problem I'm having in my ZX4. Just bought it 4 months ago. If you can fix the problem, let me know what works. I'll keep the alternator in mind. My IAC is clicking (I just learned from a different thread). It seems there are a lot of culprits to this issue.
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This sound like a problem I'm having in my ZX4. Just bought it 4 months ago. If you can fix the problem, let me know what works. I'll keep the alternator in mind. My IAC is clicking (I just learned from a different thread). It seems there are a lot of culprits to this issue.
The clicking IAC is an effect not a cause of that problem.

Honestly Ghost, I wish I could say for sure, but this is a problem that really has to be diagnosed only by working on the vehicle. It could be something simple, or something profound. My first advice is always to check the battery connections- specifically the neg terminal. I'd go so far as to check the alternator hot, and the starter hot. I know you are a mother, and likely can't do that without a mechanic's assistance. I'd surely hope that the mechanic who worked on the car previously would've checked that.

Other locations that deserve inspection are the bulkhead connector, and the fuse boxes.

Intermittent electrical problems are nightmares to trace down. I'm sorry you have one. It can happen to any car. I have an 05 as well, 85k miles and no problems aside of regular maintenance.
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