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Old 03-07-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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Flashing dash lights with key off

I have newly purchased 04 Focus SE 2.3l. Bought with dead battery, car would start with jump. Replaced positive cable to starter/alternator due to poor condition & installed new battery. When I push positive cable end onto battery (no key in ignition), all indicator lights on dash go on & off like a light show, with clicking sound under dash. I put key ignition & turn to on position, all systems indicator lights come on as normal & dash indicator lights stop blinking, car will start & run with no problems. I shut off key & pull it out & dash lights start flashing again & will stay on. Is this a ground issue or fuse/relay issue? Thanks for your help in advance.


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Old 03-07-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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Is this a hatchback or wagon??

If so, then consider the wire umbilical that goes to the rear hatch

Very common to have shorts, opens of the wires inside

Other great possibility is that the grounds are not good- with the result of very weird symptoms
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Its a 4 door with a trunk.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:09 PM   #4
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Its a 4 door with a trunk.
Did you ever get this resolved?? I just bought an 03 focus 2.3L sedan and it does the exact same thing. I have replaced the alternator because it started to seize and I replaced the ignition because it was getting hard to turn then I replaced a battery terminal and also the 175amp mega fuse...now I'm just lost as to what it could be
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Old 01-02-2015, 12:45 PM   #5
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My problem ended up being the instrument cluster. Had ford dealer replace it. Problem solved.
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Thank you! You are the first person with the exact issue I am having that had a confirmed fix. Many had suggestions but none of them had actually fixed the issue
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My problem ended up being the instrument cluster. Had ford dealer replace it. Problem solved.
I looked further at the instrument panel and found the lil blue holes on the back of the circuit board were clogged with dirt...Used some electronic cleaner and a qtip and it works like new now. Thanks to you who pointed me in the right direction of where the problem was!
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