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Old 03-07-2013, 12:21 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, 12:40 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, 01:37 PM   #3
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Its a 4 door with a trunk.
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