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Old 03-30-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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New (used) Instrument Cluster Question(s)

Finally after almost two years I fixed the damn engine light. There were no codes, but it would stay on (50%) at all times. Even with the car off, and key off the ignition.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=263995

I bought an used cluster, it is working fine. It is the same part number so no programming was needed.

This cluster has 118,000 less miles than the Focus' original cluster. I'm not planning on selling the car, and likely it has no street value with 224,000 miles.


I live in California, and I have to SMOG this year. The mileage is recorded, and it will be easily noticeable.


Will this be an issue with DMV?

Can the new odometer be programmed to display the old mileage?


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Old 03-30-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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Some ford dealers will program it for you and others will not. Sometimes they want you to buy a cluster from them in order to program it. If the no code is being thrown and it is just the light on the dash you could try removing the light bulb for the CEL when you go through smog and use your old cluster.
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Some ford dealers will program it for you and others will not. Sometimes they want you to buy a cluster from them in order to program it. If the no code is being thrown and it is just the light on the dash you could try removing the light bulb for the CEL when you go through smog and use your old cluster.
The "new" one is installed. Those bulbs are LED, hey can not be removed. I feel better now, that thing drove me nuts.
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Not sure in California but in Texas, yes it will be an issue a big one. Like gondorian said the dealer will program it with the proper mileage but they will want the old one in the car for proper milage so they can install the new gauge and program it with the proper mileage.
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I'm going to gamble on this. If DMV calls me, I've documented the old and new mileage. I don't intent to sell this car. It has more value to me than any book or lemon lot. It has 224K miles, turns 10 years in two weeks, and I'm the original on only owner.

I went to a dealer to see a new ST. The car has 250 HP, great looking, but the interiors are uncomfortable. I think those RECARO seats are for 125 pounders.

I can buy a rem engine for $2,000, and perhaps it would last 10 more years. LOL
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Google 'instrument cluster repair' or 'airbag module repair'. You will find individuals that repair/reprogram/and set odometer mileage for replacement clusters.
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Google 'instrument cluster repair' or 'airbag module repair'. You will find individuals that repair/reprogram/and set odometer mileage for replacement clusters.
I may do that. Thanks
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In the mechanical speedo days, a replacement speedo came with a sticker to note the mileage from the one that was removed to be added to the new speedo's in order to determine total mileage.....

"Revealing" the actual mileage in such a manner should cover your butt. Just record the difference as if that was the mileage when the "new" one was installed and it'll be easy to figure the current actual miles....
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In the mechanical speedo days, a replacement speedo came with a sticker to note the mileage from the one that was removed to be added to the new speedo's in order to determine total mileage.....

"Revealing" the actual mileage in such a manner should cover your butt. Just record the difference as if that was the mileage when the "new" one was installed and it'll be easy to figure the current actual miles....
Thats what I did
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You may want to get the milage more closer than 118k in difference. If you have a minor fender bender, it could be the difference of total and not total. Here in Ohio there is lots of red tape concerning odometer tampering. I switched out my cluster with on that had a tach, found a place online talked to them and only cost my $200 with next day shipping cluster to them, resetting milage, and next day shipping back. It was well worth it.
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