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Old 08-22-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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Dash lights/headlight/taillight problem(s)

I am having problems with my High beams and one of my taillights and my dashboard lights.
For some time now my two high beams have been out but that wasn't a real issue to me until my dashboard lights when out and I started thinking maybe there was a problem but still just let it go and went without. Here recently I activated my right blinker and by the sound of it- Usually its a slow on... off... on... off... - but this time it was rapid. Which usually indicates that a blinker is out and would need a fuse/bulb. I just ignored it all till now. Yesterday I took a volt meter and tested all the fuses under the dash and all but two showed working, the ones that didn't give any power i pulled and checked them in the light and didnt appear busted. I even put new ones in those places and that didn't fix the issues. So I got out my book and started checking the ones under the hood, All was good but one of my 40's and a few small ones but again they didn't looked popped. I am going into town today to get new fuses and maybe a relay or two.

Can anyone suggest what else I might try to solve this issue?


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Old 08-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Hi there,

Your problems may have nothing to do with this, but first check the wiring in between the liftgate and the car body. It is a very easy inspection to do. Glad I checked mine b/c it was messed up.

Do a search here for "liftgate boot wiring" or whatever. Here is one of many threads about it ->
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=217746
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Thanks for your help. I will see if this relates to my issue at a later time for I have sold a portion of it.

Like I said before, I tested the fuses and some came back dud but on visual inspection they seemed fine. I have since replaced one of them that I checked further today, it still was bridged how it should be but looked serverly deformed. I put in another one and my dash lights started working and my "lights are still on-don't let me die" car chime started working again. I picked up a pack of fuses on my way home today (no any relays) and will go out there in a bit to check them all again replacing the ones that look remotely bad. I also picked up some new lights- the ones in my car are dual bulbs as one bulb works high and low beam. While at my dads I used his volt meter to check the bulb wire connection and they gave a good reading so I think both bulbs high beam function went out at the same time. I also picked up a new set of rear blinker lights which I will also change out. Hopefully this is the last of my issues but I know it won't be. :/
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Well I just finished my nightly repairs :P I rechecked all the fuses with one of those small, yellow fuse pullers that has the green light on it. All worked. I changed my headlight bulbs out and now have high/low beams again. Replaced the bad read blinker and the other side to just cause I had a two pack. All my lights are back to full functional.

My problem(s) for this thread is solved.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Well I wish my problem was over.

Yesterday my fuse blew again. I was driving up my drive way, fog (yellow) lights on only and they went off, as well did the dash lights and my breaklights. (I don't know if they function if the break is pressed but they are not on when I turn on the lights.)

I pulled the fuse out and put another one in while the switch was on. It blew.
I pulled the fuse out and put another one in while the switch was off. It blew when turning on the switch.
I pulled the fuse out and put another one in while the switch/car was odd. It blew when I turned on the switch.

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So It seems I have a electrical issue somewhere. The one that blows is location 30 of the driver side fuse panel. It takes a 10A fuse. The manual says it is for the Parking Lamps. The only thing I can think of is when I was changing the headlights/taillights, I broke the little clips that hold the connectors in the bulbs which could have vibrated out so I will check those now. Anyone have an idea?

Also thinking that I have a wire maybe burnt or something grounding where it shouldn't be.
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I don't have a wiring diagram for an '05, but on my '04, fuse #30 under the dash supplies power to all the items illuminated when you turn on your lights. An OG/BK wire goes from the fuse to the light switch. From the light switch an OG/BU wire runs out to a number of splices and changes colors a number of times. It goes to the instrument cluster, the radio, the heater panel, etc. Basically everything that has an illumination lamp in it.

You probably have a short somewhere in all this wiring. You may have to pull the dash apart and examine the wiring harnesse(s) until you find the problem. It may be shorted somewhere that a wire runs over a sharp edge and has cut into the wires. Or it could be a short inside one of the items being illuminated.

If you can't see anything wrong (i.e. cut/burned wire), then you may have to disconnect everything you can and then start plugging them back in until you blow the fuse. Then you've found it!

This is the interior items...not the headlights, etc. as they are on other fuses.

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It goes to the instrument cluster, the radio, the heater panel, etc. Basically everything that has an illumination lamp in it.
You mention the radio. Right now I just have a cluster of wires chilling where the radio should be. The previous radio that came with the car started over heating and may or may not have caught fire. I just know it was giving off that electric burn smell and was super hot. I will check there, first by making sure all the radio connection wires are properly cut to not expose live wire and then wrap them up safe with some electrical tape.
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That's a good place to start looking for sure! The radio would have been part of this circuit since it is illuminated when you turn on the headlights.

On my car, the wire color is OG/BK at the radio. Yours may be the same.
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That's a good place to start looking for sure! The radio would have been part of this circuit since it is illuminated when you turn on the headlights.

On my car, the wire color is OG/BK at the radio. Yours may be the same.
I went out to my car and trimmed up the radio wires to be even length.
Wrapped them up in electrical tape and put in a new fuse. Turned it on, no pop.

Now to figure out where/what the sloshing noise is that I hear when I come to stop or take off. Doubt it is gas that I hear. Must be some sort of closed compartment under the cars frame/body that collected water during the sick rain I had here.
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Great, you found it!!!!!!!!!!

As for the sloshing sound, that's easy...you left a beer under the seat!
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