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Old 09-03-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Odometer has dark spot

Anyone seen this before? My odometer gauge area has a dark spot. So without needing to replace it or cut the hell out of it how could I fix it? i'd like to keep my original gauge cluster and it's 100% correct mileage.




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Old 09-03-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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Well here's a guide on how to disassemble that which might help you in taking a look at what's causing that. But I've never seen a dark spot in that area before. It could be that the backing has lifted a bit which is what it kinda looks like.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134217
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:37 PM   #3
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dude, i was about to post this problem. i have two spots. i dont understand why.
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Well here's a guide on how to disassemble that which might help you in taking a look at what's causing that. But I've never seen a dark spot in that area before. It could be that the backing has lifted a bit which is what it kinda looks like.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134217
Now that I think about it, it looks almost like an air bubble.
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agreed at backing lift or air bubble...... If you're already there I'd say try an indiglo swap (I know it would look weird.....but aside from replacing it I dunno)
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indigo doesnt cover this portion.
learn to live with it, mines been that way for years. in almost the same spot.
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Yup, thats common with foci. My 2000 zx3 had it, and my current 02svt has it too. Its just a matter of two clear plastic pieces touching. Its kinda like a cellphone, you have the lcd screen, and a thin plastic layer over that. In this case, where those two pieces touch, you get the dark spot.
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It could be easily fixed if taken apart and follow the instructions I linked. It's a very tedious job but fixable. I changed mine to glow white.
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It could be easily fixed if taken apart and follow the instructions I linked. It's a very tedious job but fixable. I changed mine to glow white.
Yeah mine had a spot and after I did the odometer led mod I no longer had it. I changed mine from green to white as well.

Its most likely the backing causing the problem, you'll have to just live with it or take the cluster apart and kind of peel the backing up.
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This never was answered - at least to my satisfaction - although I don't have a full solution either ...

I bought a replacement cluster to add a tachometer and noticed it had a very minor spot on the odometer section. There are two possible causes for this:
  • http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/...d.php?t=186276 - Leaking liquid crystal display - This will probably get progressively worse and needs to be replaced.
  • What I am seeing - and what I think this thread is talking about is minor spots around the edges of the LCD display - this is probably separation/delamination of the LCD lens and is mildly annoying, but not a big deal.

The easiest fix is the same for both conditions:

Locate a replacement cluster. The cost should be around $40-$50 on E-bay or similar or from a junkyard - however, you have an advantage since you won't be replacing the entire cluster:

If you were replacing the entire cluster:
- Mileage is stored in the cluster so you need it to be close.
- Might not have a tachometer - some cars did, most didn't.
- Might give problems with the upshift, TCS, ABS, and brake lights if the new cluster and your car weren't configured the same way.
- Might have burnt out bulbs that you would need to replace.

As it is - you only need a cluster with a working LCD odometer - in fact the front face and needles could be completely shattered and it would work fine.

I'll refer to the previously linked thread for pictures, but the mod is significantly different: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134217

- First, remove the cluster, there are three screws at the top of the bezel and four screws holding the cluster in - 7mm hex heads. (Steps 1-4) in the other thread.

- Stop here - there is no need to mess with the front of the cluster if all you are doing is swapping the LCD odometer.

- Remove the five T10 screws holding the white plastic cover over the PCB at the rear of the cluster (there will be two screws at the top, one at the bottom center, and one on each side):

- Pry the PCB up and away and remove it along with the odometer. There are four "pins" on each gauge (fuel, temp, speedo, and maybe tach) holding it on, so you need to carefully wiggle/pry it upward, but it WILL come off.

- Now this is where I got stuck, but it should be possible. You will see something like this:


(but without the white plastic base - which would be removed).

The white plastic spacer at the bottom of the LCD has two retaining tabs on the bottom of the PCB - this makes me think that it is not soldered to the board and can be removed, but you need about four hands (two to depress the locking tabs and two more to gently pry the spacer away from the PCB.)

Alternately - you MIGHT be able to remove the black housing as mentioned in the other thread and there might be a ribbon cable allowing you to replace the LCD only - but I didn't want to risk this.

Disassemble both clusters and swap the LCD over and you should be good to go!!!
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