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Old 09-05-2011, 06:20 AM   #1
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Alarm going off, windscreen wipers juddering, interior lights flashing.

Hi,

New to this and not an expert on cars, so was wondering if anyone can help.

I have a 1.6 Ford Focus Zetec 55 plate, approx 60,000 miles.

Last night, at 12:30 am, my car alarm suddenly started to go off. Went outside as thought someone had broken in. No sign of a break in, all I saw was the windscreen wipers in a working position, so switched the alarm off and went back to bed.

Alarm went off again, turned it off and looked inside. Could hear a ticking sound from the fuse box, some of the interior lights kept flashing quickly, windscreen wipers juddering, indicators going off. When I turned the ignition, it stopped, car was running fine. Took it for a quick spin, stopped the engine, turned the ignition off, everything started flashing again, setting the alarm off. Eventually, just unplugged the fuse box and went to bed.

It was raining when I drove back last night before this all happened. Spoke to one of my friends who said that he had something similar.

Anyone ever experienced this, or heard about it, and how do i go about fixing it?



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Old 09-06-2011, 12:44 PM   #2
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Hi,

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Alarm went off again, turned it off and looked inside. Could hear a ticking sound from the fuse box, some of the interior lights kept flashing quickly, windscreen wipers juddering, indicators going off.
Hi Larryevans81,

Wow, it must have been quite irritating to have the alarm repeatedly going off! I'm not a technical expert either, but I can recommend visiting your dealer, as they are the experts on your Focus. Electrical concerns can be difficult to diagnose, and they have the right tools for the job, so they can ensure your peace and quiet. Have a good day!

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Hi,

New to this and not an expert on cars, so was wondering if anyone can help.

I have a 1.6 Ford Focus Zetec 55 plate, approx 60,000 miles.

Last night, at 12:30 am, my car alarm suddenly started to go off. Went outside as thought someone had broken in. No sign of a break in, all I saw was the windscreen wipers in a working position, so switched the alarm off and went back to bed.

Alarm went off again, turned it off and looked inside. Could hear a ticking sound from the fuse box, some of the interior lights kept flashing quickly, windscreen wipers juddering, indicators going off. When I turned the ignition, it stopped, car was running fine. Took it for a quick spin, stopped the engine, turned the ignition off, everything started flashing again, setting the alarm off. Eventually, just unplugged the fuse box and went to bed.

It was raining when I drove back last night before this all happened. Spoke to one of my friends who said that he had something similar.

Anyone ever experienced this, or heard about it, and how do i go about fixing it?
I believe your problem is the battery, I have a focus c-max and have had this problem before and was told that it is a typical warning with Focus cars hat your batter is knackered
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Check the negative battery terminal wires- not the big one, but the little ones, remove those from the terminal, and make sure that the ring connectors (if yours uses rings) are not cracked and are complete. This is hard to see unless you remove those. Then also check the termination on the chassis and wiring harness. You have a bad ground somewhere and those circuits are finding a ground through the alarm system. This is setting the alarm off- because it senses voltage, and allowing those other circuits to work- although at lower voltage because of series resistance.

I had something similar happen in my car- fortunately I'm an electrician- and the small negative wires at the battery terminal that make the chassis ground connections were the problem. One of those had a cracked ring terminal that looked like it was connected until I removed it and it fell apart. My case was different because it required the key to be turned to ACC or ON- then the radio came on full blast, the wipers came on high, and something else happened that I can't remember right now. I was able to repair the problem in about 5 mins from when it happened, but like I said, I'm an electrician so I have handy access to ring terminals, strippers (female kind too ), and crimpers.
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