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Old 12-30-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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Exclamation Problem with interior lighting

Hey guys. I have a 2013 Focus SE with a 5-speed. has 14k miles on it. The other day I noticed that the lighting on the visor for the mirror would not work. Upon further inspection, I realized that the overhead dome lighting wasn't working, and I have no backlighting behind my steering wheel controls, the manual climate control dials, the light on the rear window defroster (to tell you when it's on), and the Max Air/Recirculation and A/C buttons do not work and also do not have a functioning light. The light in the glovebox does not work either. In other words,the only lighting that actually is working correctly is my gauge cluster and the infotainment screen and radio control buttons in the center console. Also, the blower position is now stuck on defrost, no matter whether i set it to blow on feet or face. The knob for blower speed and air temp both work, however. I've already turned off and on the car quite a few times, hoping maybe it would just reset something. The temperature is quite cold here in Chicago (when i left for work today it was -6F), but i've never had a problem with this in any other car. I thought maybe it was a fuse, and tried swapping the fuse that controls the glove box lighting for another fuse of same amperage, no luck. My limited knowledge of electrical stuff stopped at that. Does anybody have any suggestions? It's really friggen cold when only the defroster works.


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Old 12-30-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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I think with so many lights out that you should just take it to the dealer honestly. With so many lights out I feel it could be an electrical issue deeper than just a fuse or something.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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you have a light in the glove box???? i have a 2012 SEL loaded with almost every option and i dont have that.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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you have a light in the glove box???? i have a 2012 SEL loaded with almost every option and i dont have that.
As far as I know, NO Foci in the US have a lighted glovebox. It's a euro option I think. However, there is a fuse that says "lighted glovebox" that also controls a couple other lights in the interior.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:15 AM   #5
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The light in the glove compartment is working exactly as designed.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Took it to the dealer, ended up being a blown fuse for the rear defroster, and a pinched wire behind the dash that was causing a short for the lighting. Took them 2 hours to fix.
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