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Old 08-31-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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How's every1 keeping? Hope all is well. I am new to the forum so sorry if this is in the wrong place, I just uploaded a wee pic of my wee car, bought it 2nd 2 days ago, and thought should come on and join this site as use would all no a lot about the cars.

Well got the car for 600 quid as a wee run around. The cars a 1.8 3 door focus zetec comp. To start off with replaced a few fuses as horn and rear fogs weren't working lol, replaced and problem solved. the car is sound now great wee driving car. The only problem I have with it is the rear reverse light, its not coming on when I select reverse, I thought probs just the buld but had a look at it and the wires in it don't seem broken, and sounds daft but can't find the fuse for it, could any1 tell me what the symbol for it is so I can get a look see if its the fuse? And if its not the fuse could it be the reverse senor on it?

And if it is the sensor would these be dear and hard to replace my self? If it helps its only got one reverse light on the passenger side if this helps any. Also the air con I think might need recharged as not blowing out cold cold air? The air con light comes on but not cold air just standard cold air from normal cold before air con is switched on, would the air con light come on if the fuse was away on this aswell?

Think the fella that had it before me didn't have a clue about fuses as 2 was missing and was a 10amp in a 15amp space and the 10 amp was melted lol, so that's replaced. So think most these problems are just fuse related but if not could use help with info?? Sorry for this post being so long lol.

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Welcome to the community!

The fuse discovery is kinda scary, but at least they didn't put over-rated fuses in! That coulda fried the wiring in the circuit instead of the fuse...

The reverse bulb oughtta be the easiest to check first, but if that thing is okay, your gonna need to dig under the hood to get at the reverse sensor. If you have a multimeter, try this: turn the key-on-engine-off, probe the reverse bulb's holder and have a friend (or just do a bunch or running) go from neutral to reverse a few times and see if the voltage is making it back there.

I'll go take a look at the FSM (factory service manual) and see what the location of the fuse and symbol are.
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Welcome to the community!

The fuse discovery is kinda scary, but at least they didn't put over-rated fuses in! That coulda fried the wiring in the circuit instead of the fuse...

The reverse bulb oughtta be the easiest to check first, but if that thing is okay, your gonna need to dig under the hood to get at the reverse sensor. If you have a multimeter, try this: turn the key-on-engine-off, probe the reverse bulb's holder and have a friend (or just do a bunch or running) go from neutral to reverse a few times and see if the voltage is making it back there.

I'll go take a look at the FSM (factory service manual) and see what the location of the fuse and symbol are.

Hi Mile30,

Thanks for the fast and helpful reply :), there's deff notting wrong with the buld, and as far as the fuses go I checked every single fuse and 3 that were busted and repalced them 3, so now every single fuse is correct and working, bad news is that the reverse light is still not working, so am gonna check see how much a volt meter will be or will ask my friend up the road form my house to come down with his, if there's no volts going to it does that mean its the reverse sensor? Or does it sound like the reverse sensor with the bulb and fuse being ok?

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You should have zero volts when reverse isn't selected (clearly!), when you select reverse; you should get 12v or something close.

If you get no change, check the wiring for cuts, abbrasions, chaffing, etc...

If the wires look fine, keep looking 'in front" of that. Locating the reverse sensor will be fun, but you can check resistance (ohms, the Omega symbol on a DMM digital multimeter) WITH THE POWER OFF! You don't need to uninstall the piece, just unclip the pigtail and back probe the terminals in the sensor... if the number is really high (excessive resistance); the part may be the problem. I'm wondering if the FSM has the ohmic value the part should be between.
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You should have zero volts when reverse isn't selected (clearly!), when you select reverse; you should get 12v or something close.

If you get no change, check the wiring for cuts, abbrasions, chaffing, etc...

If the wires look fine, keep looking 'in front" of that. Locating the reverse sensor will be fun, but you can check resistance (ohms, the Omega symbol on a DMM digital multimeter) WITH THE POWER OFF! You don't need to uninstall the piece, just unclip the pigtail and back probe the terminals in the sensor... if the number is really high (excessive resistance); the part may be the problem. I'm wondering if the FSM has the ohmic value the part should be between.

Hi miles, thanks for the reply sorry only getting back to you now been really busy, anyway got the car sorted, replaced the reverse sensor was very simple could reach it from leaning in the bonnet with out diconnecting anything replaced it. And guess what light still didn't work so tracked all the wiring and now nips or anything high voltage meter was reading 11.95-12 V. The bulb was the problem the wee prongs that hold it in place was the problem, but have got it sorted now after all that, so only problem have now is that when turn the steering wheel left and right there's a knocking noise, and abit of a leak, and from what a can see its the CV joint the rubber is ripped. So getting them both replaced then fingers crossed that's all that it needs done and notting else is wrong with it lol

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