Gauge Cluster Help
Hello, I am fairly new to the forums and I am happy to see a site dedicated to the Focus. With that said I'm hoping you guys can help me.
The car in question is a 2000 Ford Focus SE Zetec. A friend of mine purchased a custom gauge for me from black cat customs. I am not to familiar with cars so he tried to help me have the gauge face installed. The removal of the cluster went fine but its the point where we had to remove the old gauge face where I believe the problems started. It wasn't a clean removal as glue residue and parts of the green film that was on the original gauge face remained. When we placed the new cluster on top and tried to see if it worked but u could clearly see the spots that were left were blocking the light from passing on to the new gauge.
Regrettably, we used cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol to clean off the glue and the green film leaving the clear cluster pretty clean. After reapplying the gauge face and reattaching it we noticed that the light was still very dim and the needles were completely off. I mean like spin in an unorthodox way.
I have a feeling we may have ruined the gauge entirely as now it doesn't light up at all and the needles are still off and don't seem responsive almost like its broken or gets stuck. I know this is a lot and the level of fail may be high. But any help or advice will be much appreciated.
I considered buying a new gauge cluster but the fact that my miles (112000) will not appear on the "new" cluster bothers me and I don't think I can really afford to go to a ford dealer and spend $300 for something like reprogramming it.