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i own a 2005 ford focus and i have been havin an electrical issue with it...while driving all the light will blink and as i drive more they blink faster..what i mean by light is the radio the dashboard..i also start hearing a clicking noise coming from under the sterring wheel and the car act like it wants to turn off..if i turn it off sometimes it wont turn back on and i have to wait or if it does turn on my clock and radio resets...i have taking it to several mechanics including the dealership and i keep getting new things done but never is it fixed..they have changed the battery, did a tune up, changed the electrical ignition switch and disconnected the auto alarm and still not fixed..i just want to know whats wrong..i cant afford all these guesses..im a single mom of two lil ones and i need a reliable vehicle...can anyone help me?
 

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^^ I think the mechanics would've thought of that one already and checked them out, but you never know. might be. pull the fuses from under the dashboard. there's a little CD case compartment/holder under the dashboard by where your left knee would be if you're sitting on the driver side. Open it and pull it all the way out. the fuse box is right behind that little door. i suggest you use pliers to pull them out as they are very tight. make sure you pull them out and put them back in one by one to avoid problems and confusion.
keep us posted.

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You actually paid for a tune-up to fix an electrical problem?

You need to take it back to whoever worked on it, and demand the problem be fixed at no cost.....or you want your money back for the previous unsuccessful repair.
 

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With the problem with our car originally we were told the ignition was going bad and that it wasn't reading the chip in the key sometimes. So they put in a new ignition switch, relay, and then it kept happening so we took it back and this time they told us the gem module needed to be replaced. It was a problem they didn't "find" the first time and would need to be replaced for our car to work right supposedly.
 

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Had the same problem on my car turned out to be the rebuilt alternator that was just installed.. it had a faulty regulator the faster I went the less charge it would supply which triggered the relays into acting up... I also has the Light Phases on one occasion they light up so bright they burnt out which I then plugged in my battery minder ( has a volt meter and it was sitting at 18.7 volts and the unit beeped overcharge

on the controllers they will act up, stop working or misbehave if there voltage fluctuates to much seeing not everything has a voltage stabilizer

I complained to the rebuilder they refunded the money and bought a scrap yard alternator and everythings running fine now

whats funny is my neighbour just approached me with the same problem with his import about the lights phasing and I asked was his alternator rebuilt or new he said rebuilt 7 months ago.. I told him to change it
 

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If the radio and clock are clearing it has to be a complete power disconnect. The clicking is probably a /or several relays going off / on when the power drops out and then back on.
Start at the battery connections, then where the cables are crimped / soldered to the cable connectors, and unfortunately the focus is notorious for its bad grounds. If none of these are bad check the loom in the tilt portion of the steering column for shorts / bare wires .
 

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This sound like a problem I'm having in my ZX4. Just bought it 4 months ago. If you can fix the problem, let me know what works. I'll keep the alternator in mind. My IAC is clicking (I just learned from a different thread). It seems there are a lot of culprits to this issue.
 

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i own a 2005 ford focus and i have been havin an electrical issue with it...while driving all the light will blink and as i drive more they blink faster..what i mean by light is the radio the dashboard..QUOTE]
I know I am late to this posting, but here goes...

Replace the alternator, first.... The blinking lights is because the electric fan is kicking on for either the air conditioner or engine cooling and its loading the system extra hard at initial startup, causing the already weak alternator to not be able to keep up. I am at our 3rd alternator on an 04 se 4dr with 114k miles on it.

Good luck with it, as I am already greasied up and in the middle of changing my own alternator, myself.

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This sound like a problem I'm having in my ZX4. Just bought it 4 months ago. If you can fix the problem, let me know what works. I'll keep the alternator in mind. My IAC is clicking (I just learned from a different thread). It seems there are a lot of culprits to this issue.
The clicking IAC is an effect not a cause of that problem.

Honestly Ghost, I wish I could say for sure, but this is a problem that really has to be diagnosed only by working on the vehicle. It could be something simple, or something profound. My first advice is always to check the battery connections- specifically the neg terminal. I'd go so far as to check the alternator hot, and the starter hot. I know you are a mother, and likely can't do that without a mechanic's assistance. I'd surely hope that the mechanic who worked on the car previously would've checked that.

Other locations that deserve inspection are the bulkhead connector, and the fuse boxes.

Intermittent electrical problems are nightmares to trace down. I'm sorry you have one. It can happen to any car. I have an 05 as well, 85k miles and no problems aside of regular maintenance.
 

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Sorry to bring up an older thread but my 2005 zx4 has started acting the same way in the last month. Some times the radio will forget what time it is but remember the presets. There was alot of clicking under the dash last night and the car was very unresponsive. I am looking at the battery connections today along with ground connections, anything else?
 

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Sorry to bring up an older thread but my 2005 zx4 has started acting the same way in the last month. Some times the radio will forget what time it is but remember the presets. There was alot of clicking under the dash last night and the car was very unresponsive. I am looking at the battery connections today along with ground connections, anything else?
I need to add my 05 ZX4 to the cars that have this weird electrical problem. When my daughter is driving the clicking will start, the clock and radio stations will reset and the engine acts like it wants to turn off, lurches etc. This continues till she parks and then after letting it cool off the car will start and not do this. Sounds to me like a really bad ground. I will check the fuses when she brings the car to me on Friday. But if the car ain't acting up when I pull a fuse or tweak a ground wire, how am I going to know the culprit?
 

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Posted via FF MobileChecking voltage while driving can help with intermittents. One person with similar problems hooked a voltmeter to a spare cigarette lighter power cord for easy access as suggested here, once he knew what variations happened when the car acted up it was traced to a bad alt. pigtail that caused under & over charge...
 

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As some have mentioned Ghost electrical issues are really hard to diagnose especially if you are single lady, not wishing to sound patronising of course [angel].My best advice would be, if you are getting sporadic total power failure, e.g. everything is going off and on then it can only be a short/bad connection through the main power feeds in the car. Only way this can be diagnosed properly is take it to an auto electrician, NOT a mechanic or other auto engineer, this can only be found quickly by using the correct electrical diagnostic tools and techniques, mechnics whilst good are not electrical specialists anything else could just be a waste of money if they don't find the fault. Even the best mechanics could spend hours trying to trace faults when an autoelectrician can test every line from the battery right back through the fuse boxes/relays and should find the bad feed much quicker.

Best of luck
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Positive battery clamp
See that large wire that is crimped onto the positive battery clamp?
That wire goes to the alternator ans starter.
What if that crimped connection was bad or intermittent?
Hint: the insulation on the wire , is it melted or deteriorated by the crimp, if so then excess heat is being generated because of a faulty connection.
 

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If you know someone that can work on the car, unless you do yourself, not trying to be patronizing. Once the car is started, disconnect one of the battery cables. Once the battery is disconnect the car is running completely off of the alternator, which is it's purpose. If the car dies, as it probably will, the alternator is the fault. As somone else stated, if it isn't able to put out enough power, the car will draw from the battery and as you drive faster the car draws more power, so something has to give. If your battery went bad, or went dead, charging it could have killed the alternator. Modern alternators are only designed to run the car and slightly charge a battery, they cannot put out the power needed to recharge a depleted battery, it burns out the regulator. Good luck, I'd offer to help but the commute would kill me.
 

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Posted via FF Mobile Don`t like the disconnect battery test, that trick can kill an alternator that was previously perfectly OK.A good alt can charge a dead battery, it just takes a bit of time - not fully charged in an instant. It can`t charge a bad batt. however, and trying to does put an undue load on the alt., potentially hurting it....
 

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Posted via FF Mobile Don`t like the disconnect battery test, that trick can kill an alternator that was previously perfectly OK.A good alt can charge a dead battery, it just takes a bit of time - not fully charged in an instant. It can`t charge a bad batt. however, and trying to does put an undue load on the alt., potentially hurting it....
Sailor, no disrespect but you are wrong on this one. The alternator can charge a normal battery, but they are not made to charge a discharged battery. A car should, and will run off just the alternator, that is how cars are designed. The batteries sole purpose is to turn the starter on start up, after that the car runs off the alternator, with some draw going to bring the battery up to full charge. A car will draw from the battery sometimes when sitting in traffic or idle with the ac running. I could be wrong, if you can name an instance when it has killed a good alternator, I'd like to know. All I know is it is a simple and reliable way to see if the alternator is working.
 

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Its the alternator, just had mine replaced and batt as well. Hard start continues, but as long as she starts I guess its liveable but it shouldn't be. Also, it might be the batt. cable....when my alternator fried, it toasted the wire pretty good as well.
 
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