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Thread: 2000 Ford Focus dash lights, dash gauges, and transmission goes crazy

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    cankster
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    Default 2000 Ford Focus dash lights, dash gauges, and transmission goes crazy

    All the dash lights go on, the gauges go to max and then dash lights go off
    and gauges go dead. Then back to normal. Durning this the transmission
    (automatic) is prone to go in and out of gear. I have had the dealer
    replace the alternator but it is happening again one month later. Please
    email me at cankster@............ if you have had this happen and know what
    fixes it.

    Thanks, Lehr

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    eaglerunner
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    Default 2000 Ford Focus dash lights, dash gauges, and transmission goes crazy

    I have seen this same problem on a 2001 Ford Focus and the cause of the
    problem was a defective colling fan. When the fan kicked in, a 90 AMP
    draw from the electrical system was seen. If you have a digital volt
    meter, connect the leads across the batter (watch polarity) and while
    monitoring DC voltage watch the effects when the cooling fan starts up.
    Typically, the voltage should read somewhere around 13.5VDC. If the
    voltage drops to below 12.5VDC or there abouts when the fan is running,
    you are looking at replacing the fan assembly.

    Good Luck!

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    wesfocus
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    Default 2000 Ford Focus dash lights, dash gauges, and transmission goes crazy

    I'm having the same problem in a ford focus 2000, please help. Should I
    check the cooling fan? cleaning the batteries will really solve the
    problem? The problem it doesn't happened all the time. It's random.

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    Ramon Cantu Jr.
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    Default 2000 Ford Focus dash lights, dash gauges, and transmission goes crazy

    "wesfocus" <wesley129..........m> wrote in message news:<22a5db4e6ddad6289c7593915f6d0fec@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
    > I'm having the same problem in a ford focus 2000, please help. Should I
    > check the cooling fan? cleaning the batteries will really solve the
    > problem? The problem it doesn't happened all the time. It's random.


    Similar problem (gauges sweep to the end for 2-3 seconds, then "die,"
    then start working) with my 68k-mile 2000 ZX3 w/Manual transmission.
    In my case, the passenger door lock also quit working, as did the dome
    light ( both at about 45k miles, fuses okay).

    Any ideas?

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    xford
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    Default 2000 Ford Focus dash lights, dash gauges, and transmission goes crazy

    I have a 2001
    focus with flickering lights, dash lights/gauges go all on, dial to max,
    lights out & dial off, auto Trans drops out of drive, lights & dial back
    to normal & trans locks up again etc. Have been to 3 Dealers but still no
    fix. Engine keeps running normal. Has anyone reporting this problem found
    the source of cause for this problem?

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