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Ford Focus brake/dash fault

Discussion in 'Motoring Forum' started by smiffyinsutton, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. smiffyinsutton

    smiffyinsutton Member

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    Im having an intermittant problem with my 55 plate Ford Focus zetec. When i brake the dash-board lights up and the side lights come on. Not such a problem in the dark as the lights are already on but in the day it could be mistaken for me flashing to let people out.

    Any ideas? :confused:
  2. Ed Selley

    Ed Selley AVF Reviewer

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    Get the car's earthing and the condition of the wiring loom checked. Have you had any aftermarket electrical items added to the car recently?
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    Firstly check if any of the rear bulbs have been replaced because putting a single filament bulb into a twin filiament sock means some strange things happen whn using those lights.

    Liam
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    This sounds favourite, its a common problem when weekend mechanics try to fix their own cars :devil::eek:
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    Its not hard to trace but is a pain in the arse.

    Try the above and i would also have a look at the brake switch ( this tells you lights to come on when you brake. This is located under the dash normally stuck to the brake pedal. You can see it it looks like a switch with a long pipe stuck to the pedal)

    Fords suffer from crap grounding, its a start :thumbsup:
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    Also has the car had any kind of mechanical work done lately where something could have been disturbed, even consider any 'ICE' fitters who've been chopping wires here there and everywhere.

    Liam
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    I have had similar problems in the past with an escort. It turned out to be faulty rear lamps. The earthing had gone intermittent through corrosion.

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