When I am driving along the speedo suddenly goes to zero, then the next time I slow down by either gear change or breaking the engine cuts out. The engine will start straight away, but the problem seems to be getting worse, as in happening more frequently.
Its the speedo cluster all clocks before long your battery will stop charging fuel showing more or less temprature readings erratic its a comon fault on focus and also audi tts find a set of second hand clocks with simular mileage or get them put to the same as your and the car will be good as new good luck richy
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Re: ford focus 1.8
Anyone that can afford to code read for free needs there head looking at my equipment has cost me thousands of pounds and returned me a lot more !!!!!! does the rev counter do funny things as well ? ...
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hi,i have a similar problem on my ford focus 2001...ill be driving along and the speedo will drop to zero and the battery light will come on.Just had a new alternator as last one was overcharging would the speed sensor cause the battery light to come on? if so ill get the sensor replaced but dont want to if this is not the problem
Does this happen intermittently, im guessing so with the wording "Now And Then" also when your coming to a junction/roundabout and the Speedo has gone to Zero, do you feel a decrease in power around 10% and dipping the clutch and braking causes the Red Warning light to flash top right hand side in the dash and the car wants to stall and or Cuts out?
I have this same Problem and Believe it could be the Speed sensor on the gearbox ( Around £30 on ebay that i have found) 50+ from ford Dealer.
My Quick fix to get the speedo back from zero this is what i have found works to make it come back It does not Totally fix the problem, it just makes it come back if the speedo has dropped again whilst Moving.
This normally stops it happening again until the next time the car is turned off or stood for a while I have noticed it happens More often when the fuel gauge is Below 1/4 and its been raining for some reason? so im thinking it might have a loose connector on the sensor and its getting wet? but have to get under to have a check.
try this to see if it works, it does for me and i have a V Reg Focus LX 1.6
What to do when you notice the Speedo has gone Off .
1) turn the lights on and off then,
2) change DOWN a gear to 3rd, then UP to 4th then to 3rd again
3) and tap the Gear stick on the palm part with the palm of your hand quite hard and wiggle the Gear Stick left and right with dipped clutch in Neutral .
4) turn the main dipped headlights on and off again ( i found also if i have the Heater running it makes this happen so turn it on and off a few times)
5) if it is safe to do so, pull over and turn the car OFF leaving the key in the ignition and then back ON Within 10 Seconds, repeat 1) , 2) 5) again and repeat untill the Speedo Returns (normally within 2-3 mins of this procedure)
if anyone else knows how to fix it please Post any info :)
If its just the speedo failing and the rev counter works ok, its likely to be the speed sensor which is on the gearbox. This will have to be removed as soon as possible to avoid engine damage! Expect to pay about £30-40 not £128 like some have paid from a Ford dealer.
The speed sensor as well as talking to the speedo to say how fast youre doing also talks to the fuel pump and adjusts the amount of fuel to send to the engine according to the speed your doing. So, if it thinks youre doing 0mph, it will supply a minimum amount of fuel and is likely to stall when slowing down. You might notice a lack of power whilst the speedo is failing as its starving the engine of fuel, causing it to run a lean mixture, which also burns hotter and could overheat and damage the engine.