O5 focus dash won't work and red charging light comes on
I was driving home last night and lost my whole dash cluster speed milage temp and gas guage, but a red half lit battery light was blinking. I think I need an altinator but want to comfer with someone out there that may have had the same problem.
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with they key on whack the top of dash with the palm of your hand. Do this several times. If the instrument cluster come alive than you have bad solder joints at the main connector for the instrument cluster. The cluster will need to be removed from the dash and then disassembled. The broken solder joint(s) will be visible and can be re-flowed with a soldering iron.
Here are some pictures of the last one I fixed. You can see the ring around this joint this one happens to be the main ground for the instrument cluster.
I've dealt with this plenty. It's the speedo head cluster. Bang on the top of the dash just above the steering wheel. Hard, but not hard enough to break anything. If it comes back on. Then you'll have to remove the speedo cluster and either spot solder the connections that are cracked, or replace it.
sounds like the instrument cluster is failing or you have a loose wire issue. The dash will need be opened up to inspect the connector for proper voltage.
Modulemaster.com can rebuild the cluster but the car will out of service for a week or 2. This is just an option over the high price the dealer will want.