I have a 2001 Ford Windstar SEL. The info display on the dash that shows, mpg, temp, miles to empty, etc. stopped working. Ford dealer said replace. $500. It started working again suddenly, then stopped. It keeps doing that intermittenly. Could it be a loose connection? I tried looking under the dash, but I can't reach the back of the module. Is there any way I could chek this myself?
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Re: info display on dash
Be very careful remove all the trim and the screws and it should come out be very careful because they do not give you much wire behind these things and at a good salvage yard you should be able to find a replacement for your car at a cost alot cheaper
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is there brake fluid leaking on the wires under the master brake cylinder? if so you need to call ford about the recall. Its also suspected that this problem causes a malfunction in the abs system.
you can look up your recall info here http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/
The info that is gatthered on your display is taken from the engine ecu which is calculating average mpg, average distance, how many miles left in your tank etc. The only faulty part is your dash insert (speedo clocks). As you probably gather all the info is gathered electronically,from your throttle movement to the altitude of the vehicle which along with many other statistics is calculating your mpg, it wont be your ecu or would experience more seroius problems, so I am betting on your dash clocks,but get it diagnosed before spending money, hope this helps.
Yes that's elapsed time from when you turned on the ignition. Press the black button underneath the display to change mode to outside temp or mpg or miles to empty......We've got the 05 Legacy 2.5i with the same function/display......
if you have a digital dash it could be going bad,you can repalce it with a new on or go to the dealer and they can send it out and have it repaired the other cause can be either a loose connection for your dash or a bad ground.check your battery connections as well as other grounds at the fron of the radiator support there is a bolt with little ground wires remove the bolt clean with sand paper and replace.With out being there this is a little hard to diagnose,good luck.PS has this car ever been hit in the front?
There is a button on the bottom of your windshield wiper control arm. Push it once to turn on or off the computer display. Hold it to clear the current information. At the end of the arm is a "up/down" button for changing which info you would like to see (miles to empty, current mpg, etc.)