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Intermittent display on cluster panel of ford focus CL 2003 model. Everything fluctuates on the display panel except for the fuel guage. Sometimes the display disappears for considerable periods and other times it just flashes on and off. Sometimes, the problem occurs on starting a hot or cold engine whilst the car is still stationary; other times it occurs when doing highway driving. I think there must be an easier and cheaper solution than replacing the whole dashboard cluster as the part alone is about $1000 Aust Dollars.

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  • katerina r Aug 21, 2008

    Hi Robert

    Thanks so much for your help. I had a feeling there was something else I should be trying first. Took it several times to ford dealerships and the replacement was the only thing they could come up with. They havent got a very good reputation locally for competence anyway!

    The car is perfectly drivable except for the problem with intermittent display so I will shop around to find someone competent to deal with it . I still have till October to have the problem sorted as that is when the registration is due for renewal. Here, in New South WAles, once the car is over 3 years old, we have to get a mechanical check every time the car comes up for the renewal of registration and insurance. !.

    Australia is a great country . I am assuming you live in the States.:-) I think the countries are similar in a lot of ways, so i doubt it would be worth a move ! :-)

    I will let you know how it all goes. This site is fantastic!

    Thanks again for your help. Thanks again for your help.

  • javelinamc Mar 05, 2009

    I have a 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty that has the problem of an intermittent "mini display" display unit. All the analog gauges operate fine. Checked under dash fuses for problems but could not locate one that affects the power to the display. Still working on problem on and off ( no pun intended :-) ) $400.00 quoted by dealer for guage assembly alone no labour included. Possible $1000.00 job !?!?!.



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It doesn't sound like a bad cluster as much as it sounds like a loose or bad connection in the wiring harness somewhere. What I would do is locate the harness under the dash that feeds the instrument panel and move it around while the panel is not working and watch for it to begin working again. Or, if it is working at the time, watch for it to go out again. As you get closer to the bad connection, you will have to move the harness less to get the same effect, but you will need to try moving it from one end to the other. If that doesn't help locate it, you will need to start checking the connections. Most likely it is either in the connection that connects the harness to the instrument panel or in a connector that connects the primary under-dash harness to the instrument panel harness. If you have trouble locating it, you can look up the information at . You will need to purchase a subscription for your vehicle for $26.95 USD, but it will tell you the harness locations, connector locations, wiring diagrams, repair procedures, etc. Everything you need to know about your vehicle. (You are in Australia? I have always wanted to move there! I am in the United States.) Good luck.

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    Robert Lee Aug 21, 2008

    Did you try moving the harnesses around? Also, are they gauges or is it all LCD? If it is an LCD electronic display, is the fuel also LCD or a gauge? Or is it both? This will help narrow down the problem.

    Trust me. The states have NOTHING on Australia! Our president is corrupt, our congress is corrupt; I could go on, and I could tell you things that would freak you out about them, but suffice it to say, the only good thing left about the United States are the real people who live here.



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