Different versions of the Ford Focus instrument cluster
Ford has developed several versions of the instrument cluster for the second generation Focus, the image below shows two of these designs. ACtronics has a remanufacturing solution available for both dashboards. Enter your vehicle details at the top of the page to start your remanufacturing order.
Remanufacture Ford Focus 2 instrument cluster: the common malfunctions
There are numerous faults in the Ford Focus (2005-2010) that point towards the instrument cluster. Some faults are easy to diagnose as these are typical 'instrument cluster faults'. Some of these common malfunctions are:
- Gauges drop down to '0'
- Complete failure of instrument cluster
- Flashing light indicators do not fully function
In addition, there are also two other malfunctions - of which the instrument cluster is the possible cause - which will require some more diagnostic work. These are the following complaint descriptions:
- Ford Focus occasionally won't start
- Ford Focus never starts
There are of course many reasons that can cause the car to not start (sometimes), but the instrument cluster in the Ford Focus 2 can be one of the reasons for this. ACtronics has also developed a remanufacturing solution for this.
Furthermore, various CAN bus errors can be stored. Vibrations create loose connections on the PCB, these loose connections cause the complaints mentioned here.
Common error codes:
- U1900 error code / Uxxx CAN bus codes
Ford Focus II Instrument Cluster Remanufacturing Process
To ensure that the Ford Focus instrument cluster gets a sustainable remanufacture, ACtronics uses state of the art technology. During an extensive test, all functionalities of the part are assessed and an extensive remanufacture process follows. We use, for instance, Vapor Phase Soldering to make the part as new again.
Installation and removal instructions for this instrument cluster
Check the manufacturer's instructions for removing this instrument cluster. Use special tool 501-028A (43-001A) for removal, otherwise there is a high risk of damaging the glass of the instrument cluster. In addition, ACtronics always sends an instruction document. Always follow these instructions and clear any error codes present when installing the remanufactured part.
Complaint descriptions with a different cause
Due to the large list of complaints and the infamous status that the Focus instrument cluster has built up, this part is sometimes wrongly suspected as the cause of the problem. Below are therefore some tips & tricks with possible solutions.
Dashes in the place of the mileage
If this problem occurs, there is most likely a problem with the ABS. At ACtronics we also have remanufacturing solutions available for various ABS units used in the Ford Focus.
Coolant Temperature Gauge
In practice, the display of the coolant temperature gauge in the instrument cluster may differ from the actual coolant temperature. The actual temperature of the coolant in the engine fluctuates with a (warm) engine in operation between 70 and 110 degrees Celsius. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. In order not to worry the driver, the gauge in the instrument cluster will show a continuous 90 degrees Celsius in these cases.
A large number of modern cars nowadays have a separate cooling circuit for the cylinder head and engine block. It is therefore possible that the gauge in the instrument cluster is already at operating temperature and that the temperature of the cylinder head has a lower value. This does not indicate a defect. The instrument cluster assumes the temperature of the engine block, which is warmer.
No sound of flashing lights, flashing lights in the instrument cluster do not work and/or outside temperature is no longer displayed, central door locking + gauges do not work
A possible cause of these complaints is that the plug under the passenger seat is not properly connected. This problem can also be caused by faulty wiring of the body control unit.
Instrument cluster does not go to 'stand by' which drains the battery
A possible cause of this complaint is a malfunction in the radio module
It takes about 20 seconds for the display and pointers to work
In this case, check all fuses and the ignition switch
Finally, one last tip on how to set the date and time of the instrument cluster, even if it doesn't seem to work at first.
- Select the 'Clock' menu item in the instrument cluster
- Then set the date to the last possible date that can be selected. This differs per type of instrument cluster and that has to do with the production date of the car
- Then set the time to 11:59 PM
- Now wait for the time to jump to 00:00
- In the next section, you can adjust the year
- Set the clock to the correct time
If the instrument cluster shows the temperature in Fahrenheit and you want to adjust this to degrees Celsius, follow this instruction.