2003 Ford Focus dash lights go out
fxxk shxt 3

Westmont, IL

#21 Aug 21, 2009
Rob wrote:
I just recently bought a ford focus and am having the same problem with the lights on the dash.. come on ..maybe 10-15 minutes later they go off... Everything else works fine. Did anyone have this resolved?
....... next time buy foreign car lxxxer
You are a doushe

Redmond, WA

#23 Sep 30, 2009
fxxk shxt 3 wrote:
<quoted text>....... next time buy foreign car lxxxer
Why don't you try being helpfull instead of being an ass, you ignorant tosser.
Aside from that, I had a 2001 Honda Civic LX that had this same problem. It turned out to be a poor connection in the wires leading from the headlight switch. I ended up replacing the entire toggle switch and wiring, which was about $50 new. It took about an hour and it worked fine after that. I now have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 and the same thing is starting to happen. The fact that this problem happens randomly suggests that there is a problem with some wiring. I'm going to start by replacing the Focus's toggle switch and see it that works...

United States

#24 Oct 13, 2009
I'm having the same problem. Just had to go to DEQ and I wasn't able to pass. When they plugged mycar in it wasntgetting a signal from the computer. Wonder if the two problems are the same. Anyone had that happen? Oh 2003 focus zx5.^^
michael mcbeath

San Diego, CA

#25 Dec 11, 2009
Seems to me everyone including myself have the same problem with the das lights going on and of inturmitently but know one has a resolution. Thanks FORD!

United States

#26 Jan 30, 2010
hello everyone i have a 2007 ford focus ses and my dash board lights went out a few months ago...it all started when i hit this huge bump on the road, and when that happened they where half way out now they are completely out...and the dealership said that they are gonna charge me 100 to see what the problem is, and another person said it might be electrical problem but i hope not. so once i take it to the dealership ill let everyone know whats going on..and i didn't know that this was so common with this car...

Denver, CO

#27 Apr 6, 2010
dash lights go out on our 03 focus too. turn off the lights and back on and they work again for a few minutes then go out again. Fixed the headlight switch once, was good for a while. Now its doing it again. Im pretty sure its in the dimmer switch. Headlights and dimmer switch is all one part. Ford wants $148 for the same hunk of junk im having problems with now, Going to take it apart and try to fix it again today. The connections in the headlight switch were not soddered very well.

Crescent City, CA

#28 May 8, 2010
on my 2003 the dash gos out speedometer everything and then when everything comes back on all the indicator lights are flashing and bells dinging, there seams to be no pattern for this problem. because it is sporadic i believe it is an electrical connection or possibly a loose ground, however i have not been able to locate the exact location. here is what i have done, i messed with the wiring connections just giggled, unplug and replug. i have not had a re-occurrence in awhile. i do not believe i have fixed anything though, final thought "junk"

Port Chester, NY

#29 Jul 24, 2010
I have a 2003 Ford Focus wagon. The light under the turn indicator light (2nd light at the top on the left) on the dashboard came on recently.... I have looked in the book and can't find the symbol it represents. Could it be I need a new battery?

Lansing, MI

#30 Aug 11, 2010
I have had a similar problem with my 2007 Focus. Everything is working fine, then the guage indicators all go blank. When I attempt to put the car into gear, the shifter locks up and will not budge. If I turn the car off it will not restart, but a quick jump will provide enough to restart the car and it will run just fine. After a quick rechage the radio is always turned on.
carlos diaz

Valencia, Venezuela

#31 Apr 26, 2011
Question regarding the light on the millage counter in the Focus 2008 dashboard.
When turning off the car, all lights go out EXCEPT that one (clock, radio, interior lights etc... all go off but that one stays on).
Is that normal ??
Additional comments:
I recently had a problem with the battery. Sudden death. It was working fine and from one start to the next, it just died altogether.
I suspect there may be some "short" or circuit that stays hot and discharges the battery.
I have disconnected the glove compartment light. This is a very poor design. The switch is 'pushed off' by the glove compartment lid. However, the switch is pressure-mounted from behind. That is, it may come loose and be pushed back away from the frame as the lid closes. If that happens, the light will come ON (e.g. not enough pressure from the lid) and stay one... even for days until you notice.
Comments welcome on the millage counter light staying on (whether or not that's normal).
Many thanks.

Manlius, NY

#32 Jul 16, 2011
The same thing happened to my car and it was the electrical wires in the trunk as Monica stated. Just tape them up with electrical wire and good as new!!!
my ford focus zx3 dash

Lombard, IL

#33 Aug 12, 2011
my dash is not working at all i cant see how much gas i have my miles and how fast i am going i took it to a dealer were i bought the car and they told me it would be 500.00 total he showed me a trick just open the the door and turn the key slowly it worked for awhile and now my dash is gone total. just letting u know u guy it is going to get worse just like mine.

Mineral Wells, TX

#34 Sep 6, 2011
I'm having same problem, but my speedometer quits sometimes too. Does anyone know if Ford ever did a recall because of this?
mac attack

United States

#36 Dec 10, 2011
People it is one of a few things either its the headlight switch the dimmer switch a fuse a loose connection to the panel or switch or it is a broken or shorting wire

Newark, OH

#37 Jan 4, 2012
Sam wrote:
A couple of months ago my dash lights started going out. It may happen when I start the car or after I'm 20 miles down the road. It now happens everytime I go somewhere with the lights on. Everything else works fine.
I know this is an old blog, but did you ever figure out the problem? I'm having the same issue in my 2003 after 100k miles. The switch is $80 if I do it myself. But don't want to do it to find out it was something else.

Deep River, Canada

#38 Jul 1, 2012
2002 Ford Focus...I have been having problems with everything from my electric locks, cruise contol, to various lights all over the car...when I looked at different part of my wiring harness the casing is separating all over the place...in pieces up to 1/4" long exposing my wires everywhere. I assume that this is the issue as any amount of moisture is going to cause short circuits and burnouts.

I love to find out if it is widespread...

Chicago, IL

#39 Aug 15, 2012
I have the same problem I hit pile of trash in the middle of the road. Then my Batt light started to come on and hear this ticking noise to. Then lately it's getting worse because my dash gauges will won't work or miles, and they stay off for a few minutes! I think it's and lose wire or a trans switch that behind the dash!!
So did the dealer ship tell you what's wrong?
Thank you for your time!!!!

Dubai, UAE

#40 Sep 7, 2012
i have a ford docus 2006, my dash board panel lits even the car is switched off... the panel lights never go off?

please advice

Grand Rapids, MI

#41 Dec 21, 2012
I have a 2003 Ford Focus and the dashboard lights recently went out as well. Can't believe when I type "Dashboard lights out ... " into google, it finished the phrase with "Ford Focus".
One of my break lights went out as well, I took it into the shop, and it was back working!
The CD player also doesn't work for about 20 minutes when it's below 50 degrees outside.
The dashboard lights will turn on randomly after driving for a while. For a short while they would stay on for about 10 minutes then go out.
No solutions to this problem?

Hopkins, MN

#42 Apr 26, 2013
i have a 2003 ford focus had some lightd go out and replaced them.but the numbers do not illuminate or my tach.

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