Diagnose my scumbag car please…
Car won’t start, loud clicking, battery appears to be delivering charge – dash lights aren’t dimming etc..so looking at solenoid problems perhaps.
But, in addition, the headlights briefly come on of their own accord as do lots of various seemingly random dash lights..
It’s a bog standard diesel focus. Any ideas before I take a hammer to it?Posted 5 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
Any ideas before I take a hammer to it?
bigger hammer? – try having the headlights on to start with (IIRC) if they dim when you try to turn it over then that should confirm the solenoid….. which can be solved with a tap from a hammer – so long as you know what to hitPosted 5 years agoGreybeardMember
Which mark/year of Focus? Just had quick look round the Ford Focus Owners Club website for you, since I’m a member (and you have to be for most of it) and it could be a electrical feed.
Internal fuse box, or multiway connector inside the A pillar where the cables come in from under the bonnet. Water gets in and corrosion does the rest!Posted 5 years ago
Cheers all – I’m a random angry hammerer rather than actually knowing which bit to tap. Just wanted to check there wasn’t something painfully obvious I was missing.
Car has had battery problems in the past – but this battery is about six months or so old, so shouldn’t in all honesty be buggered yet, and it’s certainly got enough to work the headlights and internals, including central locking etc. Haven’t stuck a meter on it though, so can’t be sure.
Might try the jump lead trick to see if it’s an earth strap problem.
Greybeard: Thanks – It’s an 07 Tdci 1.8Posted 5 years ago
Congrats to all those who went for the simplest option – knackered battery.
Turns out the motor factor place I got my last two batteries from had been selling me batteries rated for a Focus petrol rather than a Focus diesel, hence earlier than usual failure… 👿
So, £87 lighter and back on the road. Cheers everyone for the help.Posted 5 years ago
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