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Hello all! I'm new here and looking for some help with my 1998 Escort 1.6 SI 5 door.

 

Yesterday whilst driving along the radio decided that it didn't want to work anymore. The LCD was still showing the radio station and the back light was still on but there was no sound and none of the buttons worked. On reaching my destination (80 miles from home) I turned off the engine removing the key but the radio stayed on. Not wanting a flat battery, I removed the fuse to get the radio to turn off. Having replaced the fuse, the radio now requires a code but that's the least of my problems...

 

This afternoon, I returned home. On starting the car I immediately noticed that the rev counter was not working. Having had the problem where the dash illumination lights and rear lights didn't work (solved with WD40 down the indicator stalk :thumb: ) I got out and checked all the lights, horn etc etc. I found that the dipped beam and main beam lights weren't working, the rear fog light didn't work, the temperature gauge didn't work and, having driven home, the petrol gauge hadn't moved. Also, when turning the ignition on, none of the normal warning lights were working either.

 

When operating the headlight flash or "pass" lights (pulling the indicator stalk towards me), I can no longer hear the switch operating. However, the side lights, indicators, rear lights, brake lights, front fog light do still work.

 

Could my problem be with the indicator stalk? How many electrical devices did Ford see fit to route through this switch??

 

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Sax

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Hello all! I'm new here and looking for some help with my 1998 Escort 1.6 SI 5 door.

 

Yesterday whilst driving along the radio decided that it didn't want to work anymore. The LCD was still showing the radio station and the back light was still on but there was no sound and none of the buttons worked. On reaching my destination (80 miles from home) I turned off the engine removing the key but the radio stayed on. Not wanting a flat battery, I removed the fuse to get the radio to turn off. Having replaced the fuse, the radio now requires a code but that's the least of my problems...

 

This afternoon, I returned home. On starting the car I immediately noticed that the rev counter was not working. Having had the problem where the dash illumination lights and rear lights didn't work (solved with WD40 down the indicator stalk :thumb: ) I got out and checked all the lights, horn etc etc. I found that the dipped beam and main beam lights weren't working, the rear fog light didn't work, the temperature gauge didn't work and, having driven home, the petrol gauge hadn't moved. Also, when turning the ignition on, none of the normal warning lights were working either.

 

When operating the headlight flash or "pass" lights (pulling the indicator stalk towards me), I can no longer hear the switch operating. However, the side lights, indicators, rear lights, brake lights, front fog light do still work.

 

Could my problem be with the indicator stalk? How many electrical devices did Ford see fit to route through this switch??

 

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Sax

 

All sorted with a new fuse box for just £20 :thumb:

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