when i start my 2001 ford fiesta all the dials fly over to the right hand side before settling back into their rightful position ,the car starts ok but i was worried this might be some future impending failure
Hi there, is this happening every time you cycle the ignition, or intemmitently? Also has this problem just started?
The dials on most cars in the Ford range can do this, but not usually everytime. It usually occurs in the workshop after disconnectin a battery or long periods of diagnostic work using the diagnostics machine.
Please get back to us with some further info and we can assist you further, cheers.
i only bought the car this weekend so dont know if its historical or not ,the car has only done 30,000 miles so seemed a bargain.seems to do it every time at the moment but have only started it half a dozen times to date.car may have been stood a few weeks on the sales forecourt?
Hi again, thanks for the reply. This is normal for a Ford Fiesta. If there was a problem with the intrument cluster pack (usually caused by jump starting) you would have other symptoms, i.e no dials or fault lcd displays.
I would recommend taking the vehicle on a long run, or putting the battery on trickle charge (if you have the resources). The reason i say this is that if the vehicle has been sat on the forecourt for a while, it may not be in the best of health, causing the dials to flick.
Let me know if you need any assistance with putting the battery on charge as i will be able to guide you to prevent any unwanted damage.
Any further questions please feel free to ask. cheers
i do have a battery charger ,is it possible to charge the battery without removing or disconnecting it ?
I would recommend removing the battery earth terminal off the battery and tuck it away so it wont touch the battery terminal or charger. The negative is the smaller of the two terminals and has black wires going to it identifiable by the (-) symbol, the positive should have red, with a small plastic cover(+). It will be held on with either a 10mm or 13mm nut, simply slacken and pull off. But before you remove the battery terminal make sure you have been given the radio code. otherwise ford will charge you to retrieve it from there database.
If you do put the battery on charge, i recommend 4ampH trickle charge setting for a few hours. Avoid leaving unattended over night and having any points of ignition near by, i dont want to be responsible for blowing you up! Check the battery regulalry while on charge for any signs of over heating etc.
Any further questions please ask.
ATA Tech, Ford Tech,6 Years with Ford, 4 years with MG Rover
is the negative and earth the same cable?or are you talking about 2 different cables,just want to be certain i know what you mean ?39978.5175862269
Sorry yes your correct. Negative/Earth are the same thing.