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My dashboard info and radio stopped working last night on

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My dashboard info and radio stopped working last night on the way home from 10 minutes away. During that time, my power steering seemed to go out twice while making a turn but seemed to come right back on again.
Submitted: 1 year ago via
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Low voltage can cause these symptoms. I am not saying that is the only possible cause but we need to start there. After the car has been off for at least 4 hours, is the battery voltage good near 12.6 volts. While running with the blower, wipers, and headlights on, is the battery voltage between 13-15 volts?

Did the radio sound stop or the screen go blank?

Dashboard info are you referring to the message center in the instrument cluster?

You want a excellent 5 star answer & I would like to be rated the same for providing it. Consider I don't know your skill level & I can't see, smell, hear, or touch the vehicle. It may take a few back and forth replies. Try your best to respond with good detail so I can do the same. I normally log in at 3pm and work late. A rating is required. Your rating me, what I type. I am not an employee of this website, nor have control over the fees or the time it took to get a response. If you rate negative or not at all you still paid, but I get nothing. I want you pleased with me and my efforts, so let me know if your experience here has come up short.

Thanks Chris

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Chris,
I dont know how to check voltage in my car battery. The radio went silent and the screen went blank. The next morning I turned the radio on after driving for a couple minutes (not knowing if it was turned on or off), and it came right on. It hasnt repeated itself since then (Friday night).
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

To do the diagnostic steps we need to do you must own a digital volt meter.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hey Chris, I pprefer communicating in writing if its ok
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Fine with me, I hate talking on the phone.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Chris, I am not sure if a repair guide or diagram would be helpful, but it would be something. So far I wouldn't be able to rate your input favorably and would likely end my free trial offer. I don't think that asking me for an additional $12 is appropriate at this point.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

That is just an invite if you need to look over OEM guides that I pay for to help customers.

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