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Ron, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Ford
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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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Got a 2006 4WD Eddie Explorer, great vehicle but seems to

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Hi Pearl, I am John. Got a 2006 4WD Eddie Explorer, great vehicle but seems to have electrical issues. Bout 100km lost the door open, turn signal and key left in ignition sounds and problem with getting AC to come on (eventually just needed a ground toggle to initiate). Today I cannot see mid dash computer and no lights in cluster, with rhythmic red flash of indicators, speed, gas rpm and temp. Exterior lights, interior dome, radio and light work. Thoughts?
JA: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?
Customer: No, don't know where to begin.
JA: Are you fixing your Explorer yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am living with the lack of sound. Have about 145 km on it. The lack of dash light just happened 1 hr ago, so not had time to do anything. I am fairly handy, just need a little direction. A mechanic installed the toggle to ground the AC to initiate, saying likely something in the dash.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Other than two popped manifold bolts, vehicle runs great, not related to this.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose), my normal schedule online is around lunch and after dinner till early morning.

Lost door open are you saying the door ajar warning and courtesy lamps do not come on when doors are opened?

The AC is the screen not powering up or is the blower motor not working?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hey Chris, as per my initial intake info, I first had at about 100000 km sounds stop, door ajar alert sound, key left in sound door open, turn signal sound. Everything worked. Signals work (ed). Courtesy lamps work (ed). Then AC would not initiate, checked condenser ok, traced back to dash. Rather than tear apart dash a mechanic suggested a toggle switch to ground unit and that initiated condenser to work ... so AC now okay. He thought it might be a computer board. Dash AC stuff okay for lighting and blower works and shuts off with temp control. Radio okay, Alarm key fob okay. Motor okay, Dome lighting okay doors open, initiates from dimmer okay. When dimmer at high, just before dome comes on, does not affect cluster lighting. Recently yesterday now at 148000 km, dash lighting disappeared on start up. Green computer in middle not lighting, cannot see anything re computer. At night no cluster lighting. See radio and temp control lighting, courtesy lighting, dome lighting. After engine start up, see fuel indicator hand (? for lack of better word) as with speedometer hand, temp hand, RPM hand flash, all hands with rhythmic red (as red would be when constantly lit) flash on hands. Wondering what could knock off dash computer lighting and dash cluster lighting. Where would u suggest starting or does it sound totally like an in dash computer board gone totally bad. Which fuses might I check or would any of the above occur if fuse problem. I can live with no warning sounds, but dash lighting little harder at night. Red flashing on hands helps to see but full lighting would obviously be better.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

With the extra details, this is not an issue I want to get involved with. Just to much going wrong and this will take way to much time and diagrams to diagnose. Opting out so another can help.