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Ford Focus 2006 ZXW SES. Running lights, dashboard

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Ford Focus 2006 ZXW SES. Running lights, dashboard backlights, and license plates lights out. Checked alternator pigtail out using odo gage test and getting healthy 14.7 alt test read out. Checked for cracked wires in hatch umbilical and all OK. All fuses intact. All other lamps: turn lft/rt (frt, side, rear), brake (lft/rt/upper hatch ctr), headlamps, emergency, interior head and rear hatch all working. How next to isolate the problem.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Lights that won't energize have been replaced or tested for function and all are capable of activation. Ground shorts have been tested and eliminated.
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.

DO you have a volt meter and understand wire diagrams?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I want written instructions for the fault isolation.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

Here is your wire diagram.

Step one, at the headlight switch can you confirm the orange/yellow and orange/white wires to the same pin number in the connector have power with the headlight switch in park or head?

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It is cold and dark here in N. California. So won't pull panels to access connections with DMM until tomorrow but when using factory dial there is no lights on park but head OK.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

No problem, report back tomorrow when ready.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
OK Panels off and head/park switch out. On terminal plug I get 12v dc on og/ye and 0v dc on og/wh
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

Since your not getting these results The first issue is the head light switch is bad. Unknown yet if there are wiring issues beyond the switch.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Moose-my haste I tested pin 9 and 16. Testing female pin 13 (to 58L/R on male con) and female pin 16 (to 58 on male con) I get 0v dc? They both should be hot? How does that result in bad head/park dimmer switch?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

When the headlights are on, the switch powers these wires to illuminate the lamps you're not getting to turn on.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
OK I'm not too smart but if I DMM test the female connector w/o the switch inline how does that result in test of switch?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

The switch is plugged up in this test. You are wanting to see if the switch is closing the internal contacts and using the power it is getting in and sending it back out on the different circuits. You push your meter probe in beside the wire to contact the end of the wire in the connector or push a paper clip in there so you can touch your meter probe to it.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
OK I just installed the switch and tested pins 13 and 16 in park and head and got the 0 v dc reading. I have to order a replacement. Can you advise if ebay is good source? Looking at a switch listed at $19.99 at
It is listed for the 2006 ZXW SES wagon
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

Your guess is as good as mine on buying a used switch from ebay. We have all bought something used that turned out to be great and something that turned out to be a lemon.

One other test if you want is to use a paper clip and use the connector diagram. Connector plugged up or not. Jump from pin 11 to 13 then from 11 to 16 and verify the lights work.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
0 v dc on pin 11
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I just noticed R21 fuse for running lights is missing.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Fuse #30 was blown. Pin 11 now 12v dc. Culprit was the rear license plate bulb. When it shorted it blew the fuse.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

That is odd you still had headlights with the fuse blown, I thought the only issue was the parking and interior lights.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

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