In a previous video I ran down the cluster on this F-150 to be the source of the dinging going crazy. To be more particular it is the results of the air bag circiut code it was throwing for the "open bulb" due to a failing circuit board. I sent it out to United Radio here in NY and they fixed it up nice! -Enjoy!
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Uh finally got some rain folks parked up town here ran out of spots uh. Uh. I don't remember where we left off of this video. But we got approval he says he approves of our diagnosis.

So here's the box from the u of r. That's uh united radio. I don't know what u of r stands for university of rochester. I guess you're uh united radio out of syracuse.

Just open her up kind of tighten. The cabinet door unboxing bear with me. There's your invoice. There's a return label here's our cluster stick some of this up there.

She is she's back from the dead uh. The fella. There that fixed it my guy. He called me.

I guess the other day told me that uh this little girl. She wasn't no virgin let me tell you what he said. Somebody's been in here. He says.

All the needles and stuff were broken and super glued and epoxied and things like that and he also shed a little bit of light on the brake light problem. And so the reason. The brake light didn't work is because they did the old used car guy trick. They took this all apart broke everything put some tape over it and then put it all back.

Together and then he also said that the speedometer was about 10 miles an hour off uh so uh you fix that for us. Also said that over on the left plug uh there were some issues with the resistors he fixed that reflowed to solder did whatever they do and said. We should be good to go in regards to the wiggly plug of the lights flicker in business. What we need to know is do we have another warning.

You know warning light issue beyond. What we were seeing you know the this thing was going you know bing bing bing bing all the time or no it was making the other noise all the time. I'm gonna make sure we got the sink on the right way yeah. I'm thinking.

That's got a face towards the back. Yes. Sir okay. There's that because we weren't sure.

If that was just a cluster issue or if there really was some kind of warning going off. I don't know if you guys remember i think that's where we were at so we're just gonna stick this up here. I didn't bring any tools with me. We gotta drive back to the shop.

It's a first date. Though what am i missing here. Oh there we go now she's slipped right in so. Let's turn the key on hey we got a working brake light that's not is that the dinger that was the dinger.

We got our flashing airbag light. Now so that's good um let's put our seat belt on seat belt. Light goes off let's uh. I wiggle this now and the dome lights.

Don't flicker let's make sure the dome lights work. They do that's the dinger. We were having having an issue with so we're going to start it of course. We have a flashing airbag light.

There must be some airbag codes in it we had no wipers or they're pretty uh metally yep. So our airbag lights flashing um and perhaps the fella that owns this truck. He maybe. He knew about that already he probably should have i'm gonna put just a screw in here finger tight that way it doesn't fly out on us going down the road.
Let's take a first shake make sure our warning lights are either gone or there or whatever uh remember in the first part of the video. We did plug in the low brake fluid warning light under the hood which i assume somebody unplugged. It because they were starting to have the classic ford you know flickering brake light problem that these clusters have so foreign shakedown. Everything coming.

I don't think so just the golf cart so now we have a steady airbag light on and we sure needed this rain folks. I'll tell you what hasn't rained in almost four weeks. Everything was turning pretty brown. The corn was all curled up looking like onion patches out here.

But hallelujah it has rained almost all night. We've got a good steady four or five hours of rain. So far well you know what that means it means. We're gonna have some mold on again kind of a lot of heat here with the rain there's the old country song says rain makes corn corn makes whiskey take some girls feel a little frisky right far so good i think we got this fellas problem fixed we're not getting the bing bing bing the noise foreign belt and water pump and had to wait for the timing covers the timing covers are all mush on it and believe it or not dorman actually makes a set of replacement timing covers for that car it's supposed to be here.

Today. So i can finish the job. So i got it all pushed back in and uh. I dare say this job is is good oh baby hold on so if you guys uh are doing fixing your ford.

I'm sure there there must be hundreds of videos of these online of the clusters going bad in these i think like the 04 to 08. Uh f. 150s like i said they're pretty notorious for this one the guy gave me his symptoms. I was pretty sure it's what we're gonna find but decide to check her out anyways um.

But yeah you know your radio does a great job on it they've fixed lots and lots of clusters for me. Particularly gm clusters and it's kind of nice because you actually get to talk to the guy working on it or at least. I do i assume that's kind of a practice there because call there i don't know there's like one guy that works on the gm ones. This other guy works on the ford ones and they're nice people they'll talk to you tell you what they found what was broke and if they're having a hard time duplicating your uh your symptom.

You know they'll call you. And you know just they're real real american people. I don't know that's all true or not. But let's stick this thing back on fire back up.

Here. There's an ac up in there by the way got a plugger over here goes on this side three pedals. If i don't plug it foreign click back in there where you at baby. There's that one oh.

There's that one gotta watch the wind here do that there west at 69 degrees triple dollar 167 000. Miles high there's a couple screws down here one in each corner now what are they seven millimeter. I guess there's that i'll get the other one and then i just put this back up here and click that thing back on everything's clicky clacked. Except.
That's where it was boom. This guy's off to the races baby and we'll take our garbage with us all right so that's that folks. I guess um. No wind to hold them no wind fold them uh.

We tried doing our little solder business. But it's a good thing. We sent it in because like you say the you know. The fellow told us that the uh.

Oh let me check one more thing. Yes. And the oil gauge. Works as it should now yeah perfect okay you know because uh like i say you know your limitations.

You know we went through and put solder or reflowed to solder on those pins. But when it comes to the little resistors and soldering and stuff like that'd be probably pretty ugly. If i you know went about it and the guy at the united radio. When i told him that he thanked me.

He says well thanks for not doing that because usually people do and then they send it in so don't do that just send it in get it fixed get it back have your warranty. And just be happy with life and make me happy down in that comment section. The questions the comments the insty the facebook and just remember viewers. If i can do it you can do it thanks for watching.

98 thoughts on “Ford f-150 : erratic ding dong dinger – part ii”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DirectCurrent says:

    It's so important to have the contacts that you have in your line of work. It sure makes jobs like this much easier. Up the great work and please stay safe and healthy.👍

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Gonzalez says:


  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Gonzalez says:


  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William T. Musil says:

    Hiya Eric

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DAVID Brown says:

    So the real question at hand is- Is Mrs. O. going to have whisky ?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Melvin Jones says:

    got it fixed. again

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2491kridge says:

    At the shop I’m at we’ve got a mom and pop cluster repair shop less than a mile away, and they’ve been there for like 25 years, fantastic family business that really know their stuff with clusters

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Bren says:

    Great video as usual Eric! I'm curious as to how much it costs to having it fixed compared to replacing it? Take Care and keep the vids coming.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Allen Welsch says:

    I worked at United Radio in Syracuse back in the early 90s, when they still repaired consumer electronics. It was a great company then, glad to see they're still in Business and still doing a good job.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Wow the Brake Light Wad Taped over somebody went as far as opening it to glue the needles and Put tape over the light wow Eric O atleast It Got repaired and it's working well now @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Merks69 says:

    You got rain, lucky you, I live in Ontario , Canada, hasn’t rain in almost 5 weeks here, I’m afraid to walk on my grass I might break it lol

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mr.fixit21 says:

    Hey Eric I need that speedometer guy my 99 caravan speedometer needs recalibrated

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sawmill123456 says:

    Who do you go to for auto computer modules??? repairing them???

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jai Alav says:

    Eric, I've been living in southern California all my life. We don't see rain often. The few days of the year it does rain people panic, They act like it's the end of the world, trying not to get wet rushing to their homes at the same time causing many car accidents, it's crazy here. But we don't have rust issues as I see in your channel.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Burns says:

    Great video as always Eric. Is the that a Holden ( the Chevy) Commodore from Down Under parked in the shed?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jonsvideos321 says:

    Nice work and video as always ! I do a lot of the Ford clusters and you will get a warning tone if the air bag light is out . It is different tone from the key dinger. Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Jetty says:

    Who would be a good place to repair a speedometer for a 1978 Dodge Aspen??

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt simms says:

    Great video man your awesome

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Quast says:

    Your dealings with used car guys special skills makes me nervous to ever buy a used vehicle

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jdtractor man says:

    I have a 2008 F150 with red brake light staying on and dome light/cargo lamp randomly coming on. It's definitely the cluster that's the issue. I don't know who manufactured these for Ford, but they have some real crappy solder joints on them to have so many issues. From what I hear United Radio does a really good job with pretty quick turn around on repairs.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Smart says:

    Nice that UR is only 10 miles from me,they fixed a TV for me under warranty and did a cluster on my old chevy!

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Smith says:

    Ford clusters are complete junk.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alex Jennings says:

    Jeffescortlx is a good YouTube channel if anyone wants to watch someone repair a bunch of different clusters.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DashCamAndy says:

    What is this rain that you speak of? Southern CT has gotten two brief drizzles over the past three weeks, everything stayed north of Hartford. Our lawn is still green – cut it high, let it lie – everyone else mowed their lawns short and on Sunday morning I noticed so many brown lawns, especially homes that invested in that fancy-schmancy roll-down grass. We're in the middle of a two-day reprieve from the humidity, lucky us!

    Kudos to United Radio for making that used cluster look brand new – and kudos to you for giving the owner a ding-free experience so the audio cues aren't interfering with the horrid front end rattle and the metal-on-glass wiper blade noises. 🙂

    Nice seeing that Probe on the lift, happy to see there's a few of them still on the road – and that one looks to be in fantastic condition! I drove an '89 Probe GT Turbo 5-speed and it was quite impressive, once you got used to flipping the toggle switch under the dash for the radiator fan, and the whiplash you'd get from the failing turbo once it spooled past 5 psi. When the turbo worked well, it was a very peppy car, but you had a 1-in-10 chance of that happening. The friend who was buying the car gave it back to the woman she was buying it from once I told her the bucking she was complaining about was the turbo about to fail – the car was overpriced to begin with.

    We once had a '94 Probe (naturally-aspirated) as a rental car in Florida, it rode pretty nicely too. Not as nicely as the '93 T-bird we rented the year before, but still a decent ride.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Obwan Kenobi says:

    Thanks for the United Radio tip.
    I need to send out my 02 mercedes cluster with missing segments in the lcd screens – its dirty connections but im sure they are better at it than i am.
    I saw they do rafios too, so they can check out my 79 TA 10th radio
    it needs an output amp chip, but an alignment and a cleaning of the 8 yrack wouldnt hurt either. not that i have more than 1 or 2 8 tracks lol. maybe they can add an aux jack.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Harrison Katzz says:

    IS THE repair cheaper than Stellership? How much was it ? Thanks .

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2DogsVlogs says:

    Don't have too mow the lawn. My guinea pigs do that for me LOL.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ron watson says:

    That's just so nice. Thank you again.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ferrum Ignis says:

    An erratic dimg dong is just part of getting old.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Mudd says:

    Absolutely great diagnosis great shout out to a good company who apparently stands behind what they do very rare hope they keep it up.. Happy customer is a good night sleep 😁.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Z Ack says:

    Dorman makes damn near everything from little doodad clips specific for a random van like 5 people owned to damn manifolds for a mustang.. i wanna see their friggn factory. China or not they have to have one of the most diverse manufacturing plants just under walmarts.. except walmart imports and buys stock, dorman straight up whittles all these parts outta blueprints and pencil sketches or something cuz how they know all the specs (even if off a little here and there)…? Boggles the brain piece…

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted Branston says:

    That really was a cluster fu*k!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Glasgow says:


  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Schumacher says:

    Nails on a chalkboard, no problem. But wiper blade frame on glass! Ouch.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mechanical Mike says:

    Thanks for the plug, I might send my original cluster for my Cadillac there. Digital cluster from the 97-99 Devilles are awful

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis Harris says:

    Anyway great video Mr O

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zev's Garage says:

    Dorman?!!!! NOOOOO!!!!

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis Harris says:

    I have a company in Mount Olive that fixes them while I wait but that's only because I have to drive 1.3 hrs to get there

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zev's Garage says:

    Dorman?!!!! NOOOOO!!!!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Lenoir says:

    Sweet I love the video I did not even know there was a company out there who could do that stuff that's dang cool thank you so much

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Mut says:

    What happened to the hard rocking driving music?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Fletcher says:

    Good to have a ccompany you can depend on and can even talk to a person

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The BigBoy Now says:

    Called it in the first videos knew the 5 dings was due to the inop airbag lamp

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John says:

    The folks in the shop that do the dash repairs, they are a vanishing breed. Thanks for being real UNITED RADIO , and SMAR

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oxygon says:


  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars adam j says:

    So the vehicles real have a cluster f… issue going on with them🤣.
    And Eric as someone who has been watching your channel for years don't be hard on yourself you have forgotten more knowledge than I've ever learnt in my life time. You sir a fantastic mechanic.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nathan Haley says:

    No rain for three in half months down in south Texas all tho I wish it rained here all tho

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Rasmussen says:

    You da man Mr. O. Love your channel