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Ford focus: no headlights and the trunk won’t open – Auto Repair Chat

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In this video I bring you along as I have a look at a customers 2014 Ford Focus that came in with a customer complaint of no headlight operation, o panel dimmer and no trunk release button. Sounds easy enough.... -Enjoy!
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98 thoughts on “Ford focus: no headlights and the trunk won’t open”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars klumpy103 says:

    That's a tough one, and one I hate. You know there's a problem and its a simple one, you know where it's likely to be but you also know it's gonna involve a hullv lot o work to sort out with the possibility of opening that can of worms. Don't envy ya one bit. Carry on .

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Kinnane says:

    G’day Eric I couldn’t blame you at all for walking away from it, you don’t know ware it will end, down here it the techs come across anything like this they send it to auto electrician. John

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars D says:

    Love your videos Eric, I’ve learned a lot watching your videos, look forward to future videos!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Barber says:

    Once went to a engineering training centre and there was a guy who had done his mini van up as a bat mobile brush painted black stickers on it it looked great NOT lol

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Barber says:

    Once went to a engineering training centre and there was a guy who had done his mini van up as a bat mobile brush painted black stickers on it it looked great NOT lol

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Fitzgerald says:

    I have a new phrase it's Ford Stupid after working on a 2011 ford focus power steering pump.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Barber says:

    Even Batman brings his car to you lol

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fusi0nn says:

    I have this same car, and whoever owned the car beforehand should've spent the extra 50-100$ to get the actual Ford OEM car starter/remote door unlocker thingy majig. Mine doesn't have a remote with it so unfortunately I have to use a key to unlock it and the door lock button is on the radio or you can put the key in the door and turn right to lock. It is kind of frustrating having a car with power windows and locks, but no remote. Silly ford.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cd9225 says:

    Soooooo…does that mean that the rat's nest is a aftermarket dealer installed option too??

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Walter Harp says:

    Had a Focus that you had a intermitent start issue, sometimes had to hold on start position fir a second or two. And the Duel Clutch sucked big time..

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2gofaster says:

    Holy smokes Batman, you figured it out and something the other riddler couldn't fix. Just going to (rat) this guy out.👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Wachter says:

    I have tons of respect for the methodical way you diagnose electrical problems. Most garages don't seem to want any part of these things. I've done commercial electrical work for a decent part of my life and could wire your house or shop in a decent amount of time. But getting into the can bus and electronics of modern cars? Oh no. Much respect. You remain calm and just follow your printouts. 😎 Please keep sharing when you can.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmy B says:

    The sad part about new cars is that it's perfectly conceivable that the headlights don't work because the radio is faulty.
    Good job Mr. O, going that one extra step. I make a habit of doing that one first extra step just before I throw the towel at things. Often pays off.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Al Amantea says:

    In those immortal words… "If I can do it, so can you!" and "Never Give Up…. Never Surrender!"… "I am… Batman…"
    Hope you have a better day, my friend.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Freeman says:

    That's why even when we aren't our best ,don't give up ,the satisfaction of solving is greater than the why was it ,what did I miss,and carrying on will give you knowledge.
    Easy said ,I know but still the current trends of it's to hard and can't be bothered has to be over ruled for the sake of man kind .
    Hope you have a better day moving forward 😊😊

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Fenwick says:

    You always are so honest and that’s a rare thing in this crazy world ! That’s why I admire you and your ability to fix the unfixable ! Watching you makes me a better tech! Thank you!!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Burgess says:

    He’s Batman. Not a sponsor.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars raul garcia says:

    Correction Mr. O it's scotch locks, scotch blocks are for trains.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars southpike1000 says:

    How does someone still have a Ford Probe in New York?? That thing should have rotted away decades ago.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Marks says:

    first thing I would have done is call batman and ask him why the headlights don't work.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terry Pickette says:

    👍👍👍

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chaddz3 says:

    I had a 2012 base model version of this car that I did add foglights to which meant doing some creative wiring, however I did document all the wiring I did and used as much of the already existing factory wiring that was available. When I sold the car I made sure the new owner got a copy of the added wiring documentation, outlining what circuits I tapped in to and had a wiring diagram of the relay control wiring I used for the foglights. I also added factory cruise control to this car and a few other upgrades (factory rear disc brake upgrade from drums) as well as added the SE model instrument cluster which allowed me to turn off the traction control which wasn't possible on the S model. Long story short. If your going to mess around with the car, document everything you did and send it with the car when you sell it so if something goes sour later on, the person who has to fix it knows what you did and why you did what you did.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars martin kennedy says:

    Good decision to abort, it will protect your blood pressure and not speed up the demise of your organs. But it plays on your mind to want to fix the problem. I've been there many times and regretted my decisions. Now retired in Spain my health is something I think about other than customer satisfaction.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars blackscotydog says:

    I would be pissie to if I had to work on that kinda junk everyday …..Eric O go home early and have a cold one…..You earned it.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrEnfilade says:

    THE BEST diagnostician on YouTube — knowing your enemy is half the battle +1 Like

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars woodturner mark says:

    Eric, I'll start by saying that your trouble shooting skills and logic are second to none, I wish that more mechanics had the patience and skill you show. I recently retired from 45 years in the maintenance and repair of earthmoving and construction
    equipment as a mechanic and supervising the fleets mechanics, and have seen some crap work, butt connectors, scotch locks ( I call them Uhaul connectors!) twisted wires, black tape, etc. I was often the end of the line when others walked away or just were out of their league, I also had many days where I wanted to walk away as you showed , but I know that it is the challenge that keeps us there.
    Keep up the good work ! I can only hope that your skills will rub off on some of the viewers, I believe also
    "that if I can do it, so can you " . People just need to try !
    Mark

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Major Payne says:

    Correct decision to walk away. Cleaning up someone elses cluster ^%& is never fun and can be very time consuming

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terence Chevalier says:

    Bahahaha front n back emblems circle the problem lol 😆 🤣 😂

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anthony F. says:

    “Parts Exchange Program” ..P.E.P. 😂

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R Barndt says:

    What a difference a day makes.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gsppuffer says:

    Ford probe dam I need that especially if its a GT

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars calholli says:

    I know what you need… A 55 gallon barrel of smoky RIBS

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

    I gotta say thanks for always posting diagnostic videos, I could easily follow your videos unlike many others on here. I never really got this perspective from tech school, so it helps, it was always book and lecture not too much in field training.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan S says:

    My experience it’s always best too just walk away for a bit come back too it with a good rest good mindset or else you start doing dum crap.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Bealer says:

    Waiting for Part 2…same Bat Time…same Bat Channel!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lefty O says:

    he has a bat signal, what the heck does he want with headlights??? LOL cant blame you for passing on the job, find a mess with a bunch of those scotchblocks, run away. those things are a short term cure, and a long term nightmare.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars G_R_F says:

    Am I the only one that wants a video on that super sweet Probe in the shop? Probably, but damn I haven't seen one of those in years

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oscar Jones says:

    Happy to be reminded to check the fuse legs too. I was thinking about that from a previous video! The knowledge follows!!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Morrissey says:

    The most reliable cars I have ever owned are the ones where someone wasn't upgrading the radio or adding remote start.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Santos says:

    Never mind the Focus we need a video of the Probe. Haven't seen one in ages!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron Grabowski says:

    I wish i could get the great wiring schematics that he gets. The ones that I find are usually wrong

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J P says:

    I feel the need to openly acknowledge that the owners of this vehicle have a batman steering wheel cover…and floor mats

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hiker John says:

    I was surprised to hear him say he was going to pass on it and still posted a video . . .
    but was glad to see he kept going.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack says:

    Man! Ya can't use your Spidey Sense on the Batmobile! Two completely different universes! Otherwise, Nice Work.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Vaagen says:

    That tells you Eric O is not only a great mechanic but a good human being for not being in a good frame of mind and pausing the repair so as to not only NOT throw the missing 10mm but teach the little O's some new words to add to their vocabulary. When I work on my 2 vehicle I do the same and put all my tools away and do something else while thinking about the problem.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott says:

    Batmobile had issues.