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I have a 2000 Ford Focus Wagon. tail light and instrument panel

I have a 2000 Ford Focus Wagon. About a year ago I started having an issue with my tail lights (not brake lights) and my instrument panel lights not working. The fuse # is 32 on the panel and it's a # 10 fuse. The fuse gets blown and then my tail lights and instrument panel stop working. This can happen at any time, not specific to hitting a bump in the road, or rain or anything. I asked Ford dealership about it and they said it's probably an exposed wire and they would charge me at least 500 bucks just to look for the problem and that they might not fix it even then. I decided I could buy a lot of fuses for that much money. Problem is, now even changing the fuse doesn't help. When I change it, it blows right away and I never get tail lights or dash lights. Any ideas that cost less then 500 bucks and will in fact work?

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I have a 2000 focus wagon and had the same problem. It's not the fuse! It's the wiring harness at the point where it leaves the body and goes into the hatch. When the hatch is opened and closed repeatedly after years the wires will break with constant bending. I had to solder together 7 wires and the problem was solved. It's a lot cheaper than replacing the entire wiring harness.

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Amused,
Did you fix the blowing fuse problem yet on your Focus? I just had a similar problem on my 2000 Focus sedan. I had no tail, marker or instrument panel lights. I checked all fuses and they appeared good. I then changed the headlight switch, still no joy!! Then I rechecked that #32 fuse you spoke of, sure enough it was blown, but I did not catch it the first time. So I removed it and put a test meter to it and confirmed a bad fuse! Then I looked at it through a magnifying glass, sure enough, there was the break! Normally it is very obvious when those blow that it is easily discernible with the naked eye. Replacing that fuse fixed my lighting problem. But what caused it to blow in the first place? I do not know unless that headlight switch really was bad, and I didn't spend $$$ for nothing. But my thought to you is, bad headlight switch? The schematic for those indicates a simple wiring system, it can't be much else other than a broken wire somewhere. Also another thought (however remote) too is do you tow anything? Or does the car have a hitch and trailer plug connector? If so, and even if you do not use it, I have seen the wiring in those connector plugs become corroded, loosen and slip out and short against other wiring or something metal, grounding the circuit and causing a direct short. Hope this helps.

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Your problem is you have a Hot Wire touching ground.I know this for sure! The quwstion is where is it?the cause of the problem. It can be fixed but you would have to have a lot of patience.Try using your nose,sniff out the smell of burned copper under the dash or in the trunk area if you can smell it you can find it.Up the rating of the fuse go 15 then 20 then 25 see if it still blows it shoud. I wished I were near you man I love these problems.Good luck!

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