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Old 12-02-2013
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Dash Lights like a Christmas Tree

2010 XLT, Super Cab, 4 Cyl, 4x2, 82,500 miles. Problem started after the Alternator was replaced. First the Traction Control light would come on and turn itself off, this was followed by all the Dash lights coming on and flashing with the Tach, Speedo, and Temp Gauge dropping to Zero. The speed of the truck was also dropping. I had the alternator and battery checked. Battery was bad and was replaced. The problem continues and is becoming more frequent. I had the battery and alternator checked again by another shop and both tested ok. I had the codes read with a handheld scanner and nothing was found.

I am checking for loose wires, grounding issues and I am on the original alternator belt.

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Is there any actual performance and drivability problems with the truck?

Could be the gauge cluster itself.
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The truck drives fine, when the traction control light comes on I don't feel the traction control engage. However when the tach and speedo drop so does the speed of the truck. I'm losing power. My concern is being stranded.
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Check your speed sensor all those systems get readings off of it as well as your fuel maps i had similar issues when i did my trans swap before i wired the new sensor in.
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Thanks for the tips - I am investigating the sensor and gauge cluster. Your suggestions have help find other forums with similar problems and possible solutions. I will keep everyone posted on my findings and results.
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Also another thought i just had check the clips on the cluster wiring harness they may not be locked in all the way cause shorts with bumps in the road just a possible idea. Good luck.
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Same thing happened to me... my issue was a bad battery less then a year old.
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you're not getting enough juice to your electrical components. had a 93 buick, and it did the same thing when my alternator went out. dash board looked like a slot machine going crazy. speedo pegged at 85, and all the idiot lights coming on and going off. check on your connectors to the alternator, and make sure there isn't anything in there preventing a good contact.
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I found a retired Ford Master Mechanic and he suggested that I take the gauge cluster and shake it. Apparently corrosion may form on the connections in the gauge cluster assembly or the block of connections. This worked for a while. I live and work near the ocean. It came back once. My next step is to carefully disconnect the various blocks and look for more corrosion on the connections. I have purchased dielectric grease in a spray can to coat the connections and prevent possible corrison.

I just finished replacing my rear disk brake pads on my 2010 Ranger. The factory rear disk / drum setup was different. I had rear drums on my other Ranger and F150's. When I check them this fall I will video / film and document the process. I was unable to find video on this rear brake setup that addressed everything.
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Traction Control Light comes on intermittently

The problem as resurfaced. The traction control light comes on and then goes off with Traction Control not coming on. I turn off traction control and the traction control light comes on by itself and when it goes out the light for no traction control returns. Later the remaining dash light will start flashing and the temperature and gas gauge will zero out. Cruise control will go out as well. I tested the battery and alternator - no problems. I replaced the battery as a test and after one week the problem started again. I do take the truck off road and it takes a few bumps. Traction Control does work when needed in the mud and sand. To date I have never been stranded.

This only occurs when the truck is moving - so far.

Currently the truck is at the Ford Dealership and reportedly had a lot of error codes that were stored. They are not able to recreate the problem to effectively trace back the error codes.
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A year ago I had the dealership dismantle the gauge cluster, clean all the contacts, apply di-electric grease and re-assemble. 6 months later I had one instance of the traction control light coming on. It was a cold and rainy day. December 2016 it started again when the temp dropped overnight. Now it is a daily occurrence and starting 2/3/2017 it happens when the truck is not moving - something new.
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I got an '09 and my light cluster such as abs, airbag, ect....all are on. I just drive it. timing belt, oil, plugs, wire, coil, battery all good. needs some new sensors with the newer models imo.
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