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post #1 of 8 Old 03-31-2013, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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2 problems with new truck: overhead console and back up radar

The display in the overhead console in the truck I bought a few weeks ago does not work. Is there a common problem I should look for?

Also the back up radar does not work. The "off" light on the button is lit solid. Is there a way to get the system to report trouble codes?

I don't mind digging into stuff and figuring out. I have an advanced electronics background, but time is very limited right now due to a newborn.

Thanks for any help. Please link me to appropriate threads if they already exist (I promise that I did search first).

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Should probably mention that the truck is an 03 crew, 4x4, 6.0 auto.
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Not sure if I can help you with the console except double check all fuses.

As for the backup sensors, my buddy had the same problem and we found out that one of the sensors on the bumper was not working. It is helpful to have a second person to help you for this. One person in the cab steps on the brake and has the parking brake on then puts it in reverse while the other person goes behind and listens. (Make sure you trust that person not to release the brake because you will be behind the truck. Safety First). When the truck is in reverse and the button is on, listen to each sensor carefully. You will hear a ticking sound. If you don't, then you know the sensor is faulty. Replace the sensor and you should be good again.

Try that. Hope that helps you.

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Per alldata, fuse #27 under the steering column powers the overhead console. It's good. At some point I will find the time to pull the console down and check for power and ground.

Key on, engine off, parking brake on, vehicle in reverse: Backup lamps on, no ticking sound heard from any sensor.

The parking radar off lamp is illuminated all the time.
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Had same problem with overhead console burned out resistor, was a guy on internet would fix for around 30 dollars, can`t remember sight but will try to find it . Took about 4 or 5 day turn around.

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I pulled the overhead console. The connector had +12V and ground, so I opened the display up. There were 3 resistors that were not properly soldered to the PCB. 2 lifted each on 1 side, the 3rd had completely removed itself. I resoldered the resistors and the display is now functional.

Would still like to know diagnostic info for the back up radar system.

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glad console is repaired 300 dollars at ford. only thing i can think of for back up alarm would be corrosion

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For checking the backup sensors, You can just put your finger on the sensor and you will feel it ticking/tapping incase you have bad hearing. I have 2 bad sensors right now that I want to replace but dont really want to spend $100 plus dollars to do it.

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I have not had time to look into it any further, but it's not a sensor problem. The disable light illuminates with key on, not when I go to reverse.
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