We’ve got a number of projects planned, but at the moment my daily driver is a practical 2008 Ford Focus. So far it’s proven to be a good nearly-new buy, but I did notice something very odd this week.
Ford clocks don’t go past 2013?
With the switch to British Summer Time on Sunday, about the only clock which didn’t automatically update itself was the one in my Focus. And when I went to update it, I happened to notice that the date for the clock was still showing 2013.
But when I tried to alter it to this year, the option wasn’t there. Apparently I could set it anywhere from 2003 (5 years before the car was built), until 2013, but no later. Did Ford not expect the Focus to still be running after 5 years?
Apparently the problem isn’t just limited to the Focus. Looking around it seems a number of Ford models suffer from the same minor issue.
The fix is to set the clock for Jan 31st, 11.59pm on 2013, and when the time rolls around, it should then go to 2014. I haven’t bothered to try it yet, but will give it a go this weekend. It doesn’t work all the time though, so I might just have to resign myself to the fact my car will be stuck in 2013. If only that was true of the rest of it.
The mysterious buzz of the dashboard in the Focus:
If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also discovered a mysterious buzzing has started. It’s loud enough to be heard over quiet music, and it’s not seemingly triggered by speed, bumps etc.
I have a horrible feeling that something has fallen into the air vents – most likely a parking ticket. And it’s now driving me mad, with no easy way to get at the air conditioning to remove it.
Hopefully I’ll discover a way to solve the issue without having to dismantle the whole dashboard, and before I go completely insane. In the meantime, I’ll just have to keep the stereo turned up a bit louder than normal.