I’ve been searching around the forums to no avail on this issue and I know it could be a wild goose chase, but I thought I’d ask your opinions.
On my 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid, I drove to the grocery store and came home and the next morning I get in and start it and notice the whole cluster is out. No tach, odometer, fuel gauge, hybrid battery gauge, nothing. The climate control background lights are out, the lights showing whether i’m in park, drive, reverse are out. However, the airbag light, turn signals seem to come through the dash properly.
That being said, the car runs fine. Nothing abnormal about it, Power windows work, radio works just can’t see the station. Climate controls work, alarm, locking, etc.
So the first thing I did was check all possible fuses. All of them looked fine but I replaced any fuses relating to the instruments, etc.
Still didn’t fix it, so I went ahead and replaced EVERY small fuse just because all the fuses are original and I had bought a whole box of them. Still nothing fixes it. Checking the owners manual, none of the relays seem to be something that could directly relate to this but maybe I’m wrong. All the bigger fuses look good.
I did find a forum post on a newer 2013 escape having the exact same symptoms, and they said they replaced a fuse labeled electronic feed system and that fixed it. Mine has no such fuse.
This being said, I think it could be a electrical issue with the ignition or something, because the car no longer gives me warning beeps to let me know I left the headlights on or the key in the ignition. Also, this has never happened before, maybe because I was messing with the fuses but I turned on the car for the first time today, and turned it off and pulled the key out, but the car took about 2 seconds to actually shut off. Never have I had this happen before.
I know the most obvious answer would be take it to a shop and have them diagnose it, but I just moved across country and have almost zero to expend on this vehicle at the moment. So your thoughts and suggestions would be welcomed. Thanks in advance. I will reply quickly as possible to comments.