If the trip / reset counter button was stuck in, or there was
condensation across the switch terminals (printed circuit tracks?) then
the first partial turn of the ignition key could have started the test
sequence. Starting the car could have terminated the test sequence.
That's how the diagnostic mode works. Turning the engine over has nothing to
do with it. I agree with Alan, it's probably a trivial electrical glitch
with the instruments. Doubt if it will affect the operation of the car.
The instrument panel does this when you next switch on the ignition
after disconnecting the battery. I suspect the battery voltage on your
car dropped significantly overnight. You might want to consider getting
a spare battery in case this one is on its last legs.
Andrew. I used to have a car with that problem. It always turned out to be
humidity building up within the electronics, freezing, and causing a short.
The problem always went away with a change in the humidity levels, and no
lasting harm was done. PIA more than anything.
You must be a Yank, using the old farenheit system. Anywhere else, in the
metric world, that would be pretty comfy : )
Hope your car gets back to normal.
For years I've pondered about how our U.S. govt. & society is so
proud of the independence from the U.K. thing, yet so unwilling to let
go of the original Brittish measurement system. (from the mother
Hmmmmmmm, maybe there's somrthing Fruedian there. :-\
Chicago, IL USA area
My 2000 wagon was doing that so I thought I'd be smart and get a new battery.
It tested fine at the store - check out your Ford dealer as I didn't and the
price was cheaper than (Sears). Good luck - Linda
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