Ford F150 Dash/Gauge/Cluster Lights coming on in the night, draining battery (Shift Assembly didn't fix)


Asked by Apr 08, 2016 at 01:31 PM about the 2011 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

This question has been asked, but my issue is a little different than
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I replaced the console shift assembly and still have the issue. Any ideas?
Here are my notes so far.

No known electrical modifications
Symptom: Cluster (gauge) lights will come on when vehicle is locked and
unattended, drains battery overnight. (Only the gauge lights, white and
blue, around the temp gauges, speedometer and tach; the rest of the dash
and cab lights do NOT come on. No difference is noticed when the
headlights switch is changed to off or auto for headlights/running lights).
The lights turn off many times when locking the vehicle, but when checked
20 minutes later, these lights turn back on.

Efforts made for resolution: Replaced complete console shifter assembly.
(Part: BL3Z-7210-CB)
Battery is less 1 year old, had battery tested and it tested as in excellent
Keys are removed from the ignition and vehicle every night.
Nothing is plugged into and 12v/110v/USB
No water damage is seen or noticed on or around the fuse box
No issues noticed with other lights, gauges or indicators
Remote start, wipers, radio all work normally

In order to prevent battery drain the fuse is pulled at night and replaced in
the morning, the fuse in the passenger compartment fuse box, number 11
as identified on the fuse cover. Red 10a fuse that controls cluster lights.

Thanks for your ideas, if you have a possible solution it would be helpful to
have a link to a video or how-to if possible. I'll do what I can to search it out,
and post back here to with what I end up doing to solve it.

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Correction: only the white cluster lights stay on, the blue lights don't stay on. Here is a photo of the lights that stay on and drain the battery, with the doors locked and keys out of ignition.

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