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Ford Focus Care & Maintenance



  • To access the fuse panel on the 2007 Focus one has to first remove the CD storage box. The owner's manual does not say how to remove it. It's plastic and I don't want to force it and break it. Does anyone know how to remove it.
  • Is replacing a crankcase filter involved or can it be done in my backyard?
  • Could a fuel filter be done fairly easy?
  • many years later, I also need to know this about the manual saying to add the new coolant into the heater hose....and also says to drain the coolant from the engine block, but where is the plug for that? I would like to do what they say, but it seems like the radiator doesn't "hold" a lot of the coolant, right...and you aren't refilling the radiator, right? We are in freezing temps now at night so I'm worried since I have been losing fluid and was just adding water for a while.
  • My manual says to drain the coolant from the engine block also...where is that plug located? It says to refill coolant pouring it into the heater hose going to radiator...with a I don't put it just into the overflow tank? Has anyone done this? I saw an old post that had no real answer on this . thanks Becky
  • marked1marked1 Posts: 15
    Hi, there is no need to make it hard on your self messing with engine block coolant
    plug unless your engine is out the car. Just drain it from radiator and refill into
    overflow tank.
  • Thanks for quick reply, I was worried because we have suddenly freezing temperatures here at night and I started losing coolant a few weeks ago and have been topping it up with only water, so I wasn't sure what concentration coolant I have now overall especially the coolant in the block..but I added straight coolant into the overflow last few days, hoping to rectify things. (?) Anyway, given what you said, I will drain the radiator and refill in the overflow. I need to find out what's leaking I see no leak from the radiator or hoses all look fine and the oil looks fine too (thinking if it's an internal leak like the head gasket) the car has about 90,000 miles seems too early to have a gasket problem....I will look at other posts to see what else it could be
  • genel1genel1 Posts: 5
    While driving, my speedometer will all of a sudden go to 0mph and stay there, then after a while will reengage to the correct speed. Seems to happen in the morning about 5 miles into the commute on a daily basis, then at other times just whenever. What is up? Thank you in advance for your replies
  • dnatechdnatech Posts: 21
    I have a 2003 Focus sedan with 100,003 and little work done on it. I drive 40 miles a day mostly highway between 60 and 65 mph and get aprox. 34 MPG.
    The AC no longer works but it's no big deal.
    I have experienced loss of the display panel - speed, fuel gauge, engine block heat, radio,etc... when in summer it gets really hot and humid, and I left the window opened and it rained. The car works well but I have no idea at what speed I am driving.
    Once the car gets dry, everything is back to normal.
    It would seem to be a bad connection when it's humid?
  • dnatechdnatech Posts: 21
    I just passed 100,000 miles and wonder if a timing belt (or chain?) should be replaced. The car runs really well and little maintenance has been done beside oil change and tires.
    Is the camshaft belt scheduled to be replaced at 120,000 the equivalent??
    I know, maybe a dumb question?
  • steve502steve502 Posts: 1
    Here is the deal. Ford manufactors the Focus with a 2 degree negative camber. This makes your rear tires go defective as fast as 10,000 miles especially if you don't rotate your tires very often. You can get an alignment every month and it will not fix the defect. I have 24,000 miles on my focus and I have my third set of tires on it. I've did the research. An alignment shop here in Warrensburg MO found the problem and fixes around 4-5 Ford Focus a month. They put in a kit that brings the camber within a fraction of a inch which will give you about 3 times the life span of the tires. The don't have the ability to zero the camber. If you don't get this done, you will be buying tires like I did every year. I did make a complaint to my dealer and the Ford Company itself with no help so I sent my complaint to the National Highway Safety department which investigates safety issues and forces auto companies to fix defects with a recall. Need folks like you to do the same. The last set of rear tires I took off scared me. It was so close of coming apart. Call 1-888-327-4236 and make you complaint today.
  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    edited March 2010
    My '04 ZTS has 80,000 K, and I have posted before regarding "Tire Problems and Strategies for this vehicle. The original equipment tires were "" assymetrical non- directional All-season" Pirelli P-6's. Although they are not rated highly in Tire rack surveys, and I was not impressed with them after the original 20,000 plus miles, I may be looking to install a similar type of tire as soon as as snow season is over.
    Over the last 6 years I have been through too many Max Performance summer tires which are only used for 7-8 months of the year. They were amazing in grip but have no guarantees for treadware and as they are typically directional they can not be rotated except front-back. It is obviously a trade-off. In this particular ( Focus) type of suspension & alignment set-up, It seems that tires with softer compounds are stressed especially in the 205-50 16 inch size. The smaller winter tire which I use does not seem to have these problems.
    When it comes my tire costs over these 61/2 years, this has not been an economy car
    But the Driving dynamics of these cars are tops, I will definitly be looking at the new model in 12 months or so !
  • jordan24jordan24 Posts: 1
    I was surprised to find out that I did not have to change air filter until 100,000 miles. Really surprised when I found out it cost approx. $500. The mechanic told me later that I really did not have to do it; it looked good since I drive lots of highway miles. Why is this filter so different from others and to protect car when should I change it? I am anxious to get answers and cannot find any.
  • On my focus there are 2 tabs on the cd storage box. Push those in and it should come out easily. I have do it and is a bit tough at first cause I was scared to break it. But just apply some pressure to the tabs.
  • I was informed this morning by a mechanic that those filters should be self cleaning and should not have to be replaced. I'm not sure since I have never heard of this before. :confuse:
  • lostlost Posts: 64
    These filters are not self cleaning , they will clog up and need replacement eventually. There is a gauge built into the side that indicates how the filter is operating, green is good, red is bad.This must be checked while the engine is running.You can go to the Visteon web site to learn more about the filter, look for "Air Induction Systems".
  • jeff618jeff618 Posts: 29
    On my mission to find an upgraded rear wiper blade for my Focus Hatchback, I found a great wiper blade for all around... If you want to upgrade to the newer-style frameless wipers, I could only find one aftermarket choice that had the 14" size for the rear as well as the 22" ds & 19" ps. I found the "Trico NeoForm Beam Blades" online and they're fairly priced, wipe super well, are super quiet, and look really good. They perform well in rain, mist, snow and ice and put up with the abuse of a Wisconsin winter. The place I bought them from just notified me that there's a $15 rebate thru 5/15/2010. I highly recommend...
  • mwolf9000mwolf9000 Posts: 29
    I need to remove the interior door trim panel of the rear driver's side door of my 2002 Focus 4 door sedan. I removed all the little screws around the outside of the panel and also the little screw behind the inside door handle. What else is holding this panel in? It's not budging, and I hesitate to just start prying things apart. Anyone?
  • I have a 2009 and a 2005 Ford Focus. My 2009 bought new we went through our first set of tires by 22K miles. I took it to the dealer to see what the problem was and they told me that Ford had a known problem with the camber and the only thing we could do is install some kit at our expense to correct this otherwise we will continue to experience excessive wear. Ford does not cover this under any warranty as it is considered by them a wear and tear issue. They know they have an issue with their rear suspension alignments but they do not want to address it at their expense. I now have 38K and will be neededing a second set of tires soon. I drive this all highway for the most part. My other complaint is the A/C system is not all that great here in Arizona heat. Takes awhile to cool yet my 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee A/C gets gold very quickly.
  • I want to check to see if the dealer actually changed the air filter which they suggested even though I only have 15000 miles. I unsnap the 3 clamps on top but can only get the top to tilt up a fraction of an inch,don't want to force it. From what I can see the filter looks to be orange color,don't know if that would be OEM or not.
    Also what is the plastic gizmo on the side of the filter that sticks up like a handle?

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