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Ford Focus Recalls and TSBs

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  • zeteczetec Posts: 2
    Hi
    My Focus Zetec just developed the same fault
    Did you ever find a soloution
  • Other sites have recommended a locksmith in San Diego that will pin a cylinder based on a digital photo and ship it to you, with instructions for less than $100. I was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly suprised when they came through with a working replacement at my doorstep in 2 days. If you have nut drivers, a T20 torx driver, a small slotted screw driver, and half of a brain, you can replace it in less than 30 minutes.
  • i have a 2001 wagon with 40K on it and I started smelling a burnt oil smell in the car especially when the heater is on and I'm in stop and go traffic. Anyone else have similar problems? i replace the valve cover gasket about 2 months ago and it hasn't helped.

    thanks for any input you might have.

    best regards,
    Frank
  • conanhconanh Posts: 5
    I dont think the tumbler likes too much weight on it. I got to the point of just having the one car key on the ring and I havent had a problem after that.
  • Greetings,
    Just happened on this thread and thought I'd offer some balance. My 03 ZTW has had (see subject...) Awesome car. Sorry to hear about you folks having issues, I, apparently, got a gem. Oh, only have 40K on it in NoDak and FL.
  • Can I put a twin cam motor into an SE that had a SOHC?
  • Has anybody been having any transmission problems with their focus ? I've got a 2000 wagon with 117xx miles on it.Coming home today it started reving up.It did this at least 6 times in 25 miles.Can't tell if it's trans. or electric problem.
  • I believe that you and I might be having the same problem with our cars. I own a 2001 ford focus SE sedan, with 180,xxx miles and for the past several months there has been an intermitten problem; while driving down the road the car momentarily shifts nito a lower gear, causing the rpm's to increase by about 1000rpm's, then it shifts back into the correct gear. I do alot of hi-way driving so I experience this problem mostly when I'm drivng at around 70mph, but I have also noticed it in town when driving 30mph.
    Much like you stated I can't tell if this is a transmission problem or electrical. I have sent the car to a transmission shop, while they had it, the car would not act up. I have also since then taken it back because it was acting up, I happened to be close to the transmission shop pulled in, did not turn the car off, got the owner to go for a ride with me, and then the car ran fine. So far I have had the car scanned for codes twice, and codes are found. I have also had a sensor replace to see if that would fix my problem; it did not.
    If this sound like your problem let me know, I'm trying to figure this out, I'll let you know what I find. David
  • I am hearing a noise, sounds like an ehaust pipe knocking on the right front side of the car most of the time i go over even the slightest bump-at low speeds. seems not to happen if it is very cold outside. i had it checked out and was told it was probably the right tie rod so i had it replaced and aligned-the noise is still there. now i am told that the noise is coming form the front strut- the vehicle handles well, no bouncing, no dipping on corners, etc- just that noise at speeds at 0-30 kph. any one out there have the same problem, it will cost about $700 to replace the front strut assemblies and i don't want the same noise after the work is done. this is a 2001 focus with 138 km on it
  • zeteczetec Posts: 2
    Hi
    Had this noise from my 2001 UK focus.
    Turned out to be the anti-roll bar link.

    This bolts from the Shock to the end of the rollbar
    It Has a ball and socket on each end shrouded by a rubber "boot"
    If this boot gets torn or ripped dirt and grit gets into the balljoint
    and can causes wear - causing it to rattle.
    Lucky it is cheap and easy to replace.
  • I have a 2003 Focus SE. I bought it brand new and the switch is wearing a groove
    on the end of the key. I went to the dealer last year and showed them what it was doing. They said eventually that I would have to replace it. I asked if there was a recall on it and they said no ,that it would cost about $300.00 .
  • Yes, I have a 2001 Focus with power windows. I have replaced 1 each plastic piece that is the window guide....it is the piece that holds the glass secure while the window rolls up and down....(cheap part) but not cheap to replace...Thusfar I have replaced that particular part on 3 windows....each time I took it to the dealer the manager said "the rubber needs cleaning"....thennnnn when I would leave it would still "screech" and of course at different times each window finally broke (that piece I was telling you about) and then I had to go back to the dealer again...the manager just laughed and said "what are YOU doing to these windows to make them all break?"....Not funny!
  • I also have problems with the transmission jurking when riding down the highway,doesn't matter what speed you are going. It will jurk without warning.I took it to the dealer when it first started in 2005 and exsplained the problem to them.I asked them to put it on the computer and try to find out the problem. All they did was hop in the car and drive it for two miles and come back telling me that they didn't find anthing wrong. One year went by and the jurking started getting worse. It didn't do it all the time, just once or twice a month. In 2007 I took it back complaining that the problem was getting worse. They test drove it again ,and nothing was wrong they said. So I kept on taking it back, and nothing was done. Early last year I took it for an oil change and to have the transmission fluid change.I bought a manual for the car and looked through it,searching for where the pcv valve would be located.The reason why is, I know that the pcv valve has something to do with the transmission changing gears, don't know exactly what yet because I haven't gotten that far in my schooling yet. But I found out that the pcv valve has a filter located in the air filter box at the very bottom in the left corner on the 2003 models. You will have to check the manual for different models. It is about a 1 inch by 1 inch foam spongy like square filter. You can only get the filter from the Ford dealership and they will have to order it.I got and changed the filter and so far I haven't had anymore problems out of it yet. I don't know how often that it is suppost to be changed because noone at the dealership knows[ some mechanic]. SORRY FOR RAMBLING BUT MAYBE THAT WILL HELP SOMEONE IF THEY RUN INTO THE SAME PROBLEM.
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL
  • I have the same question.my engine is shot and would like to put a D.O.H.C. engine my focus SE.it has a S.O.H.C. in it.
    Cane this be done and have you done it? thanks
  • marked1marked1 Posts: 15
    I own 03 focus se model. Ignition switch doesn't bother me yet. Just wanted to replace it before it quits on me. For some reason i can't remove the lock cylinder.
    I removed steering column covers, turned steering wheel 90 degrees to the right, turned key in acc position, located small hole in the ignition switch housing- I don't
    see small button inside the hole to press.
    Any ideas, please advise
  • I have a 2001 Focus SE....Have had 2 previous issues with the ignition locking and was unable to turn it to start the vehicle...I am able to insert the key but unable to start the vehicle based upon the locking issue...I have been told from a local locksmith this can be resolved by drilling out the tumbler (gutting it, less costly) and or replacing the ignition (more costly)...took it to the local dealer and they (acted as tho they had not heard of this problem) also quoting $464 to replace the ignition...I checked my other spare keys (3) (which I had to pay for since they only sold the vehicle with 1 key to me) and I requested which key had the PATS II computer programming to start the vehicle and they said they cannot tell if the key has been programmed for my vehicle and yet I had it programmed at this dealership?....Meanwhile I frustratingly insert the key and tap it gently to allow the key to actually unlock and function....this is only a temporary fix...Ford needs to initiate an actual RECALL and replace this defective part...
  • terryxbterryxb Posts: 2
    Check this out. Very common and it can be done much cheaper then quoted. DIY
    http://forums.focaljet.com/team-tech/497529-new-ignition-cylinder-help.html
  • Thank you so very much for this information...I certainly appreciate it.
  • My experience is much like Ed's -- during slow turns it'll ping, almost like a spring is twanging -- but I don't notice it in the gentle turns on the highway.

    It also makes the noise when I go over a bump in the road, but otherwise handling hasn't been affected.

    I'd much rather not face a steep repair bill, like Ed. -- any thoughts? (And thanks for the help!)
  • conanhconanh Posts: 5
    I have had a check engine light on for a year now. The code is engine lean bank one. I have had smoke test done on this car and replaced two O2 sensors. And still no luck. Where I live it will not pass the emissions test so soon I will not be able to drive my car. Has anyone have the same problem.
  • rmncoknmermncoknme Posts: 18
    I have had two cars that made a noise like this. Both needed new sway bar link(s). Just replaced one on my wife's Escape, problem solved. The OEM had only plastic to surround the ball on either end. Replaced with a MOOG unit, holy cow like a bomb shelter with grease fittings and all. BTW, if you grab the link at either end and try to move it, if it's bad, it will allow wiggle.
  • destrianadestriana Posts: 8
    Yes, I have a 2001 Ford Focus SE and the check engine light was on for almost 5 months...I changed the gas cap, did not make a difference light still stayed on....Went to the local Ford dealership, they found nothing wrong...said "they were puzzled!"....Then had the battery changed 3 weeks ago....Light is gone now....Yea!!!!!!
  • hello i'm a ford master tech . my dads focus check engine light came on while he was visiting . retreived code po171 . bank 1 sys lean, did normal test for vacumm leaks ,fuel pressure . found nothing normally wrong . after extensive diagnosis
    found pcv valve bad. this is on a 2001 focus spi motor, pcv located right upper corner of valve cover . this may fix your problem. dealer only part. vbut not really expensive. disconnect battery to reset keep alive memory,
  • conanhconanh Posts: 5
    I had this problem 5 years ago. I replaced the brake shoes and it was still squealing to I replace them again and had the drums turned and the squealing has never come back.
  • I replaced the PCV valve and it fix the problem. Iwant to thank you for the information.
  • I purchased my 06 Focus used. In the past 1 1/2 I have owned it I have had to replace the transmission, fly wheel and just recently the starter. Luckily the transmission and fly wheel were covered by the warranty. I have had a squeak in the rear passenger side since I have owned it. Does anyone know what it could be? I think it may be a strut that was not lubricated correctly, but that is just a guess. Thanks for any info or suggestions.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    My son is getting a free fuel pump installed on his 2001 Focus, under their 10 year extended coverage program for this part. While we can not really complain, given the age of the car, what is covered under Ford's fuel pump pseudo-recall/extended warranty seems kind of questionable.

    Ford states that the problem is that the fuel pump can eventually cause the fuel filter to clog. The clogged filter then causes "driveability" problems. Yet they only pay for the pump, they do not pay for the fuel filter that the faulty pump clogged up. They also only replace the pump after the driveability problems start occurring.

    Again, not really going to complain, as paying $60 for a new fuel filter (plus paying for a tow) and getting a new fuel pump on a 9 year old car does not seem to be too bad a deal.
  • dvc1492sdvc1492s Posts: 13
    I heard a horrible clunking sound coming from the front wheel well this morning. The noise definately sounded like a vibration coming from the spring over the strut. Upon further inspection, the coil was cracked near the top of the spring causing the strut to sit to close to the frame, and hence rubbed when turning the steering wheel.

    I checked at Ford.com for a recall posted as a TSB but could not find one. However, my local ford dealer said that there is a 10 year, 100,000 mile extended warrenty on the spring and they would replace both of them for free. Its a (3) hour job which I scheduled for the coming week. I will post back when its complete and seems to be fixed and if there is any other information that I find out.
  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    Interesting, is there a place were we can find out more of these" hidden warranties ". As we know the earlier model years had some problems. Did any of these extended warranties apply to the 04 model ?
  • MY DAUGHTER WAS DRIVING HER 2001 FOCUS 168,000KM TO EDMONTON FROM CALGARY.SHE HAD THE CRUISE SET AT 120 KM WHEN SHE STOPPED IN RED DEER FOR A COFFEE{ABOUT 150 KM}. WHEN SHE GOT BACK ON THE ROAD THE CRUISE WOULD NOT ENGAGE-THE LIGHT CAME ON, THEN WENT OUT.SHE CONTINUED TO EDMONTON(ABOUT 150 KM} WITHOUT ANY TROUBLE OR CRUISE. WHEN SHE WAS DRIVING BACK TO CALGARY THE NEXT DAY WHEN AFTER 180 KM THE CRUISE CONTROL "KICKED" IN AND WENT UP TO 120 KM-SHE STEPPED ON THE BRAKE AND THE CAR SLOWED DOWN TO 110, THEN CLIMBED BACK YO 120-THE CRUISE WOULD NOT DISENGAGE- SHE FINALY PUT THE VEHICLE IN N AND SHUT OF THE ENGINE- SHE WAS SO SCARED SHE WOULDN'T DRIVE IT FURTHER-I HAD TO GO GET HER. WHILE DRIVING THE CAR BACK IT PREFORMED GREAT EXCEPT THE CRUISE WOULDN'T ENGAGE--ANYONE ELSE HEARD OF THIS- I HAVEN'T AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD THAT STEPPING ON THE BRAKE "KILLS" THE CRUISE.
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