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Ford Focus Electrical and Lighting Problems

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  • hotx3hotx3 Posts: 71
    I just had the clutch replaced on my 2000 LX and had driven aboout 10 miles when my car did the same thing. Turns out the technician had misrouted a wiring harness and some moving part had shorted the battery positive cable (per the dealer). Based on the number of posts, this is a common problem. The dealer replaced it at their cost. If this isn't enough info for your service people, let me know and I'll provide you with the local Ford dealer's contact info.
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    Ok here goes one you will absolutely love. I have a 2002 focus se wagon & love the car, but it has been a major pain in the rear for the last year. Saturday I will be having the 7th alternator put in. While on my way to church Sunday my speedometer went whacky & battery light & check engine light came on. I knew what it was. It charged so bad that my battery lids came off. Ok, my fiance took the battery back & luckily we had warranty & got our 4th battery free. I also had to pay before this about 300.00 to repair things mechanic broke while fixing it. My oil dipstick & my thermostat housing are just 2 things. Well, i guess the Ford Focus is not all it is cracked up to be. we all should talk to Ford. Oh, don't get alternators from advance because I went through 5 of those in less than 6 months.
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    Ok here goes one you will absolutely love. I have a 2002 focus se wagon & love the car, but it has been a major pain in the rear for the last year. Saturday I will be having the 7th alternator put in. While on my way to church Sunday my speedometer went whacky & battery light & check engine light came on. I knew what it was. It charged so bad that my battery lids came off. Ok, my fiance took the battery back & luckily we had warranty & got our 4th battery free. I also had to pay before this about 300.00 to repair things mechanic broke while fixing it. My oil dipstick & my thermostat housing are just 2 things. Well, I guess the Ford Focus is not all it is cracked up to be. We all should talk to Ford. Oh, don't get alternators from Advance because I went through 5 of those in less than 6 months. NAPA has the best other than Ford, but mine has lifetime warranty.
  • Hi, I've been having problems with my SVT. I'll go out in the mornings and it won't start. It cranks and cranks but won't fire. Then later in the day, or the next day, it'll start and run fine. I've had it at 2 different dealerships and they can't find anything wrong. It starts everytime for them. One dealership replaced the fuel pump just as a guess. Still had the same problem 3 days later. They've given up and I'm frustrated. Read a post about a possible solenoid problem?? Can anyone advise me? Thanks!
  • twaxtwax Posts: 1
    you may want to try replacing the battery cables...
  • kartdevilkartdevil Posts: 9
    Well I'm sorry to see you are having this frustrating problem also, I am now on my 8th alternator and no sign of the problem being corrected. Now since the new alternator has been installed the car is idling extremely rough, I'm sure the new alternator will go out in a short while so I will be on #9. This is absolutely ridiculous. I feel Ford should without a doubt do something to aid me with this problem other than keep installing alternators. This has cost them over $4000 in actual cost and labor. I do not see an end to it either.
  • haulthault Posts: 122
    I cleaned top of battery with baking soda/water solution, dried it, used the colored felt circles on the battery post, and tightened battery cable. problem solved. My main problem was a loose battery cable. I'm sure the cleaning did not hurt. Focus battery seems to corode on top at a fast rate.
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    Hey thanks for reply & yes I feel Ford should do something for all of us. my mechanic finally found a relay bad & changed that so here's a hope & prayer. Have your mechanic check it out.
    Sky
  • kartdevilkartdevil Posts: 9
    Could you tell me what relay it is? These guys here have no clue.

    Thanks!
  • fordnut4fordnut4 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3
    When I put in the key and turn to on --- no gauges reads or when I start it.
    Then I take the key out and try again and they read.
    This happens all the time now. Read and then no read.
    Did clean the battery terminals and tighten.
    Checked the alt wiring and they are ok.
    Any thoughts on this problem !!! please help...
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    It is in black box on drivers side next to windshield under hood,not sure what it was called. Car did something real weird today. It jerked & lights came on & cut off a little bit later. So hopefully just a gliche & nothing else will happen to this junker, lol.
  • kartdevilkartdevil Posts: 9
    Thanks for the reply, but I took the car into Ford again because after they replaced the Alternator 2 weeks ago, it started idling real rough and the odometer display looked as if it were burning out. So, while I was waiting I went ahead and traded it in on a new ZX3 with an extended warranty. After I purchased the new one, I went back to the service lane to check on it , and they told me the engine mounts were bad and the instrument cluster was going out. Now it's their problem! I was not going to get another Focus but I really wanted Ford to suck that car up, so I decided to trade it for a new one. Best of luck to you. I know one time when my Alt was going it would jerk on and off.
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    Mine has done same jerk mess. Ford needs to take another look at these cars. I am glad you got another car. I would if I could. Good Luck, I don't know if I ever want a Ford again.
  • While the car is sitting, not running, it will go through months-long stages of this. It will go through daily stages of not responding to keyless entry as well. And different indicator lights on the instrument cluster will do weird things whenever they want--usually when starting.

    I had the instrument cluster replaced. There were no problems, the first few days, except for the Over Drive Off indicator not functioning.

    My mechanic says we need to find a new instrument cluster because they are different for each year. What do you think? --I have a rebuilt 2003 Focus ZX5.
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    I think any1 that can get out of these cars need to do so. I think Ford should get us out of these cars or let us keep them & finance us something else. I also think Ford should be held accountable, but they tell me they have no trouble out of the Focus. They say that we are a small portion compared to satisfied customers. I haven't met 1 satisfied here in NC. I think Ford should take another look. I think Ford has made me not believe in Ford products. I think Ford will do anything to make it look like us & not a bad car.
  • I mean, what do you think could be done about this specific problem?

    I guess each year of the focus has a different I. Cluster, and if you get a used one, it has to be "programmed to your car." What do you think this means? Is there a trusted online junkyard storefront anyone knows about?
  • sky336sky336 Posts: 9
    I have no clue on this one, but my piece of junk started doing something new. Now I am sitting at a light & it starts trying to jerk & cuts off on me. A friend told me to idle it up higher & showed me how. This car gets on my last nerve. Another friend told me that we may have to take cars back because they are catching on fire. I didn't see it, but he says 98 - 2005 I think.
  • haulthault Posts: 122
    Is your Focus old enough for the 10 year fuel pump warranty Ford gave. The stalling problem was a symptom of early Foci. I don't recall the particulars, but I have a 2000, since new and can find the letter if you want the info.
  • tcsnelltcsnell Posts: 1
    Here's the website for this info:
    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems

    Make/Models: FORD / FOCUS Model/Build Years: 2000-2001
    Recall Number: 03V482000
    Summary:
    ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, CONTAMINATION OF THE FILTER IN THE FUEL DELIVERY MODULE (FDM) CAN REDUCE, AND EVENTUALLY BLOCK, THE FLOW OF FUEL TO THE ENGINE.
    Consequence:
    THIS MAY CAUSE ENGINE HESITATION, LOSS OF POWER, SURGING, AND OTHER SIMILAR SYMPTOMS. OVER TIME, THE FILTER MAY BECOME SUFFICIENTLY BLOCKED TO CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
    Remedy:
    THIS ACTION IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND IS NOT BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE SAFETY ACT. ALL OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROBLEM, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FDM WITH A NEW DESIGN AT NO CHARGE IF THE OWNER REPORTS THAT THE VEHICLE EXHIBITS ANY OF THE IDENTIFIED SYMPTOMS. THE FREE REPLACEMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS FOLLOWING THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE OF THE VEHICLE, WITH NO MILEAGE LIMIT. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
    Notes:
    FORD CAMPAIGN NO. 03N01. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

    You may need to be very diligent in this issue. If they tell you the problem has to be 'replicated', this recall mentions NOTHING about that issue...just if the customer complains about the issue. Good luck! tcs
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