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Ford Focus Care & Maintenance



  • Hope you found info before now, but am having the same problem. I understand that the solution is to open up fuse panel cover, see two hold down screws on the fuse block itself. Remove these two screws and flip the fuse block over! There is one 20 amp fuse located on the back of the fuse block! Replace blown fuse, replace fuse block if you can still find the two screws, and... viola! My dealer wanted to rewire the system for $1,500! Go figure...hope this helps.
  • i noticed today that a metal sheet is hanging down underneath my car (Ford focus V reg)it seems to go from the passenger side underneath the exhaust box and stops ends underneath the drivers side where its hanging down any help with what it is would be grateful as i've looked through my maintenance books and cant find what it may be.
  • roushroush Posts: 1
    I want to know if anyone can help i have a 2000 focus zx3 and when i turn the key the electrical sounds like there is a short i changed the battery now the starter is making clicking noises and the electrical didn't change anyone know what the problem is and how to fix it if it would be better to take it to a shop
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,858
    reset itself to 0.0 and stays that way. ?
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • Hi all. I have a 2001 ZX3 with "alloy" wheels. These things looked very cool for the first couple of years, but now have a bunch of whiteish salt stains that I think are impossible to remove. Any thoughts as to what or how to get these wheels looking good again? Thanks.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    The alloys are clear coated, you can try using a cleaner wax such as Nu-Finish, just don't get any on the brake discs.

  • Thanks for the response, Mark. It seems a pitty that the wheels have this clear coat stuff on them. How could this hold up? It would seem like clearcoating wouldn't last very long when put on wheels. Maybe I can strip it off with something and leave the nice pure metal (assuming it is a nice pure metal) left.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,858
    that would be a big mistake. the clearcoat is what hwlps the wheels look so good. i would clean the wheels and follow mark's advice.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • The purpose of the clear coat is protection of the alloy ( aluminum ) wheels from corrosion due to salt, dirt, etc. I f you strip it off you will be in a big canoe without a paddle.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757

  • I have an Focus Sedan 2005 Zx4

    Twice this month when I've started it, it kind of hesitated and wouldn't completely start. I had to turn off and turn the key again and then it was fine.
    Both times were after it's been cold and it's been a few days since I started it. So I don't know if that's normal.

    The other thing is my lights. I brought it to be fixed for something else and they said the lights were fine. For some reason the lights do not stay on. If I do get them to stay on and then use the directionals, they go off and not back on. To keep them on, I have to hold the stupid switch thing down which of course is really hard while driving. It doesnt click or stay in place for some reason.

    Anyone ever have these problems?:blush:
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    sounds like you need to drive your vehicle a bit more often when it's cold, and drive for a while so the vehicle both has time to get to temperature and re-charge the battery. when it's really cold, just short trips are gonna not be good for the vehicle or the battery.

    i presume you mean the stalk mounted switch for the lights. sounds like it needs replacement. any chance the vehicle is still under warranty? explain very clearly what the problem is with the lights (you mean head lights right?). you move the switch to the on position and it doesn't stay? or they come on, but when you use your directionals, thy turn off?

    not familiar with your car and how, where the switches for directional and lights are mounted, but it seems like you may have a mechanical and electrical issue in the steering column.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I would go to Advanced Autoparts or the local equivalent, they will let you borrow their hand held battery tester.

    You could always consider investing in a trickle charger, they are very inexpensive.

    With the Secur-loc anti theft device, you are always drawing a small amount of charge.

  • I just bought a 2001 Ford Focus SE Sport with 87566 miles from the original owner. The car is great except that when you first start driving it, or when in heavy traffic, and you have the heater on, you smell burnt oil. I have seen that there are some TSB's that this problem may fall into. I was wondering if anyone else in this forum has had this problem and how much I can expect to pay, if anything, to get it fixed. Here are the TSB's. Thanks.

  • I just bought a used 2005 Focus ST. I'm wondering what dealer in the northern part of DFW you all would recommend for service or warranty issues. I don't have any issues, just want to know.. Thanks!
  • 4/8/2002 21800 0 Ignition Lock Tumblers
    2/4/2003 47113 406.64 Four Tires
    2/12/2003 51009 332.25 Brakes
    5/24/2003 60293 431.44 Oil Change, Balance tires, Fuel Filter, Pollen Filter, Transmission Fluid Change, PCV Valve, Cooling System Flush
    4/9/2004 87015 420.06 Oil Change, four tires
    8/6/2004 95800 133.27 Warrant Fuel Pump, Fuel Filter, Cooling System Service (radiator), wheel bearing
    10/21/2004 101695 627.48 Spark plugs, Trasmission fluid changed, Front and Rear brakes,
    11/2/2004 102437 305.78 Thermostat Housing and Assembly
    12/15/2004 105500 119.31 Battery
    4/4/2005 113674 258.36 Replace Timing Belt
    5/10/2005 116407 314.01 Two tires, Four wheel alignment
    8/27/2005 125993 264.04 Two New tires
    9/10/2005 126578 120.81 One Tire (hole in sidewall)
    10/15/2005 128549 17.57 Cooling System Service (radiator), self
    10/16/2006 137256 802.62 Throttle cable, right wheel bearing, fuel filter, pcv valve
    1/13/2007 139795 35.04 Transmission fluid change,self $4.60/qt (< 3 qts)
  • barpbarp Posts: 1
    What does the light indicate? I checked the trans fluid-OK, and the manual suggest having vehicle serviced, for what ? !
  • egutinegutin Posts: 2

    I used to read these boards back in 2000 when I decided to buy my ZX3 - the advice was priceless.

    I am now at 128K miles, and still going strong. Ive had a few repairs along the way, but nothing that convinced me to look elsewhere. Knock-on-wood a lot of the non-recall issues affecting this first MY have not affected me.

    I am having two weird things going on which may or may not be related:

    1 - In higher gears I have to depress the gas more than usual in order for anything to happen (higher RMPs, more power). It makes it hard to maintain a regular speed. There is a slight jump when the gas kicks in.

    2 - Sometimes when sitting at a stop sign or red light after downshifting to neutral the engine races up to 3K before settling down to a normal idle.

    Any ideas? Any questions?

    Thanks in advance

    - E
  • jbconnjbconn Posts: 1
    2001 ZX3 with 142,000 miles. Hatchback won't open. Remote switch does not engage solenoid but the key will no longer open door either. What gives? The key unlocks but will not release door to open.
  • john181john181 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Focus Sw with 140k miles. Mine developed the oil smell after about 50K miles. Turned out to be the valve cover gasket. I replaced it and have had no further odor. By the way, it is a Zetec engine

  • dupes01dupes01 Posts: 13
    Anybody out there have a focus that makes a clunking noise when going over bumpy roads? Noise is louder when the temperature is cold. Seems to be coming from the front end.

    I have a 2003 ZX3 with 100K miles. Thought I'd ask since most problems I had so far have been experienced by many owners.
  • blackbjablackbja Posts: 1
    Hello all-
    It's time to trade my big SUV for a more fuel-efficient vechicle. I like the Focus for its price and efficency, and am strongly considering a 2007 ZX4 S, then probably trading it after a year or so if I don't like it. After reading this board, I see a lot of problems with the 2000 model year, but is there anthing I should be concerned about with the new ones?
  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    Welcome to these boards. I contribute from time to time over the last 3 years or so. At that time I bought a 2004 FOCUS zts based upon several factors including favorable comments that NEWER FOCI were receiving on these boards. I still have many strongly favorable views about the car, but if economy (Maximum mpg's) were the only consideration, then I would not recommend it over other choices, either new or used in this category.
    The strong points of the Focus are vehicle dynamics, and fun to drive type factors. If you are a person who has a "feel for the road", you will get this in the Focus and appreciate that there are very few cars in any price range that are its equal in this "Driver Oriented" factor. These factors, btw, make for a safer car as you may stay alert enough to avoid an accident.
    If you have an environmental consideration,(perhaps that is why you are switching from the SUV), then Focus' PZEV rating is about as clean as you get without going to the Hybrid.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,858
    i just had a couple of tsb's done on my '04 focus. there are plastic/rubber insulators that wrap around the front coil springs. i had a metal on metal rubbing noise and a whap/whap noise when turning. replacing them took care of that tightened the steering/suspension feel over bumps.
    you can look at them and see if they are bad.
    also, i had a creaking noise from the back of the car when i would get in or out. the sway bars links were replaced and that noise is gone, also.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • Has anyone replaced their timing belt yet on a 2000 focus with the DOHC motor? I have 109,000 miles and I think the car would benefit from a set a struts and shocks? thanks.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    No Focus motor has a timing belt.

  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    Are you sure? :confuse: I thought the Chains came in only with the 2.3 and maybe the other Duratech motors?
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    The 2.0 SPI did have a timing belt.

    Here is the wikipedia link

    According to Timing belt should be changed every 120k miles.
  • pigloverpiglover Posts: 25
    About a week ago, the automatic door locks and trunk release stopped working. So I suspected a blown fuse. I have been following the posts (#166, 195 and 202) about fuse 63 being so inaccessible. However, I am hesitant to monkey with the fuse panel and I was going to go to the dealer.
    Now I notice the red light door ajar signal is on when I am driving; and I found out why. When I press on the brake pedal the trunk unlocks and the indicator light goes on. This is weird. Fortunately, the lid doesn't pop open. Any ideas? Is there a short. How can the locking mechanism be related to the brake light?
    Up until now I had nothing but praise for the Ford Focus. But to place fuse 63 behind the fuse panel under some wires is plain dumb.
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