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#2873 of 2882 2001 Focus in body shop.
Dec 28, 2010 (7:12 am)
My car is in the body shop with damage to the left front drivers side to the tune of $2800.00. Do you feel I should take it to a mechanic after it is done at the shop ? Does anyone know of a mechanic in Los Angeles or surrounding areas that you really trust ? The car only has 52,000 miles on it and I bought it four months ago.
Also sometimes when I depress the clutch to start it nothing happens, so I let it out and depress it again. Any idea what this may be.
#2874 of 2882 2003 Ford Focus ZX3
Apr 12, 2011 (5:57 pm)
I have just purchased an 03, ZX3. so far seems to run and drive well, fun actually. Has 110,000k. very clean, what should i expect as far as reliability? Car fax says oil has been changed every 3k since new. all service has been done since new. rear door latch not working from dash, key does not fit, opens only with fob. Drivers door does not lock with fob. Wind noise through drivers door. So far happy with car. bought for $4800.
#2875 of 2882 Rpm running hot @ 70mph
May 11, 2011 (11:50 am)
Ok, i have a standard 5spd 2001 zx3, 2.0 zetec engine, dohc that hits 3000rpms 70mph. Apparently, i've been running it that way since i got it but never affected the vehicles performance til 8months later. Now, once it hits 3000rpms, the engine would kind of shut down but not fully. It feels like it automatically made a sudden stop 70-75mph(if u know what i'm talking about). Then the Multi-symptom warning light would come on, just until u slow it down below 3000rpms, then it'll go away. Now, i've been driving it under 66mph just to be safe. It doesn't overheat. However, the temp guage is almost mid point. I did replace the thermostat housing cuz it was leaking & the thermostat, but it started leaking again. Even before & after, with the coolant its normal with no leak for a month, it had no affect to the heating problem of the engine.
I have no idea what to do. The ac/heat still works perfectly. Can any relate or could help me with this issue? Much appreciated.
#2876 of 2882 Focus ZX3-2002-Electrical-Headlights
Aug 28, 2011 (9:32 am)
For some time now one of my headlights has been dim. When I asked my regular mechanic about it repeatedly, he would say nothing was wrong when he checked. Now, my headlights are stuck in the bright position, right headlight is bright, left headlight is dim and I cant click them back to normal. Is this an issue just with a fuse or something more ominous?
#2877 of 2882 Troubleshooting leak near thermostat housing
Dec 01, 2011 (5:34 am)
Ive been trying to troubleshoot a leak with my 2000 ZTS that I can see just under the thermostat housing. Ive replaced both the upper and lower heater hoses that go into the housing along with the thermostat, thermostat gasket/o-ring and the thermostat housing to head gasket/o-ring. Is there a 3rd gasket/o-ring I should check or replace that is associated with the thermostat housing? Do the screws that attach the thermostat housing cover need to have the gasket/sealant applied to them and/or do they need to be torked down? Do you use the blue silicone that is flexible that could possibly flake off into the thermostat or do u use the Permatex form a gasket? Also there is a hole under the housing that looks like maybe a hose would go on under the housing and to the left of the lower heater hose-what is that for? I also heard about an aluminum plug under the thermostat housing that has an o-ring seal but dont see it. Can anyone please HELP ME ID BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL
#2878 of 2882 Re: Little Bitty Wire Causing BIIIGGGG Problems! [mrsweaver126]
Jan 24, 2012 (1:11 pm)
i am having the same problems you are. but i dont know what little wire you are speaking. please enlighten me, i need to try something to get it started.
#2879 of 2882 Re: spare keys [cobie]
Jul 28, 2012 (7:15 am)
What a shame. I would agree with you to go and get a spare key immediately, if the new fords are doing this.
My key broke off in the hatch. Got it out but can't use it to program a new one with the other original. I don't understand why Ford would do such a thing. Having one good key is all you should need to program a new one.
Now a new key cost $25 for the key and $80 to have the dealer program it.
#2880 of 2882 Re: Troubleshooting leak near thermostat housing [yopollygirl]
Dec 27, 2012 (8:03 am)
The problem is the thermostat housing, which is made of plastic, has a crack in it. It will leak once the system is hot and pressurized. I just put one in my car. $26.99 at advance auto. When replacing, do not over tighten and crack the new one.
#2881 of 2882 Re: Little Bitty Wire Causing BIIIGGGG Problems! [ncalibro]
Jan 19, 2013 (12:48 pm)
not completely sure but that wire connects to the engine shut off ( which is by passengers right calf ) if it keeps coming off just use some red lock tight and if you still cannot get it to start the wire is broken from there to engine cut off or the engine cut off part is bad
#2882 of 2882 Re: carlady [mrsweaver126]
Jan 19, 2013 (12:59 pm)
okay after you replaced the starter did that take care of the key fob problem
the head light and whiper problem is probably in that hole mechanism ( easy fix )
the break switch problem is one of two things
it has come loose and needs adjustment or there is a lot of junk that has built on it and not letting the switch to go all the way down