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#431 of 637 rear lights/electrical
Jan 05, 2006 (8:47 am)
I recently found myself without any dashboard or rear lights on my 2001 Ford Focus Wagon SE. The Ford dealership told me that the wires going through the back hatch are being worn from opening and closing the back hatch and tripped the fuse. He's telling me that to replace the electrical wires he needs to take the inside roof off and replace the whole line. Is anyone else having this problem?
Jan 05, 2006 (1:18 pm)
Yes - you need snows on all 4 wheels, or else handling will be dicey.
#433 of 637 Re: hotx3 [celticepona]
Jan 09, 2006 (2:32 pm)
I put mid-range rain/snow tires on all four wheels and have excellent handling. The tire's tread is not as deep as it would be on an all snow tire, but the tire design has a lot of sipes. With those tires on all four wheels, it handles quite well in snow. It is a softer tire and a little noisey on the highway, but handles considerably better than the original tires on this 2001 wagon.
#434 of 637 Re: Vibration when in reverse [redford2001]
Jan 15, 2006 (7:56 pm)
Hi I have a 2000 SE 4-door Focus with the same problem. When I first start it in the morning I get alot of noise and vibration in park at idle. When put it into reverse the noise and vibration gets worse the steering wheel shakes really bad and the noise sounds like a rumbling sound, you cant hear any noise outside the car, just inside. The colder the weather the vibration and noise gets worse. I have taken the car to the Ford dealer 3 times and of course they never can find the problem. Only my money. I believe the problem is with the motor mounts. I read the right motor mount could be bad due to defective hardware resulting in noise, vibration. Also the rear motor mount could also be bad causing the problem. Im going to replace both maybe this will help. Not taking it back to a Ford dealer
#435 of 637 Re: Vibration when in reverse [healeyman2]
Jan 15, 2006 (8:22 pm)
My son's Focus (has been traded off now) had the same baffling problem. It was a ruptured formed hose fitting on the PCV tube going from the valve cover to the intake manifold. Engine ran really rough at start up. I finally took the hose off and found that the hose fitting on the metal tube at the intake vacuum "T" was rotted allowing air in when cold. Seemed to heal itself when warm. The rubber ends of the metal PCV tube are meant to degrade in the land fill, apparently, and rot in place instead. Very soft rubber part. About thirty bucks. Block off the "T" at the manifold and see if it runs better at cold start up.
#436 of 637 Ford focusdrivetrain warranty-is it for real?
Jan 18, 2006 (9:44 pm)
#437 of 637 Ford focusdrivetrain warranty-is it for real?
Jan 18, 2006 (9:43 pm)
I've seen a lot of info on a transferable 5 year 100000 mile drive train warranty for the post 2002 Ford Focuses. Does anybody know where you can get written details on this? Is it automatically transferred with my recently purchased 03 wagon?
#438 of 637 Re: Ford focusdrivetrain warranty-is it for real? [chartbear]
Jan 23, 2006 (11:25 am)
It's for real and automatically transfered. You should be able to get a copy from a dealer. They ran an OASIS report on my 04 which was purchased used and it said my car was eligible with a $100 deductable. I think it may vary depending on what state it was purchased in. However, I didn't think to get a copy of the actual warranty.
#439 of 637 Re: Ford focusdrivetrain warranty-is it for real? [jazvan]
Jan 27, 2006 (6:17 pm)
Thanks, but I'm still not comfortable. The representative at the Ford customer service site said that the warranty didn't apply to this car based on my VIN number. She could supply absolutly no other information about the warranty scheme and wouldn't refer me to managment.
The dealer rep also ran an OASIS and said the the warranty did apply. When it comes down to a repair which source do you think the repairing dealer will say is valid? My owner's manual has a statement that says a "warranty" applies only to cars in Puerto Rico and Florida. Elsewhere there is a "service agreement". Ford's website has a news release only from Puerto Rico. Something is fishy here.
#440 of 637 Re: 2005 ZXW brake issues? [ajweeks]
Jan 30, 2006 (5:36 pm)
I'm the one with the problems...yes, it affects all 2005 Ford Focus Models. There is a service bulliten for it and if you are going to be going skiing or something along those lines I would have the service bulliten applied (although it did not get rid of the problem completely it did improve the inital braking performance). After much greif, Ford just replaced it with a 2006...which exhibits the same type of weaker brake performance at at cold starts but its not nearly as bad as it was with the 2005. Even though I like how it drives etc, I still wish I went with a Civic because of the brakes.