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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#286 of 334 Re: Ford Focus Fuel Cap [lwen]
Apr 20, 2008 (11:58 am)
Same thing happened on my 2000 Ford Focus. I had the key but for whatever reason it would not come off, I waited a few days until I needed gas then I called around for a locksmith and their prices to take the thing off. I did not want to do it myself as I was thinking I might set off a spark or something and the thing would explode. Prices for a locksmith ranged from $85 down to $40. 'Course I went with the cheaper one and guess what? He pried it off with a screwdriver! Could have done it myself now I know better. Save yourself the money and do it yourself.
#287 of 334 Car jumping and now it just stalled.
May 10, 2008 (11:38 am)
2005 Focus Sedan. Automatic. 19,000 miles on it.
All of a sudden the car has been jumping. It's random, it's happened driving 80 on the highway or 30 on the street. Sometimes it's kind of jumped or hesitated when I accelerated BUT it's also done it when I've taken my foot off the gas and was just letting the car roll.
Yesterday, I went to brake at a red light and the car wasn't stopping as fast as it should've. The only *excuse* that would make any sense was that it was raining and I could've been in a deep puddle and it slid. As if that wasn't bad enough, the car stalled. I stepped on the gas and it did nothing so I had to shut it off (again, still sticking out in the middle of an intersection and pissing a bunch of people behind me off) and wait like 5 minutes before I was able to go again. I can't blame the rain because it wasn't raining that hard and I've driven in much worse rain and much bigger puddles than that.
#288 of 334 Re: Car jumping and now it just stalled. [randomness]
May 10, 2008 (6:20 pm)
What do you mean by the term jumping?
#289 of 334 Re: Car jumping and now it just stalled. [randomness]
May 10, 2008 (7:13 pm)
Exactly that. Jumping. Like driving down a road and the ride going smooth and all of a sudden the car jerks or jumps even when the gas isn't pushed. This has only happened a couple of times. It didn't do this the day it stalled at the light.
I guess it's also kind of hesitated when I've pushed the gas because there were times on the highway I had to push it harder than I normally had to push it and kind of pump it. That's also only happened a couple times so I didn't think much of it.
#290 of 334 Re: Car jumping and now it just stalled. [randomness]
May 13, 2008 (9:40 am)
And of course I bring it to the dealer and they can't find anything wrong.
"We took it for a ride and it was perfectly fine"
Ummm yeah because like I said.. it doesn't happen every time I drive.
Another wasted $90.
#291 of 334 Re: Car jumping and now it just stalled
May 13, 2008 (10:25 am)
it sounds like your transmission is faulty. when was the last time you had it serviced? I'd check with the garage that did the service and ask them if there are any service bulletins on it.
#292 of 334 oil smell in cabin of 01 Focus
May 13, 2008 (10:28 am)
I have a burning oil smell in the cabin of my 01 Focus. i replaced the power steering pump which was leaking fluid onto the exhaust and it's better. it maybe the residual smell in the air vents. Anyone any ideas about getting rid of this residual smell inside the cabin?
#293 of 334 Re: Car jumping and now it just stalled [fdeering]
May 13, 2008 (5:27 pm)
Yeah, after looking through the transmission thread and reading the old post...sounds like some people are having similar issues with no answers.
I had it "serviced" today. They found nothing wrong.
#294 of 334 Re: Car jumping and now it just stalled [randomness]
May 18, 2008 (7:26 pm)
I'm guessing by "jumping" you mean to say, in car talk, uncommanded acceleration. Transmission IS a possibility, but not the first one I'd look at. A computer controls most timing/fuel mix settings, and can command the throttle as well (do you have DSC or AdvanceTrak?) Maybe a reflash of the ECM (electronic control module, or whatever it's called on a Focus) might do the trick.
Then again, you may have put in some crap fuel, which can cause similar issues. Ethanol (even at 10%) is crap, as it robs power and gas mileage. Don't get me going on that JUNK that goes in our fuel...though, it seems to be popular with unknowing fools these days spouting their foolish garbage about helping the farmer at the cost of feed prices...sorry
Good luck, and keep us posted!
#295 of 334 06 Focus rust problems
May 26, 2008 (5:12 pm)
Hi - I have an 06 Focus Sedan silver, with only 14k miles. Never paid much attention to the coat on such a new car (although I had it cleaned/waxed regularly - live in the Northeast). After being to the carwash today, I've noticed multiple (over 100) small superficial rust spots, especially on the lower half of the doors and on the door frames. Many of them were already too deep to remove just by wiping/rubbing. Did anybody have a similar problem? Could Ford be of any help (I guess warranty would only cover if it's already perforating). What can I do on my own - remove with polish and then wax by hand? Use touch-up paint afterwards? Any input is appreciated.