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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
#296 of 334 Re: transmission issue/idle issue...Related? [autoidiot]
Jun 04, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Did you ever fiqure out what was wrong with your car? I'm having the same problem with it now...
#297 of 334 car putting and stalls
Jun 04, 2008 (2:36 pm)
I have a 2001 ford focus ZX3 and i was pressing the gas it started to putt, i downshifted to 2nd then it died out! i have gas in it (meaning low but before the light!). any ideas? comments? im thinkin a problem with the fuel filter or fuel pump!
#298 of 334 Re: CD ROM Service Manual [silver_bullet]
Jul 27, 2008 (6:16 pm)
Silver Bullet, do you still have that cd? If so, does it offer any advice on how to get the alternator out of the engine compartment once you remove it from the mountings? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#299 of 334 Modifying Focus driver's seat...
Jul 28, 2008 (7:56 am)
I'm told that car seats are angled upward on the sides to help keep passengers in place, but the the angles of the seats seem to work on a pressure point that is causing what maybe a sciatic nerve inflammation, something I've never suffered from. At 200 pounds, I am not overly large for a Focus seat. Is their a seat cushion on the market for cars that is designed to fill the gap between the raised edges of car seats? I think this could solve my problem.
Bring back bench seats in cars where you can move around a bit while driving.
#300 of 334 Re: Ford Focus [tom71]
Apr 11, 2009 (10:56 am)
Well, my 04 Focus hatchback has 113,000 miles and the only problem I've had was to replace the rear shocks. Otherwise it's been good reliable transportation. We take a couple of 5000+ mile driving trips a year and will average about 32mpg. So, for us, it's still a great car.
#301 of 334 Re: oil smell in cabin of 01 Focus [fdeering]
Apr 20, 2009 (1:17 pm)
Close the windows/sunroof, and shut off the blower. Set the fresh air/recirc button to recirc. Breathe easy. Next time take it to a PROFESSIONAL, before you burn it down! It's only your car!
#302 of 334 Re: oil smell in cabin of 01 Focus [whitey9]
Apr 20, 2009 (1:57 pm)
Hey, be nice - other folks have had similar problems - if you don't have anything constructive to add to the discussion, I'd appreciate it if you would butt out.
#303 of 334 AIR FILTER RESISTANCE GUAGE
May 29, 2009 (2:02 pm)
This is a Plastic cylinder just aft of Air Cleaner box. It is not in clear sight and I don' t remember reading any thing about it in the Owners Manual for the 2.3 engine Focus 2004. Has any body had any experience with this ?
#304 of 334 Re: 2003 Focus Wagon SE rear creak [ekelly9]
Jun 10, 2009 (5:36 pm)
I own a 2006 ZX4 SES (Sedan) and my car was exhibiting what sounds from your description to be exactly the same problem. My car's squeaking was emanating from two places:
Underneath the car, there is a bracket and bushing assembly which supports the parking brake cable near the rear suspension. As the passenger's side rear wheel moves up and down with the bumps in the road, this bracket assembly apparently can be the source of a squeaking noise as the parking brake cable moves with the suspension. This is my dealer's explanation anyhow. He fixed it in 10 minutes and didn't even charge me for it.
The other place is inside the car and it involves the rear seat. The seat backs are hinged in three places: extreme passenger's side, extreme driver's side, and in the middle where the seat back is split. Each hinge base is secured to the floorpan with torx-head screws. The seat back parts of the hinge are essentially metal dowels that are threaded through the base assemblies. The hinges themselves are quite robust but the metal-to-metal between the hinge dowels and the hinge bases can cause squeaking as the car goes over bumps. The seat hinge is pretty free-moving, so there is just enough side-to-side play in the seat hinges to cause squeaking.
A surefire way to test is to have someone ride in the back seat. That is something I had never done, since this car is only driven by me, and only occasionally do I have my wife with me, who of course rides in the front passenger seat. But something told me to try that and VOILA!! The infernal squeaking went silent. I had my wife return to the front and like magic, the squeaking returned.
I got some spray silicone-based dry lubricant and sprayed it liberally into all three hinge assemblies and my car is now squeak-free!
As for the body flexing, the Ford Focus platform is actually quite commendably stiff. The Focus was designed as not only a bread-and-butter compact car for the hoi polloi, it was designed as the platform for Ford Racing's European rally racing efforts, and as such it has been very successful. The Focus, despite its humble pretensions, is structurally a quite solid piece of work.