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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#320 of 338 Re: 2005 Focus SES Alignment Problems [steve502]
Mar 04, 2010 (2:24 pm)
My '04 ZTS has 80,000 K, and I have posted before regarding "Tire Problems and Strategies for this vehicle. The original equipment tires were "" assymetrical non- directional All-season" Pirelli P-6's. Although they are not rated highly in Tire rack surveys, and I was not impressed with them after the original 20,000 plus miles, I may be looking to install a similar type of tire as soon as as snow season is over.
Over the last 6 years I have been through too many Max Performance summer tires which are only used for 7-8 months of the year. They were amazing in grip but have no guarantees for treadware and as they are typically directional they can not be rotated except front-back. It is obviously a trade-off. In this particular ( Focus) type of suspension & alignment set-up, It seems that tires with softer compounds are stressed especially in the 205-50 16 inch size. The smaller winter tire which I use does not seem to have these problems.
When it comes my tire costs over these 61/2 years, this has not been an economy car
But the Driving dynamics of these cars are tops, I will definitly be looking at the new model in 12 months or so !
#321 of 338 replacing air filter 2007 Focus at 100,000 miles
Mar 13, 2010 (9:28 am)
I was surprised to find out that I did not have to change air filter until 100,000 miles. Really surprised when I found out it cost approx. $500. The mechanic told me later that I really did not have to do it; it looked good since I drive lots of highway miles. Why is this filter so different from others and to protect car when should I change it? I am anxious to get answers and cannot find any.
#322 of 338 Re: Fuse Panel 2007 Focus [piglover]
Mar 24, 2010 (8:43 am)
On my focus there are 2 tabs on the cd storage box. Push those in and it should come out easily. I have do it and is a bit tough at first cause I was scared to break it. But just apply some pressure to the tabs.
#323 of 338 Re: replacing air filter 2007 Focus at 100,000 miles [jordan24]
Mar 24, 2010 (8:48 am)
I was informed this morning by a mechanic that those filters should be self cleaning and should not have to be replaced. I'm not sure since I have never heard of this before.
#324 of 338 Re: replacing air filter 2007 Focus at 100,000 miles [callieabby]
Mar 26, 2010 (2:32 am)
These filters are not self cleaning , they will clog up and need replacement eventually. There is a gauge built into the side that indicates how the filter is operating, green is good, red is bad.This must be checked while the engine is running.You can go to the Visteon web site to learn more about the filter, look for "Air Induction Systems".
#325 of 338 Upgraded wiper blades for ford focus
Mar 27, 2010 (1:59 pm)
On my mission to find an upgraded rear wiper blade for my Focus Hatchback, I found a great wiper blade for all around... If you want to upgrade to the newer-style frameless wipers, I could only find one aftermarket choice that had the 14" size for the rear as well as the 22" ds & 19" ps. I found the "Trico NeoForm Beam Blades" online and they're fairly priced, wipe super well, are super quiet, and look really good. They perform well in rain, mist, snow and ice and put up with the abuse of a Wisconsin winter. The place I bought them from just notified me that there's a $15 rebate thru 5/15/2010. I highly recommend...
#326 of 338 2002 Focus - Door Trim Panel Removal?
Jul 15, 2010 (6:36 pm)
I need to remove the interior door trim panel of the rear driver's side door of my 2002 Focus 4 door sedan. I removed all the little screws around the outside of the panel and also the little screw behind the inside door handle. What else is holding this panel in? It's not budging, and I hesitate to just start prying things apart. Anyone?
#327 of 338 Re: 2005 Focus SES Alignment Problems [comanchero1]
Aug 27, 2011 (12:43 pm)
I have a 2009 and a 2005 Ford Focus. My 2009 bought new we went through our first set of tires by 22K miles. I took it to the dealer to see what the problem was and they told me that Ford had a known problem with the camber and the only thing we could do is install some kit at our expense to correct this otherwise we will continue to experience excessive wear. Ford does not cover this under any warranty as it is considered by them a wear and tear issue. They know they have an issue with their rear suspension alignments but they do not want to address it at their expense. I now have 38K and will be neededing a second set of tires soon. I drive this all highway for the most part. My other complaint is the A/C system is not all that great here in Arizona heat. Takes awhile to cool yet my 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee A/C gets gold very quickly.
#328 of 338 Can't change air filter on 2010 SE
Sep 01, 2011 (1:38 pm)
I want to check to see if the dealer actually changed the air filter which they suggested even though I only have 15000 miles. I unsnap the 3 clamps on top but can only get the top to tilt up a fraction of an inch,don't want to force it. From what I can see the filter looks to be orange color,don't know if that would be OEM or not.
Also what is the plastic gizmo on the side of the filter that sticks up like a handle?
#329 of 338 2000 Ford Focus LX Single Cam WONT START
Sep 22, 2011 (10:40 pm)
Okay where to start, my 2000 Ford Focus has been a nightmare this last month of owning it. I will bypass all of the other problems that it had so I can figure out my most immediate need.
Hereís what has been replaced in the car so far: alternator, fuel relay and fuse for the fuel pump, the gas cap, and the battery.
My car broke down the other day when I was at Sonic with my boyfriend. We tried to start it like 6 times and it just wouldn't go. We called a tow truck; he came by and went to go put the car in neutral. He starts the car, the first time and it starts right up. We get in the car amazed and drive it home.
The vehicle now will not start, sometimes if I let it sit awhile it will attempt to start (since all the lights come on and such) but it just refuses to roll over all the way.
Very shortly before all this I would have to disconnect the connector on the battery for about a minute or two, then reconnect it and start it. Giving it some gas right after I started the car was vital since it would putter out, as if it's getting no fuel.
Also the Fuel Cut Off Switch was poking up (meaning it was engaged) so we pushed it back down. Don't know if that helps at all.
To continue...after reading up on many of the forums and talking with people from auto marts, Iíve come up with a list of the possible problems.
(I don't know anything about cars, but I'm trying to learn so I can fix my car)
Possible Problems that may need to be replaced:
1) Green #30 fuse for the Ignition in slot 8
2) Cam Sensor
3) Ignition Coil (which I just bought a replacement for, but have not installed it yet.)
4) Fuel Relay (I have already replaced this, so it should be crossed off the list)
5) Fuel Cut off Switch
Please if anyone can help me I swear I'll get rid of this nightmare of a car and get a foreign car!