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#107 of 160 Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!!
Jun 16, 2006 (11:21 am)
Have been having this problem since 33,000 miles. Now have 43,000 miles. Have had it in the dealership 3 times and had the brakes pads, shoes all upgraded with the TSB from Ford. The last visit they even attached some kind of magnets to the brake area and told me that the squealling may come back and it did. Soooo sick of it and it is very annoying coming to a stop to hear that noise. Still owe on this car, any advice on how to fix this problem? Thank You
#108 of 160 Ford Focus 2003 SE Ignition Problems
Jun 25, 2006 (6:32 am)
I started having problems with my ignition sticking and not being able to turn the key a few months ago. On May 31st I parked my car at my daughters house and tried for a whole day to get the key to turn and it wouldn't. I called 2 different Ford Dealers in Edmonton, 1 where I bought it and another closer to where the car was. Where I bought the car I was quoted $300-500 for the repair (plus towing it there would have probably cost another $150). The closer dealer quoted me $400-700. This particular dealer's service department was very rude to me when I asked them how come the price difference and if they would arrange the towing to which they said no. They would not give me a timeline to when the car would be fixed! I was also moving and my boss came out to help move my things into my new residence and said he would go home and research the problem on the internet. He called me later that evening and said that a woman from Edmonton had called Dial Locksmith to fix her car and it cost $200! So I called them the next morning and they quoted approximately $200-300. Early afternoon I met them at my car and the very qualified and pleasant technician proceeded to drill out my ignition and only charged me $175.00!!! I would totally recommend them to anyone in the Edmonton Area as they are quick and you save the towing charges and hassle with Ford. I also will be looking into where to send a letter to Ford with my complaint. They must get 1000's of them!!
#109 of 160 Ford Focus 2000 Ignition Problems - Temp Solution
Jul 05, 2006 (9:55 am)
I experienced this problem 2 months after purchasing a used Focus. The first time it happened, the 1st locksmith contacted by AAA refused to help me citing ignition problems were extremely common in the Focus and they could not help me. They recommended having it towed directly to the dealer. Fortunately, a 2nd locksmith was contacted and he was able to get the key to turn by spraying WD-40 into the ignition, putting the key in the ignition and tapping the top end of the key with the handle of a screwdriver. I've used this technique for the past 6 months and have a can of WD-40 in my car at all times. The problem has progressed to the point where I have to pound the crap out of the key in the ignition about 20-30 times before I can get it to turn. I was using my hand until it started bruising, now I'm using the manual that came with the car. I'll have to get it fixed very soon, but hopefully this technique will help someone in a jam!
#110 of 160 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 (SE)
Aug 16, 2006 (5:31 pm)
When I tell people that I have a Ford Focus ZX4 SE, I feel proud... up until today. My key is stuck in the ignition... I can turn the car on, but I can't remove the key. I've wiggled and jiggled... for nothing. I see that this is a common problem (that I wish I would have know about before my purchase last year) with a common temporary fix, shelling out $300+ to get the ignition replaced... not happening over here because I'm a broke college student. So now I get to decorate my steering collum with Hawaiian Lei's that double as a disguise for the KEY THAT'S STUCK IN THE IGNITION!!! WTF!!!
I did some more reading... yeah, my CD player went crazy on me in May but I was under warrenty and the Ford dealer got me a new one the next day... after yelling profanities at the ONLY COMPANY IN THE STATE OF INDIANA THAT CAN REPAIR CD PLAYERS IN FORD AUTOMOBILES!!!... and I had to demand a next-day appointment just to get it taken care of. :mad:of my vents... and I thought maybe I was crazy, but like others out there, my AC doesn't blow out of all of my vents.
What's next my fellow Focus owners??? I've read about breaks... and ignitions... and vents... and air bags... Please... no more problems... please... I'm broke!
Broke College Student With A Well Decorated Focus In Indiana
#111 of 160 Re: Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!! [destriana]
Aug 18, 2006 (4:02 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Focus and have been having this same problem since February. I've taken it to be fixed twice and the problem only comes back. What can we do about it? Have you had any luck getting this fixed, I can't stand it anymore.
#112 of 160 Re: Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!! [briggy05]
Aug 19, 2006 (8:56 am)
Have you tried a good quality after market brake lining? That should work.
#113 of 160 Re: Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!! [briggy05]
Aug 20, 2006 (9:03 am)
Thank you for your reply. I truly apprciate it. Another TSB came out in July 2006 and I took it back into the dealership, good thing I had checked on the computer because the dealer will not call you in for sure. They replaced the rear wheel cylinders and replaced the rear pads again for the 3rd time and have not had a squeellllllling noise since! YEA!!!!! It was the rear wheel cylinders the whole time!
#114 of 160 Re: Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!! [destriana]
Aug 26, 2006 (6:36 pm)
I have a 2000 Ford Focus and our local dealership told us that ford does not know what causes the brakes to squeal. I have replaced mine numerous times and they start it right back up, it gets embarrassing!!! It's a shame Ford doesn't know how to fix them.
#115 of 160 Re: Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!! [paintcrazy]
Aug 27, 2006 (7:04 pm)
Guess I spoke toooooo soon, the squeeling has returned yet again been almost 2 weeks since the dealer replaced the rear wheel cylinders. This is my 5th time to the local Ford dealer had it allllll done, pads, shoes, drums looked at etc. and last but not least the wheel cylinders on the rear. I was reading that CA had a class action suit regarding the Ford Focus 2000, 2001 on the internet! Sooooo sick of it and I still owe another 2 years on it! FED UP!
#116 of 160 Central Timer Module
Aug 30, 2006 (12:30 am)
I have a 2000 Ford Focus SE. About a year ago the interior light stopped working (new bulb didn't help) and the window defrost on the rear window stopped working. According to the manual I have this could be the CTM (Central Timer Module). I found out that this part is $50. The dealership said it would be a minimum of $100 to look into the problem. Has anyone had this problem? If you did, what was the cause? Thanks