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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Jan 13, 2009 (6:47 am)
I am hearing a noise, sounds like an ehaust pipe knocking on the right front side of the car most of the time i go over even the slightest bump-at low speeds. seems not to happen if it is very cold outside. i had it checked out and was told it was probably the right tie rod so i had it replaced and aligned-the noise is still there. now i am told that the noise is coming form the front strut- the vehicle handles well, no bouncing, no dipping on corners, etc- just that noise at speeds at 0-30 kph. any one out there have the same problem, it will cost about $700 to replace the front strut assemblies and i don't want the same noise after the work is done. this is a 2001 focus with 138 km on it
#132 of 160 Re: front struts? [edwithfocus]
Jan 13, 2009 (7:26 am)
Had this noise from my 2001 UK focus.
Turned out to be the anti-roll bar link.
This bolts from the Shock to the end of the rollbar
It Has a ball and socket on each end shrouded by a rubber "boot"
If this boot gets torn or ripped dirt and grit gets into the balljoint
and can causes wear - causing it to rattle.
Lucky it is cheap and easy to replace.
#133 of 160 Re: Ignition Switch [maureen9]
Jan 24, 2009 (5:59 pm)
I have a 2003 Focus SE. I bought it brand new and the switch is wearing a groove
on the end of the key. I went to the dealer last year and showed them what it was doing. They said eventually that I would have to replace it. I asked if there was a recall on it and they said no ,that it would cost about $300.00 .
#134 of 160 Re: Power Window Screeching/Poor Actuation [cindery]
Jan 24, 2009 (7:32 pm)
Yes, I have a 2001 Focus with power windows. I have replaced 1 each plastic piece that is the window guide....it is the piece that holds the glass secure while the window rolls up and down....(cheap part) but not cheap to replace...Thusfar I have replaced that particular part on 3 windows....each time I took it to the dealer the manager said "the rubber needs cleaning"....thennnnn when I would leave it would still "screech" and of course at different times each window finally broke (that piece I was telling you about) and then I had to go back to the dealer again...the manager just laughed and said "what are YOU doing to these windows to make them all break?"....Not funny!
#135 of 160 RE: Transmission Jurking
Jan 24, 2009 (8:03 pm)
I also have problems with the transmission jurking when riding down the highway,doesn't matter what speed you are going. It will jurk without warning.I took it to the dealer when it first started in 2005 and exsplained the problem to them.I asked them to put it on the computer and try to find out the problem. All they did was hop in the car and drive it for two miles and come back telling me that they didn't find anthing wrong. One year went by and the jurking started getting worse. It didn't do it all the time, just once or twice a month. In 2007 I took it back complaining that the problem was getting worse. They test drove it again ,and nothing was wrong they said. So I kept on taking it back, and nothing was done. Early last year I took it for an oil change and to have the transmission fluid change.I bought a manual for the car and looked through it,searching for where the pcv valve would be located.The reason why is, I know that the pcv valve has something to do with the transmission changing gears, don't know exactly what yet because I haven't gotten that far in my schooling yet. But I found out that the pcv valve has a filter located in the air filter box at the very bottom in the left corner on the 2003 models. You will have to check the manual for different models. It is about a 1 inch by 1 inch foam spongy like square filter. You can only get the filter from the Ford dealership and they will have to order it.I got and changed the filter and so far I haven't had anymore problems out of it yet. I don't know how often that it is suppost to be changed because noone at the dealership knows[ some mechanic]. SORRY FOR RAMBLING BUT MAYBE THAT WILL HELP SOMEONE IF THEY RUN INTO THE SAME PROBLEM.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL
#136 of 160 Re: engine swap [bradleyfarms]
Feb 19, 2009 (4:34 pm)
I have the same question.my engine is shot and would like to put a D.O.H.C. engine my focus SE.it has a S.O.H.C. in it.
Cane this be done and have you done it? thanks
#137 of 160 focus 03 ignition switch problem.
Mar 08, 2009 (1:43 pm)
I own 03 focus se model. Ignition switch doesn't bother me yet. Just wanted to replace it before it quits on me. For some reason i can't remove the lock cylinder.
I removed steering column covers, turned steering wheel 90 degrees to the right, turned key in acc position, located small hole in the ignition switch housing- I don't
see small button inside the hole to press.
Any ideas, please advise
#138 of 160 Re: focus 03 ignition switch problem. [marked1]
Apr 04, 2009 (11:00 am)
I have a 2001 Focus SE....Have had 2 previous issues with the ignition locking and was unable to turn it to start the vehicle...I am able to insert the key but unable to start the vehicle based upon the locking issue...I have been told from a local locksmith this can be resolved by drilling out the tumbler (gutting it, less costly) and or replacing the ignition (more costly)...took it to the local dealer and they (acted as tho they had not heard of this problem) also quoting $464 to replace the ignition...I checked my other spare keys (3) (which I had to pay for since they only sold the vehicle with 1 key to me) and I requested which key had the PATS II computer programming to start the vehicle and they said they cannot tell if the key has been programmed for my vehicle and yet I had it programmed at this dealership?....Meanwhile I frustratingly insert the key and tap it gently to allow the key to actually unlock and function....this is only a temporary fix...Ford needs to initiate an actual RECALL and replace this defective part...
#140 of 160 Re: focus 03 ignition switch problem. [terryxb]
Apr 05, 2009 (4:14 pm)
Thank you so very much for this information...I certainly appreciate it.