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#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.
#141 of 160 Re: front struts? [03 ZTS Zetec]
May 26, 2009 (12:44 pm)
My experience is much like Ed's -- during slow turns it'll ping, almost like a spring is twanging -- but I don't notice it in the gentle turns on the highway.
It also makes the noise when I go over a bump in the road, but otherwise handling hasn't been affected.
I'd much rather not face a steep repair bill, like Ed. -- any thoughts? (And thanks for the help!)
#142 of 160 Check Engine Light
May 26, 2009 (1:13 pm)
I have had a check engine light on for a year now. The code is engine lean bank one. I have had smoke test done on this car and replaced two O2 sensors. And still no luck. Where I live it will not pass the emissions test so soon I will not be able to drive my car. Has anyone have the same problem.
#143 of 160 Re: front struts? [bo2003focus]
Jun 07, 2009 (2:55 pm)
I have had two cars that made a noise like this. Both needed new sway bar link(s). Just replaced one on my wife's Escape, problem solved. The OEM had only plastic to surround the ball on either end. Replaced with a MOOG unit, holy cow like a bomb shelter with grease fittings and all. BTW, if you grab the link at either end and try to move it, if it's bad, it will allow wiggle.
#144 of 160 Re: Check Engine Light [conanh]
Jun 07, 2009 (3:39 pm)
Yes, I have a 2001 Ford Focus SE and the check engine light was on for almost 5 months...I changed the gas cap, did not make a difference light still stayed on....Went to the local Ford dealership, they found nothing wrong...said "they were puzzled!"....Then had the battery changed 3 weeks ago....Light is gone now....Yea!!!!!!
#145 of 160 Re: Check Engine Light [conanh]
Aug 24, 2009 (5:54 pm)
hello i'm a ford master tech . my dads focus check engine light came on while he was visiting . retreived code po171 . bank 1 sys lean, did normal test for vacumm leaks ,fuel pressure . found nothing normally wrong . after extensive diagnosis
found pcv valve bad. this is on a 2001 focus spi motor, pcv located right upper corner of valve cover . this may fix your problem. dealer only part. vbut not really expensive. disconnect battery to reset keep alive memory,
#146 of 160 Re: Ford Focus 2001 Rear Brakes Squealling!! [destriana]
Aug 27, 2009 (2:13 pm)
I had this problem 5 years ago. I replaced the brake shoes and it was still squealing to I replace them again and had the drums turned and the squealing has never come back.