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#393 of 490 Re: Predicting or detecting electrical problems in 2007 Ford Focus? [99_escort_se]
Mar 16, 2011 (7:28 am)
We have had a 2007 Ford Focus for several years (which we also bought used) and we love it. I have to have a van but my husband needed something that gets great mileage for work and the Focus has been wonderful. The only problem we have had (happened twice) was that it would not go in park. I found the answer on here (Ford knows about it but has done nothing about it.) There is a ring at the bottom of the gear shift and my husband just pulled it up and it hasn't happened again. We bought from a dealer we know and trust and he lets us drive anything we want for a day or two if we want to. We drove the Focus for a day and decided it was just what we needed. In fact, we were all set to sign the papers on a brand new Nissan (which is a good car too) but decided to go with the cheaper Focus even though it was used. We recommend it highly but then anyone can get a lemon so there are never any guarantees. No one model is going to be perfect on every car.
#394 of 490 electrical problems
Mar 16, 2011 (1:26 pm)
Better stay away from this 1, I will advise you to buy a CHEAP digital volt-amp meter $5-10
Cheak voltage across battery posts with eng running. should not exceed 14.2-14.6 Volts.
If it is over this it can boil the battery and warp the plates, ruin the battery and then burn up the alternator. This usually happens with cheap after market parts. INFO ONLY
#395 of 490 I changed my lighter Fuse But now other thngs wont work
Mar 28, 2011 (7:02 am)
I have a 05 ford focus and i changed the lighter fuse and now the windows .interior lights wont work and the radio goes on but no sound I didnt touch any other fuse or anything I hope Someone Can help me ! Thank you DeeDee !
Apr 26, 2011 (3:34 am)
Bought this focus with 130k miles. Driven it for 2k miles now. In the past when you would plug in a phone charger into the cigerate lighter, you would sometimes lose the radio. This morning got up to goto work and no headlights, fan, or wipers. Got on this site and saw all of the problems with wiring. It is a 3 door and was built 09/1999. So it qualifies for the recall (NHTSA campaign id number 00v411000 - electrical system) if it is still good. Also radio in the past has lost power in the past when I adjust the volume, figured it was a wiring speaker issue. All fuses are fine. Where should I go from here.
#397 of 490 Re: Strange Electrical Problem/s (2002 Focus SE Wagon Door?) [jdantonio]
May 07, 2011 (3:35 pm)
I would be interested in knowing what it was that was causing this problem, as my 02 Focus SE is doing the same thing.
#398 of 490 Re: Strange Electrical Problem/s (2002 Focus SE Wagon Door?) [laurieandchris]
Jul 12, 2011 (3:19 pm)
After much frustration I got rid of the car. I loved the car as it was fun to drive and ok on mpg's but she just did' nt treat me right. Good Luck!
Oh and by the way, no more Fords for this guy.......
#399 of 490 Re: gauges [corbryant]
Jul 29, 2011 (2:54 pm)
Did this fix your problem when you started driving it? We took our Focus (ame problems) to the dealer who said it needs a new tranmission--may as well get a new car--but I'd love to fix it with a new instrument cluster.
#400 of 490 Re: gauges [oldfordmech]
Jul 29, 2011 (3:00 pm)
Do you know if this (instrument cluster) solved corbryant's problems? We had same symptoms, took it to dealer who said it needed a new tranny--may as well start looking for a new car.
#401 of 490 Re: gauges [katlee23]
Jul 29, 2011 (3:30 pm)
Well, yes and no. I promise you it's not a trans, so don't waste that kind of money. Replace the transmission shift sensor and it should resolve the shifting problem. The cluster didn't fix the other problem, which was flickering headlights and insturments -- it's still doint that, and the dealership has had it twice - the frist time they said the alternator was bad (even though it charged 14.2 with me testing it) so my roomate shelled out $500 for a new one (that damn thing is EXPENSIV compared to other alternators) and a month later it started up again but it was only the 2nd or 3rd time she'd driven the car. Took it back to the dealership and they charged her another $75 to tell her they didn't know what it was. I was pretty pissed about that, so I went up there and damn sure left with her $75 in my hands. (F$&#^ ripoff crooks) FY everyone's I don't do business with (no names) any FORD dealerships that may happen to be in the vicinity of I-20 and Collins in Arlington. =)
I'd try replacing that shift sensor my man. Her's doesn't jump out of gear anymore. It was failing like that WAY before it popped the code too, so you may have no codes and that thing is bad. GO Ford. =)
Jul 30, 2011 (12:50 pm)
Ck the main red wire for any sign if corrosion (GREEN POWER) at the plug in at the alt.
Also, make sure BOTH ends of your battery Neg & Pos cables are CLEAN & TIGHT.
IT ALSO WONT HURT TO RUN ANOTHER GOOD GROUND CABLE FROM THE BATT NEG TO THE BODY.