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#487 of 506 electrical, sensors, what???
Jun 09, 2013 (8:29 pm)
I have a 2004 ford focus se 90,000 miles on it, been a perfect car. out of the blue, my wind shield wipers go on by themselves, at the same time the a/c shuts down and the power windows don't work. (fun in 112 degree sunny Arizona) this happened a few times last summer then didn't happen for a long time but now it's summer time again and it's happening almost daily, and very very randomly, the only thing i can correlate with it happening is the fact that it's HOT out, I've been running my a/c for 3 - 4 months already this year but now that the temps are over 100 and the a/c is really working it happens a lot more - this would seem like the big trigger but to throw an anomaly in, it happened during a trip up north about an hour and a half to two hours into the drive - we had the a/c on the whole time it happened twice on that car ride and not again for about a month - temps were in the 80's.
I noticed this afternoon I was stopped at a light, the a/c quit but the wipers didn't go crazy, I gave the engine some gas and viola! the wipers went on.....
the wipers also either make one swipe or stay on for a mile. twice now they've gotten stuck in an up position instead of the regular resting position. This is driving me NUTS! -
mechanic looked at car last summer, didn't find anything but did a lot of rewiring under the hood that was looking bad (baking in the AZ sun) - I don't think he did any under the dash though.
any thoughts, any ideas, anybody ever hear of anything like this?????
Jun 10, 2013 (3:40 am)
We have a 2003 Ford Focus that has had numerous electrical problems. The best thing I can tell you to do b4 the problem gets worse is to get an electrical analysis performed at a dealership. This helped us out. It costs about $110-150. They can pinpoint the actual problem then. Check numerous dealerships first as they are not all the same.
#489 of 506 For everyone-focus common electrical problems.....
Jun 10, 2013 (4:01 am)
Ok, so from numerous hours of reseach I'm posting this.
Hatchback-if back lights are out check wire at harness coming out of roof to hatch. This is a common area that gets moisture wicking &pinching in the wire clu
Focus Sedan-Altenator code after replacement. Sometimes the regulators in rebuilt & store bought altenators do not match the pcm codes. So, the car rejects it like us getting the wrong blood type.
Next the wiring harnesses are crap in these cars. Expect shorts.all over the place.
First problem is the battery cables. That is the first thing you want to replace. And older models, I want to say 2001 & older(you can check with Ford) replace in-line fuse going from battery to altenator.
That same wire goes bad on all focuses-replace it.
The next bad wire is the one that goes from the altenator plug to the computer. This is what was bad on our car.
Hope this helps all.
#490 of 506 2001 ford focus lx SOHC bogs when turning
Jun 10, 2013 (8:03 pm)
I have a 2001 FORD FOCUS LX with 199,871 miles on it and its my first Ford car. I have owned many of Ford Trucks in my life and always fixed problems with them myself. But with my Focus, every time in the past 4 years when I turn a corner roughly around 15 mph or over, it cuts out and the car bogs out and jumps like the engine is going to jump out then I get a bad smell almost like sulfur coming from the car. All fluid levels are good with a full gas tank. This happens whether the car is hot or cold. Usually I can just punch the gas pedal to the floor and it will eventually gain rpm's again and go with no problems until I turn sharp again. I have recently replaced Spark plugs and cables, Alternator, transmission and clutch plate, fuel pump and various pcv valves and hoses. Had the fuel pressure tested and it was fine. This problem has been consistent like this for the past 4 years with no other problems. I have always been a Ford guru but this car is making me think twice. I have 2 small children that go with me almost everywhere with me and just today as I turned a corner getting on the highway ramp, it bogged out worse then ever with many angry drivers on my tail. I thought I was going to crash the car into the guard rail. I hit the pedal to the floor like I usually do and it started going again, but in fifth gear it kept jumping and cutting out. I turned off the side of the road to turn the car off then back on and it ran fine all the way home. I have read many forums with the same issues on my make and model and tried many solutions with no luck. With your expertise, do you have any ideas why this is happening. I see this problem allot with focus's but never any working solutions. I am a college student with a very limited income, and any information would be a great help to get my car driving like it should. Please feel free to forward this to anyone who you may know to be able to help me out and sorry this is so lengthy.
You can e-mail me back at jacobdilleyahoo.com
Thanks for your time and consideration.
#491 of 506 Re: 04 Focus clicking and missing [bear_fan]
Jun 29, 2013 (7:27 am)
What did you do to solve the problem? I have Clicking in dash with diming lights and radio come on and car misses really bad while it clicks. It is very intermittent.
#492 of 506 Re: 04 Focus clicking and missing [carcluless66]
Jun 29, 2013 (9:03 am)
Well I came to the conclusion that it is my catalytic converter. I didn't fix it because I don't think that it is worth it. My car is already on its last leg.
With your problem, It sounds like you may need to clean and tighten your wires going into your alternator and the battery cables. Does this happen every time you start the car or like once in a while?
#493 of 506 Re: 04 Focus clicking and missing [power101]
Jul 01, 2013 (4:51 am)
It is intermittent. Sometimes it will not do it for weeks. The battery cables are tight. I have had it to 4 mechanics and it won't do it when I take it in. I am very frustrated. It clicks in the dash on the left side of the steering wheel and the lights dim in the dash and the headlights. The radio just come on by itself when I start the car. When its clicking and I am driving the car cuts out really bad and seems like it is going to die then surges forward. It has never completely died but if you turn the car off while it is clicking it will not start right away but will start later. I NEED HELP.
#494 of 506 Re: electrical, sensors, what??? [goheyjo]
Jul 01, 2013 (7:46 am)
thanks to a very seasoned mechanic, he knew right off the bat by the cars symptoms that it was my BCM, body control module, couple hundred $$$ and we're back in the game
#495 of 506 Re: 04 Focus clicking and missing [carcluless66]
Jul 01, 2013 (11:35 pm)
Well I never heard of anything like this before. My guess would be that there may be faulty wiring somewhere like a short or something. You may be able to hook an OBD (On-board diagnostics) to it if you haven't already and possibly find out what it is.
#496 of 506 Re: 04 Focus clicking and missing [power101]
Jul 02, 2013 (12:03 am)
I am sure the Ford Dealer can find out what's wrong they charge only $350.00 to check and extra to fix.