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#90 of 126 check gas cap light (HELP)
Jul 13, 2011 (11:00 am)
Several days ago when I went to fill up the tank, I noticed that the Fuel Cap was missing on on my 04 Focus (2.3 PZEV). The Check cap light was NOT on. It was a weekend and no Ford Dealers were open. I was also away from home so therefore decided to try for a generic cap. An auto parts store clerk was very helpful as we tried on 3 different parts which seemed to be applicable. We settled on one but I knew that it did not turn and close appropriately.
This morning, I noticed that finally the Check gas cap light is on. I quickly secured the Motorcraft part and replaced the generic cap. The warning light has not yet gone off. Is there a built in "Buffer" or delay set into the electical warning light system.? I figure It took a number of days for the light to go on, will it be likewise when shutting off?
#91 of 126 Re: check gas cap light (HELP) [markus5]
Jul 15, 2011 (3:32 pm)
Try pulling the fuse first to reset the function. You will find the fuse location in your Owner's Guide. If that doesn't do it, try disconnecting the negative battery cable, of course this will cut power to all your electrical systems.
#92 of 126 Re: check gas cap light (HELP) [tim156]
Jul 15, 2011 (6:15 pm)
Thanks for the quick reply. I will not need to try any of these remedies, which seem to very logical ( first thing to do is re-boot, of course).
This morning, very quietly, the sensors did their job and turned the warning light off. Quite symetrical, I must say. It took about the same time to activate the warning light as to de-activate.
So I will attach the tether on this replacement Motor Craft cap, it is a keeper. $34 well spent. My next time in Benington the generic cap hopefully can be returned.
#93 of 126 Replacing rubber boot on plug coils
Aug 27, 2011 (2:06 pm)
One of the boots was ripped while pulling the coil off the plug. These boots are non-electrical insulaters that slip down into the spark plug holes. Dealer wants $113 for a new coil and boot. The coil is good. Indeed the original plugs after 110,000 miles were absolutely text book perfect. I am using this old coil fitted with the damaged, less than perfect boot. It seems to be running just fine. However does any body have any ideas on either replacing or properly sealing up this opening without buying a new coil and boot assembly. ( 2.3 pzev )
#94 of 126 Re: Replacing rubber boot on plug coils [markus5]
Aug 28, 2011 (5:55 am)
I think the boot is avail by is't self from Ford, it also may be avail at NAPA.
#95 of 126 Re: Replacing rubber boot on plug coils [oldfordmech]
Aug 28, 2011 (7:46 am)
Thanks Cliff. Perhaps I did not ask the dealer the right question. I should have asked him to pull the Coil out of stock only to find that this boot is a separate part. I thought I had been clear to the parts person that I did not want to spend the money on a coil that was good.
I will get back as soon as it dries out around here.
#96 of 126 Re: Replacing rubber boot on plug coils [oldfordmech]
Aug 31, 2011 (9:07 am)
Thanks Cliff, The people at NAPA knew exactly what I needed. $8 is a lot better than $113
#97 of 126 Ford Focus bugs
Aug 31, 2011 (9:31 am)
I bought my daughter a 2002 Ford Focus which was diagnosed as being in very good 95K condition. I put new hub bearings on it, new brakes and pads, had the transmission cleaned. She drove over something large that ruined the air conditioning compressor and the serpentine belt. I fixed that $1000. later. Today she was driving on a driveway at 10mph and the car just stopped. The engine turns over (RRR,rrr, rrr etc) but doesn't start. We will get it towed again. What are the likely problems? Should we dump this car and lose $4000? Thanks to everyone
#99 of 126 2003 FORD FOCUS ZX5 INTAKE RUNNER HOSE
Jul 28, 2011 (11:30 am)
we reolaced the intake manifold (plastic) aqnd were left holding a suction hose that we don't know where to connect? the dealer has no clue,and so do local mechanics. the engine light is on and it calls for the oxygen senser to be changed but we feel that the vacuum hose needs to be connected first.
anybody has an idea out there we would appreciate.