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When I go to my Ford Focus in the morning to start her she starts, but when I put my foot on the gas to move off she dies. If I start her again she does it again. I have to give her high revs to get going but after that she is fine. Also this morning she did it 3 or 4 times. I wonder if anyone could help me please?
Submitted: 18/06/2013 09:49:51 | ID: 19710
I have a 2000 Ford Focus. When I push in the clutch and turn the key sometimes it starts and sometimes it does nothing. I have changed the button for the clutch but it still does it. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
Submitted: 18/06/2013 08:24:00 | ID: 19693
Hi all, I`m wondering if you could help? My 1.4 Ford Focus has recently (out of the blue) developed two problems. 1) The key will not turn all the way to start the car - the electrics all come on but it seems it gets jammed and won`t turn after that. This comes and goes, at times it`s fine and will start at first turn but then at times it won`t, even after 50 attempts and I have to jump start the car. (The alternator has been checked and this is fine). My second problem is the car is now missing. As well as missing the engine light is on and at times the car door light flashes, as well as the speed needle going crazy and jumping around. The spark plugs have been cleaned and some stuff has been put in the fuel tank to get rid of any dirt in there. Can anyone suggest any other clues as to what it could be? Many thanks for any help.
Submitted: 04/06/2013 08:53:28 | ID: 19542
My Ford Focus starts okay but then as you move off there`s no acceleration. If I pump the accelerator there`s nothing, but then all of a sudden it revs up and seems fine. We know the car has a cracked oil sump and are waiting for the sump. Would this cause this problem of having no power? I`ve been advised to let the service check the coil pack, if defective replace it with the original Motorcraft product. The car is a diesel and I had the pump fixed but it`s still doing it. No warning lights are lighting on the dashboard. Does anyone have any ideas please?
Hi Lisa, First of all, I apologize because I answered your first question, thinking that your Focus is petrol. The issue was not referred to the type of fuel. Now I know that it’s a diesel. This is a common problem after years of using diesel car. Thus, a workshop has to check throttle sensor, and diesel injectors. Most likely, the injectors have to be cleaned, and probably to be recalibrated - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 23/05/2013 10:06:03 | ID: 19438
My Ford Focus battled to start on Thursday but I got it started and went home. The next morning the engine turned as normal but didn’t start at all. After checking all of the fuses I got in and turned the key as normal after the buzzer went off and boom it started. I took it to my work today and it started normally at work. I did an oil/filter change and it started normally for the trip home. I stopped to put in fuel and then it battled to start, but I got it going after revs went up to 2000rpm, it died, started again and died. Third time it started as normal. What can be causing this problem please? Thanks. (2.0 duratex)
Submitted: 14/05/2013 09:31:19 | ID: 19352
My Ford Focus starts but then as you move off there`s no acceleration. If I pump the accelerator there`s nothing, but then all of a sudden it revs up and seems fine. We know the car has a cracked oil sump and are waiting for the sump. Would this cause this problem of having no power?
Let the service check the coil pack. If defective, replace it with the original Motorcraft product - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 09/05/2013 12:36:19 | ID: 19304
My Ford Focus 51 plate cuts out all of the time. The battery light comes on and the speedo drops off. It does it for a while, then nothing for about a week and then it does it again. I then have to stop and restart the car and then it`s fine. Any clues what to do anyone?
Submitted: 18/04/2013 09:33:57 | ID: 19019
My Ford Focus` 15amp fuse which relates to the fuel pump keeps blowing. The garage has said that they just need to put a bigger fuse in it, like a 25amp. I am not happy with this and I am looking for advice as to whether this is possible or is it going to create more problems? Thanks in advance. (Zetec)
Right. More powerful fuse is bad solution. Fuel pump fuse is 15A (colour: blue) and should stay the same rating. Garage has to check the fuel pump controller and wires and connections related to the fuel pump and the pump itself. Also has to check the charging (up to 14.2V); a faulty alternator can cause overcharging, pump gets more power throughout the fuse and fuse keep blowing - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 10/04/2013 14:51:09 | ID: 18935
When driving my Ford Focus all of a sudden the cd volume goes louder on it`s own and at the same time the speedo needle flies round to 140 miles and back to zero. Then it all goes back to normal. Can anyone help?
Check vehicle speed sensor (VSS). It is located at the top rear of gearbox. A faulty VSS may affect other instruments and warning lights, including the volume goes wild, etc - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
This is adjustable in the menu of the unit - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 02/04/2013 14:20:35 | ID: 18799
I have a 2008 diesel Ford Focus. When I got it first (it was two years old), the "mileage remaining" indicator showed that on a full tank there were 640 miles in the tank, give or take. Now, three years later, when I fill the tank the mileage remaining indicator shows 530 miles in the tank. Is this a problem with the indicator, or does sediment build up in the tank reducing the amount of fuel it can take. Any ideas? Thanks.
Probably, based on the mpg you are currently getting – Zygmunt from Yorkshire
Submitted: 02/04/2013 10:25:12 | ID: 18756
Hi, the engine light in my Ford Focus is on, however I don’t know if this is due to a flat battery. I changed the battery and it went off, then came on again after driving for about half an hour. Is it on because of this or could it be a worse problem? The car won`t let me go over 5000 revs. Is this a limiter the car has because the engine warning light is on? Thanks. (st 170)
First of all, check IMRC (Inlet Manifold Runner Control). Also check the coil pack (bobbin) and finally check the fuel pump - be sure to replace the fuel filter. All of this should be done in a Ford workshop. Ultimately, it could be contamination in the fuel tank which needs cleaning - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
It won’t be due to a flat battery that the EML light is on, you will have to get it code read. Is the alternator doing what it should ie charging at approx. 14.2 volts? – Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 02/04/2013 09:59:40 | ID: 18750
Hi, I have a 55 plate 1.6 Zetec Ford Focus. The problem I have is when I put the key in the ignition the electrics in the car take about 30 seconds to activate. I can also start the car straight away wih no problem but the electrics in the car still take about 30 seconds to work. By electrics I mean the dash cluster windows and cd player. Also my cd player has stopped working completely. The weird thing is that the heaters work as well as the lights behind the heaters and the interior light. Any help on this situation would be gratefully received. Does anyone have any ideas? (1.6 Zetec)
Hey mate. You need to replace the fuse for the power to other electrics (fuse 68 I think) it sounds like the symptoms ie red shift light on dead instrument cluster and radio - it normally comes on after 15 seconds. Regards - Richard Grigg from England
Submitted: 19/03/2013 09:34:25 | ID: 18573
Hi. My Ford Focus has a 1.4L engine and has done 45,000km and for the last 5000km I can hear a strange rattle from the engine when it`s cold when you lift the throttle. Then when it warms up it`s very hard to hear. Now it`s started to rattle when you are on constant revs (like 2000rpm) and it is coming from the bottom of the engine. Then when it`s warm you can hear it only if you lift the throttle from 2100rpm to 800. Also I`ve noticed that if you rev the engine and suddenly remove the ignition key, so the engine slows down by itself, the sound cannot be heard. Oil has been changed and the spark plugs too but the sound did not change. It does not make any difference if the clutch is on or off. It is engine related, that I know. It sounds like a piston knocking but it doesn`t go away with a warm engine, it`s there but not that loud. Can anyone help me out? (Trend)
Sounds like the big ends are worn. You need to change them - Thomas Clasper from England
Submitted: 18/03/2013 14:25:21 | ID: 18559
When I put my Ford Focus into reverse it takes a few seconds to engage and then it bumps into the gear. The orange engine light is on before the engine starts up and when the engine starts up. After a few seconds another orange light comes on which is in the shape of an exploding star type thing and they both stay on. Can anyone suggest what is wrong? (Automatic 1.6)
READ YOUR HANDBOOK!!!! The orange engine management light tells you there’s a fault which needs to be diagnosed & fixed. The orange ’cog’ light is a transmission warning lamp: There’s a transmission fault which means that the gearbox has gone into an ’emergency’ program, and gear changes will be harsh & speeds will be limited. Your car needs to be taken to a decent, independent garage for diagnosis, but be prepared for a shock: The automatic transmission in these cars is horrendously fault prone and repairs, where possible, are expensive... John Greenslade from Powys
Submitted: 18/03/2013 09:11:40 | ID: 18550
Why don`t Ford put a drain plug in the sump for the automatic gear box on my Ford Focus? When you have to drain it down as I did it was not easy. I was thinking of putting one into it myself //welding in a half inch socket and fixing in a plug. Would I encounter any problems by doing this or is there a reason they do not put one in, other than possible leaks? Thank you. (4 speed automatic 1.6)
Submitted: 15/03/2013 10:12:11 | ID: 18540
I posted a question earlier regarding trip alarms. Can anyone tell me IF my Ford Focus` central locking should lock my petrol cap filler? I have no petrol cap as such but the filler opens when a correct nozzle is inserted, but I’m thinking that if the petrol filler does not lock what prevents petrol theft? Thanks again.
Submitted: 14/03/2013 14:49:20 | ID: 18525
I have followed my Ford Focus` owner`s handbook trying to get the audible alarm set up for door ajar etc. I get the visual warning but can’t get the audible to work. Any thoughts on what I may be doing wrong? Also when I turn the ignition off after a journey the trip computer stays on for another 10 minutes,. Every other car that has this facility has remained lit for only approx 3 minutes. Can anyone help? Thanks. (Zetec)
Submitted: 14/03/2013 14:16:51 | ID: 18523
My radio "pops" off and on periodically. It is worse in the morning and when I break or hit a bump. On occasion it is so bad the clock resets to 1200 and when it does come back on it switches to AM from FM. I cannot go even short distances without losing the radio. The cd player, AUX line and HVAC does not seem to be effected. Also, in the morning - when I first turn - it sounds as if there is fluid sloshing in the bottom of the car. Help me understand the depth of the issue.
Submitted: 12/03/2013 14:12:00 | ID: 18480
Had the throttle body replaced by Ford main dealer on my 1.8 petrol Focus two months ago. Cost was £519 and before that engine malfunction light was coming on sometimes, especially in wet weather, engine speed limited and running very roughly and over revving without touching the accelerator. Rained over last few days - car started ok then broke down on the motorway... exactly the same problem. Engine ran roughly, over revved, lost power. After 15 mins tried it again and it ran ok. Anybody know what the devil is going on with the darned thing? Ford dealer doesn’t seem to know! (1.8 petrol)
Submitted: 11/03/2013 16:40:07 | ID: 18423
Is there a fault with my Focus ST as every time I lock the doors the dash display stays on? Someone told me it’s meant to stay on for 15 mins but mine stays on all night. Can you help me?
Submitted: 11/03/2013 09:20:41 | ID: 18400
When I move off from standing and I let the clutch out and start to accelerate, sometimes my Ford Focus will baulk for about a second and then it`s okay. Why does this happen then, but if I release the clutch fully first and then start to accelerate it seems to be okay? Thankyou. (1.8 diesel hatchback)
Submitted: 28/02/2013 10:13:45 | ID: 18264
My wife has just purchased a 2000 Ford Focus Ghia with a trip computer but she does not know how to operate it. At present all it shows is temperature, in either celcius or farenheit. There are two buttons but they only bleep at her if she presses them. Because there was no owner`s manual with the car, I scoured the internet for information without success. Can anybody please help as she is getting very frustrated? (Ghia)
Press the end of the indicator stalk this will change the screen mode - Grant from Kent
Submitted: 26/02/2013 11:36:01 | ID: 18245
This has just happened to me. When I accelerate in my Ford Focus in normal revs first, second and third gears, there`s a sound like a windy noise which is not the fan. Any ideas please? Many thanks.
Submitted: 26/02/2013 11:33:59 | ID: 18244
I`ve got a Ford Focus st-3 2011 reg, I`ve noticed now a couple of mornings when it`s really cold the car doesn`t start. There are no warning signs on the dash, the windows and radio work as well, but as soon as I jump it it works fine for the whole day. I`ve even tested the battery and it`s fine. Could anyone tell me what the problem could be? (st-3)
Take your Focus to a specialized workshop and request fuel injectors cleaning which is done by specific device with a special fluid under the high pressure for cleaning grime from injectors. Also request checking throttle body (needs cleaning?) and its position sensor. Since it is only a problem in cold start, I suppose that the fuel pump, bobbin, spark plugs and their cables are all okay - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
I`ve got the same problem with my ST-3. I`ve tested my battery and it`s okay, but when I got it jumped by green flag the guy noticed after 10 minutes the dash board lights don’t go off when locked and the key is out of reach – Mark from England
Submitted: 21/02/2013 15:45:37 | ID: 18190
I bought a Ford Focus six months ago and had problems with the revs while the engine was cold. When I took my foot off the accelerator the revs would yoyo between 500 and 1200, occasionally stalling the engine. My mechanic told me it needed a new throttle body so I had one fitted and everything was fine, but now the problem has started again after only six months. Surely it can`t be the throttle body again? Any help would be much appreciated.
Hmm, the first step has to be clean the throttle body and its plate (especially the edge of the plate) with special throttle body cleaner (not to harm the Teflon coating on the throttle body), and check the intermotor throttle body position sensor. Throttle body (with its inner round plate) and its sensor are under the air filter tube at the engine. Next stage is to clean injectors that can be done only in the workshop with special device which flushes injectors with special liquid under the high pressure. So, just check that sensor, and certainly cleans injectors. Focus will then run like a brand new (at cold start revs 1150, at hot engine 750) - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Hi, thanks for the reply. However I’ve just found out from the service history that this happened just before I bought the car too, at which point they cleaned the throttle body and it was fine for a few months. Then shown the same symptoms again, so this will be three times in 8 months it has happened. It’s all very strange - Steven from Lancashire
Hi Steven, that’s really overly often. It seems to be a dirty fuel. It would be good idea to clean the tank (certainly there is a sludge), replace the fuel filter, and ultimately clean the injectors - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 21/02/2013 11:23:04 | ID: 18165
Could anyone tell me if a Ford Focus hatchback Ghia V reg`s nearside front door will fit my Ford Focus 4 door 2002 Ghia? I have sourced one from a broker`s yard. The colours look like they match and the door looks like it will fit but I’m just needing an expert`s advice. Can anyone help me? (Ghia 4 door)
You can mount that door on your Focus without any problem. All lateral doors Focus 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan are the same (models 1998-2004). Only the 3-door hatchback model has both lateral doors considerably bigger than 5-doors model - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 19/02/2013 14:28:51 | ID: 18131
I have a problem with my Ford Focus 2000 model Zetec engine with the gear linkage. My question is can you repair them or do you need to buy a new one? (2000)
Unfortunately, the problem is not clearly described. Also, is your Focus 2000 automatic (with one gear lever selector linkage) or manual transmission (with two gear linkage cables)? And what is the problem? Can’t shift just to any gear, or only to one or few, or to all and R but not accurate, or the shift lever can be rotated in the neutral position...? Are you able to take a car to an authorized workshop where mechanic will fix the problem? It would be the best solution, because it may be several things: the bias spring has broken (the spring costs about 5 pounds and it takes about half an hour to fit (it fits on the bottom of the gear lever), or it may be just to align linkage with special linkage alignment tool, or to adjust selector cable ends on the transmission, or there is broken selector cable(s) and you can’t fix it by yourself, etc. So, the answer is: any fault in the gear linkage can be repaired and there is no need to buy new ones. First step is to identify the fault - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 19/02/2013 11:34:59 | ID: 18127
My Ford Focus 2000`s speedo drops to zero when I’m driving and it`s starting to happen more often now. It shows no faults when plugged into a computer. Has anyone had this problem and can help me? (Zetec hatchback)
Please refer to second part of the answer to the question of Liam O’Connor, Hampshire (second below your question) - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 15/02/2013 11:18:09 | ID: 18062
Hi, I have a Ford Focus with an automatic transmission gearbox. I want to replace the engine with a manual engine car of similar type. Will it be able to work out well and fit accordingly? I`d like advice before I pay for the manual engine. (Zetec engine)
Submitted: 14/02/2013 10:45:08 | ID: 18019
My Ford Focus` wipers stop working and the speedo drops to zero when I’m driving and it`s starting to happen more often now. It shows no faults when plugged into a computer. Has anyone had this problem and can help me out? (Zetec)
Seems to me like unfixed wiper linkage to the wiper motor as a result of driving over bumps on the road. Check the wire connection to the wiper motor. To reconnect the linkage, first remove the wiped arms, then remove the wiped cowl. The wiper cowl bolts are located under the hood and screws through the spaces in the cowl. Reconnect linkage, reinstall cowl, and reinstall wiped arms. But, first try what is easier: look in the interior fuse box under the dash (remove the panel cover to access the fuse panel). Check the front wipers fuse (location #56 rating 20 A). In the same fuse box now check the front wiper relay (location R19). It is the same rating (and shape) as the rear relay (R18) so you may replace their positions to each other just to check. Finally, if the fuse, relay and linkage to the wiper motor are all OK, then the last problem could be in the switch on the inner edge of the wiper crank below the steering wheel. It could be lax wire connection, or hidden problem inside the switch itself - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
About speedometer at zero: First step: disconnect the negative pole of the battery, and unscrew the bolt (wrench 10 mm) at the end of this short wire from negative pole to the car body. Clean the bolt and its tile from rust (abrasive paper for tile and wire brushing for bolt) and then spray both with WD40 including the bolt hole on the car body. Screw the bolt back, and connect negative battery pole. Also spray twice, no more, from WD40 vial (use tubule at dispenser to spray directional) into ignition keyhole, then put in ignition key and simulate engine start without real starting engine. Repeat several times and every time put out the key and dry it with Kleenex to clean it from WD40 and dirt. After that, all gauges on the instrument panel should indicate normally. Should, but... If not, next step is to clean the instrument cluster. Remove the trim from around the cluster: there are 4 Phillips screws at the top (the bottom is held by push in studs). There is next 4 screws holding the cluster in place; remove these and swing the cluster round. The white connector on the back has a black locking lever. Pull the lever away from the direction of the cables, over the little block. As this moves it will push the connector free. On the back of the cluster are screws and plastic loop. Remove these and remove the back to expose the back side of the board. Spray the connector and the board with a little bit of WD40, and with a small soft brush spread it over the back and clean the board. DON’T spray the instruments itself nor fiberglass panel! Put the unit in the airing room for 4-5 hours and fit it back in your car (beware of the connector locking lever!). Must work, but... If problem persists, there is the 3rd stage: it could be the vehicle speed sensor failure, it’s on the rear of the gearbox and a cheap item to replace. Now, must be OK, but... The last stage, but the most expensive solution, is to replace the instrument cluster - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Replace the speed sensor in the gearbox - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 12/02/2013 09:19:07 | ID: 17966
My Ford Focus loses power and stops at approx 70 mph. The glow plug light flashes and it restarts okay, but if I run up to 70 it happens again. It feels like a lack of fuel. Does anyone know what I should do? (tdci)
Submitted: 11/02/2013 09:18:38 | ID: 17939
Hi all. I have a Ford Focus 1.6 tdci 2011. When I turn a corner I have noticed cold air coming out of the air vents when the heater is set on hot. Any suggestions please?
Submitted: 07/02/2013 10:41:23 | ID: 17871
My Ford Focus starts okay in the morning. I can drive off but it loses power when I take my foot off the accelerator for speed bumps, traffic lights etc, then I have no power when I go to speed up. This only happens in lower gears in the mornings, but it`s okay after I`ve run it for a while. plugs have been changed and the garage machine shows no faults. Can anyone help please? Any suggestions for the mechanic? Thanks. (sport petrol)
In the Ford workshop check fuel pump, bobbin, and spark plug cables (it takes only a few minutes); if they are OK, request fuel injectors cleaning (this is done by specific device with a special fluid under high pressure for cleaning grime from injectors) - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Get them to check the egr valve - Will from Suffolk
Submitted: 07/02/2013 09:59:58 | ID: 17863
Hi, I haven’t driven my Ford Focus since mid Dec and when I switched it on at the end of January I noticed the speedo says 40mph when I’m stationary and the rev counter is at 2/3. Any ideas? (Diesel 2.0 TDI 57 plate)
Disconnect the negative pole of the battery, and unscrew the bolt (use wrench 10 mm) at the end of this short wire at car body. Clean the bolt and its tile from rust (use abrasive paper for tile and wire brushing for bolt) and then spray both with WD40 including the bolt hole on the car body. Screw the bolt back, strong enough but not to break it, and connect negative battery pole. Also spray twice, no more, from WD40 vial (use tubule at its dispenser to spray directional, not wide) right into ignition keyhole, then put ignition key into it and simulate engine start without real starting engine. Repeat that several times and every time put out the key and dry it with kleanex or patch to clean it from WD40 and dirt. After that, all gauges on the instrument panel should indicate normally - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 04/02/2013 16:41:50 | ID: 17832
How do I open my Ford Focus` bonnet,? The key socket for the key in the grill behind the badge is not there. I bought the car from the auction and can’t open my bonnet. Can anyone help?
With a flashlight, light up a place behind the grille through the central hole behind the Ford badge, and also through the grille above the badge; is there a cable without keyhole at its end towards you (front), or no cable and just empty place? If there is no cable, you will see the white plastic ring (rounded shape) in the middle of bonnet lock mechanism. If so, it would be easier to open your bonnet, and all you need is a long enough screwdriver (about 300 mm). If there is a cable entering in the middle of lock mechanism, you will see the black rubber boot there, which you will need to pull off with a long enough needle nose pliers, or you can try with screwdriver (you have to do it through the grill). Now when you can see the white plastic ring in the middle of bonnet lock mechanism, you can unlock the bonnet. Thread a screwdriver through the grill directly above the Ford badge (or if there’s no cable, through the hole for key on the plate behind the badge) into the white plastic ring (not in its middle, but very near its edge there are slots around!), check if it got stuck, and first turn it left, lift bonnet when it pops, then turn it right, and now you can lift the bonnet. Once you open it, do not close the bonnet before repairing the lock mechanism. Repeatedly forcing the plastic ring with a screwdriver can destroy it, and you’ll have the bigger problem! Even there is a way to open the Focus bonnet by unscrewing the bolts that attach the lock mechanism to the car body, but it is very complicated and this can only be done by a person with very long arms and very small palms! And finally, shame on that one who sold you Focus without bonnet key socket!!! Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 01/02/2013 16:20:55 | ID: 17796
I would like to know what is the default car battery for Ford Focus TDdi 2001 Amperage/Voltage as I don’t know if the one that is in my car is the right one - 75Ah/12V? Kind Regards. (TDdi)
Factory default battery for your Focus is 12 Volts 60 Ah (dimensions: 243L x 175H x 175W). Alternator on your vehicle is not designed to fill the larger battery. Commonly it’s about +10% battery capacity, which means up to 66 Ah for your car - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 31/01/2013 12:57:48 | ID: 17742
I haven’t had any problems with my Ford Focus since getting it last Feb, but in the last week or so the handbrake keeps sticking when I reverse. Does anyone know why this is happening? Thank you for any replies.
First reason: there is a rust at the place where the handbrake’s cable goes into its outer flexible tube that keeps it from releasing. Second reason: in this freezing weather the handbrake pads keeps sticking, but usually will release once the car starts moving. The best way is to get a car to a garage to be fixed properly, because it can overheat entire wheel(s), catch damage and even fire - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 29/01/2013 11:05:24 | ID: 17696
Hi, can anyone tell me where water is likely to be coming in to collect in the two cavities on the side in the boot of my Ford Focus? One cavity is just below the fuel cap but obviously there isn’t one one the other side. They fill up with water but I can’t see how and I’ve tried putting the hose over the boot. Any advice would be great. (Ghia)
Submitted: 29/01/2013 10:49:41 | ID: 17692
My Ford Focus is a 1.6 petrol. When I start it from cold it bangs, then starts, but runs fine with no white smoke or anything. If anyone could help me that would be great. Any suggestions please?
Try to clean Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) with electrical contact cleaner (Loctite, CRC Industries, Sprayon, or any other brand in spray) but MUST be electrical contact cleaner NOT carb cleaner! On your Ford Focus 1.6 petrol IACV is left under the intake (suction) manifold. It’s easy to see it when you’re standing in front of the car with open hood looking to the engine. The IACV is fixed with two bolts (you need wrench 10mm) and connected with wires plugged in on its left side. First unscrew the IACV and then disconnect it. You don’t need to disconnect negative battery pole because electrical wires are in the jack, and there is no danger of a short circuit. Now clean the IACV (its both holes) with spray, dry it and connect it first, and fnaly fix it with bolts. If problem persists (can’t start cold engine) you should have to buy a new IACV for your Focus model. Wish you luck with cleaning. Here is the link you can see how Focus’ IAVC looks: https://www.tnaautoparts.com/2001-ford-focus-idle-control-valve-p-66294.html - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Correction: wrench is 8mm (not 10mm as I answered before) so I’m sorry for that mistake. But, if starting cold engine persists after cleaning or even replacing IACV, then you should have to clean injectors, but it can be done in Ford service only - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Hello mate, replaced the sensor as you said, it still bangs on cold start up but it doesn’t do it every time, maybe 2 or 3 times a week. Just wondered if you have any other throughs about what it could be? Andrew Matthews from Norfolk
Submitted: 25/01/2013 09:39:59 | ID: 17628
My Ford Focus has lost power. I have a 1.8 Tdci engine. We did change full turbo and it`s still the same. When we put the car on the computer it doesn’t say anything. Car Services don`t know what`s wrong. Can anyone help me? Many thanks.
Submitted: 25/01/2013 08:22:25 | ID: 17612
Why does the odometer digital display stay on when you get out of your 07 Ford Focus? It remains on all night and drains the battery. Is there a quick fix for this? (5000)
I suppose it happens when you put the ignition key counterclockwise by the end (and remove it from the ignition). Maybe the same (very simple) procedure would help (please, take a look at my answer today to Nadeau Marcel, Canada (below your question) - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 24/01/2013 10:51:49 | ID: 17573
Hello, I’m having a problem with my 2004 Ford Focus that recently started. I just changed the battery the other day and now there’s a problem with my heater and windows. After I pull the key from the ignition there’s still power to my fan/heater as well as my windows. I can’t figure out the problem at all. When the car is turned off I can still lower my windows and I’m also able to play with my fan. Please help If you can? Thanks and have a nice day. (zx5 2.0L 16v Zetec engine)
First: disconnect the negative pole of the battery, and unscrew the bolt (wrench 10mm) at the end of this short wire at car body. Clean the bolt and its tile from rust (use abrasive paper for tile and wire brushing for bolt) and then spray both with WD40 including the bolt hole on the car body. Now screw the bolt back (strong enough but not to break it) and connect negative battery pole. Second: spray twice (no more) from WD40 vial (use tubule at its dispenser to spray directional, not wide) right into ignition keyhole, then put ignition key into it and simulate engine start without real starting engine. Repeat that several times and every time put out the key and dry it with kleanex or patch to clean it from WD40 and dirt. Hope it would fix your problem. Also before leaving the car always put the fan switch to 0 and windows completely closed. Have a nice day - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 22/01/2013 08:41:08 | ID: 17524
My Ford Focus has just had new coil pack, clutch etc replaced brand new. It works fine and goes perfectly until it heats up after a while, then it won`t go in third gear upwards. It just dies out completely on the road. No matter how much you accelerate it goes nowhere. Any suggestions as to what it could be?
Does it change up to 5th when you first start the car? Or is it limited from the start. Sounds like your clutch fluid is affected in some way - James Flannery from Cornwall
Submitted: 21/01/2013 14:07:29 | ID: 17480
Hi. Just want to ask how many pins are in my Ford Focus` front electric window switch, as it seems to be 6 or 10 in ones online that I have looked at? If anyone could answer this for me that would be great thanks. (Edge 1.8)
Submitted: 18/01/2013 14:12:40 | ID: 17395
Hiya, I`ve got a 2008 Ford Focus. The AUX connecter seems to not be working, every time I select AUX and plug it in there`s just nothing. Any ideas? Thanks. (1.6 TDCi)
Try to enter MENU, select the AUX and put it ON. Enjoy your music - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 14/01/2013 11:27:37 | ID: 17291
My Ford Focus car has just been serviced and my engine light is flashing on the dash when changing gears. The car is shuddering in lower gears as if it is looking for power. What should I do?
Submitted: 10/01/2013 09:31:43 | ID: 17192
My Ford Focus seems like its pre igniting when I first start it and then runs ok while stationary. Under load it chugs a little and the mechanic can’t work it out. Tried new plugs, leads, coil, fuel filter, high octain fuel...
How about cleaning injectors? That can be done in Ford service and it’s not expensive - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 10/01/2013 09:00:03 | ID: 17179
2000 Ford Focus runs rough when idling in traffic and sometimes cuts off. Always starts right back up. On the road runs fine.
Submitted: 08/01/2013 14:14:57 | ID: 17133
Can anyone tell me why the dash lights on my Ford Focus come on as soon as I put the key in the ignition and the side/headlight symbol burns, even without the lights on? Also the odometer stays illuminated after lockup and is running the battery flat? (petrol)
Don’t know about your headlight issue, but it’s normal for the odometer to remain lit for 15 minutes after you lock up, it shouldn’t flatten your battery though - Tony McD from England
Submitted: 08/01/2013 12:36:22 | ID: 17118
I`m trying to find out the location of the reverse parking sensor module on my 57 plate Ford Focus ST as they are not working. Can anyone help? (ST)
Submitted: 08/01/2013 11:05:32 | ID: 17085
Hi, I get dense white smoke only on first start up in the morning in my Ford Focus. After a couple of minutes it stops and the car runs fine with no loss of water or oil, temperature`s normal and no loss of power. What should I do?
I think there is no reason to be concerned, because the smoke is white. It must be the water vapor from exhausting system that is heating up from the cold state to the warm by hot exhaust gases. If the smoke was a bluish, it would be a sign that the engine consumes too much oil, and warning to go to the workshop - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 08/01/2013 08:48:44 | ID: 17028
My Ford Focus` idler pulley lost it`s ball bearings while driving and the engine stopped. So I replaced the pulley, made sure everything was tight and the belt on correctly. However now it won’t start. I get a strong odour of fuel when I try to start it but it still won’t start. Any suggestions? (SE 2.0 SOHC)
Submitted: 08/01/2013 08:42:29 | ID: 17025
Hi, I have just used my Ford Focus after parking it up for the Christmas period and have noticed that although the speedo works it does not drop down to zero anymore, but only goes down to 20. So if the speedo says 60 I am actually doing 40! Please can anyone help as it is very annoying and I am thinking that it will probably fail it`s MOT when it`s due? (Zetec)
Submitted: 07/01/2013 14:58:43 | ID: 16982
I think my rear bearing has gone as my Ford Focus sounds like an aeroplane. What will the cost be to replace?
Submitted: 07/01/2013 11:20:00 | ID: 16908
With my Ford Focus Ghia on the first start in the morning I get a rattle when selecting reverse gear. Does anyone have any ideas please? Thanks. (Ghia)
Submitted: 31/12/2012 12:27:37 | ID: 16703
My Ford Focus 52 reg`s engine management light is coming on every now and then. It first seemed to come on after going over a bump. It had not been on for about 3 days and flashed on this morning, stayed on a minute or so then went off and on a couple of times and now stayed off. It`s as though something could be loose, any ideas?Thank you.
Submitted: 31/12/2012 11:51:43 | ID: 16696
I topped up the engine coolant on my 2005 Ford Focus and then found that the driver`s carpet was damp. On closer inspection it appears that the coolant had leaked here - can this be right? I have had an ongoing problem with needing to top up the coolant every 2 weeks but I would not have expected it to leak here? (Ghia)
Yeah, I’ve got the same problem on my car :( Off to the garage - Big Jim from Cornwall
Your heater core has gone out... anti-freeze (coolant) is leaking to the inside. I would take it to a mechanic for this one. You might also notice the windshield getting a gummy fog on it - Cindy from United States of America
Submitted: 24/12/2012 11:36:08 | ID: 16663
All the information on the dash display unit of my Ford Focus is working fine, apart from the one which shows the mileage before refueling is needed. I tend to rely on this as the fuel gauge is a bit vague. Can anyone help? (Zetec)
Submitted: 21/12/2012 15:23:56 | ID: 16624
My Ford Focus` interior lights for the sat nav, radio and clock have gone out. Any ideas how to get them back on?
Submitted: 20/12/2012 12:26:32 | ID: 16591
I drove through a lot of water and my Ford Focus has never been right since, it idles roughly and sometimes cuts out. There`s no light on the dash and there`s a slight knocking, sounding like it`s from the gearbox. I changed the plugs and dried the air filter and ht leads. It revs fine but as soon as it goes into gear and I start driving it judders and makes a terrible noise. Can anyone help? (Zetec)
I had the same on my 52 plate focus 1.6, it was the coil pack where the HT leads connect, was £16 from Euro Car parts and 20 mins to swap over. All solved - Darren Johnson from Devon
You prob have sucked into the engine and bent a con rod - Richard Bryant from Devon
Submitted: 20/12/2012 10:49:11 | ID: 16570
I have a Ford Focus and I had to change the steering airbag and airbag module. Now I just would like to confirm how to change the clock spring? Do I have to change the clock spring or not?
Submitted: 18/12/2012 09:18:37 | ID: 16538
Is there a way of preventing my Ford Focus`s exterior lights from coming on when opening the vehicle with the remote fob? I feel it is a drain on the battery, especially during freezing temperatures. (1.0 Ecoboost)
Submitted: 17/12/2012 10:20:42 | ID: 16475
My Ford Focus 1.4 2004 has problems starting first time. I have already fitted new plugs, fuel pump, fuel filter and battery. It used to start on every turn of the key, now it takes 3-4 turns and my foot flat on the accelerator too! I hope it`s not catching the cold here in Inverness! Any help will be very much appreciated. Any ideas? Thanks. (1.4)
Please, take a look at my answer to Andrew Matthews, Norfolk question (submitted: 25/01/2013 09:39:59 | ID: 17628). Very probably there’s the same problem - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 14/12/2012 14:34:05 | ID: 16452
How do I reset the mileage trip on my Ford Focus? The previous Focus I had I used to press the reset button on the dial, but this Focus doesn’t have one and I like to see how many miles I get to a full tank?
Your Focus is fitted with a trip computer, if you push the end of the L/H stalk it should run you through different functions like MPG, trip and such, push the stalk end till you get the trip mileage up then press and hold the stalk end in till it resets to zero. Hope this helps - Paul C from Kent
Submitted: 13/12/2012 14:59:33 | ID: 16410
Hi, my Ford Focus` wipers broke this time last year and I got them changed. The thing is I have had a leak on the passenger side floor ever since. I brought the car back into the garage but they couldn’t see a problem so I drilled a hole in the floor. It has solved the problem of a puddle but the floor is still soaking while raining and we get a lot of this. Could anyone tell me where is the leak coming from? Also the external air heat is not working, the only way I can get heat into the car is turning on the internal air switch. I`d be grateful if anyone could answer?
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_there_water_leaking_on_the_passenger_side_floorboard_of_your_ford_focus Have a look here. Hope it helps - Dave Wilks from England
Hi Dave. We can’t find any answer to the leakage it might be coming in from underneath the glove department but haven’t a clue as garage man checked out and he couldn’t tell where it was coming from. More concerned with my heater system now though, driving this morning and my internal heat has gone. Thanks for your reply anyhow - Michelle Herron from Ireland
The plastic trim which covers the cabin filter MUST be completely sealed to windscreen to prevent water leaking through to cabin filter onto passenger footwell. You are not getting any air from heater because cabin filter is either blocked or soaking wet preventing air passing through it - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 13/12/2012 09:44:12 | ID: 16343
My W reg Ford Focus has had electrical issues since getting it in April - mainly with central locking, but now when I slow down and depress the clutch and brake at the same time the car just cuts out a lot of the time. It will start again when I turn the key but the speedo stops working for a few minutes, then there is a slight surge forward and the dials start working again. Any ideas?
Road speed sensor - Simon Taylor from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 11/12/2012 12:59:01 | ID: 16266
My Ford Focus` central locking is faulty. It opens everything but won`t open my driver`s door or the fuel cap cover, so how can I open the fuel cover? Thank you in advance.
Did you ever find a solution on this? I have same problem! Alici from Australia
Submitted: 11/12/2012 12:44:53 | ID: 16261
I have an 01 Ford Focus dual overhead cam. I replaced the starter thermostat housing unit idler pully timing belt distributor and punched holes in the catalytic converter. Now when my car is on it idles high and when I push the clutch in the rpms spike and it accelerates on it`s own. My manual is now acting like an automatic. I just need it to work til February and don`t want to put a bunch more money into it. Please can anyone help?
Submitted: 11/12/2012 10:56:01 | ID: 16231
I bought a 2011 Ford Focus 1.6tdci from Ford Direct which was serviced and checked out. My problem is when starting off in first gear there is like a stall in the drive and then it picks up, causing the car to jerk and jump which is most annoying in traffic. It was reprogrammed in the Ford main dealership and is still jumping. Can anyone suggest why? (Hatchback 1.6 tdci diesel)
Submitted: 06/12/2012 09:17:47 | ID: 16114
I have hit a bump really hard in my Ford Focus and now my ABS light is on but my car drives just fine. What should I do?
Submitted: 03/12/2012 16:18:07 | ID: 16052
Hi, I recently bought a 60plate Ford Focus and when the car is locked the red information screen stays lit and never goes out, I locked the car at 3pm and went back out to it at 9am the following morning and it was still lit. Are there any settings to change this or is this normal or is there something wrong with my car?
Sound silly... check your screen wash level and fill it up and see what happens? Use to work for a breakdown company and have been out to these running bat flat if left for a few days? Rob M from England
Hi, I Have the same problem and now, after battery completely discharged, the car has gone into garage this morning to be fixed. Have you solved your problem? My garage has not seen the problem before - John Weatherley from Somerset
Submitted: 03/12/2012 15:29:58 | ID: 16040
I’ve replaced the brake lights and fuses on my Ford Focus but I still have no brake lights - what could the problem be?
Submitted: 03/12/2012 12:29:49 | ID: 16013
Hi. I tried to take the cap of the expansion tank for the coolant on my Ford Focus but the cap loosened and then tightened again. Is there a reason for this and is there a special way of removing it i.e push down and turn? I hope someone can help, thanks. (Zetec)
Submitted: 30/11/2012 11:56:15 | ID: 15964
I got in my Ford Focus yesterday and there was a bang as I sat in it, I hadn’t started it or anything like that. I had a look underneath and there is an oil patch on the underside near the front, not dripping but sort of a stain patch. I started the car and as soon as you move there is a knocking which sounds like something is catching. To look at there is no difference in level between the wheels and arches which I would suggest something like a shock had gone but there is definitely something that has gone underneath. What could it be? (1.8 tdci)
Submitted: 29/11/2012 12:44:59 | ID: 15892
My 1998 Ford Focus stalled on me after driving and sitting in traffic for about 1 hour. Recovery advise fuel pump is common on them, so it was replaced but it still wouldn’t start. I checked the relay and all okay, changed the fuel filter, still no joy and changed the coil pack on the advice of someone with still no joy. It turns over but doesn’t fire up. I can hear the fuel pump kicking in. Any ideas where to go next? (1.6 ghi)
If that has all been replaced and battery is fine, could very well be your timing belt, have this checked - Mark Scholes from Derbyshire
Hi, it is the lambda sensor, change it - Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 29/11/2012 09:07:08 | ID: 15845
When I lock my Ford Focus I notice that the red info icon flashes and the door lock/unlock indicator is lit up. I’m sure it hasn’t always done this. Today I was asked to switch the radio off and when doing so I pressed it and fumbled so I pressed it 3 times in quick succession. Could this have caused the info light to activate? I’ve ran a system check and it comes back clear, it only lights up when the car is locked. Why would this be?(Eco)
Submitted: 27/11/2012 09:14:01 | ID: 15798
I went to fit a cd player in my 1999 T reg Ford Focus and someone had cut all the wires,. so could someone please list what all the colours are please?
Submitted: 22/11/2012 09:56:46 | ID: 15605
Can I adjust the headlight beam myself on my Ford Focus 08? On my old Focus there was a dial, but I cannot find one on this model.
There is a little wheel with numbers on it on the right hand side of the dashboard just right of the steering wheel you can alter the beam by rolling it up or down - Peter from Cheshire
Look to the right of the steering wheel . There is a smalll wheel - John Riley from England
Submitted: 20/11/2012 09:42:31 | ID: 15570
How many kilometers will a Ford Focus 2004 run for after it starts to show the fuel ignition (yellow colour)?
Approximate to 100 kilometers, even more, depending on the gas pedal (fuel reserves 7-8 liters) - Vladek from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 20/11/2012 09:38:25 | ID: 15568
My Ford Focus, (recently serviced and with new ignition leads), has failed to start first time about 1 day in 4 for the last month. Then today it cut out completely while I was waiting at a junction and the engine warning light came on. It then started first time and the engine warning light went off and did not return. I am really worried this might happen when I am driving on a motorway - it is pretty scary. It had the auto gear box replaced about 8 months ago, which is still under warranty - could it be that? (Zetec auto)
Submitted: 19/11/2012 12:17:09 | ID: 15503
My Ford Focus` gas and temperature and speedometer do not work. The lights on the dash work. When the engine is off the 2 gauges go up halfway, but when I start the engine they go back down to nothing. I`ve checked all fuses and disconnected the battery for 1 minute. What could the problem be?
Submitted: 19/11/2012 10:33:51 | ID: 15483
We have a Ford Focus tdci ghia 2005 diesel. Where does the fuel pipe coming from the injectors to the tank (over flow) pipe fit into, as we cannot find a space to fit it and the fuel is leaking there?
Submitted: 16/11/2012 09:04:43 | ID: 15437
The heaters in my Ford Focus only blow cold air and when the engine`s on the radiator fan is continuously blowing. Any ideas as to what’s causing it? (1.6.)
Check your coolant level. Sounds like its empty. Might want to get car checked out, as it could mean head gasket is damaged - Will from Cheshire
Submitted: 15/11/2012 16:30:32 | ID: 15429
Hi. I have a W reg Ford Focus diesel and the car doesn`t want to turn over. The battery is 1 year old. When I go to start it I get a clicking sound from the starter motor, could it be that?
That means your battery is flat, so your hear that clicking sound, what happens is the battery doesn’t send enough power to the starter motor to then start the car. But if I was you I wouldn’t bother charging the battery as they only last 1-2 years, so you might as well buy a new battery or check if your battery is still under warranty. Hope it helps - Elson Alves from Kent
Submitted: 15/11/2012 09:56:14 | ID: 15368
On my Ford Focus` information display, (where mileage is shown), what are the three symbols on the left side of the display? 1 - 2 blue lines curved - always on; 2 - 3 horizontal lines - never on; 3 - looks like car with magnifying glass - came on recently for 30 seconds but never been on since. Nothing in the handbook says what these symbols are. Help would be appreciated.(Titanium)
Submitted: 13/11/2012 15:48:11 | ID: 15346
Hi. My Ford Focus` radio/cd player (factory fitted model no maker`s name) stopped working yesterday when I was driving. It won’t turn on or eject CD. I have checked the fuses under the glove box and all seem fine. Does the unit have an inbuilt fuse does anyone know?
Submitted: 12/11/2012 14:18:44 | ID: 15266
My Ford Focus is losing fuel. I did a trip of 10 miles and lost 35 miles in petrol but I can’t see any leaks. What could it be?
It could be your crank seal, it could be a leaking pipe due to a cut or a pierce, or worse your fuel injectors, they are the most expensive. Hope it helps - Elson Alves from Kent
Submitted: 12/11/2012 11:04:20 | ID: 15244
Hi. We have just bought a 2009 Ford Focus. When we were driving the other evening on the motorway the car lost power and I just managed to get onto the hard shoulder when the car cut out. All exterior lights stayed on. I tried to restart it but it wouldn’t start for me. I had to leave it for about 5 minutes and then it started again. I started driving again and about 4 miles on again the same thing happened. The gauge was showing that I had 198 miles left of diesel and it still hadn’t reached the last mark. This morning the car showed after driving 21 miles that I had 202 miles left of diesel and then all of a sudden it shot up to 218 miles left of diesel. Can anyone please help? Thanks.
Yes, it could be your thermostat, maybe it’s broken so the car keeps overheating and therefore cutting out, and it doesn’t restart until the engine cools a bit. Hope it helps - Elson Alves from Kent
Thank you for your reply appreciate it - Michelle from Ireland
Submitted: 09/11/2012 11:45:38 | ID: 15207
I have just had new spark plugs fitted to my Ford Focus st170 as it had a slight misfire. Since they have been fitted it runs awful and is misfiring worse than before. The garage said the old ones were very worn out, the plugs may have overworked the old coil and now it can’t handle the new ones! Is this true? (St170)
Well it could be, but might not be the case, check how many miles you have on the clock as spark plugs last between 50-100 thousand miles, it could be they not installed properly, it could be your wires not plugged correctly or it could just be the coil. If it is the coil they not expensive to buy and straight forward to change, they cost about £15 on eBay brand new but check all the other stuff first. Hope it helps - Elson Alves from Kent
Submitted: 08/11/2012 10:32:50 | ID: 15161
I was driving my Ford Focus. last night and heard a bang. Then I stopped and looked in the footwell and found a spring! Is this from the clutch pedal? I recently had a new clutch fitted at Ford. Thank you.
Submitted: 06/11/2012 10:04:56 | ID: 15108
Hi. When I turn on my Ford Focus the light switch comes on. After a few seconds the symbols go and don`t light up but the other 2 light up and stay on. What is the problem?
Submitted: 06/11/2012 09:58:43 | ID: 15105
I got in my Ford Focus this morning and all was well in driving around. I went to my local Tesco and went to leave and noticed something straightaway was not right. It was shuddering when idling below 1000rpm. I pulled over and checked all levels and they were fine. The oil was a little low but I topped this up whilst I had the bonnet open. I got back in and started it again, but still the same. If I put my foot on the accelerator and sit at approx 1000 rpm it doesn’t sound too bad but if I let it drop below it sounds rough and shudders. When I drive it it still sounds really rough and has a lack of power when accelerating. It just doesn’t sound right at all and doesn’t feel right either. What could be wrong?
Submitted: 05/11/2012 11:26:32 | ID: 15043
As soon as I start my Ford Focus the radiator fan comes on and won`t go off until it`s run the battery flat. What can I do?
Change the relay - Mohamed Duale from England
Submitted: 05/11/2012 10:18:32 | ID: 15022
Does anyone know why my Ford Focus is losing coolant? It only happens when the car has been standing for a long time, mainly overnight. I do not have any warning lights and my heaters are working fine. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 05/11/2012 10:08:00 | ID: 15018
I have to start my Ford Focus using easy start and while I`m driving the car it just stops running, so I have to turn it on and off straight away and it will work again for a few minutes and then repeat itself again. It`s like it`s not getting fuel. What could it be?
Submitted: 05/11/2012 09:58:34 | ID: 15014
Hi. Is it possible to add a third seat belt into the back seats of a Ford Focus st-3, as they only have two?
Yes it should be my St170 has three seatbelts at the back seat its a 3 door came with belt factory fitted - Lucas Nyathi from South Africa
Submitted: 01/11/2012 09:50:32 | ID: 14905
I have a Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec 2002 and it`s engine management light came on. The computer says the water is 120 degrees but you could put your finger in the header tank and the bottom pipe was cold. I had a new water pump/temperature gauge and pipes fitted. Then a new sensor was fitted - the temperature gauge bounced from the halfway mark to off the red. Then I had a new header tank fitted and the temperature gauge still bounces from halfway to Red and the engine management light went off. I have had the car tested and no fault code appears. Any ideas?
Had a problem like this. I found that the radiator was cooling the water too quickly and the thermostat was staying closed making it overt heat??? I simply put cardboard in front of half the radiator drivers side allowing it to get up to temp and it solved it. They say the simple ones are the best. I did change the stat before this but no joy. Cardboard all the way. Hope this helps - Rob M from England
Submitted: 01/11/2012 09:15:45 | ID: 14890
My Ford Focus` brake lights are always on when the car is running, not the piece under the brake. Can anyone help me with any solutions please?
Submitted: 30/10/2012 14:29:33 | ID: 14856
Can anyone tell me what the symbols are by the side of the trip computer on my Ford Focus? One is a windscreen washer sign, the other is like a snowflake. They light up a yellow colour then go out after a few seconds when the ignition is turned on. Thanks for any help. (2 litre ghia)
Hi Tony, it sounds like the ice warning light, if the outside temperature is at 4 degrees or below it will light up yellow and when the temperature hits -0 and below should turn red (this may only be on the newer cars). Hope this helps - Mark from Worcestershire
The windscreen washer sign is, would you believe, the windscreen washer low fluid level warning - Paul Dillingham from Cheshire
Submitted: 30/10/2012 09:17:29 | ID: 14817
Hello, I have a 2009 Ford Focus., but recently my gas meter goes up and down. I don`t know how much gas I have in my car. The meter will eventually start making that the gas tank is full and little by little it starts going down, but not for long because it will automatically say again that the tank is full. I already went to the mechanic and they did some diagnostics on it, but everything appears to be fine. Can anyone please help?
Submitted: 25/10/2012 11:25:26 | ID: 14759
My 51 plate Ford Focus LX 1.8 16v has a water light which stays on, then my speedometer and all the other gauges cut off and then the engine cuts out. I think my car overheats as well. I checked the water and it`s full but the water pipes are cold with no water. Can anyone suggest what`s wrong?
Submitted: 22/10/2012 11:34:11 | ID: 14641
My Ford Focus 2008 periodically shows the warning light Engine malfunction with an exclamation point, there is a warning bell and then the car shuts down. When I pull over, turn off the engine and then restart the car, it works fine. I took it to my mechanic and he changed the battery and then I took it again and he changed the gear oil and the gear filter. However, this light has come on again. Any ideas?
My Focus has exactly the same problem. And i can not find a answer. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! Leng Leng from Somerset
Same problem happened to me. Engine says fault with acceleration reduced so I took it to Ford agency and they discovered cortex malfunction at the dashboard ie the computer says. They replaced and cost me about $1000 - Omar Ali Amor from United Arab Emirates
Submitted: 19/10/2012 09:03:51 | ID: 14576
When I start my Ford 02 Focus GL02 VPO from either cold or warm the fan motor starts and runs continuously and does not stop. Can anyone either tell me what`s wrong or point me in a direction to start looking for a fault?
Submitted: 12/10/2012 12:03:04 | ID: 14382
My Ford Focus 2010 Zetec 1.6 mls 13,000 driver`s seat falls down to the bottom level every 2-3 weeks and I have to pump it back to the level for driving. Has anyone had this problem? The garage say Ford have never heard of this problem which I do not believe when they produce thousands of cars. Any ideas?
Work at a company with 5 Focus’s 2007 and above all have the same issue as you some even need repumping after a long trip of over 3 hours so Ford must know of this issue - Mark from Worcestershire
Submitted: 11/10/2012 16:22:13 | ID: 14335
My Ford Focus sometimes does not ignite or start unless I move some wires around in the engine. Yesterday I changed the battery and put in new spark plugs, even so the same problem persists. After I had driven the system suddenly put the dashboard lights on, as if it is checking, then it turns the car to acceleration reduced mode so when I stop the car and restart it it drives without any problem. What is the reason please?
At last I repaired my car at Ford agency in Dubai but cost me $1000 cuz the replaced the cortex at the dashboard is the system which control the computer of the car - Omar Ali from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 11/10/2012 14:35:39 | ID: 14293
My cigar lighter is not working in my 1.4 style Focus and I can’t find the find the right fuse or its location. As I rely on this for my sat nav can you help as Ford really make this difficult. I wonder why? Can you help find its location?
The fuse box is located behind the glovebox for some reason. I know this because my cigar lighter wouldn’t work so when the car was in for a service they changed the fuse and now it works fine. I think you only have to unscrew a couple of screws to get to the fuse box or just take it to Ford. Hope this helps - Dom Stephens from England
Submitted: 10/10/2012 10:32:02 | ID: 14217
The digital display that shows the mileage on my 2001 Ford Focus Ghia has got lines on it instead of numbers like I`ve pressed a reset button. This will go back to normal if I turn the car on and off again but when it does my radio doesn`t work either. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 04/10/2012 11:00:29 | ID: 14184
I have an automatic Ford Focus. Whilst out driving today and putting the car into reverse, it has started making a weird noise, like a creaking sort of sound. Could anyone give me any info as to what could be the cause? Thanks.
Submitted: 04/10/2012 10:06:16 | ID: 14170
My Ford Focus engine starts but the rev and petrol dials stay on zero for about 5 seconds and then goes up as it should normally. After this the red light at the top in the middle flashes continuously until I switch the engine off and on. This only happens when the car has been sitting a while. My other issue is again when the car is cold sometimes the engine starts but does not rev and black smokes comes out the exhaust. It takes two attempts and the car starts normally. Any ideas would be really helpful.
Submitted: 03/10/2012 11:31:10 | ID: 14149
Hi, my Ford Focus horn is silent on pressing it. Does that mean I need a new fuse?
Submitted: 03/10/2012 08:28:55 | ID: 14145
My Ford Focus 2004 will not restart within a short period. I have put in a new battery. What is the problem please?
Submitted: 01/10/2012 12:31:50 | ID: 14102
I have a Ford Focus 1.6 tdci estate LX and the front wipers don’t work properly. They start working after 5 to 10 minutes. I have had the wiper lever and motor changed but still the same problem. Someone said the fusebox could be the issue, if so which fuse or relay? Please help. Thank you.
Submitted: 01/10/2012 12:27:51 | ID: 14100
Does anyone have any idea why my 51 plate Ford Focus cuts out when cornering or pulling up at junctions? This only happens once I’m below 1/4 of a tank of fuel. I have changed the fuel filter as advised by Ford and it made no difference. Nobody seems to know what may be causing it. Can anyone help? Cheers. (1.4 petrol)
I had this problem with my old car 2000, and I got told it was my clutch, not sure if its the same for your car, but maybe it’s worth asking =/ Daniel from England
If your fuel levels get below 1/4 of a tank, you may find that momentum causes an air lock in the fuel pickup. This will make the fuel sensor believe there is insufficient fuel and the engine in turn will cut out. Hope this helps, a general rule I personally apply to driving cars and trucks for work is: If the fuel gets to 1/4 of a tank, fill it up. Another point is all the shit and sediment sits in the bottom 1/8th of your fuel tank, it is best not to have that sucked through your injectors - Andrew Mayer from Australia
Submitted: 01/10/2012 09:51:33 | ID: 14049
The bulb on my Ford Focus` mileage clock has gone very faint. It`s MOT is due, is it hard to change it? I reckon they’ll fail me over it.
Submitted: 01/10/2012 09:20:14 | ID: 14037
Does the Ford Focus diesel Estate 1.8 tdci titanium have a fuel cap?
No, I have same car. I did not know till some one told me looks odd without one but I know it’s to do a new design: easy fuel by Ford. Hope this helps - Darren from England
Submitted: 20/09/2012 12:33:01 | ID: 13814
I recently changed my Ford Focus` drive shafts but ever since the car came back while reversing it makes a thud sound. The car is also vibrating and is no longer a smooth ride but Ford cannot pick up any faults on it. Can anyone advise me? (sedan)
Submitted: 20/09/2012 09:33:22 | ID: 13772
I want to remove the headlights on my Ford Focus. Are there just bolts at the top or is there something underneath that needs to be undone?
Yes... remove the little screws on the top then look down the back of the lamp, there is a placstic tab on either sude to push. The light will fall forward so make sure you stand in front of the lamp to stop it falling out! Bob from Leicestershire
Submitted: 20/09/2012 09:12:37 | ID: 13769
MyFord Focus 2005 model feels like spark knock when in transmission on fourth gear during high acceleration. Any ideas?
Submitted: 14/09/2012 11:35:21 | ID: 13595
My Ford Focus` abs light comes on as well as the handbrake light when I do 50 mph and when swapping the car off it goes out. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 13/09/2012 14:08:41 | ID: 13537
Hi. Does anyone know how the temperature gauge works on the 2009 Ford Focus? It seems to start at the lowest point on the right and then, after a few seconds, it moves to the middle and stays there, like forever. Is it okay? Thanks.
Submitted: 11/09/2012 14:41:25 | ID: 13476
My Ford Focus started acting up when we first started seeing a leak in the bottom of the car which looked like water. The engine light started turning on and the car started to die on idle randomly, sometimes the engine light would show sometimes not. We took it to get checked and they said it was the alternator. We changed it but we still have sounds of the car wanting to die. The battery light turns on but was checked and is fine and the engine is still on confused. We did a tune up and changed the gas filter and the alternator. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 11/09/2012 10:47:04 | ID: 13442
Where are the gearbox level / filler plug and the drain plug on my Ford Focus C-MAX as I want to renew the gearbox oil? Thanks. (1.6 petrol)
Submitted: 07/09/2012 14:05:25 | ID: 13329
Spares for my Ford Focus are not freely available here, I have to invariably ship them which is costly. I am looking for an ignition coil. Mazda spares are freely available in this country and I am told that Mazda coils can be fitted to my car. Please can anyone advise me as the cost of maintaining this car is beginning to kill me? (ghia)
Submitted: 07/09/2012 12:49:22 | ID: 13326
Hi. My Ford Focus isn`t idling correctly and revs up to 2000rpm when I pull up at lights etc. I just wondered if anyone had any ideas? Also am I doing any damage driving with the engine management light on? Thanks.
Submitted: 07/09/2012 09:23:12 | ID: 13307
When my Ford Focus automatic changes from first to second it makes a clunking noise. After that it is okay. even when you come to a stop. It only happens on a key start. Does anyone know what the problem is please? (auto 2.00 titanium)
Submitted: 06/09/2012 16:59:45 | ID: 13301
Hi there. I bought a 1.6 red Ford Focus 2 weeks ago, it had the blue anti freeze in it so I changed it to the pink. After that I got major overheating problems everytime I moved an inch. I found out that my head gasket had gone so I got that replaced along with the thermostat and the water pump. Ever since that it was fine until it started overheating again on long journeys. I changed the fan on it and also the radiator as the old one was blocked. It calmed the overheating down and then it started again while I was climbing up a hill and then went back to halfway when desending. I can`t figure it out and really need to get the car back on the road to get to Edinburgh. Can anybody help me?
Not trying to be nasty, but who changed your radiator fluid and why? The number one thing to remember, if you have blue coolant flush out the radiator and ALL coolant related areas with fresh distilled water. Then and only then add your pink coolant. No matter what colours they are you must flush the system PROPERLY. By not doing this there can be a chemical reaction inside the engine that can lead to head gasket issues, major overheating issues etc. Andrew Mayer from Australia
Submitted: 06/09/2012 10:13:53 | ID: 13235
Each time I start my Ford Focus and drive off I hear a noticeable click at about 12 mph. This only occurrs after the ignition has been switched off and the car re-started. If I stop at a junction etc and move away I don`t have this click. It appears to be something re-setting itself. Any ideas please? (TDCI 1.6 Hatchback)
This is the ABS resetting itself. Probably only happens once you have driven a short distance. You feel the click through the pedals and a sound like a spring pinging under the car right? It is normal on this model - Mike Smith from England
Submitted: 06/09/2012 09:49:28 | ID: 13229
Sometimes when driving my Ford Focus it suddenly starts juddering and losing power, if I change down a gear it goes back to normal. Also sometimes when at traffic lights it suddenly drops revs to about 500-800 and judders like it is going to cut out. There are no fault lights displayed and so far it has been back into Ford`s 6 times but they can’t replicate the problem and it’s not showing up on any dianogistics. Can anyone advise me? (1.6 tdci)
Submitted: 03/09/2012 12:33:36 | ID: 13131
My Ford Focus seems to rev above 3000 just to get to 70mph, sounding like it needs a 6th gear. Is this normal? (style 1.6 petrol.)
Submitted: 30/08/2012 17:22:02 | ID: 13003
The other day I was driving my Ford Focus and as I was leaving a red light I pressed down on my clutch and it made a clicking noise. This happened several more times and then my clutch pedal lost all tension. Now I am unable to shift gears, the pedal just goes to the floor without resistance. Any ideas?
Submitted: 30/08/2012 16:34:48 | ID: 12989
Please help! I recently had some work carried out on my 2005 Ford Focus, 1.6 (115 Version). It used to rattle on start up after the oil was warm, which turned out to be the following, as it was ’engine flushed’ during a service and the engine light came on two days later. The fault light linked to a cam not responding in a timely fashion, various things were looked at but in the finish, under an extended warranty the following was done. Both Cam sprockets replaced - Coil - Water Pump (optional) - Timing belt - Full Cam belt kit and tensioned This resulted in the rattle going away on start up, but two days later created a new rattle of it`s own and it is this I nor the garage can understand or locate. It can be described as a metallic rattle, but one that sounds more like a couple of ball bearings in a biscuit tin, or a chain that is loose on a pedal bike and that ’chain jingle, like muted kid`s toy bells’. Okay, this is where I think it gets confusing. This noise, from what seems to be the right side as you would see it from the driver`s seat of the engine bay, which happens also to be the same side as the work which was carried out recently, only appears when the following happens - When warm, a cold engine will not produce the sound - only when pulling away, or turning right or left, linked mostly to the gear you are in. It only happens when either in first or moving to second gear and it is just as you pull off, stopping as you change or as you change down at very low speed, say to let someone out. This is where speed comes in. It never happens when the engine is going along at ’normal’ speeds, it is exclusively below 20 mph or less. The sound only happens when in gear, never when ticking over in neutral or when revved when stationary. The garage could make the sound when allowing the car to bite in gear with the handbrake on, I guess essentially putting a load on the engine, but again, never when out of gear or when the car is driving above 2nd, which is really very odd. It makes me question the moving parts, why wouldn’t it make that sound, which is very distinctive, when stationary if it were any of the bits recently replaced, as they are moving in or out of gear? Why only in low gear and pulling away, which applies sometimes to reverse too, it is all very confusing? I should add, that not for a moment has it appeared to affect the performance of this car, if any thing it is better since the work, short of a tad of usual pinking, tappet sound on steep hills that you hear bounce back from fences or houses near by. I would be extremely grateful for thoughts or advice on this. Oh, the garage, although having looked at the car, were prepared to leave it until I need the brakes done soon where they would then spend some time looking for it, but I am feeling a little wary of them touching the car again, given that all these problems started after it had been serviced by them. Any ideas please? (1.6 115)
Submitted: 30/08/2012 09:34:59 | ID: 12905
There is no voltage at the 12V socket of my Ford Focus so I suspect a fuse gone. However, my manual says the relevant fuse is F109 but the fuse board in the passenger well is different from the picture in the manual. The fuse board I have has two rows of fuses along one edge but there is no diagram anywhere to tell me which fuse it should be. Strangely enough, in my digging around I found that the early C Max board is similar, but there does not appear to be a fuse for a cigarette lighter on the info/diagram I have found. Can anyone help on this as I don’t want to go pulling every fuse in case it happens there is not one there? Thank you. (Ghia)
Submitted: 28/08/2012 12:01:42 | ID: 12851
Hi, does the Ford Focus m1 Zetec W reg have an alarm? Thanks.
Submitted: 24/08/2012 14:16:25 | ID: 12783
The cigarette lighter is no longer working in my Ford Focus. I am sure it is a fuse. I cannot find the fuse box diagram indicating which fuse is for the cigarette lighter. Any idea?
Submitted: 24/08/2012 11:40:40 | ID: 12754
Hi. I have a Ford Focus 2005 1.6. Recently I had a problem with the cooling fans so I had to replace them, but the problem is I couldn`t find the same 2 fans and the only available on market is one big fan. They told me they are enough and good but it shows they are not. The air con now is working but not like before, it`s not cold enough especially in the day and it`s really hot in here, so I`ve been told to install an extra fan. What does anyone suggest?
Submitted: 24/08/2012 11:33:01 | ID: 12749
I have an issue with the fact that the green radio light which also shows the time etc stays on after my Ford Focus` engine has been switched off. Can anyone tell me if this is the norm or a fault? (Zetec climate 1.6)
Submitted: 24/08/2012 11:24:54 | ID: 12746
Since purchasing my Ford Focus I have returned it 4 times as the engine warning light comes on now and again. Ford replaced the emissions sensor as this was faulty, only for the engine warning light to come on again! Any ideas? (sports 1.6)
Replace the cortex, it will work, I done the same - Omar Ali from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 20/08/2012 16:43:03 | ID: 12594
My Ford Focus can`t get 5th gear. The revs jump a little as the clutch is pressed and gear is changed and the speedo drops to 0 and when this happens the car seems to struggle, then it kicks back in and the car seems to pick up. Has anyone had this problem and can anyone help? (1.8 estate)
Submitted: 20/08/2012 12:47:57 | ID: 12548
I`m having gearbox problems with my Ford Focus. I can`t get 5th, it just grinds. Does anyone have this problem with their Ford Focus and do they know if it`s a clutch problem or the gearbox? (1.8 Estate Zetec)
Submitted: 20/08/2012 12:43:06 | ID: 12546
My 1.6 Ford Focus Zetec seems to be very sluggish on pullaway. Any ideas?
Submitted: 20/08/2012 10:10:22 | ID: 12524
From day one the engine of my Ford Focus has had an idle problem but my Ford main dealer can’t get a fault code and aren’t too interested. Occasionally on start up the revs fluctuate from 250 - 500 rpm. In the early days pressing the accelerator at this point caused a stall. Pressing it now clears the problem and I have just given up really. I also told Ford that the temperature gauge goes from cold to normal operating temperature within 2 minutes (1/2 mile) even on a cold morning, surely that can’t be right? The engine doesn’t react quickly or smoothly on pressing the accelerator sharply in neutral and "pinks". Has anyone else had similar issues? I did a YouTube video of a similar engine idle fault and also took a camera recording of my rev fluctuation to the Ford main dealer but they weren’t interested without a fault code. Can anyone help? (1.8 Zetec Petrol)
Submitted: 17/08/2012 14:28:21 | ID: 12505
The engine management light has come on and stayed on and now the car judders whilst driving. What is wrong?
Submitted: 16/08/2012 17:08:29 | ID: 12471
My 1999 Ford Focus tddi starts 1st turn of the key then dies. Repeat numerous times with same effect. Why? (diesel)
Submitted: 16/08/2012 09:59:29 | ID: 12411
My 2000 Ford Focus Ghia TDCI 1.8 litre turns over but will not start. What could the problem be?
Submitted: 14/08/2012 15:48:52 | ID: 12387
The other day I left home to go 4 a spin in my Focus RS 2009 model when I noticed the car was at the other end of the road from where I left it. Why is this? Anyone any ideas, my head is gone here.
You parked the car after a longish or heavily braked drive and left the car out of gear, on a slope and with inadequate handbrake applied. The car rolled away. This has happened to me (Peugeot 406 and my sister (small GM motor). Alan Rowlands from Devon.
Submitted: 10/08/2012 16:06:08 | ID: 12364
My temperature gauge is hardly moving and when engine is up to operating temperature the expansion tank starts to boil and also the fans do not come on. (1.6 lx)
Submitted: 10/08/2012 15:57:22 | ID: 12360
I would like to know if my Ford Focus` headlights should turn off automatically when I turn off the ignition? They do turn off but when I go to open the door I then need to manually turn the light knob. Can anyone help? (Trend)
You’ve answered the question yourself. Yes, you do need to turn the light switch off, to turn the headlight and side lights off - Fatbaker from Sussex
Submitted: 27/07/2012 10:32:46 | ID: 12125
Hi. I’ve got a Ford Focus st225 with stg2 upgrade. I have had to put my foot to the bottom and suddenly I’ve lost the power and the engine went off. I tried to start the engine and it starts but goes off. It seems like my turbo has got a problem but I`m not quite sure? Any ideas?(ST225)
Submitted: 26/07/2012 12:08:46 | ID: 12082
When maneouvering / turning the steering wheel in low gear just after starting the engine of my Ford Focus, mileage 72,000, makes a ’groaning’ sound. This noise tends to dissipate after driving for 5 - 10 miles. Any ideas? (Edge)
Submitted: 24/07/2012 17:13:46 | ID: 12053
Water is leaking into the driver`s footwell of my Ford Focus after having the car serviced for the first time. It was also recalled after an oil pipe issue. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 24/07/2012 15:35:14 | ID: 12028
My Ford Focus has developed one bad habit: If I’m cruising at around 65-70 mph and encounter an uphill slope or a gust of wind it pulls back noticeably. When I press the accelerator it takes about a second to respond, then jerks forward. What could be causing this and can it be put right?
To answer my own question for the record: a third visit to my (very good) local garage produced an answer and another question. This time when the system was plugged into the computer it showed up a faulty potentiometer and when that was replaced the car went like a bird again - particularly, perhaps, as the fuel system had by now had a real going over. So a rather dull solution to an annoying problem. But why didn’t the faulty part show up in previous computer tests? - Paul P from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 24/07/2012 12:46:54 | ID: 11999
I get a constant tone from my Ford Focus and turn the key but it will not turn the starter. Could I have a bad ignition switch? (SE)
Submitted: 24/07/2012 11:50:12 | ID: 11990
I am thinking of buying a 2L Ford Focus. I will mainly use it for short journeys (about 3 miles per day) although intermittently for longer journeys. I am concerned about fuel consumption. Can anyone tell me generally whether the car is likely to be a ’gas guzzler’? Thanks.
I have the 2l focus cc and find it okay on petrol especially on long journeys. It uses less petrol than my Picasso used to - Gill Wilson from Northumberland
Submitted: 19/07/2012 14:24:40 | ID: 11966
My Ford Focus has developed one bad habit: If I’m cruising at around 65-70 mph and encounter an uphill slope or a gust of wind it pulls back noticeably. When I press the accelerator it takes about a second to respond, then jerks forward. What could be causing this and can it be put right?
Submitted: 19/07/2012 14:17:01 | ID: 11962
My Ford Focus stalls when I turn the heater on when it`s warm and only when stationary. Any ideas? (1600)
Submitted: 17/07/2012 11:14:39 | ID: 11909
Due to all this rain we have been having I have noticed that on 2 occasions, whilst parked on a slight up hill gradient, that water has got into the pasenger footwell of my Ford Focus. Does anyone have any idea where it may be coming from? (Ghia)
Submitted: 16/07/2012 15:28:42 | ID: 11873
I drove my Ford Focus into about 2 feet of water last week and got it stuck. I managed to push it straight out and managed to bump start it by towing it within 20 minutes. I believe water will have got into the exhaust through the tail pipe. I also believe water will have been sucked into the engine through the air intake. For a week now it has run and drives, but the amount of white smoke that comes out of the exhaust is unreal. Can anyone help? (1.8 turbo diesel)
Submitted: 16/07/2012 15:22:55 | ID: 11871
Why don`t my Ford Focus` interior lights come on when I press the door opening on my fob? They do not come on even when I switch the engine off as they used to. The fuse looks fine and also the bulb. Any ideas?
On the interior light there is a switch which has 3 positions, 1 on, 2 off and the third in the middle is for on when the door is open, engine off etc . You have probably knocked it as I do - Darren Willers from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 16/07/2012 14:09:29 | ID: 11855
Hi. I wonder if anyone could help me? I’ve just bought a Ford Focus 1.8 petrol and every time I start the engine the cooling fans come on after 5 seconds. My heater gauge stays in the middle of the temperature gauge (normal) when it’s hot. I’ve no over heating problems plus this happens whether the aircon is on or off. Could it be the cylinder head temperature sensor? (Petrol)
The older Focus types use the engine cooling fan when the air conditioning is on. Check to see if your air distribution knob is on demist (screen position). If it is the aircon and fan will come on (it`s used to quick demist as the aircon removes moisture from the air). Take the control knob from demist and cancel the air con button under it. If your aircon switch is unlit and you are not on "Screen", the fan won`t come on. If this doesn`t solve the problem check your vehicle earth strap and engine fan wiring, coolant levels, your radiator and cooling system may need a flush. The fan prevents you having overheating problems, but it may be wearing hard because it`s blocked to the point it can cope - so far - Graeme Hall from England
Submitted: 16/07/2012 12:30:46 | ID: 11849
I have just bought a Ford Focus Zetec 1999. On driving a little further the heat gauge goes into the red and stays that way for about 3 minutes, an exclamation light comes on briefly, the fan kicks in and then the gauge goes down to normal almost immediately. What could the problem be?
Submitted: 13/07/2012 12:23:01 | ID: 11812
I can’t switch stations on my Ford Focus` audio system or eject the cd. There are no buttons working and the system seems to be stuck on one preset station with no volume working either. I`ve tried the fuse and all seems fine. Any ideas?
Submitted: 12/07/2012 12:25:13 | ID: 11780
I have just replaced the alternator on my 2007, 1.8 Ford Focus Sport as it packed in on the motorway. Since then the ignition light goes out when the engine is started, but comes on again after about 30 seconds. On a long run of 40ish miles the light goes out at around 70 mph but then comes back on again. I have had the charge rate and battery tested and both are satisfactory. Maybe it’s a faulty replacement alternator, but I don’t fancy changing it again and then finding out that’s not the problem. Has anybody come across this before? (1.8 sport)
Check connections to battery terminals, it can only be battery, alternator or connections - Chris Jones from Yorkshire
Submitted: 09/07/2012 16:16:12 | ID: 11716
My Ford Focus does about 30 miles, then the engine dies and won`t start. This only happens when I come off a motorway, then change down the gears using the clutch. It just doesn`t pick up. It`s okay after about 4 hours. There are no warning lights. Any ideas? (TDCI)
Could be your cam sensor - Steve Killian from Staffordshire
Submitted: 09/07/2012 12:09:21 | ID: 11694
I have a 1.8 Ford Focus Tdci (2002). I’ve noticed a "click" noise coming from the back when I change gear, mostly when I go from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear. I would not say it is a knocking sound but more of a loud click. It happens when I release the clutch pedal fully, immediately after changing gear. I’ve recently had a full service, cambelt change, and MOT. Not another annoying noise I have to put up with surely?
If you aren’t getting any answers (like me) to your questions, then I recommend purchasing a Haynes Manual instead. I recently bought one on e-bay at a bargain price. Whilst I don’t actually understand the more complicated sections of the book e.g. removal / refitting of cylinder head gaskets and engine removals etc, I can follow the rest of it quite easily. I have in fact found the answers to many of my unanswered questions on unexplained clicks, rattles and noises. I realise a lot of people will already own Haynes manuals, but if you are relatively new to the idea then all I can say is buy it - Emma Thomas from Isle of Anglesey
Is the clunk as you pull away after being parked? If it`s happening once in a journey as you pull away for the first time after starting the engine, then it`s normal - this is the anti-lock system testing itself. This should only happen once in every journey and as you pull away, usually as you say between the changes of first and second gear and you may feel a slight resistance that releases. It will happen every time you have re-started the engine and pull away, but not in the same journey if the engine has not been turned off since its last occurrence. If it is happening more than once after starting the car and driving away have your anti-lock tested at the dealer - a plug-in diagnostic will reveal any problems. So to sum up - at the beginning of every journey on pulling away you should hear a clunk from the back of the car, this should not happen again while the engine is running. If you stop and turn the engine off (to park for the shops for instance) then re-start your car, it will clunk again as you pull away - Graeme Hall from England
Submitted: 09/07/2012 11:52:28 | ID: 11691
I bought my 09 Ford Focus a couple of days ago and took it out for a run, then coming back into town the car just totally died. I managed to pull in but the car will not start again. I left it overnight thinking it might have overheated, but although the engine is cranking over it`s not starting, as if it`s not getting the fuel? Can anyone please shed some light on what may be the problem here? Thanks in advance. (1.8 tdci Zetec S)
Submitted: 06/07/2012 14:41:47 | ID: 11638
I have to connect a wire to my Ford Focus` side light positive as I`m fitting DRL’s. Does anyone have any idea what colour this wire is?
Submitted: 03/07/2012 14:16:39 | ID: 11599
My Ford Focus started first time in the morning and I drove about 4 miles and stopped. Half an hour later I tried to start it, the dashboard lit up but nothing else happened. The car still locks and unlocks with the key fob. Any suggestions? (Sport)
Submitted: 02/07/2012 12:12:31 | ID: 11546
My Ford Focus seems to be struggling for fuel. It turns over but when I accelerate the car seems to gradually cut out and the revs go down. It has been standing for three weeks and every time I have started it it has been the same. Is it my fuel pump? (Zetec)
Submitted: 02/07/2012 09:45:54 | ID: 11517
Is there a wet belt in the engine of my Ford Focus? I have had the timing belt changed and have now been told there`s a wet belt and the engine has to be stripped to get to it. Has anybody else had this done?
Submitted: 29/06/2012 10:38:11 | ID: 11493
I have just purchased a Ford Focus 1800 tdci 2005 model and after driving 20 miles the engine system`s fault warning light came on. I didn`t stop as I was not sure what it was and I was nearly home. When I got home and read what the light was I phoned the garage up and told them and they said bring the car back as there shouldn`t be a problem. On the way back the light came on again after 15 miles. They had the car for a few days and said that they had put it on a machine and fixed the problem but on driving home the light came on again after 20 miles. I could see by the mileage that they hadn`t driven the car to see if the problem was fixed. I have now got to take it back. Should I ask for my money back? Cheers. (1800 tdci)
They clearly havent fixed the problem so if you`ve paid them you should be entitled to your money back or have the problem sorted. I`ve had the same problem in the past and from what you have said it was the same as my problem, the light came on for no reason. Ask the garage for the diagnostic (machine) problem code. You can then find the problem yourself via the internet. Mine turned out to be a corroded wire going into the coil pack (a common fault) and this sounds similar to your problem. Hope this helps - Matthew Woods from Swansea
Submitted: 28/06/2012 12:00:42 | ID: 11453
My new Ford Focus diesel is so difficult to fill up. It keeps spitting fuel back and causing the garage pump to cut out. It only took 1/4 tank today. Can anyone help me? (Titaniumx tdci)
Submitted: 12/06/2012 17:28:34 | ID: 11157
Can anyone tell me why my Ford Focus` fuel pump fuse keeps blowing? I replaced the fuse and it started okay but once it gets to a running temperature it cuts out. If I start the car again it coughs and splutters and then dies, blowing a fuse again. When I replace the fuse it starts but revs at about 1200rpms, then this vicious cycle starts again. Can anyone please help me?
Submitted: 11/06/2012 14:48:01 | ID: 11130
I have an 02 Ford Focus 2.0 petrol and the speedometer is registering 5mph too fast. Any ideas? Thanks. (Zetec)
Submitted: 11/06/2012 14:42:29 | ID: 11129
I have just put new oil in my Ford Focus and the engine management light has come on and the car is shuddering when accelerating. Does anyone know why?
Submitted: 11/06/2012 14:40:28 | ID: 11128
Hi. I have a 2004 Ford Focus hatchback. Recently my car started giving me a problem. When I start driving after about 80 km/h it runs for about 5 minutes and then starts to lose power and eventually turns off. The mechanic could not figure it out. Could anyone kindly advise me on what the issue might be? Thanks in advance. (Hatchback)
Check if you are getting water in the spark plugs as well - Steve from England
Submitted: 07/06/2012 16:51:34 | ID: 11042
My Ford Focus has water coming out of what looks like an overflow pipe under the passenger footwell area, under the car, when I park up. Can anybody help? (1.8 TDCI Hatchback)
Sounds like it is the air conditioning drain tube. It`s normal to see water coming out after the air conditioning has been used - Ann Brook from Yorkshire
Submitted: 07/06/2012 16:28:49 | ID: 11033
The engine management, battery and oil light symbols suddenly came up on my Ford Focus whilst I was driving. It affected my driving as the power steering became tight, making it difficult for me to control my steering. I had to restart my engine. Any ideas? Please advise me.
Submitted: 07/06/2012 16:09:43 | ID: 11024
When moving off in my Ford Focus I get a noticable click which appears to come from underneath the vehicle. It will happen on each occasion the car moves off and no more noise thereafter on each journey. It`s difficult to determine whether it is from the front or rear. Any suggestions please? (1.6 tdci)
I have a similar problem, it sounds like some kind of metal bar underneath the left hand side of the car which gives a short rattle then that`s it. This sometimes happens if I drive over a pothole in the road. The other problem I have and others I have heard from too, is the key fob. If I double click it to lock there is a rattling/grinding type of motor noise which is very annoying, Now my key fob and seat belt warning bleep have stopped working, so if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate their answers please - Brian Bragg from Yorkshire
We had same noise from our 2009 model, it only happens between 10-15mph when you first set off, if you stop at traffic lights it doesn’t do it again but you if you turn the engine off and start it again it does it. It sounds like a spring pinging and you can feel it under the accelerator pedal, it’s the ABS re-setting itself. Hope this helps :-) Claire from Derbyshire
Submitted: 07/06/2012 15:02:11 | ID: 11009
My Ford Focus` gauges go all the way up and then all the way down and then it makes a ding noise. It seems like it`s not getting enough power. The lights will dim, the air conditioning power goes lower and it doesn’t seem like the car is getting enough power or gas or something, I’m not sure. Can anyone help?
I am having the same problem with my car. If you get a solution for this please let me know. Pasha Nagas from United Arab Emirates.
Submitted: 07/06/2012 12:24:10 | ID: 10967
My Ford Focus is making a loud tapping noise, even after putting oil in it. Any suggestions please?
Submitted: 07/06/2012 10:45:37 | ID: 10927
An hour after driving away our Ford Focus a few weeks ago from a trader we heard a whining sound when we steered the car. It seemed to get really loud but now comes and goes. The car has a full Ford service history from it`s life in Scotland and we have since been told the car had been standing for several weeks. The whining noise eased but is still intermitent so we took it to Ford who said it`s a normal sound for the type of pump it has (electric) and the older ones often make this noise. Has anyone else experienced this and should we accept that we have a car with a quirky noise or should we do something about it? (1.8 TDCI Ghia)
Submitted: 07/06/2012 10:27:37 | ID: 10919
The heating and cooling fan on my Ford Focus has stopped working. Should I look for a fuse to see if it is broken and if so where is it? Thanks.
Submitted: 31/05/2012 10:24:01 | ID: 10851
My Ford Focus won`t start after short runs. Breakdown assistance said that it could be the oxygen sensors. Any advice?
Submitted: 28/05/2012 14:39:23 | ID: 10796
My Ford Focus has an intermittent engine judder which disappears if I stop for 2 minutes. Can anyone suggest why? (CDTI)
Submitted: 28/05/2012 12:43:16 | ID: 10781
I have a 2005 Ford Focus ZX3 and the gears aren`t working. When I try to shift into first gear it doesn`t stay in it but slides back. The only gear that appears to be working is second. Also if I try to switch to 3rd gear it won`t go in, the gearstick gets really hard and it won`t move so well. The only gear it shifts into is second. Any ideas please? (2005 Ford Focus ZX3)
Submitted: 28/05/2012 12:30:20 | ID: 10774
My Ford Focus starts fine but when I pull away and get to approximately 12mph there is a knock / click / twang noise. If I stop and then accelerate again there is no noise. It happens every time but only after ignition. The Ford dealer says that it’s nothing to worry about and is the ABS unit resetting itself. My concern is that I have only just become aware of this and am approaching the end of my warranty. Any advice would be appreciated. Can anyone help? (1.6L Zetec)
Submitted: 28/05/2012 10:38:14 | ID: 10741
My Ford Focus` front right headlight and left rear light stopped working (although the dim front and brakelights work). Then I heard a clicking noise from the fusebox and now my horn has stopped working and the engine light now stays on. The dealer says that it`s the fuses but I cannot find the appropiate fuses when I check the pull-down fusebox. The fuses I can see are high numbers and not the ones to solve my problem which are low numbered. Where do I find these? It is expensive to ask the dealer. (1600i Ambient)
Submitted: 24/05/2012 11:04:56 | ID: 10700
My Ford Focus starts okay but only idles for a minute before it dies out. If I press the accelerator and let off it revs really high, as if it`s accelerating itself, except with no tension on the throttle cable. I recently reset the inertia switch. I know that the fuel pump works because I can hear it kick in and the fuel filter is clean. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 24/05/2012 10:02:02 | ID: 10681
If a fourth cable lead is not working what can happen to my Ford Focus?
Submitted: 22/05/2012 12:39:55 | ID: 10646
My Ford Focus bonnet will not open. Any ideas?
If your key turns in the lock and nothing happens it’s the lock thats broken (Ford are aware the problem but won’t do anything about it). The only way to get to the lock is to smash the front grille to access the bonnet catch and lock, to replace both items may cost around £200 from a Ford dealer - David Kendall from England
Mine hasn’t worked for years, I use a large screw driver to open mine Just use it same as a key once to eject twice to open - Richard Tansley from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 22/05/2012 11:56:17 | ID: 10631
What is the average cost to replace a head gasket in a 2003 Ford Focus?
I had a 2002 1.8 Zetec, which the head gasket went on a couple of years ago. I’d heard a clicking noise for about a week or two before it actually went completely. If only I’d have booked it in when I first heard that noise, as instead of it costing me around £250 (the quote from the garage when still driveable) I never got round to having it replaced. So I broke down 40 miles from home, had to be towed to the garage, who then subsquently charged me £749 (after the event). My advice to you (If you haven’t already)... get it sorted quickly - BEFORE it breaks!! Steve from Shropshire
Submitted: 22/05/2012 11:11:08 | ID: 10616
I have a water leak in my Ford Focus and I’m not sure where it is coming from. It has blown the air filter and there is water all over the car floor and still coming in. Any ideas?
Could be the seal around the windscreen is leaking. I had same problem myself. Replaced it. Quite common apparantley - Karen Cole from England
Submitted: 22/05/2012 11:03:07 | ID: 10612
My Ford Focus keeps showing "battery low, check handbook". Does anyone know why it is saying this and what the problem is?
It is possible that the alternator is faulty and not putting enough charge back into the battery. On the other hand it could be that the battery needs replacing as well. There is also the question of what mileage you are doing when you use the car, if you are only doing a very low mileage you are not giving the alternator enough time to charge the battery back up, so if you`re only doing low mileage I suggest taking it on a good 20 mile run and see what that does. If the light still comes on take it to a garage and have a battery/alternator check done on it. I`d suggest Kwik-fit for the check as they do them free of charge and you have no obligation to have the work required done there - Dean from England
Submitted: 18/05/2012 14:22:37 | ID: 10596
The interior fan on my 2001 Ford Focus Finesse blows cold and the temperature gauge reads hot until the radiator fan kicks in, then the gauge returns to normal but the fan still blows cold. Could this be the thermostat and if so where is the location of the thermostat?
Submitted: 14/05/2012 09:38:36 | ID: 10451
I drive a Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec. I have lost the original key and need to open the bonnet with my spare copy key and it doesn’t open it, so I need to get into it another way to change the oil, water, bulb and brake fluid. I am currently unemployed and can’t afford to buy the proper replacement yet as I was quoted £200. Any suggestions please?
Put your new copy key in the ignition and turn it 4-5 times but not starting car you should hear a beep from the dashboard that means your key is re programmed and should work - Darren Willers from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 14/05/2012 09:08:03 | ID: 10445
What causes the interior and exterior lights to stay on when the engine is turmed off on my 2012 Ford Focus?
Submitted: 10/05/2012 15:09:46 | ID: 10416
My Ford Focus was working fine. Then I went home and turned my car off and went inside. When I went back to the car it started but my engine light, oil light and battery light all stayed on and the car was shaking/rattling really badly. When I put my car into reverse it backed out really slowly and then it wouldn’t move at all. Does anyone know what the problem is?
Submitted: 10/05/2012 12:46:27 | ID: 10391
My Ford Focus is a ZX5 with a manual transmission. It will start and you can rev the engine but the car will not move. It started slipping out of first gear a few days before it stopped moving. Do we need to replace the clutch or the transmission?
Submitted: 08/05/2012 16:00:36 | ID: 10332
When I start my Ford`s engine no steam or water comes from the tailpipes. When the engine has warmed up steam comes out of the tailpipes all of the time until the engine is switched off. Everthing else is fine, there is no overheating and the oil is clear, it`s not losing any water and the car runs fine. Any ideas? (st220)
Submitted: 08/05/2012 11:17:51 | ID: 10285
I have an intermittent problem with my Ford Focus Zetec. When driving the car starts to increase it’s revs, without having my foot on the accelerator. The revs increase to about 4000 and then when I have to stop the car it continues to rev on it’s own at a constant 3000. The only way to get it to idle properly is to rev the car hard. Any ideas would be appreciated. I don’t really want to have to replace the accelerator housing if it isn`t the problem. The accelerator cable has been checked and seems to be okay. Can anyone help please? (Zetec)
Submitted: 03/05/2012 10:15:57 | ID: 10248
Hi there. We have a 56 reg Ford Focus 1.8tdci sport and have had problems in the past when the fusebox got water in and in turn made the instrument cluster go, costing us a fortune to get fixed. Recently the car seems to be using more diesel than normal and has some power lag when you try to accelerate at times. Today my husband went to drive it and it started with no problem. He drove with no problem but when he looked at the dials on the dashboard the temperature dial was at the highest point and the fuel gauge was higher than if you had a full tank of fuel. Can anyone give us any advice on what could be going wrong and what checks we can do on the car in order to try to find a solution before we end up with another huge bill? Many thanks in advance. (1.8tdci sport)
Submitted: 30/04/2012 17:31:02 | ID: 10188
My Ford Focus went through about 16 inches of water in a storm. The only things that got wet were the air filter, spark plug and spark plug wires and I was also low on fuel. When I try to start the car it will act as though it wants to start but it won`t start and the starter is making an awful noise. The mechanic tells me that the timing belt is broken so the motor is no good. Does anyone have any suggestions on this matter because I don`t really think the motor is no good?
Submitted: 30/04/2012 15:20:44 | ID: 10160
Hi. My friend has asked me to look at his Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec. It is having severe power loss on hills and on tickover I can only describe it as sounding like a steam engine chuffing away. It seems to be blowing back in to the airbox. I took off the oil filler cap and again on tickover there is a lot of back pressure, but once the engine is revved the noise in the air box and the back pressure goes away. Does anyone have any ideas? (1.6 Zetec)
Submitted: 30/04/2012 12:09:26 | ID: 10141
My Ford Focus’s engine light has come on. It was missing and was worse when I put my foot on the accelerator. I changed the plugs and leads but it`s no better and the light is still on. Can anyone help please?
Try having your egr valve checked out or your catalytic converter checked out, depending on the year of the car Ford Focuses are notorious for the egr valves going bad - they quit working properly and can cause the "service engine soon" light to come on, plus you will get poor gas mileage and the car may drive a little rough. Now if the catalytic converter is clogged depending on how bad it is, the car will sputter and cut out, sometimes die. It will also cause the car to overheat, and a bad smell to come through your vents, like burning oil or rotten eggs. These are just a few suggestions I can offer you because these are the problems I have had with my car, so good luck! Janelle from United States of America
No, it’ll be the coil pack - very common on Fords. Don’t buy cheap Chinese made, get a Bosch one or something like - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 25/04/2012 12:04:05 | ID: 10078
My Ford Focus today failed it`s MOT. The garage stated that I needed a new front windscreen motor at a cost of £210 and possibly the linkage which would cost a further £200. My windscreen wipers are working fine with no problems at all. Does this seem normal and if so is that a fair price?
WOW I have never heard of that one before unless the windshield wiper motor has gone bad, and that is a very high price to pay considering my electric motor in both back windows went bad and it only cost me 70 to relplace both of them plus labour. I think you should make sure that is the problem and not something wrong with the wiring or a fuse... If that is the problem, try a junkyard and get a used motor, it will save you quite a bit of money... Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 24/04/2012 10:20:09 | ID: 10059
I`m going to buy a Ford Focus ST 2006 model. The car has been in an accident and has error codes and it won`t start. Will the error codes prevent the car from starting at all? Thanks.
Sometimes, depending on what the error code is, and what was wrong with the vehicle when it was wrecked, salvaged vehicles aren’t too bad of a deal sometimes, but before you purchase one I would ask for a car fax so you can get a history and have a good mechanic look at it, just to make sure the car will run and has no other problems and is worth your money - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 23/04/2012 12:48:22 | ID: 10030
My Ford Focus’s engine management light is on and the fault was diagnosed as low emissions. My fuel consumption has also gone up. Can anyone advise please? (1600 Zetec)
Try checking the egr valve, it is nothing too serious to fix, it is a part of your emission control system and will trigger your service engine soon light to come on. If it’s not that then there is probably an oxygen sensor or an issue with your exhaust manifold. The exhaust manifold can be costly to fix, but the rest of the problems can be solved simply and will not cost a lot. And if that isn’t the problem run an obd test on it to see what codes come back - Janelle from United States of America
Could well be a faulty oxygen sensor bank 1 - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 23/04/2012 09:26:03 | ID: 9984
Hi. When I turn the key to position 2 in my Ford Focus I get a loud clicking noise coming from the dashboard around the glove box. Can you tell me what this might be? (Zetec)
Submitted: 19/04/2012 14:50:11 | ID: 9934
On my 2012 Ford Focus` "negative" ground lead to the battery, there is a Battery Management module and 3 wires coming from it. Where do they go and what are they for? Please could someone cite the reference that they find this information in. The dealerships here don’t seem to know. Thanks. (SE)
Submitted: 19/04/2012 12:46:54 | ID: 9921
My Ford Focus LX 1.6 is overheating in less than ten minutes after the engine is turned on and keeps juddering. What could the problem be? (1.6)
Submitted: 19/04/2012 11:27:11 | ID: 9906
My Ford Focus` temperature gauge keeps going up and then falls back down. Any suggestions?
There probably isn’t a way to fix this problem. My Ford Focus also does the same thing. I just keep an eye on it and my fluids just to make sure it isn’t over heating, mine will go up to the red zone, then when I idle the car or start driving it goes back down, just watch for smoke coming from the engine, or a bad smell of antifreeze or any other sign the car may be over heating. Make sure your overflow tank and radiator have fluid in them and its really nothing big to worry about, if anything it may be a fuse, or early sign that something needs replaced, check your thermostat too, cause it usually needs to be replaced depending on how many miles the car has on it. Thermostats are often replaced in Ford Focuses and it is a very cheap part to fix... Good luck! Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 13/04/2012 14:17:14 | ID: 9799
I had a gearbox go on my Ford Focus and the car has been standing in my drive for two and a half years. Can anyone tell me what to replace or look out for as I am now going to get a gearbox, other than a battery etc please?
Submitted: 13/04/2012 11:28:03 | ID: 9770
I had a replacement edr valve manifold fitted to my Ford Focus. Now there’s a whining noise when I accelerate. Is this connected?
Submitted: 13/04/2012 10:56:13 | ID: 9762
Could anyone tell me how to get round my problem? When my grandson was in my Ford Focus I put the child lock on and now it won`t unlock. Is there any way to override it please? Can anyone also tell me please whether you need all 5 doors to open for an MOT? (Gia)
I have a 2001 Focus and found that the child lock operates by using the key in the locking mechanism on the door - Darren Willers from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 13/04/2012 09:57:13 | ID: 9753
I am getting a message to say that I have a transmission malfunction on my Ford Focus.. It is usually when the car has been left overnight or for a couple of days. If I put the gear stick into drive, even though it is very stiff, it clunks into gear. I then put it into park and turn off the engine and restart and it is usually okay until I start again the next day or a couple of days after. Can anyone suggest what is wrong? (1560 cc Focus Ghia TDI Automatic)
Submitted: 12/04/2012 16:41:30 | ID: 9735
My Ford Focus 1.6 16v misfires up to 2000 revs and then clears. I have changed the plugs and leads and removed the air filter but there is no change. Any suggestions please? (1.6 16v)
Submitted: 12/04/2012 16:36:38 | ID: 9733
My Ford Focus is intermittently losing power. Any ideas? (1.6 Zetec petrol)
Submitted: 10/04/2012 16:21:21 | ID: 9639
My Ford Focus` boot will not open but all of the other doors are okay. Any ideas? (Ghia.)
Submitted: 10/04/2012 16:12:56 | ID: 9635
Can anyone suggest why the rear screen washer of my Ford Focus is not working?
Submitted: 10/04/2012 15:21:38 | ID: 9620
What is the cooling capacity for a 1.8 petrol Ford Focus Zetec engine? (1.8)
Submitted: 10/04/2012 10:43:43 | ID: 9565
Can anyone help? While driving home, my engine light started flashing. When I stopped it went out and I drove home doing just under 50mph. It seemed to lose power as I got home. When husband started it to check an hour later it was missing. (Zetec 1.6)
Could be the engine managememt system - Donald Utton from Kent
Submitted: 03/04/2012 08:51:13 | ID: 9501
My speedometer goes crazy and the car loses power. Already changed vss sensor, what else could it be? (zx3)
That one even has me curious and I have a lot of knowledge about the Ford Focus models and every year that Ford has made one. If you find out what it is can you please post cause I would also like to know as I have never heard of such a problem, except the accelerator sticking or the idle needing to be replaced or adjusted - Janelle from United States of America
The speed sensor on the gearbox is common on these, our 2001 Focus does it regularly. It`s not an expensive fix but a really annoying one that requires lots of patience as it is a git of a job - Erns Sinc from Denbighshire
Submitted: 02/04/2012 09:16:35 | ID: 9450
Sometimes the engine of my Ford Focus turns over but it won`t start. Then when it has been left for an hour or so it starts perfectly. This has happened several times. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 27/03/2012 14:42:04 | ID: 9378
My Ford Focus runs fine but then loses revs and power and then starts to chug. I can’t get over 1200 rpm. I had a diagnostic test done and the only problem was from the catalytic converter. Could this be the problem? The car had no other faults on the diagnostic test so I’m totally lost as to what to do now? (1.6 Chic)
If your cat goes you’ll have total lack of power, a bad smell and possible engine stall when you try driving. Cost about 120 dependent on model - B from England
Submitted: 22/03/2012 12:16:03 | ID: 9278
When my Ford Focus is in reverse is the rear screen wiper operated by the reverse switch in the gearbox please?
Submitted: 20/03/2012 12:18:15 | ID: 9227
How do I unlock the boot of my Ford Focus please?
Submitted: 19/03/2012 12:37:19 | ID: 9162
Can anyone please advise why the display light stays on when my Ford Focus is locked?
Hi, I had the same problem, had my car for two weeks now. Apparently it stays in for around 30 minutes once you have locked the car. I hope this helps - Lee Jackson from England
Submitted: 15/03/2012 11:49:49 | ID: 9085
How much is it to upgrade a Ford Focus computer and how many miles should it be run before having the next upgrade?
Submitted: 14/03/2012 10:53:08 | ID: 9047
Can anyone tell me roughly how much it would cost to replace an automatic transmission gear box in a 51 plate Ford Focus Zetec?
Submitted: 13/03/2012 12:36:14 | ID: 9032
When you park my Ford Focus at night and turn off the engine is it right for the stereo lights to stay on?
For a very short time, yes. But they turn off very quickly. I had the same problem after I had changed the battery. I didn’t enter the radio code. That done, it turns off soon after the car is locked - Eldin from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Submitted: 13/03/2012 10:38:07 | ID: 8999
My Ford Focus has no water coming out of either of the front windscreen washer jets. The rear washer jet is OK and I can hear the pump working. Any suggestions? Many thanks.
Take a pin or opened out paperclip and clear out the jet hole. Look at where the water is coming out in the working rear jet to see where to clear out the front ones. In winter they sometimes freeze closed and can be opened the same way - Alice Quartin from England
I have this problem except the front washers are working and the rear one isn’t even though I can hear the pump, I’ve had the pipe of the back of the washer but there’s no water coming out, anyone got any ideas? - Allen Thornborough from Durham
I have a 2011 Focus and I had the same problem; it ended up being the filter was blocked in the washer bottle. Ford tried to charge me £100; took it to a vat registered garage and they charged me £25. Hope this helps - John from England
Submitted: 13/03/2012 09:45:42 | ID: 8977
I have changed the battery in my Ford Focus and none of my dials are now working on the dashboard?
It sounds like it could be an electric problem - short in the wires or fuses and an electrician is the best person to take it too. However my car did the same thing, I had the battery and alternator tested and replaced the battery with brand new cables and a new battery but the problem still occurred. I later on found out that the alternator was going bad and it was gonna need to be replaced, it still had enough juice to run the car but since it was going bad, my lights got dim, my gauges were going wacky and my lights were flashing at me but I solved the problem and now it is in good shape - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 12/03/2012 17:11:20 | ID: 8955
How do I get a pin code for a radio battery? It has been removed and now is asking for a pin code and I don’t have one. Ford Focus Titanium SV58 JYW 2008 Diesel.
I had the same problem. I simply went to the Authorized Ford Dealer, they check my VIN from the my registration card (proof that I owned the car) and gave me the code - Eldin from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Submitted: 09/03/2012 14:14:26 | ID: 8903
What kind of problems am I going to run in to if I drive my 2012 Ford Focus on the autobahn at a average of 110mph (from 60mph to 149mph) for about 120 miles, say 2 or 3 times a week? Yes, I already know that’s not how to treat a car but I need to rush some times and the autobahn where I live has a lane for it. If some one could help me, so I can tell my self its not worth it, because of how its destroying my car that would be awesome.
It’s never good on a vehicle to drive it everyday at that speed, it wears and tears on your tires, your suspension, your shocks struts and brakes. There are a lot of other things that will also wear and tear the more you drive it at that rate of speed, plus you are putting a lot of mileage on it and bringing sown the value of the car so when you are ready to resale the vehicle you will loose out quite a bit of money on it - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 08/03/2012 10:53:21 | ID: 8872
On a 2007 Ford Focus, can the micro switch for the boot lamp be replaced without changing the boot catch?
Submitted: 07/03/2012 16:54:14 | ID: 8840
The information light on my Ford Focus dash stays on. The message says remote battery is low. I changed the battery but the information light still stays on. How do I clear this message please? (st2)
Submitted: 07/03/2012 10:37:03 | ID: 8802
Does anyone know if my 1989 Ford Focus has a cambelt or chain?
Submitted: 05/03/2012 14:01:01 | ID: 8730
I have just bought a 52 plate Focus and the trip stays as 0.0. It has on one occasion read at 0.9 but has since reverted back to 0.0. The current has shown up until today when the screen has gone completely blank. Does anybody have any idea what is causing it and how it can be fixed?
Submitted: 29/02/2012 08:14:13 | ID: 8671
My Ford Focus’s radio keeps cutting out and is replaced by a beeping noise. But this only happens if I’ve got a passenger in the front and it happens more if they move a lot. It’s obviously some kind of sensor in the seat for something, how can I stop it or fix it without it costing me a fortune in the garage? (1.8 TDCI Titanium)
Submitted: 28/02/2012 08:07:27 | ID: 8635
My Ford Focus has started losing coolant and seems to be down in power. I can’t see any leaks, still have heat in car and temperature gauge still showing normal.
Possible head gasket leaking into one of the cylinders whereby you are burning coolant causing a misfire, check for excess steam coming from exhaust tailpipe - Martin Jones from Essex
Look just under the bonnet at the top of the radiator there is on some models a pipe with one inlet and two outlets my money would be on that pipe leaking. Could also be the core plugs on the top of the head in the plug gallery - Stu from England
Submitted: 24/02/2012 10:57:04 | ID: 8542
My 56 plate Ford Focus 1.8 petrol engine, the revs seem to drop low and nearly stalls when I come to a stop. This does not happen all the time. When it does happen it does not last and the revs go back to normal. Any ideas. Mostly happens when first setting off but not all the time. Best regards.
I keep getting this too, I have been told it can be a loose connection between your battery but I’m not 100% - Jamie Williams from England
I had that in an 08 reg 1.8 petrol. I took it back to the dealer, they updated the software in the ECU and it fixed the problem - Robert from London
Submitted: 22/02/2012 10:39:01 | ID: 8511
Recently bought a 3 door Ford Focus Style and for the last few days the airbag symbol keeps coming on but not always staying on. Been told its a common problem with the 3 door as the wiring for the airbag is under the seats. Can anyone shed any light on this or does anyone have the same issue?
The wiring under the seats is for the seat belt pre-tensioners which would also put airbag light on, try disconnecting the multiplugs blow out any residue within and reconnect - Martin Jones from Essex
Try pulling the airbag fuse. I have airbags in my car, but because Ford Focuses are small vehicles I don’t feel airbags are safe to have. If an airbag ignites, a seat belt will save your life before an airbag, as an airbag can explode and the gases and fumes that come from it can burn you severely or can cause you to get trapped in the vehicle. If you don’t want to do that then I would suggest taking it in to the Ford dealer because there may be some kinda malfunction or wiring wired wrong. Sometimes in Focuses the wiring is wacky, don’t know for sure why, but that would be my suggestion if you want to keep the airbags ignited - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 21/02/2012 15:55:46 | ID: 8486
I changed my Ford Focus car battery and it is now asking for a pin code... What should I do?
I had the same problem. I simply went to the Authorized Ford Dealer, they check my VIN from the my registration card (proof that I owned the car) and gave me the code - Eldin from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Submitted: 20/02/2012 08:53:14 | ID: 8408
I am trying to find the fuel cut off switch behind the kick panel on my Ford Focus. Where exactly is it located? (w256 ave)
Submitted: 17/02/2012 14:22:49 | ID: 8351
My Ford Focus runs OK for weeks then after I turn it off it will not start again for a couple of hours (when refuelling etc). The engine turns over fine.
Submitted: 16/02/2012 08:07:18 | ID: 8289
Why is my Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 rev counter dropping too low but speedo working fine? But it’s fine if your revving the car high and fast when in all the gears. When you let foot off accelerator it is dropping back down to 1,000 rpm when especially in higher gears it should be over 2,000 rpm with foot off accelerator. Help please????
Submitted: 15/02/2012 11:57:05 | ID: 8273
Why can I only get 1st and 2nd gear but cant get 3rd, 4th, 5th and reverse???
Submitted: 15/02/2012 11:55:39 | ID: 8272
I need to identify the colour of the reverse light positive wire on the nearside of my Ford Focus. Also the colour of the earth wire in the same cluster. I have fitted reversing sensors and need to connect to these two wires. Thanks for any help that might offered. (1.6 Titanium)
I have the same question, I am still looking through the net. Found on some sites that black is allways earth. and red is + Farooq from Leicestershire
Submitted: 15/02/2012 10:51:15 | ID: 8264
My Ford Focus’s multi-function and display centre has 2 unidentified warning lights. What are they for? (LX)
Submitted: 15/02/2012 10:46:09 | ID: 8260
On starting my Ford Focus engine there was smoke coming from engine and aircon. I turned the car off and checked oil and noticed the water level was very low so I topped up after starting again there was a clicking sound. I then turned off engine and started again and working fine, someone told me it could be the gasket... Does that sound correct?
Submitted: 15/02/2012 09:45:24 | ID: 8257
How can I change the units ie km to miles and language to English on my 2005 Ford Focus? I know this is done via the toggle arm (left side of steering wheel) but I can’t get this to work properly. No mention of how this is achieved in manual either.
Submitted: 15/02/2012 09:07:32 | ID: 8241
Why is my Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 rev counter dropping too low but speedo working fine? But it’s fine if you’re revving the car high and fast, when letting foot off accelerator in the gears the rev counter is dropping down to 1,000 rpm, which should really be sitting at that out of gear. PLEASE HELP!
Submitted: 14/02/2012 09:15:26 | ID: 8233
When I was driving my Ford Focus the battery light came on, then the abs light, then an exclamation mark came on. I called the AA and they said the alternator was faulty. I had a new one fitted along with water pump and cambelt but now I have a loss of power. Does anyone have any idea what might be the problem now?
Submitted: 14/02/2012 08:55:59 | ID: 8226
Just want to ask why my Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 TDCI takes ages starting in the mornings? It ticks over and I have to start it again and again until it starts.
Submitted: 09/02/2012 08:55:58 | ID: 8103
Where would I find the coolant sensor on a 1.6-litre 16v 2003 Ford Focus?
I think between 2 & 3 spark plug leads - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 08/02/2012 15:14:03 | ID: 8062
How do I replace the alternator on the 1.8 diesel Ford Focus?
Submitted: 08/02/2012 10:03:23 | ID: 8027
I got in my Ford Focus this morning and when I put the key in the whole dash started flashing and there is a lot off clicking coming from my fuse box. Also there is no ignition whatsoever but there is power inside the car and I’ve fully charged it. Can anyone help?
I’m having the same issue with my ’05. Now car is stalling and the starter won’t even make noise when I turn the key. Let me know if somebody can answer this - Miguel Jimenez from United States of America
Submitted: 08/02/2012 08:15:09 | ID: 7996
Hi. Can anyone help me? How do I go about draining the fuel tank on my 2007 Ford Focus? (2-litre diesel)
Remove tank - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 06/02/2012 13:17:58 | ID: 7955
Hi, my first post, I have a 1.4 CL 2002 Focus. Recently, mainly last 2 days the worst, my car keeps losing power when I accelerate after about 200yrds but the engine doesn’t shut off. Then I have to switch engine off for 5-10 mins then limp home. I had a service last September, sometimes it’s worse when I press hard on the gas pedal it shudders to a halt quicker... Any help much appreciated... I’m trying to find a cure - the NET points to a multitude of things... no warning light come and there’s no error codes... (1.4 CL)
Submitted: 03/02/2012 16:21:27 | ID: 7942
The seatbelt/airbag warning light remains on. What would be a reason for this? Many thanks.
Either seatbelt pre-tensioner faulty or sensor on steering wheel, known as "clock spring" faulty - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 03/02/2012 16:18:58 | ID: 7941
Hi, I have a 2007 Ford Focus. I recently had to get the dash clock thing replaced. But now the new one doesn’t have a reset button to press to reset the miles I have done. Does anyone know how I need to go about getting a new one again or is there a different way to reset it? My temperature is at --- as well, it has not budged.
Submitted: 02/02/2012 09:40:40 | ID: 7900
Why is my Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 rev counter dropping too low but speedo working fine but its fine if your revving the car high and fast?
Idling too low? - Martin Jones from Essex
There is just no power there cause it’s droping to 1000 revs when cruising so you have to drop gear to get the power back - Chris Hogg from Northumberland
Submitted: 01/02/2012 14:08:04 | ID: 7877
I own a 57 plate Ford Focus and need to replace the main beam bulb, on the driver’s side. Does anyone know the build that I require? (Style)
If it’s just the bulb, take it to Halfords. They key in your registration number and find the part number that matches, simple as that. They charge about £6 to fit the new bulb for you while you wait. Hope this helps - Neil from Yorkshire
I’m sure the bulb is H7 - Martin Jones from Essex
Find an Auto zone if you have one where you are located. If it’s just the bulb then they will find the right size for you and install it, as a matter of fact, almost all autopart stores would be willing to help you. Now if you need the whole beam (headlight) then you should check junkyards they will have the best prices for you - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 31/01/2012 14:21:30 | ID: 7848
Can you take the tow bar off a Ford Focus and refit it onto a Ford Focus C-Max 58 reg?
Submitted: 30/01/2012 20:13:25 | ID: 7789
Hi, I have a Ford Focus LX in the last month. The car has cut out 3 times and the breakdown guys said it was the petrol pump. I took it to the garage and it was an electrical fault not sending petrol to the engine. They fixed that as well, so I thought. How come the car just decides to stop sending petrol then starts again costing a lot in garage? Please help.
Take battery out for an hour. I had same problem and spent money having bits replaced and then was told to remove battery for an hour and then reconnect, thus resetting the engine management system. It worked a treat for me after I took car for a half hour run to allow system to reset to my style of driving - Billy Melrose from Fife and Kinross Shires
Submitted: 26/01/2012 09:07:24 | ID: 7679
On my Ford Focus there is occasionally no throttle response when pulling away. Occasionally the engine stalls and has difficulty in starting and a smell of bad-eggs can be detected. What might this signify? (1.8 Zetec)
Sounds like your clutch is slipping - David Dennis from England
Your catalytic converter is knackered - Steve from Scotland
Catalytic converter is clogged and either needs to be replaced or hollowed out. Or you could have your timing belt checked because the smell of rotten eggs could be that the timing belt is going bad. I’m not a mechanic but I have owned a Ford Focus for a long time, and although it has been a decent car I am having the same problem. Is your "service engine soon" light on? Because you could have an OBD done on it to tell you for sure. It could also be one of your oxygen sensors located by the catalytic converter is bad too, just a suggestion to try hope you figure it out. Good luck! Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 25/01/2012 15:43:47 | ID: 7658
Hi. As you can see I have a 2008 Ford Focus hachback and I have in hand the original warning triangle (Ford finis 1440254). I know that the storage place is in the boot and is under the parcel shelve on the right next to the luggage boot light, there are 4 rectangular holes for the clips/holder. Can you please give me the finis code or part number for these clips/holder so I can store the warning triangle box in its place? Thanks for your reading and co-operation. Best regards.
Submitted: 23/01/2012 09:10:53 | ID: 7610
Hi, I have a Ford Focus 1.8 Tddi Ghia, X reg (2000). Recently I noticed my reverse light has stopped working. I replaced the bulb, but it didn’t work, so was advised to replace the bulb housing. This too did not work. Please could you advise if it is likely to be the fuse next (and where this is!) and if that still doesn’t work, what else I look at next? Everything else is working correctly. Thanks for your help. (1.8 Tddi Ghia)
More than likely be the reverse light switch located on the gearbox - Adam Finch from England
Submitted: 21/01/2012 23:34:05 | ID: 7496
Tonight my side light, rear lights, number plate lights and lights around interior heating controls stopped working. I checked bulbs and fuses - all OK. Can anyone shed some light? (1.6 hatchback 3dr)
Submitted: 19/01/2012 14:26:18 | ID: 7419
Why is the ABS warning light staying on after having a rear bearing replaced? And there is also a slight tapping noise on my Ford Focus?
If it is the same as my 2001 mk1 then there is a sensor ring that must also be replaced when the rear wheel bearings are changed - Will from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 19/01/2012 14:25:12 | ID: 7418
Where is the engine block heater cord located on a 2007 Ford Focus? I can’t figure out how to plug in my car. Thank you in advance for any help. (SE)
Submitted: 18/01/2012 11:55:40 | ID: 7394
I just fitted a new old stock 2-litre Zetec blacktop engine and I’m getting white smoke and oil in the exhaust manifold from pots 2 and 3. A noticeable amount of oil after 10 mins or so. This is a new unused engine and I don’t know where to start. Any suggestions?
No matter how new... white smoke always means water. Where the heads rebuilt as well? It sounds like they sent you a core instead of a new motor - Miguel Jimenez from United States of America
Submitted: 18/01/2012 10:52:12 | ID: 7389
My wife had to pull over our Ford Focus on seeing steam coming out from the bonnet. On lifting it she found the water expansion to be empty with water down the side of the bottle. What might this signify?
Could be a faulty pressure cap - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 16/01/2012 11:00:39 | ID: 7337
Hello. The front wipers don’t always stop at the bottom, sometimes stopping in the middle. I tried changing the relay but it made no difference. Can anyone help please? (Estate 1.6)
Submitted: 16/01/2012 09:05:26 | ID: 7320
Why was the Ford Focus recalled and what was causing power failure. And how to resolve the problem?
My father has the 2001 model and his suffered from the power failure. Complete power failure affecting steering, speedometer etc. The vehicle speed sensor was replaced as well as, and this bit is rarely mentioned, all the earthing points in the engine are thoroughly cleaned. Once both the above were done, the problem was solved. Hope this might help - Neil from Yorkshire
Gear box speed sensor is favourite if it’s not that then its a new instrument cluster. This was a known concern within ford. A new cluster could be anywhere between £60 and £400 depending on what type is fitted. Your Ford dealer will need to take your cluster out to match part numbers and determine which is your cluster type - Stu from England
Submitted: 13/01/2012 11:36:36 | ID: 7287
Does anyone know when the cooling fan starts to kick in on a 200 Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec petrol 2000? Thanks.
The radiator fan should turn on as soon as you are sitting and idling for too long. This helps keep the car engine from over-heating when you are driving or just sitting in the vehicle while it is running. However the fan usually doesn’t run while the motor is in drive. If the fan isn’t kicking on then try turning the air conditioner on and see if that fan turns on to cool the engine. I have had the same problem and find that my fan has a mind of its own. I had to replace the relay switch and check all the fuses. However, it may be the fan needs to be replaced cause it is not working properly, it may also be the wiring just a few suggestions, good luck - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 12/01/2012 16:10:40 | ID: 7272
I have an intermittent fault with my electrics. It has happened twice today. The wipers and the L/H flasher come on with the ignition switched off. They went back off after a few minutes. Please help. (Diesel)
Submitted: 12/01/2012 16:02:33 | ID: 7266
With the engine running when I depress the clutch slightly I hear a vibrating noise as if something is catching. This noise occurs when the vehicle is stationery or moving. This noise vanishes when the clutch is fully depressed. It doesn’t effect the gear changing in any way though. I’ve also noticed a juddering on occasions when driving, it did it twice today at speeds of 60-70mph. I took it to a local mechanic who put it up on the ramp but couldn’t see anything loose. It only has 35,000 on the clock so I would have thought this was too soon for a major clutch problem. Has anyone else experienced this sort of problem? (1.8 Diesel Style)
Sounds like dual mass flywheel problem, expensive - Chris Parry from Yorkshire
Submitted: 10/01/2012 20:23:03 | ID: 7245
Is it hard to replace the wiring loom from drivers door to car on a 2001 Ford Focus?
Submitted: 10/01/2012 15:19:14 | ID: 7236
Recently the heater matrix on my Ford Focus has started leaking. What is involved in changing it? (Zetec Climate 1.6 petrol)
Submitted: 09/01/2012 15:51:08 | ID: 7185
The hand brake light on the dashboard of my Ford Focus stays on when the engine is going and will not go out. There is enough brake fluid in the reservoir. What could be the problem? (Ghia)
Faulty h/brake light switch? - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 09/01/2012 13:54:36 | ID: 7171
I have a 2011 Ford Focus and cannot find the bonnet lock. Please help! The manual is very ambiguous. Many, many thanks in advance!
On your bonnet, the Ford badge, spin it over and hey presto, bonnet lock is there hiding - Laura from Nottinghamshire
Lever is on the left (passenger side, not convenient). Once open, look through the crack on the bonnet for the yellow lever on the left - Jessie from Berkshire
Submitted: 09/01/2012 13:45:07 | ID: 7165
I have a 57 place Ford Focus 1.6 style. My side lights don’t come on and the side light symbol doesn’t show up on the dash either and my rear lights don’t work but they light up when I press the brake pedal. Also, when I put the light dial in the off position, my rear fog light remains on, what could cause this to happen?
Submitted: 09/01/2012 08:40:54 | ID: 7149
Can someone please tell me where the wiper relay for a Ford Focus 2007 1.6 might be found, as my front wipers are not working. I have checked the fuse, wiper motor and stalk and are all working. I can’t think of any other thing it can be. Help please!!!
Hi Graeme, I had the same problem, if it’s just the intermittent wipe, it’s the relay R15 OR R19. If all the wiper controls are not working, it’s the Body Control Unit or as I would call it - the fusebox. It’s about £300 to buy and Ford has to code it to get it to work, you can get a secondhand one but be sure it’s from the same spec of car and make sure the wiper motor isn’t faulty as this will back feed down to the new box and blow it as well. My advice: get Ford to plug it in to the computer to tell you what’s wrong with the box. Money well spent - Mervyn McNeill from County Antrim
Submitted: 06/01/2012 15:07:13 | ID: 7128
Does anyone know if my 2001 y reg Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec has a dual mass flywheel? Thanks.
Yes it does - Laura from Nottinghamshire
No, it does not - Rog Coll from Devon
Submitted: 06/01/2012 14:04:25 | ID: 7113
I am getting a sound like a pump running coming from the left side headlamp assembly on my 1999 Focus Zetec 1.8 model when the dipped lights are on. No sound with main beam. Removed feed cable to left side headlamp and sound not there so must be something inside the headlamp assembly. Has anyone got an idea what this might be please? Are there any relays in the headlamp assembly? Thanks very much.
It’s the electric motor that controls up & down movement for varying loads, you have a switch on dash with numbers, set to 0 make sure both h/lamps are level and disconnect the motor inside h/lamp - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 03/01/2012 15:57:39 | ID: 7030
Hi, when I start my Ford Focus tdci 1.8 the dash will not light up but glow light stays on, rev limit light stays and radio and windows will not work for about 15-20 seconds. What could it be?
Submitted: 03/01/2012 15:10:25 | ID: 7013
Another question on the Focus Cl V-Reg. I would like to fit front fog lights to the front bumper which are not present and have heard that all I need to do is change the lower grill in the bumper to the oblong one. Apparently that leaves the 2 triangular bits to fit the fogs light and the fittment is there. This original grill corners over where the fog lights can go for blanking purposes, then all I need to do is swap to a twin fog switchpack. Any ideas?
Submitted: 03/01/2012 09:13:00 | ID: 6986
Hi, I have a Focus 1.4 Cl V-Reg. I’m having problems with the central locking, at first the passenger side was not turning with key and working, this comes and goes so changed the door mech. Now when I unlock the car from drivers side it will only unlock the drivers door, occasionally all, when the car is unlocked there is flicking back and forth on the central locking including when driving down the road randomly. As I’ve changed the mech I can’t see what this could be, also when I lock the car it immediately doubles back and unlocks very rarely it stays locked. Help please : ) (CL Model)
Submitted: 03/01/2012 09:11:52 | ID: 6985
I’ve got a Ford Focus 1.8tdci Climate on a 06 and it has been nothing but trouble. It is the clutch pully problem. This is the connection from the alternator to the timing belt. Round town it’s OK but I go on a long journey and I find myself getting towed home. The clutch pully fails, stopping power to the battery. Could the alternator be faulty?
Submitted: 28/12/2011 21:29:00 | ID: 6891
In 3rd 4th and 5th gear my car revs high when the turbo should kick in but in 1st and 2nd it kicks in fine. Any ideas what this could be? (1.8 tdci)
Clutch slipping? - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 24/12/2011 06:47:18 | ID: 6851
I am doing my own oil change on my 2000 Ford Focus lx and I am able to take off the oil filter but the oil plug/screw is stripped and will not come out, to finish draining my oil. What do I do and can do about it?
Submitted: 23/12/2011 15:46:07 | ID: 6843
Hi, I’ve recently fitted a new speedo clock on to my Ford Focus and the ABS and handbrake light won’t turn off. Can anyone please help or advise?
If you’ve had new clocks fitted they will need programming to switch the light off, it’s a one hour job but you will need to take it to a Ford dealer as you need IDS to do the job - Stu from England
Submitted: 23/12/2011 12:18:10 | ID: 6835
The clock in my Ford Focus keeps resetting when I switch the ignition off. E.g. The time is 14.00 but the clock in the car is showing 10.00. I start the car, set the clock to 14.00 and drive for 45 minutes. The clock now shows 14.45 When I switch off the ignition the clock returns to 10.45.
Hi Noel, has anyone solved this foryou yet? What type of radio is it? I have 2010 model Vistron 6000 CD that does this as well and would like to know how to stop this happening on mine as it drives me mad - Dennis Pinchin from Worcestershire
Submitted: 20/12/2011 15:38:59 | ID: 6770
My Ford Focus has just started misfiring and the rear windscreen wiper has also stopped at same time, same as the rear windscreen heater. Everything was working well until only 1 hour ago. What might the problem be? (1.4CL)
New coil plugs and leads will cure misfire. Check the wiring by the tail gate inside the rubber converluted pipe for your electrical fault - L&R from England
Or you could check your fuses inside the motor and under the steering wheel for your defrost and wipers. And misfiring is usual caused by spark plugs or spark plug wires (coil wires). You could also check the coil pack, or it could be something within your fuel injection system. These are just a few problems I have ran across. Also catalytic converters are well known to clog in Ford Focuses - if you have any funny smells coming through the vents or your vehicle is getting hot or losing power - that is also a suggestion you can consider. That is the most suggestions I can think of and the problems I have had with my 02 Focus - Janelle from United States of America
Submitted: 19/12/2011 15:51:06 | ID: 6737
I have changed the fuel and air filters on my Ford Focus and it is now showing an engine system fault. It feels like it is being held back at higher speeds and won’t go over 50mph even when the throttle is to the floor. Does anybody know what my problem might be?
You will have to get it code read, that’s the only way to find the problem - Martin Jones from England
Submitted: 19/12/2011 14:43:26 | ID: 6723
Can anyone help? I’m trying to locate the water temperature sensor on my car but for the life of me can’t find it. I’ve bought a new one but don’t no where it goes. Please help!
Thermostat housing? Right hand side of engine - Martin Jones from England
Also may be between 2&3 plug leads - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 19/12/2011 10:31:09 | ID: 6702
My Ford Focus has just started showing the frost warning light, saying it is -15 degrees, however today is easily 28 degrees. How can I fix this?
Sounds like outside air temp. Sensor faulty located behind grille/front bumper - Martin Jones from England
Submitted: 19/12/2011 09:48:05 | ID: 6688
There is a symbol coming on and off every few miles on the dashboard of my Ford Focus. It is orange/yellow and is odd-shaped, like a sort of snowflake, and is situated under the rev counter with the battery, oil etc. symbols. It does not stay on all the time. I do not have a manual, could someone please tell me what this means? (1600 lx)
It’s telling you the outside temperature is below a certain level which would illuminate amber and if temperature drops lower, it will be red - Martin Jones from England
It means that there is a chance of ice outside so be careful - L O from Oxfordshire
It’s to tell you if it’s cold outside - Stan Stan from England
Orange symbol means frost warning and red symbol is lower temperature so risk of ice! - Steve Keay from England
It’s a warning that the temperature is low, when it gets to zero, it will go to RED! So be careful as there may be ice on the road - DJ Morgan from Hampshire
Submitted: 16/12/2011 15:22:34 | ID: 6673
My Ford Focus diesel matrix has stopped working. It was flushed through and still not working. Is it hard to replace an how much would a new one cost?
If you mean heater matrix, make sure the hot and cold control is working correctly. If it is the matrix then yes, quite expensive to replace - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 12/12/2011 14:26:58 | ID: 6566
Hi, I have a 2005 Ford Focus and when I come up at a light and stop, the revs move slightly up and the car judders and then the engine warning light comes on. I took it to my garage and, as I have not used it for some time, they told me to drive it fast. So I did and the juddering stopped but the light is still on. When I asked why the light is on they said that the temperature gauge is faulty. What should I do? Thank you.
They need to reset your fault underneath your steering wheel, the light will go off, its a two minute job - Mark Earnshaw from England
Submitted: 12/12/2011 11:51:39 | ID: 6547
I just replaced a blown fuse for the central locking on my 2001 Ford Focus. The rear passenger door is the only one that won’t lock since replacement of fuse - does anyone know the cause?
Must be that solenoid that blew the fuse - Martin Jones from Essex
I had the same problem, just put your key in the ignition, turn to 2 position and off 4-5 times and you will hear a bleep from the dashboard. It reprograms the key fob and the door should lock - Darren Willers from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 12/12/2011 10:10:31 | ID: 6534
Everything on my Ford Focus turns off as normal but the information display stays on. The battery is running down too as a result. Can anyone help or advise? (Zetec 1.6-litre petrol)
Submitted: 12/12/2011 10:01:50 | ID: 6530
The interior light inside my Ford Focus stays on. The handbrake light also stays on. Indicator not registering in use on instrument panel but indicators are working. Central locking will open doors but not boot and can only lock car with key. All happened day after renewed key battery whilst engine idling waiting to pick up passenger. Has anyone else experienced this?
Submitted: 12/12/2011 09:49:21 | ID: 6523
There were no high gears on my Ford Focus so I replaced solenoid A. I now have high gears but reverse gear has gone. What can I do?
Submitted: 12/12/2011 08:57:23 | ID: 6507
Hi. Over the last several months the dashboard handbrake light and red frost light have occasionally remained on after all the other lights have turned off. Whilst these dashboard lights remain on, the windows/sunroof/doors lost function and the dashboard temp gauge read ----. Eventually the lights would switch off on their own accord and normal window function etc. resumed. This didn’t take any set amount of time, and conditions were normal, i.e. not that cold, sunny etc. so it seemed completely random. We took the car to a dealer who claimed to have replaced the sensors under the warranty but problem remains, in fact it has gotten worse. Over the last few days, the dashboard handbrake and frost lights have remained on permanently and do not turn off at any point, meanwhile the windows etc. remain locked and temp reads ----. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! (ST)
Submitted: 09/12/2011 14:34:42 | ID: 6475
I have an electronic petrol display which shows how many miles of petrol I have left. This morning I had 22 miles remaining and I went and stuck £10 in... this would usually take it to about 90 in all. However, as I had left the key in the ignition with the radio on, the counter didn’t update the petrol I put in. Will this update at my next fill? I won’t run out when the 22 go down to 0 will I? As my manual dial is showing a quarter tank? Thank you.
Submitted: 06/12/2011 10:54:29 | ID: 6382
Just had an issue with our Ford Focus not starting. The RAC have been out and tested the battery, which seems to not be holding it’s charge to its full capacity. They weren’t sure why but suggested it might be the smart charging system has lost it’s connection... but as they were leaving I noticed the information display and clock were still on. I asked them and they said they didn’t know! I’m worried the car won’t start again in the morning due to the lights being on. What should I do?
Submitted: 06/12/2011 08:31:50 | ID: 6365
At what mileage should I replace the timing belt on my 2007 Ford Focus Zetec?
Around 70,000 belt and tensioner, Fords say higher mileage but I wouldn’t - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 06/12/2011 08:27:24 | ID: 6363
Hi. I’m having a nightmare with my Ford Focus. It’s a 1.6 ti year 2006. I only got my car serviced about a week ago, spark plugs, oil and filters. I was driving fine up till two days ago. I came from my house and it wouldn’t start, it would crack but not start. I then left it and I’d say it would have been 6 hours later and I tried to start it again. It started first time but then, when I drove it, it cut out and just would not start. Now this would keep happening. It would just start when it chooses to. THIS IS WHAT I’VE CHECKED SO FAR: Spark plugs, battery fuse board coils and coil pack. Sorry about the long story, I just wanted to make sure I have got everything. If someone could please help me out I would be very thankful.
Possibly a CPS (cam position sensor). I had the same problem with a Mondeo. It cost around £15 - Robert from England
Submitted: 01/12/2011 13:20:08 | ID: 6287
Hi. I have a 2001 Focus diesel with MTX75 gearbox. I’ve had to replace the speed sensor (part number 98AB 9E731 BB) but due to localised damage on the car’s wiring loom I’m not sure which wire goes where. There’s 3 wires on the sensor; black/brown, brown and yellow/brown. I suspect that these are for supply, earth and sensor output but I don’t know which wire goes where. Can you please help? Thanks.
Submitted: 01/12/2011 13:15:05 | ID: 6285
Does anyone know why my Ford Focus engine has a slight misfire in 3rd gear at 30 mph? Has anyone else experienced this? (1.6tdci)
Sounds like EGR valve to me, I had the same problem with a customer’s car - L&R from England
Submitted: 01/12/2011 11:36:12 | ID: 6280
When I pull the switch for the fog light the horn sounds. Does anyone know what is causing this? I have taken the bulb out in case it was a rusty connection and it still does it with the bulb out. I told the tester it was a limited edition fog horn Focus but he still failed it. (1.6 Petrol)
Submitted: 01/12/2011 11:31:33 | ID: 6277
The brake lights on my Ford Focus are stuck on and won’t come off. No one knows what the problem is and the Ford dealer here in Saint John New Brunswick says they have never heard of it happening before. Can anyone help?
Must be a faulty brake light switch, located up the top of the pedal - Martin Jones from England
Submitted: 01/12/2011 09:42:18 | ID: 6251
I have just bought a Ford Focus LX 1.6 16v Zetec S and the wheels are not the right wheels for the model - they should be alloy wheels on this model but someone has put 14 inch wheels on it. The front tyre’s are 175 60 14R and the rear are 185 60 14R and are not alloys. I have an Escort 1.6 16v Finesse that I am scrapping and would like to know if anyone could tell me if I could put the 15 inch 195 alloy wheels off that on to the Focus?
The 15" wheels will be alright but the tyres it needs will be 195/60/R15 tyres where as the Escort last I knew ran on 195/50/R15 - Andy Blakeman from Yorkshire
Submitted: 30/11/2011 16:23:47 | ID: 6230
This is my second Focus which I love but I have had the same problem with this car as I had with the first and that is water in the footwell on the passenger side. Any ideas where it is coming from please? Thanks.
More than likely the pollen filter has been changed and the plastic trim is not water tight to windscreen, you can buy the special sealer from Fords - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 30/11/2011 10:50:31 | ID: 6177
My Ford Focus’s engine started, ran for 30 seconds, then stopped. And it won’t start again. It did this last year and only happens in winter when cold. Anybody any ideas?
Submitted: 23/11/2011 13:23:06 | ID: 6003
The front electric windows, heaters, main beam, high beam and brake lights on my Ford Focus all stopped working at the same time. Any ideas what could of caused this??? There was a blown fuse which I have changed but this has made no difference. I have been told it might be the alternator - does that sound correct?
Won’t be the alternator as it charges the battery, could be fusebox problem, get auto electrician to look at it - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 21/11/2011 10:56:27 | ID: 5905
How do you remove the centre console on a Ford Focus and adjust the handbrake as mine has far to much travel and the car is rolling on hills?
Carefully pull up the shroud around lever starting at top & you’ll see the adjuster nut - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 21/11/2011 10:40:32 | ID: 5904
When do I need to change the cam belt on a 2005 Ford Focus?
Petrol & diesel around 60,000/70,000 miles with a new tensioner, don’t go by what Fords say - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 21/11/2011 08:52:46 | ID: 5901
I recently bought a 2-litre Ford Focus Zetec on a 55 plate and when I removed the front mat I noticed that the carpet has small splits and feels bumpy underfoot on driver side, just underneath the front of the seat and in the footwell.. Any ideas what would cause this or has anyone had a similar problem? Thanks.
Submitted: 18/11/2011 13:54:55 | ID: 5890
What would happen if my fuel tank sensor stopped working on my Ford Focus?
Submitted: 15/11/2011 09:41:48 | ID: 5799
I’ve bump started my Ford Focus tdci with a flat battery. I’ve charged the battery and the ignition lights come on but the starter won’t engage. Is there a problem with the immobilizer and can I overcome it without taking it to a garage?
If you have fully charged battery and the starter still won’t turn over the engine then it sounds like a faulty starter motor - Martin Jones from Essex
Should not bump start a diesel - James from Berkshire
Submitted: 14/11/2011 15:51:50 | ID: 5757
When I rev the engine it sounds like someone turned the heater on full - you can hear air blowing from dash board but can’t feel air coming out - just sounds like it. Has anyone else experienced this?
Is your car a turbo diesel? Sometimes the intercooler hoses develop a split and the boost escapes making a whooshing noise - Andrew Pemberton from Carmarthenshire
Vacuum pipe split (sounds like a turbo spooling up when under load) - Robert from England
Submitted: 14/11/2011 14:12:17 | ID: 5720
I have a 2007 Ford Focus ST2 with a strange sort of air leak/radio interference sound coming from behind the dash area. It only seems to rear its head when I’m driving the vehicle and not idling. It does seem to get louder with speed. I have no warning lights, loss of performance or driving problems related to the sound (as of yet). Has anyone had a similar problem? Thanks.
Submitted: 14/11/2011 10:23:55 | ID: 5693
My Ford Focus is a 2010 Zetec 1.8 petrol and it has developed a loud clicking noise which seems to come from the front. It sounds like a solenoid switch engaging and the click only happens once - same sort of noise as door lock. It happens when I start the car and pull away and happens at about 5 mph. If I stop and pull away again - no noise but if I stop, switch engine off and pull away again - same click. Can anyone suggest what this might be?
Submitted: 11/11/2011 16:10:40 | ID: 5671
This may sound unusual and I would not believe it if it had not happened to me. My Focus has a push button start and keyless entry. However, on a recent trip to Penrith we stopped off at a resteraunt and on returning back the car would open but would not start. A mechanic towed us back to a hotel saying that it was probably wi-fi at the resteraunt interfearing with the signal. I rang the local Ford dealer who told me the same, anyone else had this problem? (Titanium)
This should not happen as wifi is everywhere now and would constantly interfere with starting your car - Michael Mane from England
Submitted: 11/11/2011 09:44:12 | ID: 5644
Hi all, my 2002 Ford Focus sometimes makes a beeping noise when I start the car... sometimes one long beep, sometimes 3 little beeps. Is this a safety problem... I thought it was an outside temperature thing but it’s happening a lot more now. Any ideas anyone?
Did you find out about the beeping? Mine has now started doing the same - Jason Kennedy from Cambridgeshire
I’ve also have a 2002 Focus with the same problem, I’ve searched the handbook but cannot find any reason or a set of circumstances that would trigger such a response - John Hunnisett from Dorset
Submitted: 10/11/2011 14:43:34 | ID: 5613
Strange one this, when I accelerate the blowers for my windscreen switch on. It seems to be around 2000 revs, but not when I am in gear. Anybody seen this before? (1.8 tdi)
Turns out it was a split Turbo pipe - James from England
Submitted: 09/11/2011 10:32:38 | ID: 5577
I have a constant build up of water around the spark plugs on my Ford Focus. There is no visable point of entry for the water - can anyone offer any advice?
Make sure the screen washer pipes and jets aren’t leaking when operated into engine bay - Martin Jones from Essex
Check and reseal your washer jets on the bonnet or replace seals. Rain water is probably getting in. I had same problem myself. Common fault - Bob Jones from Merthyr Tydfil
Submitted: 08/11/2011 15:37:36 | ID: 5561
I recently purchased a 2004 1.8TDCi Ford Focus 5dr. I have had the car just over a year and it has 29k on the clock. Unfortunately it has been sufferring from a starting problem in the cold and I have had the glow plugs looked at and showed no problems. After this I decided to have a full diagnostics carried out on the car but that showed no fault codes or problems. Following this I had the cylinders pressure tested which provided the following results: Cylinder 1 - 22 bar Cylinder 2 - 15 bar Cylinder 3 - 10 bar Cylinder 4 - 16 bar. I have no idea what is causing the differences between each cylinder and am scared that once the cylinder head is taken off to investigate it will be an expensive repair. Anyone else had this problem? Any advice on possible solution and cost. Seriously considering getting rid of the car. So any advice welcome.
Submitted: 08/11/2011 14:35:50 | ID: 5547
I’m having a problem lately with the breaks on my Ford Focus 2007 2.0 tdci. It feels different when you step on it, as if the pressure is not right and sometimes too low when you step on it. Does anyone know what this might signify?
Submitted: 08/11/2011 08:49:27 | ID: 5507
Please can someone give me some advice? I was driving the other day in 5th gear and when I started to slow down and change to 4th gear it wouldn’t come out of 5th? I managed to park up and prize the gear back in neutral. I had it looked at quickly and the guy said all of the wires looked OK and when he removed the leather thing on the gears it freed itself and everything seemed fine until it did it again today. It’s very intermittent and only seems to do it when I’ve been driving in 5th gear for a while ie over a few hours. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with it? 1st to 4th work fine it’s just 5th that seems to stick. I’ve been told that the whole gear box will need to be stripped to find out what’s wrong and it’s going to be quite expensive.
Submitted: 07/11/2011 15:50:16 | ID: 5460
I recently purchased a 2-litre Ghia Focus. After telling my wife repeatedly not to run low on fuel she did, now the car is hesitating and the engine management light is on. Any ideas, the car ran fantastic until she nearly ran out of fuel. On a tight budget and I can’t afford garage fees. I was told it could be debris from the tank causing a blocked injector. Anybody experienced a similar problem?
I doubt the problem is down to low fuel. Petrol is pretty clean these days, you will have to get diagnostic equipment plugged into the car, I would think the low fuel is just a coincidence - Martin Jones from Essex
Every time my Focus runs out of fuel, it does exact same thing put more fuel in and reset ecu (unplug earth lead) for about half hour. It fixes it everytime - William Marshall from Cambridgeshire
Most new car engine man light comes on when low on oil which also will cause engine tp cut-out and eventualy cease - b uk from England
Submitted: 31/10/2011 14:45:09 | ID: 5350
How do you remove the hazard warning button on a Ford Focus?
Submitted: 26/10/2011 08:19:17 | ID: 5181
On my Ford Focus, there is a scrapping sound coming from the left front wheel when braking at low speeds and intermittently when driving normally. Shocks do need replacement, anything else that could be causing this noise?
Front disc pads - Martin Jones from England
Submitted: 25/10/2011 15:40:39 | ID: 5156
Are the heater pipes that run inside a Ford Focus 1.6-litre Ghia easy to repair and will it be expensive?
Submitted: 25/10/2011 14:01:21 | ID: 5129
Hi. I have a creaking sound coming from the inside of the front windscreen on the passenger side of my 2004 1-litre Ford Focus. Although to start with I thought it might be the plastic trim leading from the roof of the car to the corner of the windscreen it is definitely coming from that area. Please could somebody tell me what the problem is and how I might cure it?
Submitted: 24/10/2011 09:20:49 | ID: 5042
I have just put £10 worth of unleaded petrol in my car, which is a Ford Focus 2000 petrol model - have I done much damage?
You say you’ve put petrol in a petrol car? How can you do damage? - Martin Jones from Essex
Only £10 damage to your wallet! - Gavin Webb from Berkshire
Submitted: 20/10/2011 08:14:48 | ID: 4965
How would I be able to remove the timing sensor on my Ford Focus? My brother-in-law and I have been trying to remove and replace it but we can’t get it out. Can you please help? Thanks.
Submitted: 19/10/2011 11:39:04 | ID: 4936
Hi all. My Ford Focus ST3 EML light comes on each time I fill up with petrol, then when the tank runs down to about a quarter full it goes off. I notice a slight dip in turbo boost to start with, then that becomes intermittent, sometimes full boost, other times low boost. I have put a new pressure boost solenoid on and a new air intake sensor on but the problem is still there. I only have to drive out of the petrol station and it comes on within 2 miles every time. I had it diagnosed and the codes are p0087 fuel system pressure and p2178 partial load mixture bank 1. I would be grateful for any suggestions, thank you.
Submitted: 18/10/2011 14:00:19 | ID: 4876
Hi. I have a 2002 Ford Focus 1.8 tdci diesel. My heating has gone and now only cold air is coming out... What is the likely cause of this and what can I do to remedy it?
Hi John, I believe it can be two things - 1. Heater matrix is broken (normally your passenger footwell will be wet) 2. You have an airlock. If it is the latter then I suggest getting out the Haynes manual and seeing if there is a valve (normally at the highest point of the engine by windscreen wiper motor etc). If not, to get rid of an air lock, you need to flush the system by putting a hose pipe in your water bottle, undo the return to the water bottle from the raidiator, turn tap on full and turn car on with heater on full and just let it run through for 10 mins - Mike B from England
Submitted: 18/10/2011 09:44:22 | ID: 4873
I replaced the fuse for my fan and it caused my battery to die and. After I charged it the car would not start. What would cause the starter to go out and the battery to keep draining even though the car is turned off? Thank you in advance for any help.
Submitted: 17/10/2011 09:04:13 | ID: 4816
The handbrake warning light is on all the time. I have checked the switch and replaced the brake master cyl top and made sure it is full of fluid but the light is still on. Does it warn you of anything else? ie. wheel sensors.
No, wheel sensors would be the ABS light, try disconnecting the wire to switch and see if this puts out light, also remove master cylinder cap and push up float to see if this puts out light - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 12/10/2011 10:57:47 | ID: 4784
I have replaced battery and alternator. I can not get alternator to charge please help me, what am I missing? Does the cigarette lighter have any thing to do with sending signal to alt for the field?
Nothing to do with cigarette lighter, you will have to check wiring for no breaks from alternator to starter motor and then to battery - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 11/10/2011 15:48:17 | ID: 4772
My alarm is sounding and the hazards warning lights are flashing, my window wipers are on but not at a constant pace, this all stops when you press the brake pedal. Any answers? (2.0tdci)
F O R D means ’Fix Or Repair Daily’ - Shawn Pp from Trinidad and Tobago
Don’t know the answer mate, but the same thing has just happened to my 05 plate 1.6 zetec diesel. The car has been parked up for the last 5 hours and suddenly the alarm goes off, hazards are going & the wipers are trying to judder across the screen. If I put the wiper stalk onto fastest speed (pushed furthest upwards), it stops. Likewise, if I turn the engine over it stops, but as soon as I switch off again, it starts over. Had a lot of rain today so wondering if waters got in somewhere from driving through the puddles etc? - Tom Newcombe from Norfolk
This happened to mine, it is water getting into the fuse box, dry it out and you won’t have a problem - John Cairns from England
The same has happened to mine - Mark Graves from Wales
Submitted: 10/10/2011 11:23:15 | ID: 4699
The ’check engine light’ came on. Scanned and got these codes p0316, p0303 and p0171. I did research and found some problems that could cause the engine light to come on so I changed the fuel filter, coil pack, spark plugs and spark plugs wire. The car worked good for a couple of days and then today, the ’check engine light’ came back on. What should I do now?
Only electrical faults will put check light on, get it code read again - Martin Jones from England
I have a Ford Focus 1.4 petrol Zetec ’02 plate. When the engine is running, there is like a rattling noise coming from the engine. Looking back when I just recently purchased the car for my wife, I believe there may have not been enough engine oil in the vehicle causing this problem. This is consistent and I thought it was the tappits as it is coming directly from there. On asking a mechanic, he told me the Focus 1.4 zetec petrol do not have tappits fitted in them. Just need some advice if this was right and it may be a case of picking up another engine to replace. Regards - Umar Malik from England
All engines have tappets, some are hydraulic,some are shimmed for clearance and others are adjustable but tappets would not put check light on - Martin Jones from England
Submitted: 23/09/2011 08:37:15 | ID: 4523
Bought this a couple of months ago and it has been good but now when accelerating, it revs high but there is not instant power if you reduce acceleration, you eventually reach speed. Can any one help?
Sounds very much like the clutch is slipping - Martin Jones from Essex
This is a clutch issue - john luther from Yorkshire
Submitted: 22/09/2011 10:06:36 | ID: 4517
An orange light has come on, left hand side of display. Any ideas what it is? Lady driver!
Is there an emblem in the light? If so, look in the handbook that will tell you what it means - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 19/09/2011 09:09:58 | ID: 4442
I recently changed the thermostat on my car and has been workin fine, I got in the car this morning and when I turn the steering wheel it makes a loud bang from the driver’s side. It does this every time I move the steering wheel, what could it be?
Sounds very much like you have a broken coil spring or strut mounting has failed. Most likely a spring as they are very known for breaking - Ian C from Renfrewshire
Check the coil spring hasn’t broken - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 12/09/2011 09:38:37 | ID: 4350
Hi, would a Vauxhall Astra 1.6 battery go into a Ford Focus?
Submitted: 12/09/2011 09:28:43 | ID: 4342
Can you please tell me the average mpg round town? (2.0 petrol)
Submitted: 12/09/2011 09:23:47 | ID: 4337
My heated rear window will not work. I have checked the fuse and the door mirror heaters work okay. Any ideas to help me fix it?
Possible broken wire in the flexy tube located top of tailgate when open near the hinges - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 05/09/2011 10:41:48 | ID: 4266
Just a couple of problems with the 1.6 petrol manual. I have had the car from new but now the exhaust sounds like it is blowing from the front of the car when I accelerate. Also the car has now started to feel sluggish and struggles to get up small hills without having to change down a gear. It also seems to be using a lot of fuel, any ideas on how to fix this are much appreciated. (5 door hatch)
Is the car running on all four cylinders? If not, a common problem is a faulty coil pack - Martin Jones from Essex
The car is firing on all cylinders, I will try a new coil pack and reply with the results - Carl Stephens from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 05/09/2011 10:20:16 | ID: 4243
The car was running fine, I stopped it for five minutes and now it turns over but will not start. Why? (1.8 tddi zetec)
Submitted: 02/09/2011 09:24:45 | ID: 4219
I have a Focus ST and the engine light is staying on and makes a whirling noise. Why?
Only way to tell is get it code read - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 30/08/2011 09:54:54 | ID: 4185
My 2002 overhead 16 valve Ford Focus with 239,000 miles is loud upon starting but quietens down once the motor is warm. What could the problem be? It seems to be coming from around the catalytic converter.
Jack the car up and bang the cat with your hand. If it rattles, the ceramic has broken up and will need replacing - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 16/08/2011 08:31:33 | ID: 4014
Hi, my car has gone into limp mode, no error code came up with the machine plugged in. The garage said it could be glow plugs at fault. Any clues? (1.6 tdi)
I very much doubt it’s glow plugs, if it’s in limp mode there must be a fault code, try someone with better diagnostic equipment. You could also check if all turbo hoses are connected and not split, as well as the hoses to the intercooler - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 11/08/2011 14:34:40 | ID: 3944
Could anyone give me any advice on towing a caravan with a DTIC hatchback? Will the car perform? (tdci)
Go to the Caravan Club website, enter vehicle details and they will recommend a maximum towing weight for your vehicle - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 26/07/2011 08:21:20 | ID: 3806
What is the ’battery’ shape symbol on the left radio screen - the level indicator does decrease and increase without my intervention on anything - what’s it for? (Titanium)
Submitted: 25/07/2011 09:02:21 | ID: 3798
I have a 2001 Focus tdi endura (90) bhp model with 106,000miles. It died on me yesterday just cutting out on tickover. I tried to start it and revved it up to 2000rpm which was fine but it died again on tickover. Then the yellow glow coil light flashed so I rung the RAC and he diagnosed it was a fuel error, which could be either the cambelt slipped a tooth or the fuel injection pump. It sounds as if f.i.p which are prone to going at 100,000. I can get a virgin part for £850 fitted but I’ve read it could be the EDC unit on top of the pump at a fraction of the cost. Anybody got any ideas? Thanks, Andy.
Get the vehicle code read before you buy any parts - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 22/07/2011 08:48:15 | ID: 3778
What is the button down by the handbrake? Someone has told me that it’s a power button but if it is mine is not working. Please help.
I think this is the traction control button (only seen it in a 2001 Focus Ghia), it should have a symbol of a wheel on it if so. If you press it, you should see a symbol appear on your console near the speedo. Apparently useful in snowy weather - Neil from Yorkshire
Submitted: 19/07/2011 09:05:59 | ID: 3742
I have just got a Focus econetic and want to have a towbar fitted but ford say this car is not capable of towing. Why is this? I have rung round a few towbar suppliers and fitters and some say no you can’t and the others say you can. So I don’t know where I stand legally, can I or can’t I? Please help me, many thanks. (Econetic)
Submitted: 19/07/2011 08:41:19 | ID: 3737
When it has been extremely hot weather and the car has been shut up... when I open door and put key in ignition and turn on the water / revs / speedo and fuel gauge indicators go absolutely mad with the dial indicators (like the hands on clock) going backwards in a frenzy. The speedo dial is now stuck at 140mph. Any idea why?
That is usually a sign your car is not getting enough power either your battery needs replacing for a stronger one or your battery is worn and still needs replacing. Either way, need a new battery - Deagle from Essex
Submitted: 19/07/2011 08:27:22 | ID: 3732
Hello, my Focus has done just over 70,000 miles and is starting to display a heavy judder when idle, when at lights etc... Can anybody please help? Thanks!
Spark plugs - Tizzlw from Cumberland
Submitted: 19/07/2011 08:12:45 | ID: 3724
Why is there dark a grey smoke pouring out of exhaust and manifold under the bonnet. Is this a massive and expensive problem to sort out? (1.6 lx)
Is it definitely smoke and not steam? Because that would be the colour if the engine was burning coolant i.e head gasket - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 30/06/2011 08:47:28 | ID: 3639
The speedo keeps cutting out with some loss of power. Why?
This is caused by a failing gearbox speed sensor and if it isn’t replaced, it will result in the car stalling and failing to start. An easy fix but best to leave to a mechanic as they can snap and finish up inside gearbox resulting in a hefty bill to strip and rebuild box. Top tip: soak the sensor with WD40 a couple of times before having it removed and it should be fine. Good luck - Martin Skilleck from England
One other possible fault could be the cylinder head temperature sensor wiring on top of the rocker box cover. The signals from the sensor get interupted by the electrical pulse from the HT leads going to the spark plugs. I have seen a few cars with this problem - Anthony from Lancashire
Look on ebay.co.uk for £20 speed sensors, not the dealers £40 rip-off - Richard Hammond from England
Submitted: 17/06/2011 08:54:17 | ID: 3136
I have a Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia petrol with 60,000 miles on the clock. When should I change the cambelt? It has full service history.
I would think about changing it shortly, although Fords say around 100,000 miles or ten years, the tensioner and belt guides are plastic. The tensioner can break first causing the belt to jump, leading to a very expensive repair. When it is changed with tensioner, no more worries for a long while - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 16/06/2011 09:47:44 | ID: 3151
Does anyone know how to fix the issue with radio reception (6000)? The CD player works fine, radio has no reception, then auto scans and picks up classic FM, but has Kiss 100’s Freq. I have changed the exterior ariel, still no joy. Has anyone got the same problem? Thanks (2.0L Ghia)
Sounds very much like the unit is faulty, look on ebay, loads for sale cheap - Martin Jones from Essex
Sounds more like the aerial phono connector has come loose from the head unit. Get some HU keys to pull it out and fit it back. Failing that, it’s the HU tuner can. Replacing the HU is the cheapest way of fixing it - Andy from Lancashire
Submitted: 02/06/2011 08:32:18 | ID: 3126
My heating has gone. The knob turns but only churns out cold air. Any idea why? (1.6)
It’s simple you have a small radiator behind your blower fan called a matrix. If your engine is up to temperature, check that two slim hoses going into the car behind the engine are hot or one is hot. There are two solutions: take off one of the hoses then on full into the tube sticking out of the panel that you took the hose from the hose is about the size of a ten pence in diameter then do the same with the other hose. You will see if the water flows keep trying BUT watch for drips on your carpet. If anything, your heater matrix is buggered - Pauly Milburn from England
Submitted: 26/05/2011 09:31:21 | ID: 2479
I have a factory fitted 6000CD, changer compatible, and want to plug in my iPod. Do I have an aux-in and where would I find it? Or will I have to go with the much more expensive transmitter? Thank you! (Zetec 1.8)
The 6000cd does not have aux in - Martin Jones from Essex
Hi you will need to buy a transmitter (ie. an iTrip) but they are not expensive at all. Don’t worry, at least you have less wiring. Kind regards - Pauly Milburn from Yorkshire
Depending on what year you may have, there will be an aux plug in your glovebox. Sometimes they have a white circle around them, its worth a look - Emma Jones from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 18/05/2011 10:30:15 | ID: 2282
I’ve recently been insured on a Ford Focus, after learning in a Vauxhall Corsa, I love driving the Focus but am absolutely useless at the handbrake. It’s really stiff and I struggle even with two hands to release it whereas I had no trouble at all with the Corsa. But our drive is on a slope so not sure if it can be adjusted too much? Would it make it more likely to roll down the drive, even if left in gear?
Depends how steep your drive is, if it is a steep gradient then leaving it in gear would not be advisable. If the handbrake lever only pulls up a couple of clicks, lift center console cover and let the cable adjuster off slightly - Martin Jones from Essex
Hi if you remove the cover from the handbrake, you will see a 10mm nut. Just wind it out approx a small finger length - 6 turns - then try the handbrake. You will get it how you like it in no time. As you probably know, if you leave a vehicle in gear then you should check the wheels but you should always leave a vehicle in gear. At least you care enough to ask, kind regards - Pauly Milburn from Yorkshire
Submitted: 26/04/2011 09:13:41 | ID: 2464
My Focus has been the most reliable car i’ve ever owned. However, I made a long journey yesterday (80 miles) and after 40 miles, the car died! I left it for 10 minutes after which it started and I continued my journey. The car kept dying and restarting again for the remaining 40 miles. I called the AA who arrived about an hour later. The AA could not find the problem as the car was running fine at the time of their visit. Does anyone have any experience of this? Any help is greatly appreciated. (2.0 Ghia)
I assume a petrol engine. If so, the fuel pump is a common problem to stop working intermittently - Martin Jones from Essex
Hi, there are only three reasons for this fault on your particular vehicle. One: is the fuel rail or fuel itself contaminated? It’s always a good idea to put injector cleaner in the fuel tank fill with petrol. Two: are your battery terminals loose? Three: your fuel pump is giving up, turn the ignition key and listen for a buzzing sound. The best thing to do is wait for it to break down again and listen for your pump. It’s easy to repair any of these things, no dealer, no cost. If you have a diesel, the fault is the fuel filter or contaminated fuel plus a blocked pipe end in the tank again. Put injector cleaner in to the fuel tank. Kind regards - Pauly Milburn from Yorkshire
Submitted: 26/04/2011 09:09:26 | ID: 2517
My MK1 Focus run out, just under a quarter of a tank of fuel. If I change the fuel filter, will it sort it out and where can I find fuel filter on my 1.8 petrol focus?
Submitted: 07/03/2011 09:38:37 | ID: 2078
My engine light came on while sat on tickover, then engine started hunting and would not rev up when I worked the throttle. It had been running fine for 40 mins before it happened, I switched off and restarted and everything was okay. Any ideas appreciated, thanks. (1.6 petrol)
Submitted: 02/03/2011 08:40:00 | ID: 2095
How many brake lines does the Focus ST 170 2003 have?
Submitted: 17/02/2011 09:02:09 | ID: 3082
HELP!! I have a ’06 Focus 1.6 Sport and it’s doing my head. E M light has come on and I have suffered a small loss of power to engine (spasmodically). Had it checked on computer, says coil problem, but after being checked the coil was fine. There was water around the spark plug well and suggested drying out and fitting new screen washer and tubing as they reckon this is a fault (leaks in to sparks). All done - sorted . Drives around for 2 days then EM light comes on again and engine splutters (like missing a heartbeat) but not too much. Sparks are fully dry. PLEASE HELP!
Between plugs 2 and 3 is the coolant temperature sensor. Make sure it is completely dry or replace it, because it shorts out and tells the ECU the wrong temperature of the engine i.e when cold it’s hot and vice versa, have had this before on a Focus - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 16/02/2011 13:57:48 | ID: 3055
My radio goes loud and my speedo clocks to 140 mph at the same time. Any ideas what’s causing this?
Around that year Focus dashboards were notoriously faulty, a feature on the stereo is you can set the volume to increase over a certain speed so it is possible because speedo reads 140mph the radio volume increases. Read the manual on the stereo to see the features of it - Martin Jones from Essex
Vehicle speed sensor, you need a new one - Jeremy Clarkson from England
Submitted: 11/02/2011 11:33:41 | ID: 2899
The temperature gauge goes to hot, sometimes returning to medium and the powertrain warning light intermittently comes on. As they both started at the same time, it leads me to believe there’s a connection, possibly a sensor gone wrong as the engine doesn’t feel hot! Any suggestions?
Submitted: 11/02/2011 10:20:36 | ID: 3016
I think my clutch is slipping as my car gives high revs but doesn’t speed up. Can you tell me if the clutch can be adjusted and how much the repair is likely to cost? (1.4)
The clutch is not adjustable, a new clutch will cost approximately £250- £300-ish - Martin Jones from Essex
Sounds like your clutch has gone! You’re looking at £200 - £300 to get it fixed. It’s doubtful it’s the cable as they’re self adjusting - Jamie Spure from Carmarthenshire
The clutch is hydraulic by the way - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 02/02/2011 15:40:01 | ID: 2856
I’ve got Focus ST with a touch screen cd sat nav. When I turn it on it flashes on off green lines but it comes on after while but Ive lost my bluetooth and voice command. Has anyone else experienced this?
Submitted: 02/02/2011 09:47:19 | ID: 3592
What kind of problems can happen when a 2001 Ford Focus is towed backwards besides the transmission? Can anything surrounding the transmission be damaged? If so then what specifically? The transmission temp reached round 1300 degrees in case that helps at all...
Submitted: 26/01/2011 15:01:40 | ID: 2810
Has the Ford Focus style 57 plate got ESP?
Scroll through menu on digital display, if option for esp comes up then it is fitted, the default setting is on once car has been started - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 20/01/2011 09:45:07 | ID: 2419
My petrol Focus has developed a problem with the fuel guage. It is either on the empty stop or on the full stop even when I know it is about half full. It started yesterday and sometimes the guage shows the correct reading but it can all of a sudden show empty or full. It happens on the level around town at under 30mph. Any ideas? (Ghia auto)
Focus dashboards were a problem around this year and later - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 19/01/2011 14:52:20 | ID: 2193
If the turbo goes will a warning light come on and what are the symptoms? (1.6 tdci)
Possibly engine management light will come on but if turbo is not working you will get a severe loss of power. Check intercooler hoses are not split or adrift from either connection - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 13/01/2011 09:23:30 | ID: 3681
Some of my electrics, ie: rear wiper, front intermittent wiper, interior light, front/rear window heaters, electric mirrors and warning lights alarm all have stopped working. I have also noticed on occasions, when I change gear, the car jerks and for some reason the radio goes loud for a split second. Are these problems related and what could it be?
Submitted: 12/01/2011 15:41:46 | ID: 2558
The stereo cuts off when playing CDs whilst driving, then comes back on to radio. Also, bluetooth cuts off to my phone when I switch from radio to CD. Has anyone else experienced this? (Zetec 100)
Submitted: 12/01/2011 09:03:10 | ID: 2413
My car is producing quite excessive fumes when first started in morning and when engine is under load i.e. going up hills etc. It is using more fuel than it used to and suffering a slight loss of power under load and when getting up to speed. What could cause this?
Your car needs a service, change your air and fuel filters and also get it tuned! Jamie Spure from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 12/01/2011 08:40:20 | ID: 2388
My Ford Focus 1.4 Zetec wont stay started up and is reving low - has anyone any idea why this might be?
Common fault with Focus. If it is a petrol engine check the coil pack that the plug leads go onto - they break down so your engine is only running on 2-3 cylinders - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 11/01/2011 14:15:46 | ID: 3383
I am losing mpg on my car. I have had it 2 months and the mpg has gone down from 39.6 to 35.3. It is a diesel. Any ideas?
Your air filter is blocked. Also put injector cleaner into the fuel tank, change fuel filter oil filter and the oil, you will increase mpg by tons. Kind regards - Pauly Milburn from Yorkshire
Submitted: 10/01/2011 14:15:42 | ID: 3461
The outdoor temperature display is faulty, it keeps showing either a -- or -16 or -32 causing the red snowflake symbol to stay on. Is this something I can do myself?
Submitted: 10/01/2011 11:58:30 | ID: 2178
How do you open the bonnet?
Lift ford badge on front grille, insert ignition key in lock, turn key to left, pull bonnet up slightly then turn key to right, lift bonnet fully, remove key, close bonnet normally - Martin Jones from Essex
Submitted: 10/01/2011 10:37:56 | ID: 3471
Hi, the hand brake light on the dashboard keeps coming on. The fluid level is OK and no difference is felt when braking. Can anyone advise? Is there a switch on the handbrake handle? (1.8 tdci)
Make sure you put the handbrake lever right down as far as it will go - Bill Rogers from England
Submitted: 25/11/2010 09:13:12 | ID: 3480
At what mileage would you recommend a new cambelt? I am currently on 72,000 miles. Thank you! (Diesel TDCi)
Hi, I asked the same question at my Ford dealership and was told 100,000 miles. I have a Focus tdci on a 53 plate. Good luck - Tony Bowie from Northumberland
My local family run independent garage (totally trustworthy) recommended cambelt change at 80,000 or 8 years whichever occurs first. Had my Focus cambelt changed at 86,000 and it was showing initial signs of failure (water pump had failed too so had that done as part of the job). I’d advise NOT leaving it until 100,000 miles, whatever Ford or anyone else says, on my car the cambelt would not have lasted to that mileage. Hope this helps - Tom from Cheshire
Submitted: 23/11/2010 15:53:33 | ID: 2995
My Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 is making a juddering and almost coughing noise! The engine oil was on empty so I have topped it up and also changed the spark plugs and it’s not as bad as it was before but it still makes the above noise and there is not a lot of power. Can anybody help?
Submitted: 19/10/2010 09:12:59 | ID: 3407
Can I replace 205-55R16 with 205-R5016 tires on my Focus ZX3? I also have a whining at this time at speeds of 50-70 - can anyone help or advise?
Submitted: 19/10/2010 08:46:04 | ID: 3709
I have had a problem with smooth throttle operation since car was new. It is very difficult to drive slowly in traffic as their is no fine control just above idle speed. The whole car rocks if revs are held at just over 1000rpm but smooths out above this speed. What could be wrong and is it a warranty issue? (1.8tdci)
Submitted: 01/10/2010 10:41:33 | ID: 3647
I have a banging noise coming from passenger side when pulling away. I had a look at the engine movement when in gear but all looks OK with movement and I was thinking engine mountain. If anyone has got any ideas to what it could be, please let me know.
Submitted: 30/09/2010 14:16:56 | ID: 3675
Why does my speedometer always keep getting stuck?
Submitted: 30/09/2010 08:56:18 | ID: 1936
I have a 2005 Zx3 SE Ford Focus 2 door hatchback. I recently just got my front left rim/tire replaced after running over a median in the road by accident and now when I accelerate or try and go over 10-15 mphs or more I can hear a knocking or popping noise coming from my left side of my car, but I can not tell whether it’s coming from my newly replaced front left rim/tire or from underneath my car. Can someone tell me what’s wrong and whether or not it’s severe?
A friend of mine did the same over here! He knocked out the rubber bushes on the lower arm and had to have it replaced! I would suggest lifting that side of the car and check for movement or noise! If you still not sure, get a mechanic to check for you - Tim Wilkie from England
Submitted: 27/09/2010 15:03:44 | ID: 2656
What is the ’normal’ average mpg for the Focus 1.8 TDCI? Around town driving I’m only getting about 28 mpg which I think is a bit on the low side. (1.8 TDCI LX)
I have a 1.8 tdci Zetec and have always averaged around 50 mpg and up to 60 on long runs to the coast. My driving is usually a mixture of rural roads and small villages around town. Never been as low as your figure - Joe Jones from Yorkshire
Around about 45 mpg - Harry Dart from England
Submitted: 20/08/2010 14:55:40 | ID: 2003
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