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Lisa

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Nov 30, 2006
 

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I bought my 2002 Ford Focus in July and the past couple months I have been having problems with it. When it gets cold, it has problems starting. It wont turn over at all. I have battery power, the radio and lights and everything turn on but it wont turn over. Does anyone have any advice for me? Please....:)
James

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Dec 16, 2006
 
I have a 2002 Ford Focus and the heater gets barely warm. The engine temp is normal. What could cause this problem?
Nicki

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Dec 18, 2006
 
I have an 01 focus and my car does the same problem and i got mine in may. if you figure out the problem please let me know. i have replaced my battery, iac, pcv hose, egr valuve, mass airflow sensor and it still won't start when cold
Ana

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Dec 19, 2006
 

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I have a 2002 Ford Focus too. It's had two different problems turning on! At first the key lock cylinder thing broke so you couldn't even turn the key, and now the car just won't turn on and it's also been a new problem. At first it worked to jiggle the shift (it's an automatic), and then you had to really jam it hard. The idea is to make sure that it's on park. However after a while it gets harder to do it like that and now it just doesn't work. Ford Focuses are crap.
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Dec 20, 2006
 

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Well James, you may have a bad thermostat,it's probably stuck in the open position.When that happens the coolant is constantly being circulated thru the radiator which will take a long time to heat up and will probably just get warm not hot.The thermostat needs to open and close.When the engines cold it should be closed to keep the water from going to the radiator which will heat it up,then when the water temp gets to a specific temp it opens to allow circulation to the rad to cool it.On some cars there may even be other drivability prblems as well because the engine sensors are picking up the low temp and try to compensate for it.The best way to check it is to take it out,look under it to see if it is open(by now it should be closed cause your not going to work on a hot motor)if it's closed put it in boiling water for a couple minuets take it out and see if it now opened up.If it's stuck shut your probably going to overheat because it won't circulate.But by the time you do all this it's just as easy to buy a new thermostat and gasket and just replace it.They're not to expensive,under twenty bucks.
rich

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Dec 20, 2006
 
Hi Lisa.I noticed your post and one other with the same problem as well.You both said the cars are around 01 and 02,right?You also said the batt voltage is okay and that the lights and all work fine.Does the car start okay when the outside temp is warm?If it does and the problem only happens when it gets cold outside you probably need a new battery.Besides having the correct volts to start the car you also need the correct amps.As batterys get old(and I'm guessing these are the original)the cold cranking amps get weaker.In the summer you'll have no problem because it does'nt take as many amps to turn over the warmer engine,but when it gets cold it puts more of a strain on the battery to crank over.To check this for sure without buying an expensive battery you have two options.First,buy(or if you know someone with one borrow)a battery tester.It's a rectangular metal box with what looks like jumper cables on it.These clamp onto the battery and will tell you the current voltage.On the bottom is a switch you push over and hold for ten seconds.This is what tells you how good the battery actually is.The needle will move by putting a draw on the batt and there are different ranges it moves to.After releasing the switch,the needle should somewhat quickly move to the normal/okay range.If it does'nt or is slow you need a new batt.Or just go to an automotive store like advance or autozone and they can check it for you for free.
rich

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Dec 20, 2006
 
Hey Nicki.Does your problem happen when the outside temp is cold or when the car is cold from not running for a while like sitting overnight or when your shopping in target or wherever you come out after a couple hours and it won't start?If it's the first one make sure you replaced the battery with one that has the proper cold cranking amps(cca)listed on the battery.Sometimes the less expensive batterys won't be rated high enough.We all hate having to pay $80.00 for a batt and try to get away with a cheaper $40.00 one sometimes.Don't assume the mechanic knows what he's talking about,remember he wants to make money and what better way then repeat business?If it's the later,it may be a fuel problem.Have you replaced the fuel filter?Somtimes with dirt in the filter it'll settle while sitting then when you crank it it pulls the dirt trapping/blocking off the flow,while it's warm it sometimes stays suspended for a while.I know it sounds crazy.You may want to have someone check the fuel pressure to the injectors and the timing.I say timing because the crankshaft sensor sends info to the computer which tells it how and when to send fuel and spark.Ain't computer controlled cars great?!
Murat

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#8
Dec 27, 2006
 
Hi,
own a tdci 06 ghia focus, and I have the same problem as well... When it gets cold, it first starts, then after 15-20 seconds, the egine stops.And it's repeatable. A ckp sensor error, which is changed 3 times is shown evetytime. They had so much tests but could not find the problem...
For god's sake. What could it be?
A man named Gary McClean says the solution is a imv valve changing.Can it be right. I could't make my dealer to believe this.
Is there anyone who solved this problem. If there is please contact me....
muratcerit74@mynet.com
Erin

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#9
Jan 2, 2007
 
I am sitting my house right now because of the cold temperatures and my 2002 Focus won't start either. This is only the second time that it has happened but it is also one of the few times that it has been cold in North Texas. I'll take Rich's advice about the Battery and let you all know how it works out.
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Jan 3, 2007
 
Anyone have any idea how to change the rear turn signal on these cars?
My Haynes manual wasn't to helpful.
I removed the screw but couldn't figure out how to remove that pannel.
Anyone that can give me some guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Joni

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Jan 4, 2007
 
Hi I was wondering if any one could help me with my ford focus 2003. Out of the blue my engigne light turned on and when i first start it my whole car just starts vibrating. It takes awhile to pick up speed and it constantly jerks and tugs me when i go from a full stop. i just changed my spark plugs and cant figure it out. If any one has any advice it would be greatly appreciated
Eric Johnson

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Hi. I have a strange issue with my Radio. I can get AM stations but not FM. All I get on FM is soft static, but AM is not an issue. Every few weeks I might get FM stations, but not much. This seems really bizzare to me. Any ideas?

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barnsey

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Jan 8, 2007
 
i have a 2002 ford focus with a battery light always staying on i have changed the battery the alternator and the wiring loom for the alternator the starter motor and battery terminals but the light always stays on. i am only getting 11-12volts coming out the alternator but i have had over 14 volts only for a couple of seconds but the light stayed on when this happened can anyone help
ChuckTX

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Jan 9, 2007
 
You have probably "lost" your antenna. An AM station is much easier to pick up and you caould have no antenna hooked up & still pick up AM stations. I have noticed on my '02 Focus that the foam around the spring mount at the base of the antenna is drying out and starting to crack. That could lead to coinnection issuses eventualy. That's where I'd start anyways.
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San Antonio, TX

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Jan 11, 2007
 
Joni wrote:
Hi I was wondering if any one could help me with my ford focus 2003. Out of the blue my engigne light turned on and when i first start it my whole car just starts vibrating. It takes awhile to pick up speed and it constantly jerks and tugs me when i go from a full stop. i just changed my spark plugs and cant figure it out. If any one has any advice it would be greatly appreciated
take it to a parts store like auto zone and ask them to check it more than lickly it an o2 censor
Todd

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Jan 12, 2007
 
I just bought a 2000 Ford Focus Sony Edition....I live in Utah so witers are cold....My car has troubles starting but after a minute it does start....However my heater will not work well if it is under 30 degrees outside....Also my heater squeels when it is on 1 or 2....I have taken my car in and they say nothing is wrong with it....Reading all this on this car I am finding out Focuses are Crap....They are nice looking and usually drive nice but they are crap....I do not recommend anyone to buy one....I was skeptical to buy a Ford and now I know why I hate them....I should have went with a Saturn....I have never had any problems with my Saturns and they have over 200,000 miles on them....
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Jan 17, 2007
 
Joni wrote:
Hi I was wondering if any one could help me with my ford focus 2003. Out of the blue my engigne light turned on and when i first start it my whole car just starts vibrating. It takes awhile to pick up speed and it constantly jerks and tugs me when i go from a full stop. i just changed my spark plugs and cant figure it out. If any one has any advice it would be greatly appreciated
Well, Joni. I just replaced the spark plugs on my car. And I had the same issue. Considering this is a 2003, your spark plug wires are probably due for a swap as well. I managed to break the internal part of my spark plug wire. And this will definitely make for a very rough idle and aweful acceleration. Spark plug sets generally run between $30 to $100 depending on the number of cylinders and quality you are looking for. Also, if you did a tune-up... I'm guessing you may have done an oil change as well. If you added any additives to you oil for mileage you may be slugging up your oil system. That can also cause problems since your valves wont be closing fast enough. I would try swapping spark plug wires if I were you. Just tugging alone on old wires can detroy them.
Karina

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Jan 18, 2007
 
Hi Lisa, I have been having the same problem with my focus. What do you do to get the car going? Any tricks to make it start? Would love to hear them.
Thanks
Gordon

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Jan 22, 2007
 
I have a 2001 Focus ZX3. Battery light comes on after 10 mins of driving. Cycles on/off every 5 or 10 minutes after. Here's the fun part, replaced: Battery, Alternator, All Battery/ground cables. Tested and made sure the field wires have good connection with the PCM. WHAT NEXT?? New PCM, that won't be cheap. I'm tempted to dump the car in the river. If anyone knows what's up, let me know!!
phizzle

Knoxville, TN

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Jan 23, 2007
 
Joni wrote:
Hi I was wondering if any one could help me with my ford focus 2003. Out of the blue my engigne light turned on and when i first start it my whole car just starts vibrating. It takes awhile to pick up speed and it constantly jerks and tugs me when i go from a full stop. i just changed my spark plugs and cant figure it out. If any one has any advice it would be greatly appreciated
probably a bad motor mount or transmission mount.

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