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damocl
Hey all

I got a Ford Focus 1.4 CL 2000 X reg :D

Sometimes the speedo goes to 0, the radio dims and i get a slight loss of power.. *I heard it might be my VSS*

also

When i come to a stand still at the junction it sounds like the car is gonna stall but it picks itself up again to normal idle revs. .

Are these 2 things connected??

Thanks :D
damocl
Anyone? :D

Cause im on ebay now looking for the VSS
SierraYankee99
Yeah, I'd go with VSS mate. Classic symptoms. A new one from Ford only costs about 25. Dont trust one from e-bay, Get it changed sooner than later. When it goes completely the engine will die. My ex wifes did this and it failed on the M25 and she ended up with 44 tonnes of artic up the back of her car.
damocl
[quote name='SierraYankee99' post='8982' date='Dec 31 2008, 09:27 AM']Yeah, I'd go with VSS mate. Classic symptoms. A new one from Ford only costs about 25. Dont trust one from e-bay, Get it changed sooner than later. When it goes completely the engine will die. My ex wifes did this and it failed on the M25 and she ended up with 44 tonnes of artic up the back of her car.[/quote]

any idea how much the ford garage will charge to get it fitted to?
stef123
[quote name='damocl' post='9223' date='Jan 4 2009, 10:19 PM']any idea how much the ford garage will charge to get it fitted to?[/quote]

the part itself is around 30 not sure how much labour would be though
SierraYankee99
My friend had one fitted to her 1.8 a year or so back by our local ford dealer and it cost her 95 ish fitted
damocl
right.. today it went big time.. didnt come back on for about 15 mins, at the same time the mileage counter went to - - - .. and my engine fault light popped on

So i went to the ford dealer and i got it booked in for a diagnostic check as he said it could eithe be the cluster or the VSS
SierraYankee99
Its the VSS mate deffo
damocl
[quote name='SierraYankee99' post='9285' date='Jan 5 2009, 10:35 PM']Its the VSS mate deffo[/quote]

Right its not going into ford now lol, a local garage is gonna check it over for me on thursday cause i aint paying ford 50 for a diagnostic
SierraYankee99
[quote name='damocl' post='9339' date='Jan 6 2009, 09:10 PM']Right its not going into ford now lol, a local garage is gonna check it over for me on thursday cause i aint paying ford 50 for a diagnostic[/quote]


A diagnostic might not reveal anything as its only a intermittent fault not a permanent one. Guaranteed its the VSS though, seen loads of people post symptoms exactly the same as you in my 5 years of focus ownership.
damocl
[quote name='SierraYankee99' post='9341' date='Jan 6 2009, 10:15 PM']A diagnostic might not reveal anything as its only a intermittent fault not a permanent one. Guaranteed its the VSS though, seen loads of people post symptoms exactly the same as you in my 5 years of focus ownership.[/quote]

yep i know it wont reveal it. main reason why im not doing the diagnostic

The bloke at ford was going on about that about 40% of the VSS they take out snap and have to take of the whole gearbox.. im guessing he was bullshitting
SierraYankee99
Nope, theres a pin in the VSS which invariably will snap but I've never heard of the box having to come out even when that does happen.
stuz
might be the alternator mate if it has a bad connection or is just on its way out, your fuel pump is a electronic one and if your bat aint getting enough charge it wont send the fuel through and could explain why your lights dim and it some times feels like it is about to stall, just a thought but start simple before you get stressed and tunneled vision over one possible fault!!!
good luck and stay away from ford garages they wanted 500 for a shitty clutch and i got the full kit all in for 350 at a merc stamped garage up the road
damocl
[quote name='stuz' post='9354' date='Jan 7 2009, 03:18 AM']might be the alternator mate if it has a bad connection or is just on its way out, your fuel pump is a electronic one and if your bat aint getting enough charge it wont send the fuel through and could explain why your lights dim and it some times feels like it is about to stall, just a thought but start simple before you get stressed and tunneled vision over one possible fault!!!
good luck and stay away from ford garages they wanted 500 for a shitty clutch and i got the full kit all in for 350 at a merc stamped garage up the road[/quote]


well like i said, the bloke is looking at it tomorrow,, but i got the alternator checked the other week and that was fine *tested at a local garage cause my battery was old*

I still think its the VSS, i might just say to him tomorrow that its the VSS and can you just change it anyways lol
damocl
the VSS was changed for a cheap 86 by my local garage :D

it seems to have sorted the problem atm :D
chumley
[quote name='damocl' post='9223' date='Jan 4 2009, 10:19 PM']any idea how much the ford garage will charge to get it fitted to?[/quote]
be very careful i was done big time 453 they warned me cos my car was a high miler they may have to drop gearbox...which of course they did.....my local garage would have done it for less but the chappie had been put off by doing one that was a pig...and recomended fords...so get the price first.
chumley
[quote name='damocl' post='9572' date='Jan 10 2009, 12:30 PM']the VSS was changed for a cheap 86 by my local garage :D

it seems to have sorted the problem atm :D[/quote]
wel done skip I reckon you got an excellant deal...good luck
SierraYankee99
[quote name='chumleyjacob' post='9877' date='Jan 13 2009, 05:03 PM']be very careful i was done big time 453 they warned me cos my car was a high miler they may have to drop gearbox...which of course they did.....my local garage would have done it for less but the chappie had been put off by doing one that was a pig...and recomended fords...so get the price first.[/quote]


Well done, my local ford dealers charge 90 to change it. The retaining pin is nearly always rusted to hell and snaps. Most can get it out without dropping the gearbox though. You were just unlucky you didnt pick a dealership where the service guys know their stuff.
Neilc
[quote name='damocl' post='9572' date='Jan 10 2009, 12:30 PM']the VSS was changed for a cheap 86 by my local garage :D

it seems to have sorted the problem atm :D[/quote]



Hi These VSS seem to play up a lot, but can somebody explain where they are located on the car? I am dont mind doing a bit of DIY myself if I knew where to look
Thanks
Neil 1.8 2000 Focus
SierraYankee99
They are located on the gearbox mate. Should be easy to see as it should have a multiplug going to it.


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