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#16 coll247

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:13 AM

Hi, i have owned a 99 plate mk1 1.6 for 5 years best car i have ever had always had ford but the focus is the best if any thing happened to it i would have another one tomorrow
it add belt dun 80k now dun 124k the only thing i have dun since i have had the car is rear trail arm bushes water pump battery anti roll bar drop link abs senser.
brakes tyres oil change but that's just normal.
never had a coil pack.
it as never let me down yet .

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#17 Focus-Jonny

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 12:44 PM

Direction indicators not self cancelling on mk1 & mk1.5

Cause: lugs on clock spring broken, this requires a new clock spring to be fitted to the steering column/wheel

#18 sneddon

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:24 AM

I have mk1 focus 51 plate 1.6 estate and I'm just enquiring I've got a little problem the centrel locking clicks on and off wile driving and the speedo works then just drops I'm just wondering if any one mite know the problem is and how to fix it thanks

#19 Stoney871

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:10 AM

The central locking problem is caused by water ingress into the drivers door central locking module and is quite common.

Liberal spraying with WD40 helps but in the end a new module is usually needed.

The speedo problem is also common.

Next time you're driving have a look to see if the odometer stops increasing, this is a good symptom of a failing speed sensor (VSS), you may also find as the problem reoccurs that you also feel a distinct loss of power when driving.

This usually happens as time goes by while the VSS fails more often.

The VSS is not an expensive part but can be a pain to do, it's stuck quite firmly into the top of the gearbox casing and held in with a fragile pin.

I strongly recommend you buy a VSS and replacement pin at the same time as the pin usually snaps or mangles on extraction-

 

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Before looking to replace the VSS I strongly recommend you check the plug and cable for damage and corrosion as it is pretty exposed to dirt, water and wear'n'tear.



#20 sneddon

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:20 AM

Thanks for your advice I apreciate it and I will do as advised cheers

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:41 AM

Let us know how things go.



#22 Kmarchy

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:00 AM

Hi all!!!

Please help!
My Focus 1.8 Zetec is 2007 driving me up the wall - but not properly! The git keeps messing about.
The best way to describe it is to say that it looks like I cant drive in 1st gear, it flies forwards then nearly stalls. When in idle the revs move up and down by themselves, sometimes they go so low the battery sign flickers up, then revs itself back up again!
It also mis-fires.
It really is making it crap to drive n im starting to get bad habits such as slipping the clutch!! Which obviously I dont want to be doing!!
Cant anybody tell me wtf it is!!
😓 Thanks!

#23 Stoney871

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:07 PM

It could be the position sensor on the throttle pedal or a problem with the throttle body or idle valve.
It sounds like it has the potential to be dangerous so would need checking asap.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:42 PM

Check drivers floor mat for oil from below the clutch pedal.



#25 Korincymru

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:06 PM

Brilliant guide, just wish I had looke at this before getting mine, but touch wood its running like a dream and love it to bits :D



#26 Morgie

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:28 PM

Iv had a Mk1 1.8 Zetec petrol from new the faults iv had have been varied but nothing costing the earth .
 
1) Exhaust system a pain and most money spent. every part of it except Cat

2) Central Locking a real nightmare if it starts playing up .

3)Brake flexi pipes front and main brake lines

4) HANDBRAKE always been a pain cables stretch over time also snap and rear drum/s stick/ seize / squeal.

5)Ball joints/wishbones

6)Drop Links on rear and front

7) Springs snapping also not sitting in cup correctly at end point.

8) PCV system hoses collapse or split.and valve itself sticks open/shut

9) Battery's chews them up and spits them out

10) Rear crankseal leaks due to PCV valve adding pressure to crankcase.

11) PUT THE CORRECT OIL IN 5W.30 FULLY SYNTHETIC NOTHING ELSE ZETECS DONT LIKE ANYTHING ELSE.

12) Clutch pedal position sensor top of pedal box. Cheap as chips.

 

If I think of more will post . 

 



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:56 PM

Gear lever return springs usually between the 1st 2nd and the 3rd 4th gears and thermostat housings common to crack on 1.6 and 2.0

#28 ians'focus

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:11 PM

52 plate 1.8tdci.ghia Estate.had it 9 months now,did a bit on it when I first got it bought, cambelt kit,oil and all filters,front/rear discs and pads and a full set of crap tyres as i dont do many miles due to health issues and it needed rubber :-),done 6000 in it,it's now showing 103k and delighted is the word,still amazed at the mpg,lovely for long trips................Oh, and straight through test 6 months in :-) not had that for years..

 

1. seeing above post .. only downtime i've had was when investigating a small coolant leak, thermostat housing had cracked,3 day wait for the part at local ford dealer,seems a common problem.

 

2. mines an estate and as previously mentioned,the harness on the rear door into the roof gets brittle and breaks/shorts..I soldered in a new section of wires and wrapped them well,all works for now.

 

3. Drivers armrest stuck in up position, quite common,i just obtained a replacement easy job,just dont lean on the armrest to reach in the back,stuff like that snaps the pawl inside. 



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:21 PM

Going by the problems on my mk1 1.6, the front heated windscreen not working fully is quite common (i believe due to the wiper motors damaging the connection)

 

The central locking only half works, unless it's a warm day, and the dashboard boot button doesn't work most of the time



#30 vmondude

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 12:25 AM

Hey guys just arrived here at FOC the other day after getting my first Focus! Its a Mk1.5 1.8 Zetec MP3 (53 plate). I fell in love with it straight away on the first drive home and its very near immaculate!
It's really good to read this guide though for things to look out for, so good work.

 

Only thing I've noticed so far is that the temp and fuel gauges went back to half after switch off a few times. But it just turned out the battery was low from sitting on the lot, plus the terminals were really gunked up. So I cleaned up and vaselined them and its fine now.

 

Apparently that's a common sign of either a faulty dial pod or worn out battery though?



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