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#46 karlos1987

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:51 AM

I've got a focus mk2.5 and my rear end was knocking. Turned out to be the anti roll bar drop links. They was cheap so probably your best first option.

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#47 theredfox

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 11:39 PM

just read this thread are all these problems common to c-max 03-10 as most of the parts are common between models

 

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:12 PM

Hi all,

 

I have a Ford Focus Mk 1 (1999). The engine seems reliable and most of the work I have done is on the chassis (usual stuff like ball joints) . The only thing I would say about the engine is that when its idle it makes a revving noise like its not ticking over properly, which people comment on. Its really quite loud and happens more often than not.

 

I notice on here people mentioning 'uneven running' when idle. Does this sounds like the problem I am having and if so how do I fix it?

 

Any advice?

 

Thanks, Roz :)



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Posted 25 October 2014 - 04:32 PM

Yes its a problem it sounds like the idle control valve needs replaced but it could also be an air leak from a split throttle hose faulty pcv valve ide have it looked at as in very cold weather it may decide not to start or it may try to run away ie youre beaking to slow down and wuthout warning it surges forward

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 11:06 AM

Hey guys 1st post ever here :) I'm having some issues with my mk1 2001. It was Idling poor and had no power, turns out timing was out 3 teeth. Had new belt and pulley and got them to put replacement ICV on too (used) anyway it's much better, so quick and starts first time now. But it still idles rough.

It took about 30 miles for the revs to find their place after ICV change but my lights flicker and you can feel it judder like being on a big old diesel bus.

Also when I picked it up from garage I checked for codes and there was a misfire on cylinder 2. Swapped that plug to cylinder 1 to see if the code moves but it hasn't yet (been about 2 days) it really feels like it's misfiring but I can tell with the performance That it isn't.

The guy at the garage also said he couldn't find any vacuum leaks.

I'm out of ideas now I'm worried it's something serious like injectors, valve damage or maybe head gasket on its way.

It's had new coil new plugs and new leads in the past 2 months.

Sorry for mega long 1st post.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 08:01 AM

Just an update, I put the original plugs in ( I had the bosch super 4 before) and that has fixed my idle issue. The car runs like a dream now, I put some cat cleaner in it and had to give it a blast on the motorway to pump it through and it's all good :)

I thought the 4 point plugs would be much better but on inspection they are a lot shorter than the originals so probably ain't igniting it effectively. So a heads up for anyone who was thinking of using them.

#52 Damon Cook

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:43 PM

One thing ive noticed with my 2004 1.8 tdci is the blowers have no pressure till you recirculate the air and the rear passenger windows are a pain in the !Removed! for misting up and the egr clogs up alot leading to crap in the intercooler blanked my egr and had to deep clean the intercooler after it ran smoother and it is quite loud also even with magnetec A1 oil recomend the wyns oil supercharge additive runs little quieter with that in

#53 kierwillis

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 12:41 PM

Help I have a 51 plate focus lx 1.8 and it has no 1st or 2nd or 5th or reverse but still drives in 3rd and 4th??

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 09:30 AM

Another fault for the list is the rear window washer dribbles when i use my front ones

#55 zeezee

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:39 PM

Hi.
I have a 2001 MK1 1.6 Focus, 84k on the clock. I bought it in March this year. I paid the top of the average for it but we had seen a few and they weren't in good condition. This one was immaculate, drove like new and had 4 brand new tyres, full MOT etc.

The last week or so, it has developed an issue with the speedo/odometer. After a quick Google search, I found this problem is quite common, in various forms. 
I wonder if I could get some recommendations to help me diagnose what the issue is and what we need to to do fix it.
The speedo drops to 0 during driving and from start on some occasions. The Odometer doesn't always fail but sometimes it goes blank and sometimes it does ---. I have noticed the engine chugging a bit during one of its episodes too. I thought the lights on the dash seemed a bit dimmer also but I was not sure if this was my imagination.
Any help would be appreciated. 
 

 



#56 Stoney871

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:43 PM

Definitely sounds like the speedo sensor (VSS) by the symptoms.
You can buy a new sensor and mounting pin on ebay for about £20.
Do you also find that the odometer doesn't read the increasing mileage too?

#57 Irishman1127

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 07:06 AM

Yes, that's very common. And as pointed out the sensor is knackered. It's quite easy to change it. I've a mk1 as well. Make sure you post some pictures of your motor mate.

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 07:12 AM

The chugging could be the coil pack on its way out, or possibly the battery will need to be replaced. If the battery is on its way out or is the wrong type ie. not a calcium battery the car can act very strange. Also check and clean the battery terminals and the ground leads that they are making a good connection. Just last week i came to my car and turned the key and nothing. Cleaned the leads and all was well again. Mine is a 00 1.6 zetec with 116k.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:55 AM

I have recently bought my girlfriend a MK1 Focus Estate (2.0 litre petrol), very pleased with the price, and condition of car. I have had the warning light on a few times and re-set the code (P0171- system too lean bank 1). I have cleaned the MAF sensor and seemed fine for about a week. I have heard that it could be a vacuum issue, or PCV valve issue.

I have had a good look around the engine for split pipes etc and they all seem okay, maybe I should change the PCV next ?

Any comments please



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Posted 03 January 2015 - 07:51 PM

My bf got a new VSS and attempted to fit it today. He is usually quite good with cars, did a clutch change on both my old Micra and his Focus but he struggled to do this as there was a pin he couldn't get out. He is rather disappointed he has had to give in on it and was talking about getting a blow torch to get the pin out  :o

Does anyone know how much a garage would charge to do this job? 



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