This is my 2001 Focus that has developed a rattle when you let off the throttle from high rpm's revving it or kicking it down on the highway. I checked all the pulleys, the internal area of the cat, heat shields,clamps etc and it's all tight enough that it's not coming from any of them.. I put my hand on the oil pan and it's a definite internal problem..It's losing power and gas mileage .Every once in a while it would shudder and just about die while driving down the road, then it would be fine for months... It's got 165k on it. No lights on except the ABS light due to improper wheel bearing install.It had a CEL light on but it was a cylinder 4 misfire. I really don't want to buy another car but I don't think this is worth repairing. I bought it three years ago for 2 grand so I think I got my money out of it and I know there are bigger cars that get better mileage out there..24 city and 32 highway..I towed my trailer with it once and it only got 21 highway...lol
Buying A Used Ford Focus: Warning
Warning to anyone thinking of buying a Ford Focus car. The single cam
split port 2.0 liter Ford Focus engine has a design defect in the valve
seats. They eventually come loose and drop into the cylinders and destroy
the engine. This is called a dropped valve seat. You can see what happened
to my piston in this video. If you are thinking of buying a Ford Focus, or
if you have one that's starting to run rough, your valve seats may be
starting to go bad. My car ran rough for a while before it finally died.
In this case it was possible to have the head rebuilt and install a new
piston and connecting rod, and the engine runs great now.
Ford Focus SPI Cylinder Head Replacement Part 1 of 4
Bought this non-running Focus cheap. These motors are notorious for the
valve seats separating from the head casting and causing havoc. This is the
first part of a series where I replace the cylinder head with an improved
version from HeadsOnly on eBay.
2001 FORD FOCUS 2.0 SPI Rattle Part 2
Started it up at work today and it was smoking bad, so I knew toady really
wasn't gonna be good..lol I went to my buddy's house and punched the cat
out and took off all the shields that were hanging down. Noise is still
there, and is now getting worse. I believe it may be the dreaded SPI cam
issue, or the crank has issues.. I don't think the video shows it well but
the harmonic balancer is jumping a lot more then it has before. Just the
fact that it does it all the time now and has chewed up almost a 1/4 tank
of fuel in 20 miles tells me she's hurt.. 3 years on a 2 grand investment
Ford Focus DIY Repair
Here is a very common problem on the Focus, and it's a fairly easy repair.
Here are the details.
Alternator replacement 2001 Focus
My wife's 2001 SE Focus was having problems charging so I embarked on a
mission to replace the alternator. I had been helped by some online videos
so I thought it might help others to make one of my own cataloguing the
journey; y'know, pay it forward and all that. And what a journey it was!
TIPS: you'll need all metric sockets (especially 8mm, 10mm and 13mm, both
short and long), bring a friend and allow 6-8 hrs.
Valve seal Replacement
Leaking valve seals cause your engine to smoke when you first start it up,
and then it usually runs the rest of the day with no smoke. Usually
replacing the valve seals will fix the problem. Here's how to do it. Of
course other engines may vary to some degree but the basics are the same.
1927 Ford: Double-Trouble -- /BIG MUSCLE
• Gordon Tronson
In the world of hot-rodding there are few cars that are going to leave as
big an impression as this - the 1927 Ford Model T custom simply known as
"Double-Trouble". It rides on a custom-built tube chassis that's fabricated
from 1.5-inch tube. Is powered by two 4.6-liter modular V8s from Ford with
four, count 'em, FOUR Superchargers for
an approximate power output of around 1,200 hp. It also utilizes the
rear-end (inboard disc brakes and all) from an early Jaguar. It's a rolling
a Hot Wheels car and a masterpiece of engineering that is sure to make all
your naughty bits tingle.
Replacing a Ford Focus Fuel Pump - The Easy Way
2002 Focus had no fuel pressure. Previous owner described difficult starts
for a couple months tapering into a no start. Learn how to make your fuel
pump replacement procedure easier now and in the future.
2013 Ford Focus ST - Jay Leno's Garage
2013 Ford Focus ST. Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi walks Jay through the new
turbocharged 252 hp Focus, packed with
European vehicle dynamics.
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