Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2002 Ford Focus 2.0L SOHC engine has a defect where the intake valve seat fails. The valve then falls into the cylinder, destroying the engine & most owner relationships with Ford in the process.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
22,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. blow out the hose (1 reports)
  2. replaced evaporator (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 312006

Focus 4d Hatchback

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


felt that it was just brushed off with little or help to the problem they offered to replace a part that required removing the dash but it was over a 1000.00 dollars and they weren't sure it would fix the problem. just suggested I keep the hose blown out every year. really wasn't very helpful with it.

- , Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 302004

(reported on)

Focus Wagon

  • 15,000 miles

My foot sustained second and third degree burns and I have no idea how long it will take to heal. I was originally told by the service dept at Ford that the line (?) was plugged, but when I received my car, the report said it was not. I do know they had to completely pull my dash out in order to replace it. I have never heard of anyone having anything like this happening to them and hope no one ever has to have it occur. Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this happening? My family thinks I should bring a lawsuit against Ford.

- , Wellsboro, PA, USA

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