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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford Focus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

May 252007

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


I was having a smell and hot air coming from the ac unit. Went and had it serviced to fix the problem. 386 dollars later and to my dismay thrash was getting into the ac unit. vents and ducts. I bought this 2002 ford focus as a late model used car. One option listed was a cabin air filter. I went to several auto parts stores to find one and the filters were all too big, I even went to the ford dealer to get one and all they could get was the tray that one would fit in but no filter. Come to find out they never made the filter, thus all the time I was sucking in dirt and leaves every time i ran the ac or defrost cycle. Call Ford and told them of the situation and they did not know what they should do. I suggested that they make the part and have a national recall. smirk i heard on their end. problem never resolved. I went to walmart and bought a home ac filter and cut it to fit and had changed many times until I traded the car in.

- , Rockvale, TN, USA

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