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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,464 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 122006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,874 miles


: the contact stated while driving 55 mph on normal road conditions, poor braking action was noticed. There was no warning light illuminated to alert the driver. The contact noticed a presence of hydraulic fluid in the driver side carpet. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, who determined a leak from the clutch master cylinder, which was located inside the vehicle. The clutch master cylinder and the brake master cylinder, located in the engine compartment had a common reservoir. The clutch master cylinder affected the fluid level of the brake master cylinder. The dealership indicated there was no recall for this defect. The manufacturer had not yet been contacted. Updated 02/06/07.

- Loretto, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 072003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,053 miles
At 14053 miles, the rotors on my 2002 Ford Focus had to be remachined, now at 20K miles, I have to have the same brake problem fixed again. Obviously the rotors are either substandard or defective and or there is a larger problem, master cylinder etc. Also the rear brakes tend to lock up periodically.1st incident-Jan 03.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

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