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:
Average Mileage:
157,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace intermediate brake cables (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 262011

Focus ZTS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles


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sharp edges of harness chewed through brake cables

The parking brake cable guide on both sides has sharp metal edges and the brake line was ground down to the point where the inner cable and sheath were exposed. The inner cable became rusted and when the parking brake was applied the cable would pull into the braking position. When you released the lever the cable was frozen in place and the back pads staying out and in contact with the drums. The drums got so hot after about 1 block that we could smell burning metal.

Replacing these was a real nightmare. I had to jack the entire right side of the car up and pound on the pressure nuts holding the heatshield in place. Then when I did get them off, my replacement cables where the wrong type. The car is non advance track so I had to get the cables from my local dealer.

- , Springfield, MO, USA

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