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:
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Average Mileage:
160,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford Focus engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 302015

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


Bought this car (SE) in 2002 brand new. Had few issues here and there but was happy 'till this problem. My son heard a rattling noise from the hood and lost power steering. He drove carefully another mile to our drive way.

Replaced the pulley assembly. Same noise. Realized it was harmonic balancer. Replaced. Noise is gone and engine run smooth when idle. Made a test drive. It starts normal and accelerates normal. After couple minutes, you stop on an exit, the car moves like a turtle. You push the gas, still no action for 20-30 seconds and accelerates. But cannot go higher than 45 mph.

Took to shop, no result. Made replaced spark plugs, plug wires,timing belt, fuel filter and pump as last resort. Still the same. Both shop spent so many hours to diagnose with no result. It is in my drive way and not sure what to do. Those two shops are very skilled technicians.and always solved my car problems. Anyone suggest anything?

- , Yorktown, VA, USA

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