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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
65,996 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace power steering switch (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012008

Focus ZX5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,992 miles


This is a very scary and serious problem. Every times it rains, or when I drive through a medium sized puddle, I loose my power steering. This started last summer sometime. The first time I couldn't even turn the wheel and almost ran into a house. Most times I have to stop the car completely, shut it off and then restart it. I've been gaining some muscle so I'm now able to force the wheel to turn, with significant effort. Does anyone know what the problem is? I've brought this to a general mechanic, but they can't seem to find any problems.

- , Limoges, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Jul 212006

(reported on)

Focus ZTS 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Power steering "switch" went. Lost power steering, fortunately it is cheap to replace.

- , Underhill, VT, USA

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