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:
76,282 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced power steering pump & hose (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 112008

Focus ZX5 2.0L 4 cyl Zetec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,893 miles


Started smelling smoke inside car. opened hood and saw smoke coming from front left side of engine compartment. found leak in power steering hose and later found play in shaft to power steering pump. had both replaced and have had all i can take of this junk. i will trade this car in for a different make and take the loss on what i owe. this junk has cost me probably over $3,000 in parts and repairs in a little over 2 years and i have only put 35000 miles out of the 75000 thats on the car. that sucks and so does ford.

- , Searsport, ME, USA

problem #1

Sep 052007

(reported on)

Focus SE Sport Wagon 2.0L ZETEC

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,671 miles

The high pressure power steering metal hose is routed just over the exhaust manifold. After 5 years owning the car, cold hot and bad weather, a leak just appear this week and oil accumulation on the exhaust manifold started to burn while parking the car.

Fortunately, Fire did not propagate.

This hose shall not be routed so close of a high heat source. I consider this as a conception problem and because of risk of fire, shall be object of a recall.

- , Someplace, Quebec, Canada

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