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:
57,400 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace power steering pump (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace steering rack and realign front end (1 reports)
2002 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

May 292009

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


ok I had the hoses replaced and that is when I noticed it leaking

- , Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #3

Jul 272010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,600 miles

Granted the car is a 2002 but since it only has 47,000+ miles on it and normal bumper to bumper is 60,000 miles. One would expect this part to last at least the 60,000 miles. The part is NOT repairable and must be replaced at about $460 just for the part. i would at least expect Ford to split the difference or sell me the part at their cost NOT MSRP!

- , Woodbine, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 052008

Focus ZX5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

First the car died in the middle of driving down the road, so luckily enough we were right down the road from a discount auto parts and they tested the battery and determined the battery was dead. That lasted for bout 3 days, and it died again on the highway! I had to wait in the heat for 3 hours for a tow truck bc the car wouldn't start, Had it towed in the morning. Only to find out my power steering pump had a leak and it caused the alternator to burn out. Lucky for the warranty bc otherwise the bill would of been over $1000.

- , Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 022007

(reported on)

Focus ZTS 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Power steering pump is leaking, I noticed when it became difficult to turn. I had a mechanic replace the "pressure switch" or something and that managed to slow the leaking by quite a bit. I'm probably going to replace the pump this summer, the leak is so slow at this point that putting fluid in once a month solves the problem temporarily.

- , Underhill, VT, USA

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