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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,566 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Focus wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #10

May 222003

Focus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The tire experienced premature failure.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 112002

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle's left rear tire is wearing excessively. The dealership cannot fix problem, cause the camber cannot be set per dealership.

- Addison, VT, USA

problem #8

Oct 162002

Focus

  • miles
Daughter drove home from hi school. Heard it suddenly release pressure at low speed. Drove home another half mile. Ford had road service put the donut on. Tire is with us until Saturday when we'll go get a new one. Long gash thru sidewall as well as drive tread. Second small crack in sidewall that why off of main gash.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 092002

(reported on)

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle experienced problems with the tires and the wheels, no specific information given.

- N Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #6

May 092002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Inside corner of rear tire, approximately three inch strip on each tire, wears excessively. Tires have been replaced at 9,000, and at 20,000. Still belt tread is showing. Consumer maintains problem is vehicle and not tire. Contacted manufacturer and dealer. Problem has not been resolved.

- Gandeeville, WV, USA

problem #5

May 312002

Focus

  • miles
Front driver side tire blewout while driving, causing consumer to pull over. Dealer notified.

- Shaw, MS, USA

problem #4

May 312002

Focus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer experienced a sudden loud explosive noise while pulling out of parking and making a turn. Then, another explosive noise occurred involving the rear tire.

- Shaw, MS, USA

problem #3

Nov 252001

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
If consumer travels above 50 mph vehicle begins to shake. She has taken this vehicle to a mechanic three times for samething, and was told that problem were the tires. Consumer did not think this was true because tires had been rotated twice within 2 weeks.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #2

May 012002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The original Firestone tires (205/50R16) wear out prematurely. The vehicle becomes unsteady on bumpy, wet or snow covered roads, causing the driver to lose control. The rear tires vibrate and chatter when driving on wind roads and on open roads at highway speeds, also the rear tires were showing irregular and premature wear. The manufacturer representatives stated that improper factory alignment specification were the cause of the problems. Auto door locks malfunctions. The rear hatch door was misaligned and would not close properly, the rear window washer would not spray properly and the rear window washer nozzle failed, there was an odor coming from heating or A/C system, the power steering line was leaking. The transmission was difficult to shift into 2nd gear and reverse when it was cold, the child restraint brackets was putting dents in the rear seat

- Haverhill, NH, USA

problem #1

Mar 042002

Focus

  • miles
While traveling at 55 mph right rear tire suddenly exploded. Cause unknown. Dealer has been contacted.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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