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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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,590 miles

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2002 Ford Focus wheels / hubs problems

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 072016

Focus

  • 134,000 miles

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

Ok so I've had my Ford Focus for about 3 months now I fell in love with this little thing recently got struts changed in front and ball joints bushings and tires so I knew it would need an alignment so got that done now at speeds from 50-60 mph this car starts fishtailing out of control I dont have alot of money I am not workin at present so I cant afford to take my used car to dealer much less to another auto shop. I travel 50 -70 miles each day to work and I'm scared its gonna fishtail me into a wreck. Mileage 134000 applke valley calif.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #16

May 092014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
On 05/09/2014 at approximately 1750 hours I was traveling southbound on interstate 95 adjacent to mile marker 99 located near stuart, Florida when I suddenly felt a very strong vibration and loud noise coming from the front right axle, immediately after the front right tire tread separated from the tire causing me to loose steering control of the vehicle. The vehicle eventually came to a full stop and upon further inspection on the shoulder it was revealed that the separation of the tire tread caused significant damages to the vehicle to include front right fender dents, braking ac refrigerant lines, front headlight assembly, side marker and the plastic cover that goes underneath the wheel well. The tire is described as a Firestone FR380, 185/65R14 86S with dot E26L 38B 3110 A30. The vehicle was towed to a pep boys shop in jupiter, fl and the tire was taken to the tire plus store located in jupiter, fl to be exchanged. The tires were originally purchased and installed at tires plus on October, 2010 at 77,600 miles and overall the tire had less than 20,000 road miles when the entire tire tread separated. Pictures of the tire are available upon request, thank you.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 072009

Focus

  • 80,000 miles
Since 2003 I've had to replace numerous tires (5) and one wheel hub due to going over rough, but not usually hazardous road problems, such as a small/medium pothole. My car is in the shop, yet again, having a tire fixed.

- South Orange, NJ, USA

problem #14

Dec 182004

Focus

  • 12,000 miles

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

1. I've had problems with this tire holding air. It has given me problems ever since I purchased it. It was taken to the dealer all through warranty. I've been putting air in it which has cost me a surmountable amt of money ranging from 25 cents to whatever the market charged cost of putting air in it to the current date. It ruined a good tire after 12,000 miles of use; it was rotated all the necessary times; only the right passenger front side tire no matter how many times it was rotated; the same side is faulty; August 2008, a service center discovered the problem. I told them to examine that particular wheel and see if they could figure out what problem exists. They discovered that the wheel is bent in 4 different places. I've had to be towed from my workplace; my auto club has had to send a service shopout to change the tire or pump it up. Sometimes this would happen in my driveway. After warranty it becomes the owner's problem. I believe the mfr and dealer were aware of the problem. An owner of a 2004, new at the time of purchase, also has a cracked wheel. Unless this problem is corrected, it will continue to cost purchasers more monies and accidents if driven over 30-40 miles per hr. This is a mfr's defect. A vehicle in this condition should not be driven on long trips at a high rate of speed, such as on the expressways and interstates. It is dangerous regardless of speed. Once air is put back into the tire, within a day's time, driven or not driven, it starts going down. Basically, just being parked, it will go down anyway. With the ethics of the dealership in this area, they probably did the same thing as I've been doing., adding air to the tire and returning it back to me. Thank you.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #13

Feb 012007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the left rear wheel began to fall off the vehicle. He stated that he had to have the bearings replaced. While researching the internet, he discovered that this failure was first noticed in 2000. Ford advised him to call NHTSA since there were no recalls. The engine size and a valid VIN were unknown. The current mileage is 57,500 and failure mileage was 55,000.

- Chadsford, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 092002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased car new May 2002. Focus zts. In August took car to Ontario Canada on roadtrip from Missouri. Way back from trip, noticed vibrations from back of car at highway speed. Didn't think much of it because of similar experience with escort. Took car on trip to myrtle beach in May 2003 and the vibration was more then obvious at 55mph. When returned from trip took car in for service. Driver side rear bushing on tire arm was worn. Wheel was tilted and tire was wearing wrong. Dealership replaced arm and tire. Took car on another trip March 2004 noticed extreme vibration still coming from same side/back of car. Shakes plastic bags in backseats. Vibrates driver seat and steeringwheel. Because most of my driving is on regular roads it's not something that becomes obvious right away. Will be taking car in again asap. Also had a problem right after purchasing the car with the passernger side front floor wet after huge rain. Took it in for repair and I don't think there has been a noticeable problem since.

- Clayton, MO, USA

problem #11

Oct 152003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

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

The front driver's wheel bearing and hub went out at about 7,000. The car made a very loud noise. Ford repaired this problem. Car had to have brake pads at 28,000 miles. The wear on the driver's side front was much worst than the others. Repair person said that the calipers were defective. Cost 100. Dollars. The front passenger's side wheel bearing and hub went out at 29,000. I paid for repair of wheel $150. I was told that the driver's side was going out again. There is obviously a problem with the front suspension of this car. I am now faced with repairs of the other side for a second time and the car is only 18 months old. I am worried that the wheels will come off.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 152003

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I have experienced problem after problem since purchasing my 2002 svt Focus. Random stalls, leaks, and noises. Shift linkage failure, wheel bearing failure, power window problems. Intake manifold failure, wrong idle speed, loss of electrical power. 35 days in the shop so far and counting, all within 11mo of purchase. Don't buy a Ford car, you'll regret it.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #9

Jul 152003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Ford Focus 2002 ZX5 with 16" alloy wheels and Firestone tires seems to be susceptible to road hazard damage more than other cars I have had. One bubbled tire, and another punctured tire within weeks of each other. The Focus alloy wheels are the worse problems. At least two have been bent to the point of causing steering and vibration problems on car. One wheel has two visible bumps, and one wheel has a massive bump from some surprise road holes. I have never had a car that had such weak rims. I am not replacing the wheels until I talk to either Ford or a lawyer.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 152002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,002 miles
Problem I'm still having and was reported to dealership is car pulls to left, ( not corrected) back end of car or tires bounce on road and especially when hitting a bump, cannot stay on road in slush or snow, back end is all over road, ( nothing done) tires are completely groved in many spots on the tires, caused by rear end bouncing on road, Firestone won't replace they say it is focas's rear end and it wears out the tires, dealer or Ford won't do anything about rear end or tires, car vibrates badly, rear doors barley open are so stiff, looks like door locks are coroaded nothing was done by dealership even though they said they lubricated, nothing is on the locks to show lubrication of locks.

- Friendship, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 152003

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles

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

On November 23 2002 I was in a accident where I broke my nose and had numerous burises. The reason I got into an accident was because my wheel and suspension broke & seem to come apart. I had complained to Ford that my wheel had been shaking and that there was something wrong with it. I had taken it back 4 times to get fixed but everytime I got it back and it would shake just as bad. Also when I got into the accident my airbags didnt deploy at all I received a broken nose from hitting my head on the steering wheel. The car was shaking really bad and it seem to pull me off the road then all of a sudden it was like a snap and it went the other direction. I flew sideways up in the air and hit two oak trees luckly I didn't die from this accident if you would see the pictures you would think how did she survive. If the car would have hit the oak trees two feet closer to my door I wouldn't be here to tell you this. The car split in half & was totaled.

- Bella Vista, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 312004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,225 miles
In attempting to remove the right rear wheel and tire assembly from my car, I found this to be impossible-apparently, the cast wheel metal had corroded to the hub. This made an impossibly difficult and potentially dangerous problem of a normally routine one.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 202003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,300 miles
16 inch diameter front alloy wheel with 205-50/R16 tire on 2002 Ford Focus zts was damaged and caused rapid tire deflation due to low speed, 35 mph, impact with pothole. 50 series tire is too thin for street use on the Ford Focus!

- Edgewood, NM, USA

problem #4

Jul 152003

Focus

  • 15,000 miles
Consumer stated that after hitting a pothole the tire on the right came apart from the wheel. After carefull inspection consumer found all of the wheels on vehicle were bent.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 092002

(reported on)

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced problems with the tires and the wheels, no specific information given.

- N Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 032002

Focus

  • miles
While backing out of the driveway heard a bump. Visually inspected vehicle, and did not see any damage. Consumer than began driving and heard a loud noise. Consumer again inspected vehicle, and saw that wheel assembly had buckled, and the rear passenger's tire was rubbing against firewall.

- Hamlin, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 092002

Focus

  • miles
While driving wheels on passenger's side buckled underneath vehicle.

- Rockwood, TN, USA

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