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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,793 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace fans and shroud (1 reports)
  3. replace the blower fan switch (1 reports)
2003 Ford Focus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 072013

Focus ZX-3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,965 miles


The a/c fan suddenly stopped working on positions 1,2, and 3. Only works on 4. However, the a/c button only lights up when the fan position is on 1,2, or 3. Turns off when fan is on 4, so only hot air blows out.

- , Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012010

Focus ZX5 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

about 6 months ago I started having problems with my fan motors. first the first 3 fan positions stopped working,thus no air conditioning. the 4th doesn't run air just heat. lost my job couldnt fix. I did have heat, but only on possition 4, high. Now the 4th possition stopped working, no times it comes on but slowly stops

Update from Nov 3, 2010: look at complaint #125. I explained what I did to fix this problem....

- , Keego Harbor, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 042008

Focus 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I am driving a 2003 ford focus and its ac is not working properly. When I turn the ac switch to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd gear it does not do anything but the AC light comes on but no air blows. When I turn the ac switch to 4th gear the air blows hard and the AC light goes off and will not turn on when I push it. It is only air that comes out and no cold air. About two weeks ago I had noticed the passenger carpet wet. I do not know if this has anything to do with the ac. What I need to replace for it to work again. Thanks in advanced.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 192007

(reported on)

Focus ZX3 2.0L ZETEC

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

After having the car for about a year, in the summer of 2006 I was driving and felt a quick jump, then my car started shaking. I didn't pay much attention to it thinking it was the music. The next day I got in and turned the air on and the car started to shake really badly. I opened the hood and saw it was the fan shaking, shut off the car, turned down the air knob, turned it back on and it stopped. I went the summer w/o A/C. I was showing a friend one day and it didn't do it, thought the problem had stopped, but when I pushed the A/C button it shook. Also when I put the front defrost on it shook as well. At one point I was sitting in a parking lot with the car on, the fan shook then sounded like it was breaking, sure enough I turned everything off, turned on, pulled forward and parts of my fan blade were under my car. As of now it will still blow out hot air, "cool" air (doesn't help in Texas heat), and the defroster will run but will cause massive vibrations in the engine bay causing the whole car to shake. It also will randomly start shaking if the car is in heavy traffic.

On a side note I had traded the car in to a dealership but had some problems with the financing and one salesmans ignorance so I had to take the car back. I'm not sure if this problem originated from them or not as it happened about 3 days after getting the car back in the middle of the day. I expect its a defect though.

- , Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 012007

(reported on)

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

The fan switch would only work on high, they replaced it under warranty.

- , Denver, CO, USA

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