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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,500 miles

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2002 Ford Focus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


The car was running hot had to use A/C to keep the fans to cool car I took car to my mechanic and he found that the switches for the fans and the rest of the car was burned out and would have cause a fire if I had not brought the car for a checkup it would have caught on fire and I am 3 months pregnant. 2002 Ford Focus.the mechanic had to replace the switch and the whole wire system it cost me $225 I am scared if I did not take the car for a checkup to see why the fans were not working I don't want to know what would have happened.

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 052002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about the radiator fun. Also stated that this happend while he was driving the vehicle the fun on the radiator fell off and cause damage on the bottom of the vehcle. Dealer was contacted and stated to the consumer to contact there insurance to find out if it was consumer S fall or the manufactures diffect.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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