Ford Focus owners have reported 96 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Focus based on all problems reported for the Focus.
Transmission faulty . Car wont reverse . Car drags when trying to accelerate. I also received a court notice in the mail regarding powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission problems. My check engine light came on. Notifications appeared on my car saying transmission problem service ASAP.
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The first incidence (2/26/18) was while stopped on a highway off-ramp, the engine stalled. The car was able to be restarted and driven. On a second occasion (2/28/18), I was driving and in motion on a residential street when the engine shut off. The brakes and steering was not affected and I was able to stop the car and restart the engine. Prior to this, the check engine light came on and I had scheduled service on the car for 3/7/18 (the earliest they had available). The car has had multiple transmission replacements in the few short years that I have owned it.
Driving car , check engine light came on at 5800 mile, scan tool stated code p0340 and p0344, replace cam sensor. Clear codes, drove car 3 days 5980 mile ,check engine flash couple time and stay on started smell oil and sound like it was misfiring, scan it again and it said code p0340 and p0344, called dealer bob bell Ford glen burnie MD. Told me next opening for appointment would be week 1/2 , I said ok. Took car there, they called and said there a hole in piston # 4 , need new engine and not cover under warranty because of modification, I ask what modification and they said call Ford motor, we don't have any paper work. Called Ford motor customer service , they said call bob bell. Complete run around.
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While traveling on a surface street, at approximately 50 mph the engine decelerated very quickly. The dash instrumentation showed "engine fault service now!" the engine was sputtering and shaking as I attempted to accelerate to get over to the shoulder. I did get over safely. My wife and I were very badly shaken. After about 5 minutes I regained my composure enough to try to restart the car. It took about 3 tries to restart. The instruments were back to normal except the check engine light was on. I drove home without incident and turned the car off. A half hour later I tried to start the car and it did it again. The car has been towed to a repair shop. My wife is now afraid to drive this car. We live in arizona. The speed limit is 65 mph. The average speed of cars on the highway is 75 mph just to keep up with the flow of traffic. Not if, but when this happens to a driver travelling at 65 to 70 mph there will be costly repercussions and hopefully no loss of life, but life changing injuries. This car is a death trap. I also have filed a claim in the ongoing Ford transmission settlement, vargas v. Ford motor CO. , case. No. 2:12-cv-08388-ab-ffm. I am sure that you are aware of this case. This car needs to be taken off our streets and highways. I know you will do your due diligence and please, sooner rather than later. I will have documentation when my car has been repaired, so feel free to contact me. When.
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Lower arm w/balls and joints x 2 motor mount check engine light for p0420 catalyst and clutch and transmission jerking and hesitation and radio not working and I called 1800 number to Ford and at this time could not help me and woman stated she reported to NHTSA #cas13448516 and also stated to call dealership which is balise ready credit in springfield mass.
Vehicle stalled. Tried to restart it, would not fire up. It then caught on fire on the side of the highway (I-87n, exit 17/moreau) vehicle was in good working order, no check engine light or other indication of trouble, temperature gauge never showed any problem. Not sure if this is related to other Ford engine fires (due to overheating/loss of coolant) or what exactly caused it. Insurance did not do an inspection (I owned the car outright and only had liability coverage) and Ford totally blew me off. Have pictures, but they look like any other car with an engine fire.
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I was driving home on the I- 5 san diego, CA and my car completely lost power. The check engine light started flashing. After I turned the car off for about five minutes, I drove it once again and it seemed to be normal and the check engine light was no longer flashing. Then, after a week it happened again, the car died on the highway.
The check engine light will not turn off, the door sensors keep ringing, and the transmission does not shift properly amd rools backwards when I apply the brakes.
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Ford Focus transmission module regulator recall. I have had to take my vehicle to the dealer 5 times for issues that I feel are related to this matter. In April, I was driving when I lost total power of my car and then it lurched forward as the rpm's ran over the top. I drove it approximately 5 miles to my home where I had it picked up and towed to larry hill Ford, cleveland, TN. I had the check engine light on again last week and drove there and they told me it was fine to drive while they ordered a part. Today, I stalled out completely while accelerating on 25th street (on my lunch hour). I had to call a tow for the 2nd time. I believe my safety to be in question as I continue to drive this car and Ford does not fix the issue nor have they offered me any type of buyout or trade or compensation for the constant problems not even related to my safety while driving.
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the spouse was driving at 40 mph, when the check engine light illuminated as the vehicle started to shutter and stalled. The vehicle was towed to koons falls church Ford 1051 e broad st, falls church, va 22044 (703) 241-7200, where it was diagnosed with the fuel tank shrunk and was not getting proper amount of fuel to operate the vehicle. The fuel tank and purge valve needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the dealer informed him that the transmission module was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a case was opened. The contact stated that the manufacturer made him aware that the vehicle has no warranty for the fuel tank. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.
My car is in the fourth time for transmission related issues. Also this time the check engine light came on. Bill brown Ford in livonia mi diagnosed the problem as a failing catalytic converter. This is a known problem with the Focus, but Ford hasn't done anything about it. I've researched the issue on line and there are many complaints about the catalytic converter. I also have a friend who is a mechanic at a Ford dealership and he said Ford is quite aware of the problem. Two years ago I was almost rear ended when the car suddenly went out of gear and the check engine light came on and flashed a warning. Ford replaced the tcu. The car is now hesitating again along with shuttering when accelerating.
My wife traded in her 2009 taurus for a new 2012 Focus sedan back in April 2012 at green Ford. A month or so after getting the Focus, it had a transmission fluid leak. Green Ford fixed the problem. In mid-2015 we started to notice transmission issues like erratically shifting in second and third gear, very sluggish shift between low gears and that the upshift bags down like the vehicle might stall, bucking, kicking, jerking, harsh engagement, delayed acceleration and lurching forward into intersections at red lights due to the failure of their braking efforts to stop the car. We took it to green Ford on 9/18/2015. They stating that it was working as designed. However, for a precaution, they said they reprogrammed the powertrain control module (pcm) and the transmission control module (tcm). However, it was a recall issue for that stated problem/s. In the official service history for the Ford owner's records, there is no mention of the safety recall done on my Focus, just the routine maintenance and a mileage of over 96,000 miles on the Focus at the time. Jump forward to a year later, on Friday, sept. 9, 2016, at 2pm, my wife was traveling in a 45 mph speed zone when the car's check engine light came. Seconds later, the Ford started to stall and have power issues, causing her to find the next side road to pull over. The car completed stalled and could not turn over. After 2 towing events, from the breakdown location to thomas tire, thomas to stearns Ford, and sitting over the weekend, on sept. 9, we found out it was the recall tcm that broke. The tcm was in back order until October 28, 2016. Stearns Ford sent me to enterprise where they paid for a Ford rental. The only Ford on the rental lot was the transit 250 or 350 van (very low mpg). I had to pay for the liability insurance coverage daily. After the 3rd day, I borrowed a family member's car.
Vehicle in motion driving about 60-65mph on the highway, the check engine light turned on the dashboard. Vehicle could not accelerate felt as if on neutral. I began to lose speed and had the fortune no incoming vehicles were behind me. I shut the car off once on the side of the road. Vehicle after being off for 15 minutes was able to drive but reverse gear was none functional.
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that after vehicle was repaired for NHTSA campaign number: 15v813000 (electrical system) and while driving at 35 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle hesitated before moving forward. In addition, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.
Car hesitates and shutters when driven. This is worse at lower speeds or when turning. This happens both on the highway and on city streets. It's been serviced 4 times for this issue, each time the module requires reprogramming, but the problem persists. Recently the check engine soon light had been on. We've been to the dealer and they repaired it, but the engine light has turned on again only 5 days after the last repair. I've checked and the Focus has 5 different active recalls, 2 of them with regards to power train, but this car seems to be excluded from them at this time.
While driving my 2012 Ford Focus hatchback, the check engine light came on and the vehicle idled rough and the engine stopped working. Restarted and took vehicle to dealer. Dealer stated that the emissions control system had pulled a vacuum on the fuel tank causing raw fuel to enter the emissions control system and the engine causing the issues. The tank had to be replaced due to collapse and the evap tank, tubing, control valve and fuel pump. Per Ford TSB 11-09-03. Shouldn't this be a recall?.
Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while making a left or right turn the vehicle would stalled. The check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that purge valve not opening properly, the fuel pump and purge valve, purge tank and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15v605000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47000. Aw.
After driving for 40 mins, the check engine light came on. I was in stop and go traffic and from stop (0 mph) to 30 mph the transmission would downshift violently and stall. I would give it gas, but the car would not move and the engine would rev up and lunge forward violently causing cars to almost hit me in the rear. I put in a similar complaint a few years ago about a shuttering when accelerating from a stop after 40 + mins of driving. This is unacceptable for a car company to allow this car out on the streets.
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle began to vibrate. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate and lost power. The check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module and clutches in the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to another dealer, but was not diagnosed or replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.
Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving an at a stop sign the vehicle hesitate to go forward. The check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000. VIN was not available. Aw.
While driving the check engine light turned on, the shift display started blinking (so the "d" was flashing) and then the vehicle slowed to a stop where it was turned off. Vehicle would not turn on again. The next day it started, and after inspection by retailer autozone read tcm module issue. Vehicle had a full tank of gas, recent oil change, and had battery replaced with new one as recommended. Following battery replacement the vehicle again slowed to a stop with shift and check engine light illuminated. Towed to Ford dealership where a software update was done and told it would function properly. Approx 30 miles later the vehicle again came to a stop, but the check engine light did not illuminate, only the gear it was in blinked. Told by separate Ford dealership that the tcm module needs replacement. Prior to software update check engine light would go on, but after that it would not but the vehicle did continue to come to a stop. Could rev the engine but to no avail. Stopping incidents occurred several times within a few days. Very dangerous when driving on highway or street as the 2012 Ford Focus se stops within a few minutes of alerting the driver to issue and will not restart.
Purchased a 2012 Ford Focus in December of 2014. The transmission has had shifting issues almost the entire time that I have had the vehicle. In may, the transmission began stuttering at low speeds. When reaching speed on an interstate on-ramp, the vehicle showed the message "vehicle not in park" and shut off as I was pulling into traffic. A day later when driving it, it stuttered again and the check engine light came on. Took it, along with a defective part notice to the dealer for the automatic transmission clutch system, which the dealer said was the issue and supposedly replaced it under the warranty. The dealer also reset the "autolearn" feature in the transmission. For a few days it worked fine, then the stuttering and shifting issues began again. On August 8th, 2015 the vehicle was driven to the store, and worked as it usually did, with minor stuttering and grinding that appears to characterize the Ford transmission. It was parked for roughly 30 minutes while in the store, upon starting and putting the vehicle in reverse, the transmission would not turn or gain enough power to propel the car out of the parking space. As it rolled back, it was shifted into the drive position, the vehicle began to propel until it went to shift and the car "missed" the gear and stuttered losing all momentum. This continued from every start/stop. Stopped at another store, when came back out the car would not start on the first crank, and the check engine light came back on. The power issues to the transmission on take off and the missing gears continued all the way to my home.
First incident traveling approximately 45 mph, as automatic transmission shifts gears, the transmission slips out of gear. Shifting to neutral and back into gear does not work. Pulled vehicle onto the shoulder, put into park, turn off the engine. Engine will not start, no crank. Let vehicle sit for a minute, retry starting, vehicle runs normally. Next incident around 2 weeks later. Similar experience, but travelling approx 75 mph on highway. Required to pull over, restart vehicle. Check engine light on at restart and engine running at lower rpm than normal in all gears. Vehicle rests overnight, runs normally with no check engine light. Subsequent incidents increase in frequency, without check engine light. Simply need to pull over, restart vehicle. Most frequently occurs while traveling on the highway at higher speeds. 6th or 7th incident, about a month after the initial incident. Check engine light remains on. Vehicle service scheduled but not yet performed due to backlog of transmission service repairs at Ford service center.
I have been to my Ford dealership 10 times last year and 4 times already this year. I have multiple check engine light that came on and each time they replace a part on my car. I had my car last week for service and now it's back this week again for service. I have all my repair receipts and I am completely sadden that Ford cannot do anything for me as I called the Ford cooperate office and have their specialist looked at my case and I am having the same issues. My car shuts off on me so many times while driving with me 1 year old son in the middle of the street. They will fix it today and next week I am back in the shop. They have my car more times in the shop than I have on the road. I am extremely tired! I told them to test drive my car each time they "supposedly fixed" my issue and the problem remains the same. I have spoken to mario at the cooperate office in florida ( 1866-631-3788) ex 77723 and he has never solved my problems or return any of my calls. --at present writing this issue I am scheduled for another "repair". Another check engine light situation.
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle failed to accelerate, the check engine light illuminated, and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was serviced under a manufacturer recall; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.
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