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Ford Focus owners have reported 62 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 08/22/2014

I was traveling from the route 128 highway exit ramp onto the interstate 95 going approximately 50-55 mph, as I rounded the top of the ramp I went to accelerate onto I-95 when I found I was slowing in speed/decelerating and found that I had no pick up with the vehicle. I was actually coasting ,the engine appeared to be on but I was unable to accelerate. As I coasted to the break down lane the check engine light flashed on. I sat at the side of the road for approximately 5-7 minutes, the car did re-start. Due to what appeared to be a dangerous spot on the highway I attempted to continue driving towards an exit. Approximately 4 miles down the highway ( I traveled at 50 mph in the far right lane) the car again, stopped accelerating was decelerating, I was pumping the gas petal without success and I coasted to the side of the road. I had the car towed to rodman Ford in foxboro MA. The service advisor is telling me the diagnostic shows nothing is wrong with the car. He also reports even though the check engine light flashed on twice their is no indication of the computer registering any type of failure.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 07/23/2014

I was stopped in line at a light. When the light changed I pushed on the gas and the car would not move- it sounded like the engine was stuck in neutral. I shut the car off and restarted it and that's when the check engine light came on. I was almost rear-ended several times as the car would not move. I had it towed to the dealer only to be told that they didn't know what was wrong-after two days I was told it was due to an update that needed to be done to the engine software and that it was not covered under either the basic warranty or the extended warranty and I would have to pay for the repair. I had the same vehicle to the dealer for a sound in the engine on 6/30 and they couldn't find anything! I have a friend who had the same issue when his car was a month old and they covered the cost of his repair.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

Ford Focus st (manual transmission) stalls repeatedly when coasting to a stop. Once stalled while driving at 40 mph which is potentially dangerous. Sometimes the idle drops very low (500 rpm) but doesn't stall. No check engine light (cel). Dealer said without cel there is no indication of a problem. From online research this appears to be a widespread problem with 2013 Focus st.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The techcnician was unable to diagnose the failure and stated that the contact could drive the vehicle as long as the check engine sensor light was not flashing. Also, the contact stated while traveling approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The dealer was contacted and the vehicle was towed to the dealership for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the faiure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,787.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 06/07/2014

When exiting grocery store parking lot, as we pulled out into traffic, the car experience a sudden loss of acceleration/drive train power, while electrical systems started to flash, and electronic gear indicator transitioned from gear to gear. Rpms, were still registering and on acceleration, drive train was unresponsive. This happened all while in traffic, when oncoming vehicles were approaching. We turned on hazard lights and moved to the road shoulder. Powered off car for a minute, then restarted. Car started but still experienced severe hesitation on acceleration, and seemed as if it was struggling to stay on. Pulled onto a side street to get out of traffic, then after turning car off, it would not turn back on. After approx. 10 minutes, tried to turn on car again, and it started. Was able to carefully drive car home, however check engine light has now been illuminated. This will be the 5th instance (all instances documented by dealer, and serviced by dealer) that the car has had this issue, and we have brought it to the attention of the dealership, with no 100% remedy being given. Will be taking car in once again to dealership for service and hopefully resolution of this ongoing issue of hesitation on acceleration, and total failure of drive train during vehicle operation.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 05/22/2014

Driving down highway, car lost power, the check engine light and the traction control light came on. Would not accelerate, brakes would not function properly to stop. When I finally got the car stopped in a parking lot next to my place of business, the car would not start up again, and when it did, it would not go into any gear. Sat in the parking lot for 30 minutes trying to get the car to start up and go into gear. When it finally did go into gear, I got it to my place of business 2 blocks down and parked it. I am afraid to drive the car as it is a major safety issue. There have been recalls on the electric version of this car, but not the gasoline versions. This needs to be a recall on all of these models as there are several hundred complaints online about the same issue. Ford will not do anything about these issues unless the car is taken to one of their dealerships, which in past experience, they don't do anything at the dealership except overcharge for diagnosing the car, and for them to tell you nothing is wrong with it and that they know there are issues with the cars, but they do not have a fix for them and they can change the parts, however that will not solve the problem and it will happen again. I have been told this by the manager at a dealership and he has stated there is nothing he can do to change the situation. This is a major safety issue and someone needs to look into Ford for the same issues gm is having with their small cars.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

2013 Ford Focus st has stalled on the highway going 65+ mph multiple times, in addition to on on-ramps and while coming to a stop, resulting in loss of power brakes and power steering. Multiple times has stalled without giving a check engine light, meaning the dealer wouldn't look at it despite being under warranty. Engine's idling speed is wildly erratic before and after stalling events. Have been incredibly lucky so far because this is extremely dangerous and a huge safety risk. Terrified of losing power again while turning left ahead of oncoming traffic or while merging onto the freeway. Ford has issued TSB 13-9-7 for those lucky enough to have the ecu store a code, notice the issue and get it to a dealer while still under warranty, but this absolutely needs to be a recall before someone gets hurt or killed.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 01/31/2014

2014 Ford Focus st with manual transmission when decelerating to a stop sign or stop light (approx 20-10 mph), and engaging the clutch to coast with the car in neutral, the car will almost stall (drops to about ~500 rpm) and then the engine "catches itself" and will rev to 1000-1200 rpm before settling back to a normal 700-800 rpm idle. This happens at random, but "ac/on" also increases likelihood of occurrences. This happens every trip. I stopped counting after 12 events in the first seven days. The car also "hunts" for it's idle speed (with a warmed engine) and varies from 700-1000 rpm, apparently at random. There is already a Ford TSB for this, TSB# 13-09-07, but it can only be accomplished if an engine completely shuts down and throws a check engine light/code. Due to the fact that this could completely shut off an engine while stopping near other motorists, like the recent gm ignition issue, I believe Ford should recall all these vehicles. It is a 45 minute repair and approx $8 dollars in parts to repair two "crimped wire connections" in the main wiring harness, (s132 & s133). They need to be soldered, not crimped (6 bare copper wires overlaid together and crimped). I have been to two Ford dealerships but they are under strict Ford guidelines not to accomplish the TSB unless there is a check engine light/code. I even offered to pay for the repair and was turned away both times. I believe it is better to accomplish this TSB and remove the concern than to wait for an owner safety issue leading to engine shut down and an accident. There have been numerous complaints about this issue on forums at Focus st. . Read more...

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 11/23/2013

While driving on the freeway the car began to decelerate, gas pedal was non responsive. Traveling approximately 60-65 mph in 5th gear. Deceleration occurred in 5th gear. Was only able to maintain speed in 4th gear, but was unable to go any faster than 50- 55 mph with gas pedal to the floor. Vehicle displayed some shuddering and slight sputter effect. If vehicle was placed back into 5th gear deceleration would continue. Tachometer showed 3000 rpm regardless of gear placement. No warning lights, or check engine lights. Two days later vehicle had the same symptom but only momentarily.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 08/31/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine light. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

2007 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle instrument cluster panel lights illuminated the dealer informed the consumer, it would cost $547. 00 to replace the cluster panel. Plus, the cost for the check engine light, that was also on.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 10/18/2012

I first started to notice a problem about 2 years after owning this car. Bought it brand new from the dealership. One day after an oil change I was sitting at a stop light and the car felt like it was about to spudder and die out. I revved the engine and once I started to move it didn't seem to be an issue. I took it into Ford and they told me it was the a/c unit circling on and that this was normal. I thought it was weird since this was not something that happened since day one, but instead started happening after 2 years of owning the car. I went back and forth with the dealership that there was definitely something wrong with the car. The guy that was working on my car told me at that point that he thought it was the throttle body and at that point it was still covered under my warranty but that if he were to replace it and there was nothing wrong with the one that came out of my car, I would be charged for it. So, being someone that doesn't have an extra $700 laying around, and believing the dealership, I chose to go on driving my car as it was. Today was the most recent incident. I was driving down a very busy highway, going close to 60 when my car decided to turn off today. This has now happened 5, yes 5 times. The first time it happened I was slowly turning a corner and my car just died. Completely died. Check engine light came on, wrench light came on, and oil light came on. I pulled over to the side of the road and started my car again. How many complaints need to be filed before action is taken????? there is obviously a problem not only with the Focus models but with all of Fords throttle bodies! is this going to be another Chrysler monstrosity?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 11/25/2011

While idling, my car is turning off. It also does so when attempting to accelerate after shifting the car from p to d. Initially the gas cap light on the dashboard signaled. I replaced the cap, and the check engine light was illuminated afterwards. Now, the car is turning off completely while idling and only the check engine light is lit.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 11/14/2011

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the check engine light illuminated and there was an increase in engine rpms as the vehicle stalled. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 400. Updated 12/07/11.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

I was driving my Ford Focus on the highway, running approx. 55 mph. All at once a wrench light came on in my car, and my car decelerated to approx. 10 mph. I pulled it off of the road shut the car off and restarted it, and the car ran fine the rest of the way home. Since then it has happened multiple times, without warning. I took the car to my Ford dealer shortly after the first occurance, and was told that since the wrench light wasnt on they couldnt tell me what the problem was. Yesterday, the car did it again, but this time the engine light came on and stayed on. I took it to advance to have the code read, and was told it coded out a (tac) throttle actuator control failure. I have several friends that also drive Focus' and they all tell me that theirs is doing the same thing. I was wondering if you could get Ford to recall this problem. I have also researched on the internet and found that they are also having this issue with the mustang, f-150, and f-250 to name a few. Thanks for your help.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 08/15/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. When the vehicle stopped it began to shake. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle stopped. Approximately one month later a check engine light began illuminating on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was told that the engine was misfiring. The contact was later told that the failure was within the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,200 and the current mileage was 101,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 07/22/2010

The check engine light came on suddenly on my 2002 Ford Focus. Immediately, I took it to the Ford dealership. The technician couldn't find a problem , the check engine light wouldn't come on. Therefore, nothing could be done. They didn't understand why. Within in week, the engine light came back on. This time there was a miss in the engine and it was running rough. Now, the Ford dealership mechanic told me my Focus se had a dropped valve and in the #4 cylinder. Inorder to fix the problem, the head of the engine had to be removed to see if the dropping of the valve had caused serious damage to the engine. Because the scheduled required maintenance,I. E oil changes, according to Ford instructions for my Ford Focus, I thought the engine would last. After this event, I became curious about Ford Focus' engines. Was this an isolated mechanical flaw? or was it an engine defect? from my research, this type engine failure appears to be from a defect in the design of the 2. 0 liter efi spi type of engines. For years, I thought the Ford Focus was a great product to have because of its reliability, if you complied with scheduled maintenance of the vehicle. It appears that I was wrong. The cost of repair for a well-maintain Focus engine $6000. 00. There is a pattern to these engine failures. Should the 2002 Focus be recalled for engine defects? all I know is that quality well-maintain engines shouldn't have dropped valves for no apparent reason. So, it must be some type of engines design defect.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 06/15/2008

The car's check engine light came on and started stalling, had it checked and was told that the car was only running on 3 cylinders and was recommended to put an additive in the engine to try to loosen up stuck valves. . . A week after that the car, we were driving the car, parked it for about an hour and it wouldn't start. We finally got it started after a few minutes and it sounded like there were rocks in the engine. Had it towed and have not done anything with it because we cannot afford to spend $3000 to repair it and we still owe $5000 on it. We bought it used 3 1/2 years ago. We have found that Ford replaced the cylinder heads on these cars because of the problem but no recall was issued by Ford to prevent further engine damage. We understand that at this point the whole engine would need to be replaced because of damage to the pistons. The person who checked our car said that he had taken the cylinder head cover off and found a broken spark plug which suggests extensive engine damage.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 05/29/2008

My son was driving a 2000 Focus hatchback. Just entered into a jughandle to make a turn engine light and oil lights went on, car locked up and smoke entered inside the car. He was able to get out of the vehicle and car was on fire. Vehicle was totaled in the fire.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 05/01/2008

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact started the ignition and the vehicle made a strange noise. The engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle could not be driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic. The current and failure mileages were 125,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 04/13/2008

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. When the contact started the vehicle, all of the instrument panel lights illuminated as normal, including the check engine light. She stated that the check engine light illuminated a few days after purchasing the vehicle and has remained on ever since. The dealer stated that there was failure with the fuel tank. When the gas tank cap is not secured properly, the check engine light will illuminate. The dealer removed and replaced the gas tank cap and the check engine light dimmed; however, it illuminated again a couple of days later. The last time the contact attempted to start her vehicle, it would not start. She waited a couple of hours and when the vehicle finally restarted, it made a loud rumbling noise. White smoke appeared under the hood and the vehicle failed to restart. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 100,757.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 03/30/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The vehicle would not immediately start, but once it did, it stalled for approximately five minutes. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and they stated that the rotors needed to be changed. The rotors were repaired. Prior to the failure, the check engine light illuminated periodically. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 140,000 and current mileage was 153,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 23
Failure Date: 04/06/2006

: the contact stated the engine light illuminates intermittently. When the accelerator is not depressed, the engine stalls; however the vehicle will restart. The dealership has inspected the vehicle numerous times, but cannot determine the cause of the problem.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 12/22/2005

I was driving my 2001 Ford Focus I just bought from an independent dealer and 3 or 4 days later the engine started stalling out of the blue. I didn't think anything of it until my engine light came on while driving. I got it tested and it said cylinder 2 misfire. I got the spark plugs and wires changed and it didn't do it anymore. Then a week later it started doing it again. This time with my wife driving the kids to a doctor appt. Everything seems to be ok with the car except the stalling. When I turn the ac on the stalling seems worse. I have had the car for 4 months and have tried everything I can to get the problem fixed. But, no one can seem to figure it out. There have been a lot of close calls with accidents.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 25
Failure Date: 10/06/2005

1) rear wheel bearings. . Both needed to be replaced on car with less than 62,000 miles. Ford said not their problem. 2) thermostat housing made out of plastic, needs to be replaced due to cracking (Ford know about this problem will not do a recall). Engine light comes on every 3 months. Will never buy another Ford again. Tired of putting money into what we thought was going to be a good car.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 26
Failure Date: 06/21/2005

When my vehicle shifter is in neutral (I have an automatic trans) and the brake is pressed clusters on the dash illuminate (oil light, check engine light, battery light. ) the engine stalls and I loose power steering and power brakes making the vehicle extremely difficult to stop and steer especially if I am on the freeway doing 65!. It seems to do it most often when I am on the freeway going down a hill in neutral and the brake is pressed.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 27
Failure Date: 05/08/2005

Consumer states: starting to have engine hesitation,loss of power, some surging. The check engine light has been on for a few days. The engine sounds rougher but there is no knocking.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 28
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

2000 Ford Focus died while driving and the engine light illuminated on the dash. Consumer was told that possibly the motor needed to be replaced.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 29
Failure Date: 02/15/2005

The driver heard a humming noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The noise escalated while the vehicle accelerated. Check engine light appeared on the dashboard, and remained on. Then, vehicle stalled. Driver was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that driver's side wheel bearing needed to be replaced due to corrosion. Also, the engine needed a sensor.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 30
Failure Date: 01/18/2005

I drive a 2002 Ford Focus lx. I has appoximatley 56,000 miles. I had brought my car to the dealership to have body work done on the fender. I was told the the repairs were complete, and I left with my car. I was driving down the highway, going fifty five mph, when the engine light came on and the engine just stoped. After we coasted to the shoulder, we push-stared the car and drove directly back to the dealership, who told me that the catalytic converter, and fuel injector lines were broken. This occurs immediatley after I had body work done at the dealership. In fact, it was the same hour of the same day I left !!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 31
Failure Date: 11/10/2004

Events leading up to the failure: check engine light came on has never gone off since, highly increased running noise, engine hesitation that at highway speed it causes the whole car to jerk failure: I took the car in and they told me I needed a new head that Ford had redesigned a new one and it would cost $1000. The one I currently have deposits carbon and will keep doing so until it eventually gives out. The thing that irks me is Ford obviously knew there was a design flaw if they designed a new one, therefore I feel they should be covering this. Corrections: none, cannot afford. Will have to drive it until the car gives out.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 32
Failure Date: 11/08/2004

Check engine light appeared on the dashboard. Vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the fuel pump needed to be replaced.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford Focus 33
Failure Date: 04/30/2004

While driving, the check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer managed to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic performed a diagnostic test on vehicle and found that spark plugs and the head of the engine were worn. Mechanic replaced the spark plugs and the head engine.

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