Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises Problems of Ford Focus

Ford Focus owners have reported 21 problems related to engine clicking and tapping noises (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.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 08/03/2017

I have a check engine light that is on found out its a evap leak gas gauge not working ran out of gas can not put gas on gas tank with a gas can if I try it pours out the bottom when I start vehicle it shudders and wants to die out on me lack of power when I press on the gas pedal and ticking sound in engine also door latch on passenger back door does not unlock unless I push the button unlock 2 or 3 times.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2016 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 04/19/2017

After purchasing this car on 3/7/2017 with 1,909 miles on it. I noticed extensive body damage the next morning which was unbeknownst to me since I purchased it in the evening time. I notified my dealer only to find out that were aware of the pre existing damages! I was then instructed to bring it in for repairs and was even charged for the cost of the rental coverage! my vehicle began giving me transmission problems on 4/19/2017, it hesitates to accelerate while in motion and when it finally gets to the speed I desire it jerks at take off. Also, when I start the engine it makes a loud popping sound from the exhaust pipes, I took it in for service on 4/24/17 and once it was released to me it was making the same noises the very next morning. A service advisor from the dealership explained to me that my vehicle had transmission issues.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 12/13/2016

We purchased a vehicle on 09/03/2016 from grass valley auto wholesale brokers, grass valley, CA. The vehicle was making a ticking noise and seemed to have a power issue, it kept losing it. The next day I called the lot and told them. They said they had it checked out and not to worry. I did. It kept happening sporadically. I had a 3 month/3k miles warranty. After calling the lot again, I relayed the same symptoms the car was having. I wanted to know did they think if it could be a transmission issue, could be, was the answer I got. . In November I took the vehicle into jr's transmission, came recommended. They serviced the transmission, it was good. It was still happening. Two days ago, coming off a stoplight, I put the gas down and it made a loud knock . I hobbled to the corner, approx 100 yards. It was towed to the auto lot suggested mechanic, who probably worked on the vehicle in the beginning. He told me it needs a new engine. When I called grass valley wholesale auto brokers, the owners son, who is also a salesman there, told me we will work something out. Maybe my dad could take care of half of (referring to the anticipated cost of repairs). Today, the owner would not talk to me, nor answer the phone. I left a message with the owners son. I havent heard back. I sought out help to remedy this issue straight away from the dealer and repair but the dealer brushed me off. That was when my warranty was in effect. Now im two weeks out of warranty. They should had checked the vehicle when I had originally wanted answers about what was causing it. As according to the owner, his mechanic knows his cars inside and out.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 11/03/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While stopped at an intersection, the vehicle shut off and lost all power without warning. The contact heard a clicking noise from the steering rack. The contact called roadside assistance; however, the vehicle restarted after the tow truck driver shook the battery a couple of times. The contact drove home. The failure recurred a few days later and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was a recall for NHTSA campaign number: 05v030000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer stated that there was no recall for the failure and referred the contact to NHTSA to file a complaint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 06/08/2014

I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus less than a year ago and have had trouble ever since. I have had my car in repaired once for the transmission issues accelerating and coasting. My car is shaking and hesitating with any type of acceleration. The car is making a clunking noise when driving, turning corners and braking. I am beyond disappointed with the quality of the 2012 Focus. I dropped my car off at the dealer and wanted it looked ASAP. I also contacted Ford directly about my concerns, they informed me about the dual clutch transmission as a reason for the drive (an excuse I have heard numerous times from the dealer). After a couple days the service department called to let me know they had looked it over and everything seemed fine. They later test drove it and he informed me that everything looks great and that the way my car is driving is just the way these Focus' drive due to the double clutch transmission. He informed me that it tends to drive the way I was describing if people have a "light foot", if I would drive with a "heavier foot" or "accelerate faster" it most likely wouldn't have these issues. When I brought up the instance where the car shook and made a large clunk when I turned it off, he stated that it was probably a "fluke". It is very discouraging that I am told that this is just how the Focus vehicles are going to be. I emailed Ford about the results and have not heard back. I picked up my car and it still drives jerky and the clunking noise is even louder. I dropped it off with 40,618 miles and picked it up with 40,630 miles. I think it is frustrating that it is deemed as a standard drive with a 12 mile trip. I am disappointed that I am expected to hit the gas harder to hopefully have a somewhat less jerky drive. . . Not sure how to do that in parking lots and neighborhoods. I do not feel that I have a safe quality vehicle and don't know what to do next.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 05/31/2014

Car's transmission felt sluggish (hesitate to accelerate) after 15-20 minutes of low-speed driving (0-10mph) in a traffic jam. Ten minutes later, engine stalled on freeway at 70mph. Tachometer dropped to 0 and speedometer displayed was 0. Car restarted, and continued to be driven for 15 minutes. Gear disengaged when turning into a parking space, car rolled backwards. Power did resume after 2 seconds while constantly giving gas. Restarted the car after around 30 minutes, car stalled again few minutes later. Engine would not restart instantly. Only clicking noise was heard in the engine bay when turning keys. Waited 10-15 minutes to restart. Car accelerated to 70mph before stalling again after 1-2 minutes. Gear indicator was flashing. When the car stalled, engine raved with lost of power for 1-2 seconds. Car felt like in neutral even shifter was in drive. Tachometer then dropped to 300rpm and never rav again. Car was pulled over. The cycle of stalling and restart repeated 5-6 times until I arrived home. The next day car was drivable again (I only have a 5-mile commute). Similar troubles occurred three weeks ago when car was totally disabled after 20-30 minutes parking lot driving. Car hardly restart and refuse to go into gear. Gear indicator constantly blinked. I previously thought the issues were related to the usage of s gate, where it happened for two instance. There are 3 occurrences of similar troubles. First time was about a month ago when car refused to start, but it was perfectly drivable again after being cool down for a night. Towed to dealer but problem could not be duplicated. The reason that prompts me to write this report is due the lost of power on freeway which I believe is a safety related issue. Also, there doesn't seem to be a trouble code in the computer, which makes it hard for dealers to diagnose the problem.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 01/30/2014

I bought this car brand new. I'm a single mom with a tight budget so I was looking for a very dependable car. I started noticing accelleration problems after the first few weeks of buying the car. When I would go drive up the ramp on to the freeway, I wasn't able to speed up with the flow of traffic. This caused extreme saftely issues as drivers would honk and get backed up because I wasn't able to accelerate. I also noticed a clicking sound when within the first few seconds of accelerating after a stop. It sounded like something was loose or broken in the engine. My mom came to visit after 2 months of having the car. She drove the car and said this doesn't seem right, take it in. So I brought it to my Ford dealer. I said this car does not drive safe. I don't feel safe driving with my 5 year old daughter. They said they would fix it at no cost. They had the car for 10 days. Once I got the car back, I still noticed some of the same problems, but the mechanic told me "it will take about 1000 miles more before the engine starts to run normal. " that wasn't very satisfying to hear. Presently, I still have the car. It still has safety issues. I don't drive long distances in it, because I don't feel safe. I am very disappointed with Ford motor company. I've saved up hard earned money to have a dependable/safe car for my daughter and I and I have the exact opposite. I will never purchase a Ford again.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 06/04/2013

The car makes horrible noises when in low a low speed. It hesitates. It makes horrible crunching noises. It has been to the dealer many times. They always say that they hear it, but that it is not a problem. The vehicle has stopped in the middle of the road. Now, in September 2015, I have received a software update program 15b22 which is extending my warranty. Ford already agreed to extend my warranty in 2013 because of my complaints. However, that documentation does not show up in the Ford oasis system, but mr. Ford's office assures me that if I show them the letter, it will honored. I have all of the back up material from 2013 including phone logs. I believe this is a safety hazard that can only be corrected with replacing the entire transmission at no cost to the customer. I am very afraid the vehicle will stall in the middle of rushing traffic. It has stalled in the middle of the road already. I made mr. Ford's office aware of this, also. I would never pass this car onto my child or a relative, and I will feel guilty when I am able to finally trade it in an buy a new vehicle. The car should not be on the road.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 03/29/2012

Within a month of purchase, the vehicle has been "shuddering" I have reported this to the dealership every time I sent it in for service and all they tell me is "it is normal, you have to get used to it. Its the new transmission technology of Ford. " I cant believe that after 2yrs and 17k miles on it that it is still exhibiting the same problem and there has been no resolution to it. May I know until when am I going to wait? another problem that just came up- I have witnessed a loud sound coming from the speaker. Seems like a thunder/cracking noise. My husband has heard it twice. It is a very loud sound. It scared me when I heard it the first time.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 08/03/2011

Vehicle failed to start after completing a 30 minute drive and being turned off for about 5 minutes. Clicking noises like starter failing to engage or low battery ensued. When hood was lifted and battery cover removed and cables and connections were inspected, it was observed that the positive cable off the back of the positive battery harness was exposed, the insulation being almost completely melted. The exposed wires showed signs of fraying and burning. After attempting to jump start the vehicle about 3 times and waiting about 20 minutes, the vehicle started. The vehicle was driven about 20 miles to a service station and inspected by their mechanics. It was decided for safety reasons(fire hazard) to leave vehicle. In 45 years I have never known a battery cable to melt even though I have had bad connections, corroded terminals and harness to the battery and even bad starters. All of the above reasons were the only solutions offered to me.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 03/18/2009

It started with a ticking noise I could hear when it just idled, then I got home started it back up and it made a loud noise like something had fallen into the engine. I shut the car off and then we had somebody look at it they said there was no compression in the # 4 piston. They had said something had fallen off the piston and made a bunch of dents and dangs so now we have to replace the engine. It is in my driveway now waiting to be repaired.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2004 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 03/18/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. While starting the vehicle, the contact heard a ticking noise coming from the engine. The spark plugs were replaced to remedy the issue, but the failure remained. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the number four cylinder had no pressure and the piston was destroyed. The contact was informed that the engine would have to be replaced. No repairs have been performed and the contact is waiting for an estimate for the repair cost. The manufacturer stated that the warranty was expired and no compensation would be provided. The failure and current mileages were 120,000.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 03/04/2007

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. The contact hears metal grinding from the front driver side when making a left turn. He stated that the brakes have been replaced twice, but are still squeaking. When he releases the clutch and shifts into neutral, he hears a knocking sound. The contact stated that the engine makes a ticking sound as if it will explode. The dealer has been unsuccessful in diagnosing and repairing all of these failures. The repairs usually last approximately 3-4 weeks before the failures recur. The contact requested that the dealer replace his vehicle with a new vehicle. The speed was unknown. The current mileage was 14,701 and failure mileage was 300.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 08/18/2005

Caller said that the vehicle started making a clanking noise. The vehicle stalled and would not start. Vehicle was on a road that had no emergency lane to pull over. Vehicle was towed to caller's house, and was still leaking oil. A mechanic said the engine blew out. Manufacturer said there was no recalls, and caller's warranty expired. Dealer said to bring to bring vehicle but she would have to pay for any repairs herself. Caller had a tune up 2 weeks ago.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 08/25/2004

I had experienced a loss in acceleration and my car stalled. I started the vehicle again, it ran for about one mile and then it stalled again, this time there was a clicking noise from the engine. I could not get it started again and I called for a tow to the dealership. After they ran some tests and took apart the engine, they found that a valve had broken in the cylinder and damaged the piston and the head/head gasket. The car is a 2001 Ford Focus that I had purchased new and I dont understand how this could have happened to the engine since it is less than 3 and â½ years old.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 03/10/2004

While driving at 35 mph consumer heard a pinging sound coming from the engine compartment. Several moments later consumer heard a loud popping sound and the engine died. Consumer found out that the engine had thrown a rod through the engine block.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 06/15/2003

I have been hearing funny clunking noises from the motor at highway speeds and more recently the engine cuts out when driving, almost like it slipped out of gear. People have looked at it but they says its fine, its done it 4 times already and its kind of getting old.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 03/28/2001

Servere bucking/jolting a steady speeds, when a/c is turned on, when slowing down, when stopping, and when shifting gears. Radio turns off by itself, gets loud by itself, and sometimes, you can't turn it off. Popping noises when putting into gear. Grinding noises and knocking noises when driving. Car vibrate uncontrolably at times. When increasing speeds, car wants to stall out and not shift gears. Almost lost control serval times because of jolting problem. Ford doesn't care, doesn't want to fix and has refused to contact us after 2 certified letters were sent.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 12/01/2000

When accellerating fast either from stop or while shifting into second gear. . . Engine makes a clunking sound. Took it to the dealership and the technician said to be a motor mount. He said it wasnt stiff enough, but that new ones would elicit same occcurrance. Car does not have to be driven hard to get clunking sound. Dissatisfied with reaction and lack of action.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 08/23/2000

Consumer heard ticking noise in engine area when decelerating engine in park. Nlm.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 04/25/2000

Engine making ticking sound, dealer did not look into it, just replaced engine, the day I got the car back, it was making a squealing noise, take car back next day, after removing transmission, and leaving me without a car for another day, they realized they forgot to hook up a hose, now car is making a grinding noise only when clutch is not pushed in, noise stops when you push the clutch in, car going back in a few days.

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