Wiring Problems of Ford Focus - part 1

Ford Focus owners have reported 98 problems related to wiring (under the electrical system 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   Wiring problem of the 2016 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 10/27/2018

I have a 2016 Ford Focus hatchback every time when it rains hard or when I have the car washed water is getting into the wiring underneath the taillights shorting out the wiring I smelling burnt wiring the left taillight is out, the right brake light stays on, the right rear red turn signal is out,the left front side running light is out, the right front side turn signal is out. This car is a 100% lemon!.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2006 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 07/12/2018

Rear hatch wiring harness has frayed wires and can cause a fire there is rubbing against wiring harness from the rubber boot covering it. These wires are live and cause a fire and are always on due to connection to all rear electrical components. I found this out when trying to figure out why my rear hatch would not open unless unlocked with the key.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2018

Stereo will work for about 30 seconds and then there will be a loud popping and high pitched frequency of static, even with rhe radio volume on 0 or with the radio off. Could cause a driver to swerve off the road resulting in a crash or a fire to start from faulty wiring.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 03/28/2018

While driving at 35 mph, the engine stalled without warning & would not restart. Dash displayed "engine fault, service soon. " had vehicle towed to local dealership. Dealer checked the codes and found multiple engine controller faults. Said it was a bad wiring harness. This is a se model with 2. 0 l engine, but Ford has a recall on the st model with 2. 0l engine for the same failure mode and cause (wiring harness). Ford did "participate" in the repair ($250 out of $1500) wiring harness was retained by owner for review and analysis. .

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 09/03/2017

My complaint stems from faulty electrical wiring/ subpar workmanship. My car has developed another wiring harness issue. The rear electrical harnes wires have completely corroded away. The plastic insulation completely cracked leaving the wires exposed and touching each other. This is the second time I have had this issue. The first time it created an issue with the hatch not being able to close properly. The wiring harness was previously replaced( with oem harness) this time the third break light as it is called stopped working completely. . I was stationary when the problem was discovered. I took apart the rear electrical boot after using a bolt meter to test for electrical conductivity at the brake light system. There was no current so I took the next step.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 08/21/2017

I have read many recalls on the wiring issue of the 2013 Ford Focus st model with it stalling out due to faulty wiring. My 2013 Ford Focus se is doing the exact same thing putting my daughter's life at risk every time she gets in it as well as my own and wray Ford in shreveport la says sorry cant help you. . . It's not on the recall since its not an st and you will have to pay for the repairs. This is garbage Ford is not standing behind their product and I am the little guy. This is the second recall for this issue and the se is not being taken care of with the identical issue. Runs fine when driving, but when at a light or stop sign, it shakes, gauges go crazy and then shuts off. I just bought this car and of course when I got it home that's when the issues started. Purchased as is no warranty and of course was not told of the issues but only that I should call to see if there are any recalls. Help! funny thing is that it stalled on me at the red light turning into wray Ford in shreveport.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2016 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 06/05/2017

Rodents ate through wiring effecting emission cable (located at rear of vehicle--just below gas tank)--this had to be replaced costing approx $500. --parts totaled only $15. Labor costs totally ridiculous--.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2016 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 02/06/2017

Rodents chewed through wiring because the wire is made from soybeans. Potential fire hazard. Makes car inoperable. This is a known problem for several years prior to 2016. Manufacturer should have fixed this problem by substituting wiring that does not attract rodents. Manufacturer (Ford) should make this right. The cost of repairs should not be borne by customers.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 12/05/2016

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving, the vehicle lost power. The dealer diagnosed that the vehicle needed the wiring harness replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 08/12/2016

Rodents are eating wires in my motor. I saw on Ford website that they are using soybased wire insulation. There is a class action that has been filed by consumer against Honda. . Who is using same soybased products in their manufacturing car process and has even invented a duct tape coated with a product that should detour rodents from chewing these wires if it is wrapped around the wiring inside the motor. They refuse to cover. . (Ford). . And (Honda) these repairs under our manufactures warranty for defective material. . Which is not fair to us the consumer. It will me. . . Ford said. . . . Over two thousand dollars to repair. This soybased products. . Attract the rodents. . And either should be stopped in the manufacturing of cars. . Or manufacture to be required to. . Replace. . Free of charge. If they repair. . At my expense. . Rodents will only continue to be lured to my cars. . Wiring. . To chew it up again. This could result in fires. . Crashes. . Is very dangerous situation. . Not to mention. . Costly to us the consumer. Honda would not of invented that duct tape. . But they did because they knew darn well that it is attracting rodents. We all want eco friendly products. . But not when it puts consumers. . At grave risk. I have lived at my home for over 25 years. . Never. . Has this happened to me. This is second occurance. First time cost me under three hundred. I do not want this to cost me my or my child's life. . The next time.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 04/29/2016

New dealer maintained 2013 Focus titanium Focus 6 months old about 18000 miles had bad wheel bearing on the drivers side, at 46000 transmission was overhauled due to poor shifting,at120000 catalytic converter failed,at136000 car died due to bad wiring harness and fried several sensors, at 143000 transmission control module failed, at 144000 the transmission module failed again on a 3 year old car.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 03/14/2016

I have a 2013 Focus and on 3/14/16 on my way home on the freeway, my oil & battery light started flickering on and off at the same time and as it did the car was stalling out. I put my 4-way flashers on, slowed down and moved to the right lane as a safety measure. After another few miles both lights came on and stayed on and the car shut down. I pulled over to the berm, waited a few minutes, tried starting, it started and drove home with no issues. I drove to work the next day with no issues. On the way home things started happening again, the car shut down, but this time after waiting a few minutes the car never started. I had it towed to the dealer and they found that a wiring harness was up against the throttle body and wore through the protective insulating tape, then the wires causing the problem. Also, in speaking to the mechanic he said that the bracket the harness was using to keep in place was causing it to be up against the throttle body so he unclipped the bracket. I'm going to call the Ford customer service center to discuss. Another issue was that the "book" said it would take 3 hours, but only took 2. And yes they tried to charge me for the 3. Interesting at $125/ hour, that would be $250/ hour they're making while the mechanic starts on the next car! unbelievable.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2015 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 05/20/2015

The contact owns a 2015 Ford Focus. While driving at various high speeds, the temperature gauge displayed that the vehicle was overheating. The vehicle lost power and the check engine and high temperature warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where unknown sensors and wiring were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 03/26/2015

The Ford zxw wagon's liftgate wiring harness had frayed inside the rubber housing at the junction where the gate pivots between the car body and liftgate. The wires shorted which caused the electric gate release to open at 70mph, while driving straight on a freeway. The liftgate rose up, opening the back of the cargo area to traffic. Luckily freeway speed winds kept it from completely opening, but when slowed to 30mph it went straight up. I'm lucky I had no children or animals in the back cargo area. And the fellow drivers on the road were lucky nothing shifted and fell out. The liftgate refused to latch after this point, making driving the car safely impossible. In researching the cause and repair, I noticed several forums where an identical problem with Ford's design was posted. The replacement bill at a Ford dealership was around $1,200, not including my time lost to research, repair, or finding alternative means of transportation for my business purposes. This is dangerous, potentially life threatening, and unfortunately, not fixed. The mechanics at Ford said the replacement part is the same as what was original. This will likely happen again.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 01/05/2015

*ongoing *please see original complaints # 10473215 and #10670375* long history of transmission repairs since purchase. Latest repair on 1/5/2014 was to replace malfunctioning tcm. When getting car back from service, odd noise and hesitation upon starting. Service manager attempted to start. Symptoms of tcm malfuntion again, and then complete loss of power. Service states that chafed wiring was found under driver seat, causing new tcm to malfunction and then shorting out all power in vehicle. After hearing odd noise upon starting, I was very close to driving car out onto very busy highway. . . Decided to turn car off instead and seek help from service manager. I am the only driver of this vehicle and I very rarely move the seat. I was told by service that moving the seat on 1/5/2015 caused the chafed wiring to short out the power in the car. I never moved the seat when I got into my car during pickup. This is very frightening and dangerous! I was just reading that chafed wiring can result in fire, also! these vehicles are putting many people at risk of injury or death. Please help the affected Ford Focus customers to get them recalled, as Ford will not help. I have filed 3 claims with Ford and I cannot even get a call back from them. Told that I don't meet the guidelines for buyback or replacement. Very afraid to drive my car, especially now since the weather is bitter cold and have already been stranded in freezing weather with sleet on 1/3/2015 because of tcm failure. Please help!!.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 01/01/2015

2013 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to loss of power while driving. The consumer stated a new transmission was installed and failed. The vehicle began to violently shake. The transmission was rebuilt and the clutch repaired.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 12/13/2014

Hatch switch failed . Ghost electrical problem having wiper come on at times. Wiring harness inside rubber boot located where hinges between hatch and vehicle body develope bare and broken wires. Found this after checking all fuses and switches. This is apparently common as seen on you tube and seems to have been previously reported. Please reply as to why there has been no recall. Surely dealers have encountered this defect. Like one individual said his dog could have flew out the rear going 70. Not to mention fire. Mine blew no fuses.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 11/13/2014

Wiring inside of boot to the hatchback (liftgate), powering the third brake light, lock for hatchback, and rear wiper is broken causing shorts.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 10/07/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Ford Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag wiring and clock spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Ss.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the warning indicators did not illuminate on the dashboard. The failure occurred numerous of times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and recommended the replacement of the faulty wiring. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate mileage was 162,600.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

2001 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to electrical system failure. The consumer stated the vehicle was a lemon. Over the past 2 years alone, he has spent $2,000 in non-routine repairs. Every time there was an issue, the vehicle was taken to the repair shop for the problem, but was never fully fixed. On one occasion, the vehicle started smoking and the wiring caught on fire. . The consumer was informed, the vehicle needed all new wiring, after the dash lights and tail lights went out 3 times. Also, the cruise control and all the lights inside the vehicle stopped working.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 02/04/2014

Decklid wiring harness can fatigue and develop broken wires in the bend area of the hinge. Similar to NHTSA recall id# 00v411000. Consequences: this could result in either a loss of individual lamp functions, or in the case of a short of the broken wires that causes a fuse to open, in the loss of stop lamp or tail lamp function. Loss of stop lamp or tail lamp function could increase the risk of a crash.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 23
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...

car image   Wiring problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 10/25/2013

Rear taillight bulb blows out as if an electrical short in wiring. Bulb will look black, even the socket has black discoloration. This has been an on-going problem since we purchased car in 2009 with both the left and right rear tail lights. To date I have replaced about 15-20 bulbs to the extent I purchased two (2) boxes of bulbs a socket wrench and correct socket to keep in car to replace bulbs each time it happens.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 25
Failure Date: 10/20/2013

Entered on 10/20/2015 at 13:36:31 edt (gmt-0400) by a. Zelaya: tl- the contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that his vehicle excessively vibrates intermittently and will fail to hesitates to accelerate . The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated his vehicle was not apart of NHTSA campaign number: 14v495000 (electrical system). The dealer stated that the wiring harness would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mention this was the second time his had to replace this failure. Previously in 2014, the failure had occurred and the vehicle was taken to repaired. The failure mileage was 3,000. Az.


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