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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Focus
The 2012 Ford Focus brings a lot to the world of compact cars. Available as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Focus has great fuel efficiency and European styling that...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Focus Electric
In 2012, the Ford Focus Electric model went a step farther than other eco-friendly cars. Instead of creating another hybrid model, Ford chose to offer a fully electric vehicle with a very impressive...
2012 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2012 Ford Focus: Which One Should I Buy?
The Hyundai Elantra and the Ford Focus are both offerings in the inexpensive compact sedan category, and both represent some of the best offerings in that class. Compact cars are slightly larger than a subcompact, but smaller than...
2012 Ford Focus vs. 2012 Mazda 3: Which One Should I Buy?
Compact sedans and hatchbacks provide a great ride on a budget, with the evolution from a stodgy, unattractive exterior (and interior!) to a more fully-featured trim set and exterior design. Driving enjoyment is improved throughout the class, which...
2012 Honda Civic vs. 2012 Ford Focus: Which One Should I Buy?
One of the best ways to cope with pain at the gas pump is to look at downsizing your vehicle, and today’s compact cars are a great option that allow you to keep the space that you need...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Personal Trainer
As a personal trainer, you either operate out of a gym, or you go to your clients. Either way, you probably don’t have to haul any more gear than what fits...
The Best Used Cars to Buy for Teenagers
If you’ve decided that you’re ready to purchase a used car for your teenager, then you’re probably pretty picky about what you’re looking for. Likely affordability, safety, and fuel economy are high...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Skier
When summer ends, skiers start thinking about hitting the hills, and that means having to contend with winter driving conditions. Not just any vehicle is going to get the job done. We have evaluated several used ski-worthy vehicles,...
The Best Used Cars to Buy For a Graduation Gift
Your little bundle of joy has grown up and on the cusp of entering adulthood. Graduating is a milestone, and you want to reward their hard work and show how proud...

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I have the regular dual clutch automatic in a 2016 Ford Focus 2.0 and my question is: Can I engage the "downhill" button while accelerating?
Hi there. You can push the downhill button, but not when accelerating. This will not damage the transmission, but it may damage the brake system. The downhill button function works with your vehicle’s existing braking systems to block you from...
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The car won't start
There are several possible causes for a vehicle to crank and not start. There could be a bad fuel pump, faulty plugs, bad timing belt/chain, faulty ignition, failed camshaft/crankshaft sensor, or any number of other possible causes. It would first...
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My power steering is making a ridiculous noise, and it has for some time now.
If you have a noisey power steering pump when turning and replacement pump did the same noise then you need to remove the pump reservoir and check the inside screen to see if it is plugged up with dirt and...
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Rough idle
Hi There, A rough idle may be caused by many different things such as low fuel pressure, low voltage to the fuel injectors, dirty fuel injectors, a vacuum leak, a faulty Oxygen sensor or a dirty or failing idle air...
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Car won't stop making noises and jerking .
The rough running circumstance you are describing is often a consequence of multiple faults in ignition, fuel, and air induction, not to mention the possibility of low or uneven cylinder compression. Just as a for instance, you could have uneven...
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How do I know if my battery is dying?
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a weak battery that may need to be replaced. This can be verified by having one of our mechanics come to your location to test your battery's strength to determine whether or...
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Would a coolant temperature sensor cause the car not to start
A coolant sensor is capable to give a temperature feedback from neg 40 degrees to above 280 degrees. If the sensor is reading too high of temperature when compared to the ambient air temperature sensor when first started then the...
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New brake pads are making a repeating/clicking noise while in reverse.
The brake pads may not have been cleaned off good. The pads may need to be replaced if they got grease soaked. The brakes should be inspected for rotor burnish from the pads grease that was on the pads. You...
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Noise
It sounds like you may have some sort of short in your lighting circuit. This short could be related to the radio. Sometimes when other circuits are activated and have shorts to the radio, you will often times hear some...
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Miss fire p0304, p0316
Hi there. An oil leak can definitely add to a misfire concern and needs to be addressed as well as the spark plugs that are oil soaked to determine if they compromised. A flashing check engine light is telling us...
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Catalyst system Efficiency - P0420 - 2010 Ford Fusion.
Hello and thank you for contacting Your Mechanic. For the code P0420 to come on, there could be a lot of issues that could arise to a non functioning catalytic converter. Before you decide to replace the catalytic converter, consider...
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Over heating
Hi There, Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the...
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Buying a specific car
There are a few items to keep in mind. In terms of recalls, some 2004-05 Focus models were recalled to add a lower rocker seal and have the rear door latches inspected or repaired because of possible corrosion. You can...
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Brakes squealing
This circumstance is not unusual and I suspect is often related to the use of non-OEM rotors and brake pads and also the failure to re-apply factory specified shims and/or appropriate anti-squeal compounds and lubricants. Unfortunately, once non-OEM parts and...
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Replaced a timing belt and timing belt tensioner pulley. Still wont run. Why?
If you broke the timing belt while driving then you may have bent the valves. You should have the engine compression checked to see if you are loosing compression due to bent valves. If compression is low then have cylinders...
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Broken down , ford have checked the car and advised new head gasket , 2 new pistons and new engine because something has leaked
Hi...you should obtain a second opinion. In particular, based on you account, please note that if a shop sells you a "new engine" that engine would already include "pistons" and the head gasket would already be installed if what they...
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Diagnostic test
The diagnostic connector is located on the left lower side of the dash behind a small cover that can be opened and hinges down. Pull down cover to open.
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Rad fluid under my car
A leak of engine coolant would never be considered normal. If you are seeing coolant under your vehicle, you have a coolant leak. The best way to determine where the leak is coming from is to pressure test the cooling...
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Overheats at idle, too cool while driving.
Hi there. What diagnostic tests were performed on those parts before replacement? What were the results vs. the specifications? It almost sounds like either a coolant temperature sensor fault (there should be more than one) or a controller/computer fault. If...
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serpentine belt keeps breaking
The belt is either too tight or too loose, pulleys (including that on the harmonic balancer), the tensioner, and accessories are out of plane, and/or the belt driven accessories are binding, that is they are not turning freely because the...

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