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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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Cut out engine rattled then kept going as if never happened
On this engine you may have a problem with the valve seats in the engine coming loose or the variable valve system is not working as it should. If the check engine light is on then have system scanner to...
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won't shift to any gears
Hi there. Is this a manual or automatic transmission? And what diagnostic procedure was performed to determine that the transmission needs to be replaced. Many times I have found there is simply a minor fault somewhere related to the transmission...
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The RPMs are extremely high when I try to shift gears.
Hello, One thing to keep in mind is that there are thee points of reference or sources of signal when the vehicle is shifting gears up or down. These are: the idle control valve, the throttle position sensor and the...
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Heated windscreen
If the broken windshield that was replaced was the original OEM Ford factory installed part and that windshield did not have the complained of "line" or obstruction, then what you are seeing is not "normal". You can check to see...
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Water hose leaking at firewall of 2012 ford focus
Typically, those are molded 5/8 inch ID rubber coolant hoses that are retained by either spring steel clamps or adjustable stainless steel worm drive clamps. Once you remove the hose, even to inspect it, it will not seal well when...
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Rear trailing arms bolts stuck wont undo
Honestly, you have already tried the avenues I would typically try. If heat and leverage are not working, cutting and drilling may be the last resort. Try heat one more time. Heat the bolt area as much as you dare...
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Thumping sound in reverse
Since you are not driving the car much then you may have the rear brake shoes grabbing when you back up. You should have the vehicle checked to make sure the rear brake shoes are in good shape and adjusted...
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My window fell in to my door and won't come back up. Is the window regulator needing to be replaced?
Hi there. That definitely sounds like a failed window regulator. I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to determine why the regulator failed and if there are any other failed parts. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that...
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Cam shaft position sensor
From the information I was able to gather about your vehicle, it looks as though there is a possible difference in the intake camshafts that were used between the 2007 and 2009 model years. It looks like the camshaft in...
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Ford focus battery light on but new battery fitted
Hello there. It is quite possible that you have battery cables that are faulty, a damaged alternator or electrical relay that assists in the battery charging process. It is probably a good idea to have a professional mobile mechanic come...
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Water pump
You do not have to remove or replace the timing belt in order to replace the water pump.
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Car is sputtering when warming up in the morning.
Hi There, If the sputtering only happens when the engine is cold during warm up, this may suggest you have a problem with the cold start injection system. When you start your vehicle in the morning and turn the key...
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Change of rear coil spring
Hi there. On a Ford Focus, typically the spring is replaced with the strut. In order to provide you with an estimate, we need you to request a quote for a suspension spring coils replacement; as we need to get...
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The car vibrates a lot when under 1000 rpm?
Hi there. You may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve that is the source of your problem. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into...
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Battery light is on.
Hi there. Either the drive belt to the alternator is slipping at low rpm's or the alternator is not producing enough voltage and amperage at low rpm's. Check the drive belt tensioner and see if it seems loose and not...
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Fuel filter location - 2006 Ford FOCUS (South Africa model)
Hi there - your mechanic was being straight with you. The fuel filter is attached to the fuel tank on the S. African models, with a seal in between the filter and tank. Getting a proper fit on re-assembly in...
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Oil coming out of spark plug.
Hello. The piece you are referring to is called a valve cover gasket. It sits between the top of the engine as if a piece of cheese would between a bun and a patty to keep the oil from leaking....
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Wire under fusebox burned fuse melted 2003 Ford Focus
Hello - most often, wiring damage is caused by shorts caused when wiring insulation is damaged and cut or worn away. The big charging cable from the alternator to the battery (or the starter cable) has a huge capacity for...
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Air idle control valve bad? Loss of power and sluggish
You should have a second opinion on the part that needs replaced. The engine has a throttle body that is electronic and controls power. There are other sensors involved that can control the loss of power. You should have the...

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