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2012 Ford Focus vs. 2012 Mazda 3: Which One Should I Buy?
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2012 Honda Civic vs. 2012 Ford Focus: Which One Should I Buy?
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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Focus Electric
In 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 range of 76 city miles and...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Personal Trainer
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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Focus
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The Best Used Cars to Buy For a Graduation Gift
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Severe grinding noise when accelerating on right side of front of vehicle. Video of wheel: https://youtu.be/nEgo_9Brw0c
Hi Chris. Thanks for contacting us and posting the video - it's a huge help. Here is the bad news you don't want to hear - it's likely a wheel bearing. They should be replaced in pairs, so you'll want...
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New brake pads worn down twice in a month ruining new rotor
Hi there. Thanks for taking time to contacting us today. There are typically three reasons why brake pads will wear excessively as you've described. First, if the wrong components are used or installed incorrectly, if the brake calipers are not...
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2001 focus crank no start, engine light is on, cannot hear fuel pump, scanned car and no codes found, is the fuel pump still bad?
Hey Dion. Thanks for the question tonight. In most cases a when a fuel pump is not working, but not indicating an OBD-II trouble code, it's mechanical. Most trouble codes related to the fuel pump indicate electrical faults. It's possible...
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2015 Ford Focus, transmission overheating light comes on
If you are getting a message stating that your transmission is overheating, I would strongly recommend checking the transmission fluid level. A low transmission fluid level could cause the transmission to overheat and even malfunction. If you find that your...
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Won't stay running
Hello, thanks for writing in. If the vehicle was just in an accident then the air bag module will most likely need to be replaced. If the air bags deployed then it is common for this to occur. The module...
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Why is my car having problems starting?
Hey there. This may be related to to a variety of things. When your Check Engine Light comes on, generally there are fault codes that are registered in the car's computer which will indicate more specifically some of the possible...
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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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Vibration sound!
Hi, thanks for writing in. I believe that the most likely cause of your issue would be a faulty engine mount. This seems to be somewhat of a common problem on the Ford Focus. The engine mounts are made of...
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Thermostat has gone bad
It is possible that your brakes may be stuck. If this happens, you will have trouble accelerating, and there will be no Check Engine Light. I would ask for assistance from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to come to...
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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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Steering wheel is locked up and key won't turn.
Hi there. Try turning the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key in the ignition. There is a steering wheel lock inside the steering column that could be bent or broken if the ignition switch will...
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Squealing noise?!
Hey there. You have a binding accessory on the engine like the A/C compressor or pulley, power steering pump, or an idler pulley. You should first test the computer to see if the power steering pressure switch is activating by...
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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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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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Radiator is leaking
Hello! The origin of leaks can sometimes be difficult to see when they run. A qualified technician will perform a cooling system pressure test, which will show exactly where the leak is coming from. Hoses, thermostat and the radiator, are...
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Power steering has stopped working
Your car has Electronic Power Steering Assist (EPSA). In this system, the EPSA module takes inputs from various sensors, and uses that information to control a reversible motor inside the power steering rack. The main input to the EPSA module...
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Lights not working
Hi. In some vehicles, all these lights are controlled by the dimmer switch. The switch may be part of your headlight switch, or it can just be attached to the headlamp switch. This is something that requires electrical wiring diagrams...
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Instrument Cluster Lights Come on and Off
This may be related to a short or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly, this may cause the...
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Inside edge of tires wearing out too fast
There is a technical bulletin from the manufacture to check the alignment camber, and if the camber is out of specification, replace the right rear lower control arm to correct the alignment. As far as the other tires, you should...

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