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A quick review of consumer complaints in the NHTSA database shows a substantial number of steering system complaints for the 2014 Focus. Inasmuch as steering malfunctions are safety related, you can file a complaint with NHTSA as well. To address...
shuddering of car from a complete stop
Hi Nicole. Thanks for contacting us today. Sometimes a vibration while accelerating is caused by worn out engine mounts, a vacuum leak or even fuel system/ignition system component failures. This is something that is best diagnosed by a professional mechanic...
Is it better to replace engine or what is the alternative for bent valves from bronken timing change on an interchangeable engine?
You may be able to locate a used engine for a lot less than replacing the heads and rebuilding the engine you have. It will be a lot less labor to replace engine also. You may save up to $1500....
I busted my headlights on the left side of my 2003 ford explorer. How much will it cost to fix it?
Hi Laquashia. Thanks for contacting us today. I've forwarded your question to our sales and service department for review, so they can determine if we're able to provide you with an estimate to replace the headlight on your Ford Explorer...
Can I replace the non-heated side mirror on my 2007 ford fusion with a heated one? Is it the same connection?
Hi Scott. Thanks for contacting us today. It's hard to tell you for certain whether or not the replacement heated mirrors will be 100% compatible with your current Fusion. If it's an OEM component, then it's quite possible you need...
On my 2009 Ford Escape, the steering wheel vibrates/shakes harshly when car is turned on & continues while in P, D, R, N, all gear
Hi Tiffany. Thanks for contacting us today. There are several moving parts that comprise the steering and suspension system on your Ford Escape. One or a few of them could be loose or damaged and be causing this issue. However,...
Engine "Locks" Periodically
Confirm that the engine turns freely by hand, using an appropriate socket and wrench on the crankshaft pulley bolt. There are specified (published) turning resistances, with spark plugs removed, but you can feel by hand. If the engine turns over...
Reverse light flashers with blinker
The reverse light circuit has its own ground. Unless the bulb polarity has been reversed (anywhere in the circuit), the bulb is being powered at the bulb socket via the hot wire (the wiring diagram will let you know which...
Motion sensors for accident avoidance gives false positives
Be sure all sensor elements are clean and unobstructed. According to surveying carried out by "Consumer Reports", the Ford system is among the more reliable in the industry so, based on your description, the accident avoidance system is malfunctioning. The...
Taurus accelerator issue
Hi Leonard. Thanks for contacting us today. What you're describing might be due to excessive carbon deposits stuck in the throttle body. This can cause the throttle blades to stick slightly. It's also possible that the throttle body itself is...
why does my transmission shift hard from 2nd to 3rd
Hi Samuel. Thanks for contacting us tonight. In this case, I would tend to agree with the transmission specialist. The 2009 Ford Fusion and Focus (along with a few other years) are notorious for having a rather aggressive shifting automatic...
Hi, I just replaced the alternator and now I’m driving and it’s not changing gears, ford diesel...helpp
Hi Letty. Thanks for contacting us tonight. If you've completed the alternator replacement yourself, and have a professional digital scanner, I would start by downloading any stored error codes as it's possible that your transmission has entered a 'limp mode',...
I hear water coming from behind the dashboard
Hi Georgina. Thanks for contacting us today. What you are describing is one of the more difficult items to explain, diagnose and repair. It's possible that an inner seal that protects the firewall/dash from outer exposure is damaged, causing water...
I need a part identified
The part in the picture looks like it is the PIP sensor also called cam sensor. The sensor is located in the top of the engine in front of intake manifold and is used to provide a cam signal to...
I have a 2001 ford escape and when I push on the accelerator it doesn't take off like it should, the engine light is on.
Hi Sonya. Thanks for contacting us today. The check engine light is illuminated when the ECU detects an error within a mechanical or electrical system. This code will likely pinpoint the source fo the acceleration error you're experiencing. It's probably...
I just replaced my lower control arm on the passenger aide of my 2002 ford escape and now after doing that my steering wants to je
The problem sounds like the steering rack and pinion mounts are worn and causing the entire rack and pinion to shift side to side. Check and replace the mounts for rack and get alignment.
My fob batery is new but i cannot open my call
Hi March. Thanks for contacting us today. There are two reasons why this is likely happening. Either the battery is installed backward, or the key fob needs to be reprogrammed. You can refer to your owner manual of your 2002...
Impossible to find budget heads for a 4.6?
Hi George. Thanks for contacting us today. Unfortunately, this really isn't our cup of tea or area of expertise. We focus only on OEM repairs, maintenance and service tips. You would be better served to contact a Ford performance mechanic...
Traction Control light cuts on and off and my car will not accelerate over 40mph
If the traction control light has come on, there may be stored trouble codes and those codes will help resolve this. The loss of power you are experiencing may just be coincidental to the rear brake work. If the rear...

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