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Old 14th Nov 2009, 21:39   #1
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ford focus problems...

I have a 2001 mark 1 ford focus 1.6 ghia... recently the speedo has been playing up.. where it just suddenly stops workking, drops to 0mph briefly... or when moving away the speedo does not respond.. for a while (several seconds) then starts working again. Does anyone know what could be causing this?
Also my car heater is taking quiet a long time to warm up... over 20 to 30 mins at least till it will start blowing hot air. Can anyone shed anylight on why this would be happening?
This is my first ford.. I never had this kind of problem with my previous car(s), mitsubishi... kinda wishing I had brought another japanese now lol
Thanks in advance guys
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 21:44   #2
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speedo common fault on mk1 focus (google it for fix)
not sure about heater maybe air lock??

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Old 14th Nov 2009, 21:48   #3
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the speedo problem is with the speed sensor my mate had the same problem changed the sensor and it's ok now! i don't know about heating sorry! google ford focus fourms and they should be able to help you more!
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 21:49   #4
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cool, thanks guys
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 21:51   #5
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Is your coolant level ok.
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 22:02   #6
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the last time i check yes.. will check it again tomorrow.. would/could a low coolant level cause this?
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 22:13   #7
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I have a 2001 mark 1 ford focus 1.6 ghia... recently the speedo has been playing up.. where it just suddenly stops workking, drops to 0mph briefly... or when moving away the speedo does not respond.. for a while (several seconds) then starts working again. Does anyone know what could be causing this?
Read my thread: http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/sho...ghlight=speedo

It's a sensor which sits behind the left front wheel. The sensor is located next to the right side of the driveshaft, at the rear of the transmission.
It'll cost 20 for the part and 120 labour if you take it to a garage. If you have 30 minutes, you can replace it yourself for free.

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the last time i check yes.. will check it again tomorrow.. would/could a low coolant level cause this?
No not necessarily. But your heat comes from the coolant running through a mini radiator (heater matrix) in your dash.

I would see if you had a bleed vavle especially for you heater matrix. My old punto had two bleed vavles. One for Rad and one for heater matrix. Worth a try ...lol.

What is the car temperarue like. How long does it take to get to full temp ??? Longer than normal or just normal.
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longer than normal
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 22:28   #10
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could be a problem with the thermostat!
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 22:32   #11
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is that an expensive repair?
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 22:34   #12
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if you do it yourself no the thermostat cost under a tenner! it will cost more if yoiu take it to the garage!
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Old 14th Nov 2009, 22:44   #13
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I would also go for thermostat stuck open.
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Old 15th Nov 2009, 00:26   #14
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I have a 2001 mark 1 ford focus 1.6 ghia... recently the speedo has been playing up.. where it just suddenly stops workking, drops to 0mph briefly... or when moving away the speedo does not respond.. for a while (several seconds) then starts working again. Does anyone know what could be causing this?
Also my car heater is taking quiet a long time to warm up... over 20 to 30 mins at least till it will start blowing hot air. Can anyone shed anylight on why this would be happening?
This is my first ford.. I never had this kind of problem with my previous car(s), mitsubishi... kinda wishing I had brought another japanese now lol
Thanks in advance guys
I have the exact same problem with ours. It's a 1998-99 Focus so pretty old and needed to look in to it tonight actually, weird that you posted this heh.

On ours though, the speedo not only drops along with the car then feeling sluggish but also the dash display goes to multiple lines of ------- and then after a while cuts out completely. Sometimes it's out for 3 minutes, sometimes for half an hour befor it suddenlt just wakes up an carries on like normal, it's a right pain!
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Old 15th Nov 2009, 01:11   #15
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I had this problem, speedo and sluggish performance for a few seconds before the speedo returned to normal. Change the speed sensor and problem fixed. It is a very common fault.

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Old 15th Nov 2009, 09:15   #16
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Same issue on mine cost, a think about 85 including part and fitting, just be aware I was told by the garage they can seize in place and its not easy to get to if you're doing it yourself,
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Does it take 20~30 minutes for the temperature guage to get up to normal too, or is it just the heater?
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Does it take 20~30 minutes for the temperature guage to get up to normal too, or is it just the heater?
It takes the 20-30 mins for the temp gauage to get to normal too
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It takes the 20-30 mins for the temp gauage to get to normal too
Thermostat stuck open - especially if it doesn't hold it at the right temperature, getting cooler when you're doing motorway speeds.
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Old 15th Nov 2009, 14:44   #20
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so new thermostat as well as speed sensor then
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Old 15th Nov 2009, 14:47   #21
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Yup - shouldnt be expensive though
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Old 15th Nov 2009, 21:21   #22
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Thermostat stuck open - especially if it doesn't hold it at the right temperature, getting cooler when you're doing motorway speeds.
thanks, by the way the temp gauge goes down when i turn the heater on.. though still blowing hot air
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It will - the air blowing over the matrix will cool the coolant down a bit. Normally the thermostat would close to maintain the temperature
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Old 16th Nov 2009, 13:36   #24
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Thanks, i checked the coolant level i have enough coolant in the car.. well over the min level.
With regards to the speed sensor and thermostat.. am I better off buying them directly from a ford delearer where it is a bit more expensive or getting the cheaper ones from eurocar parts?
Thanks again guys for your help, it is much appreciated
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Old 16th Nov 2009, 13:44   #25
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Are you doing the work yourself or going to a garage?

If the latter, i'd find a reputable local indy (http://www.goodgaragescheme.co.uk/) and get them to supply and fit the parts
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Old 16th Nov 2009, 13:49   #26
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I shall be doing it myself
I have seen guides online and it looks within my capabilities and i have a haynes manual to hand
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Old 16th Nov 2009, 13:50   #27
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I'd just go for eurocarparts ones then if they're a lot cheaper
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Old 16th Nov 2009, 13:55   #28
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its about 15 cheaper for both items combined. The speed sensor and thermostat are just under 27 combined
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Old 28th Nov 2009, 17:24   #29
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Got the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) changed and it's fixed the whining problem so thanks for that everyone who mentioned it! Now to sort out sticky throttle cable, tracking and other minor bits - then I might enjoy driving it again.
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