: Letter From Ford Today
01-13-2004, 02:26 AM
Program 03N01 - Possible Engine Stalling in 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus Vehicles
Ford Motor Company has determined that certain 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus vehicles may experience engine hestitation, loss of power, surging, and other similar symptoms as a result of contamination of the fuel pump filters. Beacause the contamination of the filters is progressive, they can ultimatelybecome sufficiently blocked to cause the engine to stall completely. To enhance your safety and increase your satisfaction with your vehicle, Ford is offeringto replace your vehicles fuel pump assembly ( parts and labor ) at no cost to you if your vehicle exhibits any of the above conditions. This offer is valid for a period of 10 years from the original warranty start date of the vehicle, with no limit on the number of miles that the vehicle has been driven.
Although the symptoms noted above can occur under a variety of driving conditions, they are most likely to occur when there is less than one-quarter tank of fuel and/or when the driver is attempting to accelerate while making a right turn maneuver ( such as entering a highway through a cloverleaf ) or driving uphill. If you encounter any of these symptoms, you may reduce their likelyhood and possible engine stall by keeping the fuel tank at least half full until having the vehicle serviced. If the symptoms do occur, easing off the accelerator pedal may also reduce the severity of the symptoms.
Ford is developing a new design fuel pump, which is expected to be availabe by late January 2004.
........... Thats the jist of it , theres more but I ain't typin it all
01-13-2004, 02:29 AM
Thanks for the info chief........but theres already a few threads about this.
01-13-2004, 10:16 AM
I've heard about this but never seen the details of the TSB til now.
01-13-2004, 10:46 AM
Off to the ford dealer!
01-13-2004, 11:01 AM
I havent gotten a letter. I just took my car to the dealer because of hesitation. They replaced a PFA sensor or something. Cant remember the name of it. It has done it again since then but it doesnt do it all the time.
01-13-2004, 02:22 PM
I just got mine in yesterday.
01-13-2004, 02:33 PM
Got my letter yesterday. Local dealer doesn't have the part yet. They are suppossed to call me when it comes in. I'm holding my breath.....
I have a question. If they arn't expecting to have a new design on the fuel pump assy untill the end of January, then why have the only recalled '00 and '01 model years? What type of fuel pump assy do the '02s and '03s have?
01-14-2004, 12:57 PM
Well I just came back from the dealer. They are gonna take my car on friday morining so ill have it back that night! OOOOooooooo. Stupid Recalls! Boy I tell you, whatever happened to doing things right the first time?[???:)]
01-14-2004, 05:00 PM
hmmm.. i got the letter, called to find out about an appt, the catch on this is u have to pay for a diagnostic fee, flushing of the system and a fuel filter, which comes over $200!! thanx ford!
01-14-2004, 05:09 PM
uh uh, i'm not paying that. it's their responsibility to fix what they broke. anyways i got my letter last week but havent made an appt yet.
01-14-2004, 10:37 PM
My dealership didn't say anything about having to pay.........they just told me to come back when the new design comes out. I won't pay a damn thing for a recall thats for sure.
01-14-2004, 10:47 PM
its not a recall..only fix if it breaks!!
01-21-2004, 03:00 PM
I got this done today after getting the letter a couple weeks ago. I had the problems and in fact the power surges have weakened my battery which is pissing me off, I'm not hesitating nearly as bad, but I got to wonder why I should be held responsible for the battery being weakend by the lack of power put out by a faulty part.... :\ Fooooooordd!!!!!
01-21-2004, 08:32 PM
I think the batter cables were a recall maybe its because of that Optikinescant. The rear axle seals were one too i believe.
I have a question... What if you car needs the pump now. will they still fix it?
01-19-2005, 10:40 AM
Can anyone scan a copy of the Fuel Pump Letter from ford for me? My car's under the recall andmy ford dealership told me I had to pay a diagnostic fee that I'll get back as long as the fuel pump *is* the only thing causing the problem. Despite the letters I've found from Frank Lignon, Director of Service Engineering Operations in Dearborn to all dealerships stating
"If the customer informs you that their vehicle exhibits stalling, engine hesitation, loss of power, surging, or other similar symptoms, **(bold & underlined)replace the FDM**. There is no need for further diagnostics prior to FDM replacement. Owners are not to be charged for any diagnostics or repairs related to the FDM replacement."
That's Ford for ya! But I bought my car used so I didn't have it when the letters were sent out. If anyone could post that or email it to Kornography6@hotmail.com it would be MUCH appreciated! I'm getting prepared for a pissing match with my dealership. Being a college student, (I'm sure many of you know all about that), I don't have the extra cash lying around to pay ford to find some tiny other thing wrong with my Focus just so they can get their diagnostic fee from me. Oh well, Thanks again...
01-21-2005, 01:01 AM
You don't need a letter. Write your VIN number down on a piece of paper and take it to the dealership. Since you purchased your car used they can check to see if this repair has already been done or not by the previous owner and if your car was part of this recall all just from your VIN number! If your car qualifys and it has NOT already been done its up to your discretion w/ no diagnostics needed when it is to be replaced and that they are required to replace it, no questions, 1 time only. Then if there are still problems then thats your responsibility.
01-21-2005, 08:12 AM
I just pm'ed you before reading all this... ^^^ but I guess you say a letter isn't necesary?
my car died yesterday.... now i don't know what to do... can't afford to get it fixed so it's just gonna sit here til i can figure something out. :(
01-21-2005, 10:44 AM
Of course its always a fix it if it breaks thing with Ford......theyll only do a recall after like a hundred people die from it....like with the firestone tires........pretty stupid if u ask me that they wait for things to happen and people get hurt before they actually do a recall. I mean i like their cars and respect the ford name....but the service sucks.......its only good if u have connections.....which thankfully i do.....they have to start thinking about their customers instead of whats in their pockets.
01-21-2005, 08:57 PM
Thanx 4 sharing the letter with us. It's good 2 know...
01-21-2005, 11:37 PM
01-22-2005, 04:30 PM
Oh yeah the other day after I got an oil change, I pulled up to a circle (6 roads meet here very very busy) and meh fuel pump left us. Nothing car stalled wouldnt turn on at all. Had to put it in neutral had the lady in the car behind me drive while I pushed it hah. I had just left the dealership, the guy and I drove up after it been sitting for an hour it managed to start up, drove it to the dealership and the mechanic and I replaced the fuel pump.
Well he did the work, but I got to watch and mess around under my car :)
01-26-2005, 10:54 AM
I got mine fices a while and it made a differnce get replace just teell the dealership your car is lunging and the like when you corner hard they will replace it asap!
01-27-2005, 12:58 AM
Not to be a prick psychobiker but damn I had to read your post like 3 times, slow down a little - You got time to type.[thumb]