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Old 02-16-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help!!!My Engine It's Shot!!!I HAVE A VIDEO

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I have a huge problem with my Ford Focus 2000 SE, 106000 miles. Yesterday i try to start my car and there was loud grinding metal noise coming from the engine and it won't start. My car has been very well serviced. The oil level is fine, the timing belt it's been replaced on 85000 miles. I took it to my mechanic, he checked it and said that it's internal engine problem and i need new engine. He doesn't know what it is. I'm in shock, i just can't beleive it, how this engine stoped just like that, i didn't see that coming. Never heard any noises coming from the engine, it was performing very well. Could this problem be fixed without replacing the whole engine?My mechanic even doesn't know what is wrong with the engine. I don't know what to do! Anyone had this experience! At this point if it is really about getting new engine i would rather just donate the car instead of spending $3000-4000 on new engine when the car value is $4000. Any idea what should i do?

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Old 02-16-2008, 03:58 PM   #2
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Welcome to Focus Fanatics...

Sorry to hear about the motor. It's never a fun thing to deal with.

A couple of questions...

1. How attached are you to the car?

2. Do you WANT a new car?

The simple truth is that if you are even partially agreeble to keeping the car, then a new engine is a good investment.

Basically, you would be saving $4,000 to spend twice that and get into a car payment.

The engine would cost you $166 per month over 2 years (not counting interest)

You are assured that a car payment would be double that for a minimum of 3 years.

I would recommend that you do some research here and online. There are engine deals to be had all over the place.

It might even give you the opportunity to upgrade performance if you are interested.

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Old 02-16-2008, 04:12 PM   #3
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First thing that came to mind was that your starter has gone out. Check that out before making a big decision like buying a new car. If your mechanic is not able to diagnose the problem and is recommending a new engine I would be wary. Maybe check with a different mechanic.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:18 PM   #4
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I'm not attached to the car. I need bigger car and i was gonna sell this one!
It would be nice if i can fix this and get some money back but i guess it's major plroblem. The thing it is i don't know what it is wrong with the engine, my mechanic doesn't know either. It's hard for me to accept that there is nothing that can be done to it and the only option would be new engine.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:23 PM   #5
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I will check the starter, but the mechanic was so sure that was internal noise. I thought that it was the starter too but....I made an appointment with another mechanic for Tuesday. It cost me $75 for tow track already and it would be another $85 to the other mechanic, but i don't want to give up ,yet! Also i found Ford Ranger in good condition for $1800 i might get this one till i figure out what to do! I'm in the construction business and i need working car and can't stay without one.

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Old 02-16-2008, 04:37 PM   #6
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Jeez!......I wouldn't panic yet. Like nate2006 has suggested, it sounds like the starter (an issue with the solenoid or bendix causing the starter not to engage the flywheel ring gear), not the engine. Think about it.......if the engine was running fine and then all you did was shut it down, and it hasn't started and run, how can anyone say that this is a serious internal engine problem?? Have another mech. look at it. Don't keep trying to start it and "grinding" the starter. Sometimes all that causes this issue is a bad starter solenoid contact, particularly if your starter is the original.
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Exactly! That's why i don't beleive it! By the way i forgot to mention that the car had some issues when i will start the engine. The engine wants to get stall, but if i force it a little bit just for sec it goes back to normal, that would heppend once in a while, like once a month. They did check this a year ago, but they couldn't find anything and like i said the car was running like new! That day when this happend the car did this twice and the third time was the time i heard this scary noise. Thank you all for the support!
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pull the plugs and try to turn the crank bolt. It should turn and if it does then your engine should be ok
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my guess is a dead spot in the starter... it happens to all cars. wich would explain the wony start issue you had till it "died" i'd slap a new starter on (or a good junkyard one) and see if it starts then...

dont dead starters make a grinding sound? i know there is the fuel pump sound.... maybe thats what your hearing so pull fuse 40 under the hood and try to start it. if the sound goes away then your listening to the fuel pump and it's probably a starter related issue
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Old 02-16-2008, 06:53 PM   #10
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The fuel pump is new, water pump as well. I did tune up few months ago. This is what really pessing me off, i took good care of this car and this is what i get. I'm really hopping that is the starter. What doesn't make sense is if it is the starter why the mechanic is telling me is internal sound, how hard would be for mechanic to determinate starter problem. I have used these guys for over 3 years and they never done me wrong. Anyway i really want to find out what is wrong with it and if it is something very expensive i will just smash hell out of this car, because this is how i feel and then i will sell it to junkyard.
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