Overheating and running a bit rough - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-12-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 102610
Location: Lynn, IN
What I Drive: 2001 silver zx3

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 Damon_dolo Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Hey guys, I tried to do a bit of searching on this myself, not finding a lot of good help, so I figured I'd just ask here.

One time in the past I can remember my car overheating. It was New Year's Eve 2013 and my car had been sitting idling for a bit waiting for my buddy to come back out to the car. We'd been driving for a few hours looking for something to do so I just chalked it up to overworking the car that night. Not really had an issue with overheating since. However, the car does have a bit of a sputter that every now and then (once or twice a month) where when I let out the clutch in first, no matter how smoothly I do it (have been driving a stick for 5 years or so, and feel I'm pretty good with it) it will bog down and fall on it's face. It's never died, but it bogs down and lurches pretty hard 99/100 times it won't do this, then every now and then it gets to where it does this bogging in 1st and second, and you can kinda hear it running a bit rough and sputtering while driving. Like I said it doesn't do it much, so I never cared that much.

The last few days it has been doing this pretty consistently, and definitely seems to be getting worse. I meant to check out the plugs and wires (which are fairly new) and the coils. But tonight I was sitting in the Burger King drive thru for about fifteen minutes for my order, and when I left it was doing the sputtering a good amount. Enough for my gf to ask me what the hell was going on. Once I get up into third and higher it seems fine, so after we got going down the road it kinda slipped to the back of my head. Then I looked down and saw my car was approaching the red bar on the temp gauge. Tonight has been one of the hotter days we've had in a while, but not so hot it would overheat when it never even crosses the half mark. I never hear my cooling fans kick on, but when I was slowing down to stop twice today and engine and road noise died out I could hear them running. But, back to the drive home, I kicked up the heat in the car full blast to drain some heat out of the engine bay and it worked. I got back to my girlfriends house and still had an eight mile drive home so I let it cool with the hood open for about fifteen before I tried to go home. Sure enough on the way home it started to over heat again and I kicked up the heat to keep it cool til I got home. I just checked the coolant level for the reservoir when I change my oil a few weeks ago, and it was a bit low, but nowhere near the minimum line. I haven't noticed any white smoke indicating a head gasket or cracked head, and I haven't seen any leaks under the car. I'm not sure what's going on or where to start so any help would be appreciated. I grouped both problems in one thread because I found it off that the same time it started getting worse with the sputtering it overheated. Not sure how those two would be connected but thought I'd mention it. If there's anything I forgot to mention just ask. Thanks guys!



Last edited by iminhell; 06-13-2013 at 10:44 PM.
Damon_dolo is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-13-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
FF Affiliate
 
1turbofocus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Fan#: 1123
Location: Belmont, NC
What I Drive: 2000 ZX3 / 2002 SVT Turbocharged

Posts: 22,948
Points 53,445, Level 100
Points: 53,445, Level: 100 Points: 53,445, Level: 100 Points: 53,445, Level: 100
Level Up 0% Completed
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Forum Activity 45%
Activity: 45% Activity: 45% Activity: 45%
FF Reputation: 154 1turbofocus Excellent Standing Member 1turbofocus Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (28)
Are your fans coming on ?

Tom
__________________
Focus-Power: Your #1 Source for Ford Focus Speed, Tuning & Performance!

Customer Support
AIM: hpdyno
Email: hpdyno@aol.com
Phone: 704-249-3745
Site: focus-power.com

Elder 1turbofocus
1turbofocus is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 09:51 AM   #3
coffee, have some
 
Mr.Bergner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 32799
Location: Overland Park, KS
What I Drive: 2004 TW Blue ZX3

Posts: 5,971
Points 6,422, Level 52
Points: 6,422, Level: 52 Points: 6,422, Level: 52 Points: 6,422, Level: 52
Level Up 36% Completed
Level up: 36% Level up: 36% Level up: 36%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 53 Mr.Bergner Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
I would first inspect the thermostat housing for signs of leaking. Also, check the wiring harness for the radiator fans to see any signs of loose wires, or fraying.
__________________
2004 ZX3 - Twighlight Blue_____________________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _
Mr.Bergner is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 11:20 AM   #4
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 102610
Location: Lynn, IN
What I Drive: 2001 silver zx3

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 Damon_dolo Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I just checks the thermostat housing. No leaks that I can see. Plan on changing out the thermostat itself in case it's failing and stuck last night. Also not overheating today. When I left work for lunch I drove it around with the ac on full blast and when I got to my house I left it running an popped the good. Both fans were running. Now my thinking Is either there's a short with the fan(s) and they work today, but weren't last night, or the thermostat is close to failing and got stuck last night, but has freed itself today.
Damon_dolo is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 56863
Location: dayton, ohio, OH
What I Drive: 2014 Focus Hatchback

Posts: 401
Points 208, Level 4
Points: 208, Level: 4 Points: 208, Level: 4 Points: 208, Level: 4
Level Up 16% Completed
Level up: 16% Level up: 16% Level up: 16%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 1 don627 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Verify you are actually overheating by using the digital odometer trick it may not be overheating instead the gage could be wrong.
don627 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #6
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 102610
Location: Lynn, IN
What I Drive: 2001 silver zx3

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 Damon_dolo Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
It usually stays right in the middle of my gauge. It never does what it did last night. Plus, there are times I get out and feel the good and it is a good amount hotter than it should be.
Damon_dolo is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
coffee, have some
 
Mr.Bergner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 32799
Location: Overland Park, KS
What I Drive: 2004 TW Blue ZX3

Posts: 5,971
Points 6,422, Level 52
Points: 6,422, Level: 52 Points: 6,422, Level: 52 Points: 6,422, Level: 52
Level Up 36% Completed
Level up: 36% Level up: 36% Level up: 36%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 53 Mr.Bergner Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
See if these help any:

Fan sensors and wiring

Help with Radiator Fans. So Confused.

Cooling fan issue
__________________
2004 ZX3 - Twighlight Blue_____________________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _
Mr.Bergner is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #8
Hammer Down
 
sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 57268
Location: Williamsville, NY
What I Drive: 2004 Pitch Black ZTS 2.3 5spd.

Posts: 20,486
Points 14,529, Level 78
Points: 14,529, Level: 78 Points: 14,529, Level: 78 Points: 14,529, Level: 78
Level Up 20% Completed
Level up: 20% Level up: 20% Level up: 20%
Forum Activity 100%
Activity: 100% Activity: 100% Activity: 100%
FF Reputation: 82 sailor Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
For the overheating issue, it sounds like your low speed function of the radiator fans isn't working. Most common cause is the resistor pack burning out, that's what slows them down & when that gives out low speed won't work.

Search "Cooling fan resistor" and you'll find a lot of info. on this.

Check it out B4 getting parts, the wiring connector is often damaged as well. If it is, you can get a new "pigtail" connector to replace it.

Luck!
__________________
"Rubber Side Down"

S.R. #275
Focus Takeover #003 / Tarbo Fan #003
sailor is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2013, 10:25 PM   #9
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 102610
Location: Lynn, IN
What I Drive: 2001 silver zx3

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 Damon_dolo Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks for the input tonight guys. I was busy all day after work and haven't had time to mess with it. Ill take a look at it tomorrow evening and see what I find and then ill update you guys tomorrow!
Damon_dolo is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-14-2013, 06:39 AM   #10
coffee, have some
 
Mr.Bergner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 32799
Location: Overland Park, KS
What I Drive: 2004 TW Blue ZX3

Posts: 5,971
Points 6,422, Level 52
Points: 6,422, Level: 52 Points: 6,422, Level: 52 Points: 6,422, Level: 52
Level Up 36% Completed
Level up: 36% Level up: 36% Level up: 36%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 53 Mr.Bergner Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
Sweet, that first link I posted has just the information Sailor was talking about, regarding the resistor pack. Hopefully that's all it is!
__________________
2004 ZX3 - Twighlight Blue_____________________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _
Mr.Bergner is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:49 AM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac ATS Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum, Civic Type-R Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.





Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1