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Old 09-24-2003, 02:02 AM   #1
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I recently bought a Focus SE 5 speed. I love my car it rocks, but there is one thing that is bothering me and I'm not quite sure if this is normal or If I should have it looked at. Its kind of hard to explain but I will do my best. When I start off in 1st gear its fine but when I switch to 2nd and im just crusing in 2nd not pushing it to the limit, the engine sounds kind of werid, almost like its having a hard time going that slow in that gear but if I go faster it stops. It seems to only happen when im starting off in a higher gear and not pushing it to go fast right away. Does this make sense? haha. Sorry, I dont explain things very well. But I was just wondering if by chance someone else is having this same problem. Maybe its normal? If I remember correctly its done this from the very first day I got it. I just bought my car about 6 months ago and I just hit 6k. Anyone with some sort of insight on this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a Bunch!!


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Old 09-24-2003, 02:18 AM   #2
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aboard SUNNSHINE, nice to see someone from Southern Cal. I'm sorry I can't help you on this one since I drive an automatic......but you've come to the Castle of Endless Knowledge and once some peeps that drive sticks see this thread, they will be more than happy to help you out. Good luck on it.
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Old 09-24-2003, 02:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome

and... I hope so cause its actually quite embarrasssing when it sound like crap.
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Old 09-24-2003, 03:03 AM   #4
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to the FF board, hope ya have fun learning sum focus knowledge!
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i have a friend w/ a mustang and his car does this when the 02 sensors go out, not sure if its the same for the focus
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Does it sound like a tractor-like noise?
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I switch to 2nd and im just crusing in 2nd not pushing it to the limit, the engine sounds kind of werid, almost like its having a hard time going that slow in that gear


sounds like your just in a gear that isn't right for the speed of the vehicle. You need to keep the engine reved a little . It isn't like an auto that you can stop with the clutch out and in gear. I take it you don't have a tachometer? If not, having one installed will show you what I mean. You shouldn't have the engine below about 1200 rpm when just crusing. try keeping the car in a lower gear than you have been, and see if that helps. That doesn't mean keeping the revs up so it sounds like a sewing machine!!
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Does it sound like a tractor-like noise?
^^ what he said. if so, this is normal POS tranny thing. nothing is wrong. it's just how it is.

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Old 09-24-2003, 10:15 PM   #10
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Does it sound like a tractor-like noise?
YES!! So nothing is wrong then? Thanks :)
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