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Old 02-15-2008, 02:25 PM   #71
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I have had my car do this as well, it can be scary when you're in rush our traffic (in Chicago), braking for a green arrow to turn left, and the car dies!! I'm going to look into this hose, and see what I find tomorrow, when I'm installing my intake....
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:25 PM   #72
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All I can find are coolant hoses. Do you have a diagram or pic?
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:23 PM   #73
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I looked online, but came up empty.

That said, a diagram should be found on the hood sticker.

Mine has one.
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:30 AM   #74
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Is this problem common with most SVTF cars, or is it found in a small percentage of them? I just put a deposit on one and I'm a little concerned now.
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I looked online, but came up empty.

That said, a diagram should be found on the hood sticker.

Mine has one.
I have no hood sticker. LOL...
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DOH !!

I would start with the PCV system and follow the lines.

It's tedious, but thorough.

As to the above question. ALL cars have this same issue. So, don't let it unnerve you.
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DOH !!

I would start with the PCV system and follow the lines.

It's tedious, but thorough.

As to the above question. ALL cars have this same issue. So, don't let it unnerve you.
I've never had this problem in any of the 13 cars and trucks I've ever owned including the two Mustangs that I had heavily modded to over 400 hp each. It's a little unsettling to hear that so many people are having this problem when I just put a deposit on a 2003 SVT Focus.
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^^^you'll love the car, you will be amazed on what these little cars can do. This has maybe happened to me like 3 times in the past 20k miles and it was idleing at a stop light, seemed to happen more when the weather was really hot and A.C. was on, may be a slow responding IAC valve when the compressor turned on but havent had the problem recently to try to diag. it.
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I've never had this problem in any of the 13 cars and trucks I've ever owned including the two Mustangs that I had heavily modded to over 400 hp each. It's a little unsettling to hear that so many people are having this problem when I just put a deposit on a 2003 SVT Focus.
In know what you mean.

My 02 SVT focus has 65K on the odometer and I experienced a vacuum leak after some routine maintenance.

I wouldn't say that this is a "common problem", but it does occur. Especially with higher reving 4 cylinder engines. With all the emissions control devices, the plumbing gets pretty complicated quickly. Sensors start compensating and the whole issue gets compounded.

That, and I am not throwing rocks...but people tend to gravitate to worst case scenarios.

The cars are tough and reliable. They just have their little quirks like any other car.

My experience with the SVT is nothing but positive. I am extremely HARD on my cars. I take care of them, but between the daily drive, AX and track events, the car has never left me stranded.

Clutch at 50K, DSI Clip (warranty), and a P/S pump & rack (warranty - most likely due to my hobbies) are the only major issues that I've experienced.

You will hear a lot about the factory tune, but mine's never been reflashed. I've never had an issue with surging or any of the other symptoms that you may read about here in the forums.

A lot of it I chalk up to "over-diagnosing" which leads people to throw parts at the car in the hope that it will correct a problem. A problem that is likely very simple.

Overall, I've really only ever had to put brakes on the car and change the oil. I still have the factory spark plugs in the car too.

Granted, I am one person, but the fact that there are a LOT of people on this forum that talk to the Pros of owning these cars says a lot. They wouldn't be here if they didn't love the SVT. . So, I wouldn't let these things spook you.

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My stock tune sucks. The more I modify the car, the more out of whack it seems to get. For instance, on cold days it is barely driveable. I have a high flow cat, 67mm TB and manifold port matched so there is no restrictive bottleneck. I also have an SRI, 3" exhaust from the cat back (flex pipe included) and MSD coil w/8.5mm wires, new plugs.

My engine bucks so bad that I have to push the clutch in to get it to stop. It also surges noticeably. There is also a slight bog on initial throttle tip in, especially in first gear at a stop sign or traffic light. And at least once a week it dies completely if I push the clutch in cruising at 70 mph in 6th. If I downshift and coast, it hasn't died, or if I let it coast down to like 2K rpm and then push in the clutch it won't die.

I changed the fuel filter 2 weeks ago. It still dies. I also checked for vacuum leaks. Non exist. The stock tune (at least on my car) is rediculously retarded.
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