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Old 02-13-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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2009 Ford Focus SE W/Idle Issue

Hi, My wife and I bought a 2009 Ford Focus SE with 48k miles With the Ford Certified Pre-Owned 6 year/100k Warranty and 3 Month Comprehensive warranty.

My question is, when we are at a stop light the idle is slightly bumpy and the car has a vibration feel too it visually the tachometer moves just enough to notice maybe...50rpm at the most, if I push on the throttle slightly the vibration goes away and it feels OK. Is this something I can take in for the warranty or am I SOL and have to fix it myself...I never had a car with any kind of warranty before.


P.S. it felt fine when we test drove it.


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Old 02-13-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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While my 2003 zx5 is hardly similar to your 2009 SE, I had a similar issue a while back. After some research, I found that a bad "IAC" (idle air control) was a common reason for bad idle. I took it off and cleaned it with some iac cleaner and noticed a definate improvment. However, I'm getting the feeling that it might need to be replaced. I'm not a car expert, but the iac might be a good starting place. (Costs about $100 new for my car.)
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Hi dcast85,

This is Deysha from Ford Customer Service. Iím not sure if youíve had the chance to contact your dealership about this? But if not, I recommend you make an appointment with them to have it diagnosed. Also, you can private message me your VIN, mileage, dealership, and contact information to see if I can help in any way.

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Definitely covered under warranty. Dealerships love this stuff- like recalls- their money is guaranteed. I would not expect a loaner vehicle for something like this though, so plan accordingly.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:13 PM   #5
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My 3 month comprehensive Bumper to bumper warranty is up. The dealer didn't find any problem. Had the iac cleaned. Problem seems to be worse when the vehicle is not warm but still present after its warmed up just not as bad..sometimes it isn't noticeable.

I can make the vehicle replicate the shutter issue by pushing the brake down and tapping on the gas (recent discovery)

Idles better in park. Idles almost perfect with air conditioning on.


I still have the powertrain warranty but this type of problem isn't covered. What should i do?
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:32 AM   #6
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my 09 focus had a ruff mean idle so i took the TB apart and cleaned it really good with TB cleaner the back side of the butter fly was just caked with black gunk
now she idles like a champ! maybe this might help yah!
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My 3 month comprehensive Bumper to bumper warranty is up. The dealer didn't find any problem. Had the iac cleaned. Problem seems to be worse when the vehicle is not warm but still present after its warmed up just not as bad..sometimes it isn't noticeable.

I can make the vehicle replicate the shutter issue by pushing the brake down and tapping on the gas (recent discovery)

Idles better in park. Idles almost perfect with air conditioning on.


I still have the powertrain warranty but this type of problem isn't covered. What should i do?
Hi dcast85,

Now that you can make the concern happen again, you should definitely have them diagnose it. Once diagnosed, they can advise you of the coverages that apply to your vehicle. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to private message me.

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #8
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09 Focus rough Idle

My 09 Focus also has a rough idle, I dont believe the 2.0 has a IAC but could be wrong, I took it to the dealer they played with it for a day and could find nothing wrong, but the idle fluctuates between 1000 and 400 rpm as soon as it warms up, the car has 19k on it, usually Fuel injected motors are more percise then this, its a standard so as you slow down for lights it starts bucking, I am worried I am going to rip the drive train out of it.
I have a 12 Taurus and a 04 F150 without any problems... I was going to throw a IAC in myself so I wouldnt have to take it back to the dealer, (they couldnt find the flutuation that is very noticable) I was told it didnt have one. I really am not going to waste much time on this carting it back and forth to a dealer who wont acknowledge that it has a problem
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There's is no IAC control on the 09 due to the Drive-by-Wire. Sounds more like a vacuum leak somewhere to me.
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There's is no IAC control on the 09 due to the Drive-by-Wire. Sounds more like a vacuum leak somewhere to me.
How about the EGR? I wouldnt think it would develop a vacuume leak this early, I know its possible, but she is still pretty young
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