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Old 09-21-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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Arrow Vibrating & VIOLENTLY shaking of my 2001 Ford Focus SE. Please help!

Hi. I have had my Ford Focus for about a year and a few months now. It has always shaken a little bit, but here lately it has recently gotten a lot worse. It shakes violently and sometimes feels like it wants to loose power. It Vibrates too. It also shakes when I drive it and when its idling, and only stops after it has been running for a good while but always does it again when i recrank it. It has about 140,000 miles on it maybe more, don't know an estimate on it right now without looking at it. I am a college student and need a dependable vehicle, it was okay when I first got it, but lately it has me scared to drive it cause i don't know what is wrong. I have taken it to several places to get it fixed, and everyone just tells me its common for 4 cylinders to shake. It also seems to have one spark plug loose, but everyone claims that they cant fix it, its not that big of a problem. But I think that is what is causing it to misfire. My boyfriend knows a lot about cars, and thinks it may be the engine mounts or misfiring. He also said something about one of my cylinders going out, so i may just have a 3 cylinder instead of a 4 and that's why the loosing of power started recently. It hasn't always done that, but it has always shook and vibrated. I have also been told that the loosing of power may have something to do with the alternator. I am a girl, and I have no knowledge of anything about cars, except how to drive one. I just really would like to know if anyone could help me. Thank you very much. It has had me really frustrated lately. Please Help, I am desperate to know whats wrong. My check engine light isn't on and I'm tired of spending money on "possible causes" I want ti know whats wrong and fix it.


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Old 09-21-2009, 06:05 PM   #2
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My first thought was a motor mount going bad or completely gone.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:39 PM   #3
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^Didja read the part about a spark plug backing out?


Since your BF is the "mechanic" have him do a compression test on each cylinder. You should see between 140-180 psi.
Have him pull each plug wire individually with the car running. if pulling one off the spark plug creates no change chances are the plug wire is bad or the plug is bad (since you've already done a compression test I'd hope you took note of the plugs condition).

Are there any codes present?
Advance Auto or O'Reilly will scan the car free of charge. If you get a code post back with it (odds are you will).
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:27 PM   #4
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lol I did read the part about the spark plug. I was going to recommend a compression test also but didn't know how mechanically inclined the BF was.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:43 PM   #5
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Thank you both very much.

Jim My "mechanic" Boyfriend has done a compression Test.
& The engine Mounts are loose.
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Define loose.

If the bolts/nuts are loose you've got bigger issues; improper TQ, broke, etc.
If it's just loose in the sense they allow the engine to move what seems to be excessively; try to find someone else in the area with a similar focus and compare. The engine should "roll" somewhat. If you hear it bind, creak, grind or any other awkward noise would definitely be a problem. As would fluid leaking from the passenger mount or ant tears in the other 2.

Possibly the excessive engine vibration may be to blame for any loose nuts/bolts, but it'd be unlikely IMO.
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Well My Boyfriend talked to a friend of his that is wanting to sell his duratec Engine and wants to do an engine swap. I have a Zetec, so would doing an engine swap help the car?
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Sure, but it ain't gonna be easy by any means. Realistically, it's a nightmare. Have to change virtually everything in the car, engine, wiring harness, computer, gauge cluster, intake, exhaust, etc etc. May be a thread describing exactly what to do in the engine swappers section (I don't get through that section often and don't know whats in there).

I'd say your better off diagnosing and fixing what you have or swapping in a JY engine of the same type (Focus specific and not ZX2 or Contour zetec).
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Could I take it to Autozone or O'reilly's and have it diagnosed? Or would I have to take it to a ford dealership?
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If you can get a code it'd help tremendously, and Autozone or O'Reilly would be able to pull them for you.

Far as them actually diagnosing the problem, it's hard to say. The staff is really hit or miss on what they know. Most just make generalized claims from the code the scan tool gives them. But there are some that are very good at what they do. I know a few mechanics that work part time selling parts and I know a couple engineering students/graduates that sell parts. Use your best judgment with what info they give you.
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