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Old 02-06-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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I am in a dilemma.

Please see my thread in the Technical Discussion.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=223078


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Old 02-06-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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Get more quote cause u never know if what the first guy said is true. If u can afford some of the parts then get them and have a install get together like I'm planning on having for my suspension. I'm sure people will help or if not then check the how to section there's some in there. If none this works out then trade it in and get another car.
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the 02 sensor and tstat are easy to fix

can be done in about an hour with basic wally world hand tools

the clutch plate might be able to get done by had or might be better off paying a local club member to do it

drive to houston and ill help with the 02 sensors and tstat

might want to replace the cat as well
or gut it and tune the code out of the pcm
there is a tuner here in houston that can probably do a bad ass job for about 350 bucks

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water pumps are easy to do as well
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^^ Woah ... New guy with the mechanic edge ...

But I agree alot of the parts are pretty easy ... except for the Clutch ... might need some major help on that ...

And gpgtp ... Welcome to the Forum ... you drive a Focus? or just enjoy jumping on? Just wondering.

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more commonly the problem is, is with the o2 sensor itself. the o2 sensor is more vulnerable to go out than the possibilities. The thermostat would be the next step.

go ahead and get a new front o2 sensor runs about $40-50 and get a o2 sensor removal tool, if you dont already have one. its really easy to repalce and save money on install. i just replaced mine the other day.

P0133 reads as a bank 1 issue. so pretty much anything before the cat is bad. I would take a look at the front o2 sensor, it might be clogged. take it out and see if you can tell if it looks bad, it would kinda "look" burnt in a way. most o2s you can see light through the holes or gaps of the sensor, if not then it might be clogged.

if that doesn't work, next step world be the tstat. I had mine replaced on my 02 zx5 just after purchasing it used. i was told by a mech that it happend to used cars or cars that dont get driven a lot. i dont really understand why haha, but i did buy the car when winter had started.


i too have problems with my car since it started getting cold, but i have a p0171 code due to a cracked pcv hose.
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^^ So it was a Vacuum LEak ... and a big one, Dean.

And yeah ... I agree with Dean here ... check those things out man and you should be getting close to being drivable again.

Patience ... you will find it ... take my word for it ... and the SVT will drive strong again.

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ray - no i dont drive a focus, i have a friend that does.

i do know about various problems on cars. i also have a tuner for gm vehicles, never did test it on a ford, maybe we can hook it up.

heat can cause alot of problems in a engine. i dont know yalls stock tstat but im guessing its a 195 degree. i would not run higher then 180 degree. the hotter an engine is the higher chance of knock or preignition. heat also causes the o2 sensors and cat to clog easier and over time wears out the spark plugs faster.

i run autolite 104 sparkplugs and a 180 tstat with a fenderwell intake and have 2.5inch exhaust with nothing but mufflers
in march i will be installing new springs and high ratio rocker arms, as my cam is in the block and not over the head like yall
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^^^ooohhh I hear great gains from the rocker arm swap! That's my friends next step.
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well tell him to go cam - for the gp, either vs or xp

higher lift and better pulley drop

i am gonna build a used block this upcomming summer and am going with a full sized ic and a 600 lift cam, shits and giggles, then ill need a car for it

my daily will be done after the rockers and springs with a better exhaust system
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My thread has officially been hijacked.

Anyway, I got all this done, clutch master cylinder, thermostat, water pump, and timing belt. Check Engine light has been off since 1 Feb 2010.


That is how my dilemma was solved.
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