Are there any questions? - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Second Generation > MK2 Focus

MK2 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the second generation 2008-2011 Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-07-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
DarderSauce
Focus Addict
 
DarderSauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95564
Location: Blaine, MN
What I Drive: '08 Vermillion Red 5 speed SEdan

Posts: 1,093
FF Reputation: 5 DarderSauce Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Question Are there any questions?

Hey guys,

So after having my car for a while I have very few complaints and overall I am happy with Das Auto. But I do have a few questions/comments and I want to know what you think. Here is my list:

1. I have heard (not researched) that newer cars are actually more efficient with their AC on vs. their windows down because of the extra drag. Anyone know which is better on the second generation focus? I believe it would be better with windows down simply because the engine is powering 1 less thing and our cars are not that aerodynamic in the first place.

2. What is up with my gas tank? When I fill up I like to FILL UP, usually only stopping when gas is at the tip top of my tank. But in the Focus, the pumps always stop ~1-1.5 gallons short of a completely full tank. I am thinking this is an environmental feature so people don't have that little squirt of gas that spills onto the ground. I didn't actually think this until recently when I went to a station that had a sticker saying, Please do not top off your tank, we want to keep fuel in your car not on the ground. Some of my other vehicles I could just let the pump do the work and once it clicked off I wouldn't even be able to squeeze an extra dollar in..... Thoughts?

3. How many people actually use the shift light in MTX's? I tried (for the first time) yesterday to follow it and the RPM's seemed WAAAAY too low for the speed I was going. Is this more for optimal fuel efficiency?

4. One of my dash lights came on:


Door Ajar by DarderSauce, on Flickr

BUT the interior lights do not come on nor does the Door Ajar warning come up on the dash display. Even after re-shutting all the doors and making sure nothing is getting slammed in them the light stays on, what gives? This one just recently happened and I haven't had much time to investigate the cause. What do you think?

To be continued?..... That is all for the moment but I would like to know what some of your questions are as well as answers/comments to the questions I posted on the list above.

Thanks for taking the time to read the post


__________________
If you can't wear it out, burn it off
DarderSauce is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-07-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
mac.mogul
Focus Fanatic
 
mac.mogul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fan#: 90409
Location: Wichita, KS
What I Drive: 2011 Sterling Grey SES Sedan

Posts: 3,771
Points 3,885, Level 39
Points: 3,885, Level: 39 Points: 3,885, Level: 39 Points: 3,885, Level: 39
Level Up 57% Completed
Level up: 57% Level up: 57% Level up: 57%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 13 mac.mogul Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
1. If you're on the highway it is more efficient to use the A/C. If you're in town under 45mph, roll down the windows. The A/C is belt driven so it saps power from the engine. Stop and go traffic with the A/C on will kill your mpg.

2. I have never had this issue. My tank fills up completely every time.

3. The shift lights are designed for maximum efficiency. Rule of thumb - Shift at 2k RPM.

4. If opening and closing all of the doors does not fix it, you may need a dealership visit.
__________________
2011 SES 5spd #006 >> SR #213

What other people think of me is none of my business.
mac.mogul is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
DarderSauce
Focus Addict
 
DarderSauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95564
Location: Blaine, MN
What I Drive: '08 Vermillion Red 5 speed SEdan

Posts: 1,093
FF Reputation: 5 DarderSauce Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mac.mogul View Post
4. If opening and closing all of the doors does not fix it, you may need a dealership visit.
Never!!!
__________________
If you can't wear it out, burn it off
DarderSauce is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
mainest
Focus Addict
 
mainest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Fan#: 60163
Location: DownEast, ME
What I Drive: '04 Red Euro SVT

Posts: 1,144
Points 1,840, Level 25
Points: 1,840, Level: 25 Points: 1,840, Level: 25 Points: 1,840, Level: 25
Level Up 40% Completed
Level up: 40% Level up: 40% Level up: 40%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 8 mainest Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
2. Another reason not to "top off"' is to avoid introducing liquid into the hose which directs gas vapors from the tank into a charcoal filter. This is a clean air device. I have read that liquid fuel ruins them.
4. It might also be the trunk lid.
mainest is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
DarderSauce
Focus Addict
 
DarderSauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95564
Location: Blaine, MN
What I Drive: '08 Vermillion Red 5 speed SEdan

Posts: 1,093
FF Reputation: 5 DarderSauce Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mainest View Post
4. It might also be the trunk lid.
Why didn't I think of that?

It was the trunk
__________________
If you can't wear it out, burn it off
DarderSauce is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
arjay219
Focus Enthusiast
 
arjay219's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 98685
Location: Columbia, MO
What I Drive: 2010 Black SES

Posts: 142
Points 1,004, Level 17
Points: 1,004, Level: 17 Points: 1,004, Level: 17 Points: 1,004, Level: 17
Level Up 4% Completed
Level up: 4% Level up: 4% Level up: 4%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 2 arjay219 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I drive an ATX and when trying to accelerate to 50+ mph I feel it takes forever to get into the next higher gear. Is there any benefit to coaxing the car into higher gear by slightly letting off the gas around 30 mph or should I just let the auto transmission do its thing? Feel likes 2nd gear is really long when accelerating to higher speeds. Is one way any more economical than the other???
__________________
FoFo in CoMo!!!
arjay219 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #7
2008 Ford Focus
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Fan#: 91826
Location: Philadelphia Area, PA
What I Drive: 2008 Focus SES 5 speed

Posts: 257
Points 454, Level 9
Points: 454, Level: 9 Points: 454, Level: 9 Points: 454, Level: 9
Level Up 8% Completed
Level up: 8% Level up: 8% Level up: 8%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 0 2008 Ford Focus Newbie
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Hey Darder,

Do you have a message center on the IP? My SES will tell me the if the door or the trunk is ajar.
2008 Ford Focus is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
DarderSauce
Focus Addict
 
DarderSauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95564
Location: Blaine, MN
What I Drive: '08 Vermillion Red 5 speed SEdan

Posts: 1,093
FF Reputation: 5 DarderSauce Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2008 Ford Focus View Post
Hey Darder,

Do you have a message center on the IP? My SES will tell me the if the door or the trunk is ajar.
Ya usually mine does too but for some reason it didn't. But it worked itself out.
__________________
If you can't wear it out, burn it off
DarderSauce is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-09-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
Miller88
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Fan#: 73790
Location: Syracuse, NY
What I Drive: 2011 Focus SE 5 Speed

Posts: 918
Points 1,661, Level 23
Points: 1,661, Level: 23 Points: 1,661, Level: 23 Points: 1,661, Level: 23
Level Up 61% Completed
Level up: 61% Level up: 61% Level up: 61%
Forum Activity 5%
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
FF Reputation: 5 Miller88 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
One of the door switches went bad, it's a ford thing. Spray some WD40 in all of the latching mechanisms. That usually buys some time with the switches.
__________________
2011 Focus SE 5 Speed 36k - Blue Flame Metallic - Added Rear Swaybar
2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 115k - Lifted with mud tires.
Miller88 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-09-2012, 04:14 PM   #10
st12131
Focal Distortion
 
st12131's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Fan#: 74797
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
What I Drive: 2007, Huyndai, Santa Fe, GLS

Posts: 2,331
FF Reputation: 8 st12131 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Also, my 2010 has a switch to tell me if the hood is up as well!
__________________
-Bob-
2012 F-150 EcoBoost 4X4 (work truck)
Focus S #1, Sedan Revolution #192, Rally Revolution #8, March 2012 SOTM
Focal Distortion, a Ford licensed club and FSC member.
Sgt, USMC (1999-2003)
st12131 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:14 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat