Straight answers - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-10-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
Jwallz23
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Fan#: 141193
Location: Martinsburg, WV
What I Drive: 2002 black svtf

Posts: 4
FF Reputation: 1 Jwallz23 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Straight answers

Hey everybody I'm new to the focus game. I have a 2002 svtf. Has 152kmiles and I just traded my 95 mustang gt for it. I don't really know if it was a smart deal yet. The car runs great other than being slow as can be. Cel code p1383 and b1318. I pulled the timing cover off n it doesn't look like the belt has ever been changed. I can literally move it back and forth on the cam gears. The guy I got it from said the gauge cluster had to be replaced when he got it and the B code has been on ever since. I'm gnna take a wild educated guess from what I've read that the VCT solenoid is the culprit for the P code since it has oil around it and the belt doesn't look like it's been changed. Car runs n idles just fine. Disturbingly slow and gas mileage is def around 8-12mpg lower than Wut I've been told it shld be. So here are the questions that I can't find answers to...I'm gnna do the timing belt this weekend, order all the parts tomorro. I saw there is a VCT delete kit out on the market. Is this a good idea if I'm planning on building a decent n/a motor and just put adjustable cam gears on? Or should I replace the VCT and keep it on there? Where can I get the tools I need to do the timing belt, like the bar for the cams and the timing pin? And am I on track with my diagnosis for the VCT or does the battery code make a difference? I noticed some of the wires on this car have also been cut/replaced already and are put together with butt connectors. I haven't done a continuity test yet but one set of these wires are coming from the VCT. They look a little newer like someone replaced the pigtail. Could this have been an attempt to fix the VCT issue instead of paying for the ridiculously high priced solenoid? I took the VCT out like some have done and I cleaned it out with break clean. Reset the light and drove it around. Felt a lil better but then the light came back on n went back to being slow. Like somebody tied an anchor to this thing . I understand they don't have much torque and they're not the lightest cars out there but I know this thing shld be faster since the hp to weight ratio is only slightly lower than my stock 95mustang. Any input is much appreciated guys. I want to like this car. Lol so far I'm not convinced


Jwallz23 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-10-2014, 06:01 PM   #2
Jwallz23
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Fan#: 141193
Location: Martinsburg, WV
What I Drive: 2002 black svtf

Posts: 4
FF Reputation: 1 Jwallz23 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Wow jus realized how long that was. Sorry about that
Jwallz23 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-10-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
sailor
"Elder"
 
sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 57268
Location: Williamsville, NY
What I Drive: 2004 Pitch Black ZTS 2.3 5spd.

Posts: 14,850
Points 10,096, Level 67
Points: 10,096, Level: 67 Points: 10,096, Level: 67 Points: 10,096, Level: 67
Level Up 12% Completed
Level up: 12% Level up: 12% Level up: 12%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 72 sailor Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I'm going to move this to "General Technical Chat" since the first thing needed is to get this running right.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=368730

This thread from the SVT performance area will give some info. on the VCT.

Cam belt is extremely important on these since valves WILL be bent if it lets loose.

Posting in general tech for repair problems & SVT performance for upgrade info. will make your questions easier to answer.

Luck!

P.S. - Welcome to FF!
__________________
"Rubber Side Down"

S.R. #275
sailor is online now  
    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 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 03:42 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : 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 Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. 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.