166k maintenance - 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 First Generation > SPI Performance (2000-2004)

SPI Performance (2000-2004) The place to chat about any 2.0L Split Port Injection engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-31-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Fan#: 101691
Location: Carteret, NJ
What I Drive: 2004 Dark Blue Focus LX 5 speed

Posts: 8
Points 86, Level 1
Points: 86, Level: 1 Points: 86, Level: 1 Points: 86, Level: 1
Level Up 72% Completed
Level up: 72% Level up: 72% Level up: 72%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 cliffe5 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
166k maintenance

OK, I know the title is a little vague here but it was the best I could come up with.

Here is my situation; long time reader but this may be my first post... I have a 2004 Focus SPI. I bought her with 114k and she has been pretty good to me until this year when the clutch went in Jan and alternator last week...

Now when I am going around long turning I notice a definite whooping noise which I believe to be an indicator my wheel bearings are reaching their end... In addition I need to replace my timing belt, serpentine belt, and any needed pulleys.

The reason for this post is that this is my first Ford and I am starting to believe all the stories of Fords breaking after 150k. If I am going to be replacing the wheel hubs (with bearings), timing belt, and serpentine belt I would like to go ahead and replace any other parts which will most likely be nearing their end (I'd rather do it now instead of something breaking in Dec in the snow...). Can I get some recommendations as to what other pieces / parts I should look into replacing on a vehicle with my mileage?

I'm a grad student on a budget and will be completing all the work myself in a parking lot. I would say my mechanical skills are moderate (oil change, radiator swaps, broken timing belt replacements, water pumps, alternators, ect...) so I should be able to complete most maintenance suggested

Thanks for any input, and let me know if any of the mentioned maintenance needs a good how-to. I would be more than happy to take some pics and post a tutorial in the next few weeks


cliffe5 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-31-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
Capt. Urn
 
crazy_urn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Fan#: 1986
Location: Uncharted Waters, CO
What I Drive: 77 F-250, 10 HHR, 08 Outlook

Posts: 5,491
FF Reputation: 5 crazy_urn Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Looks like you have a pretty good list to start with.

When you are doing your serpentine belt, check your tensioner.

You should have your battery checked as well, especially if you had to replace the alternator.

Another suggestion, research the valve seat drop issue and decide whether you want to prevent it with a new head. Some do, dome dont.

As for Ford's breaking at 150k... I don't know about that. There are many focuses on here with more than 200k. And the escorts with the old SPI are practically bulletproof. With the exception of valve seat issue, the SPI is a very strong motor, and there is no reason why it should not last well past 200k.

But parts will wear out, especial suspension parts, belts, etc.
__________________
Defending the reputation of the red-headed step-child of the focus world for far too long.
crazy_urn is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-31-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Fan#: 101691
Location: Carteret, NJ
What I Drive: 2004 Dark Blue Focus LX 5 speed

Posts: 8
Points 86, Level 1
Points: 86, Level: 1 Points: 86, Level: 1 Points: 86, Level: 1
Level Up 72% Completed
Level up: 72% Level up: 72% Level up: 72%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 cliffe5 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks crazy,

I'll definitely check the serpentine tensioner, but what am I looking/checking for? I mean how do you tell if it is worn out or not?

As for the battery, even though I replaced it 2 years ago, I had it checked when my alternator was going (the battery light was on...) and it was still good ;)

And its definitely good to hear about this being a strong car! It certainly brings some extra assurances when replacing parts begins. BTW I have only recently began to read on the dropped valve issue. I don't think I have come across changing the head out but will certainly begin that research now.

Thanks again, anyone else have some suggestions?

Should I go ahead and replace the water pump with the timing belt?
cliffe5 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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:47 PM.


Copyright 2002-2015 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 Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac ATS Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum, Civic Type-R Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.





Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1