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Old 06-10-2019, 10:31 AM   #21
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Things I cannot do are things I have no clue where they are. There aren't a lot of good pictures or diagrams on the MK3 Focus. It seems to be everyone's least favorite car unless it's an ST or RS and even those are lacking in pictures and the like. I also couldn't do the brakes on my Focus because of the 8mm hex thing on the caliper that would not come off no matter what I tried, so I said screw it and brought the parts to a local shop and had them do it.
Have you looked at the links here for the shop manuals? That might help you out. I haven't had to do a lot to my car other than maint, but I've done the passenger and rear mount, short shifter bracket and front brake pads. I was always able to find a YouTube vid and/or get good help here.
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Get the car up on a rack or get the frontend up on jackstands
How? How does one do that with this car? The thing is so low to the ground I can't even get a regular floor jack under there. Even taking the top part of my floor jack for a lower profile I still wind up having to use the scissor jack the car comes with to get me enough clearance to use the regular jack. The car makes no sense. And the jack points seem to be front and rear but not in the front middle or side middle. It's a really hard car to work on. I made wooden wheel ramps, because the front end kept pushing my metal wheel ramps I use on my Toyota. I haven't been motivated to try that yet, but I'm hoping that works.

Ford really shouldn't have put that stupid plastic trim along the sides.
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How? How does one do that with this car? The thing is so low to the ground I can't even get a regular floor jack under there. Even taking the top part of my floor jack for a lower profile I still wind up having to use the scissor jack the car comes with to get me enough clearance to use the regular jack. The car makes no sense. And the jack points seem to be front and rear but not in the front middle or side middle. It's a really hard car to work on. I made wooden wheel ramps, because the front end kept pushing my metal wheel ramps I use on my Toyota. I haven't been motivated to try that yet, but I'm hoping that works.



Ford really shouldn't have put that stupid plastic trim along the sides.
You only want to jack at the jack points on the side anyways as they are reinforced for that purpose. I agree the setup sucks and after the first time dealing with it I bought the Steeda jack rails which let you use almost the whole side of the car to jack and I lift one side at a tume and 4 jackstands anytime I work on it. If your jack doesn't fit under the car you need the proper low profile jack if you plan on working on it yourself, my car is lowered around an inch and my jacks fit fine.

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I bought the Steeda jack rails which let you use almost the whole side of the car to jack
Those cost over $100. This is an MK3 Focus that seems to be falling apart at 90,000 miles. If that jack rail had uses on other cars I might get it, probably not, though.

Fortunately it looks like it's the top o2 sensor. Both codes I have say bank 1 sensor 1.

The other codes I have are the vapor leak and one for the purge valve. I can probably change the purge vale myself on the Focus. It doesn't look hard, there's just a lot of stuff in the way. Probably have to take the airbox out to get to it. I've done that before, though, to clean the intake.

I'm hoping once I do the 02 sensor and purge valve that gets rid of the vapor leak message.

I also have to change the coil packs. One broke when I changed the plugs, but when I pushed it back in and tightened it down, it seemed to make the connection. But the car idles rough and loses power for no apparent reason while driving so I figure I may as well do those, too.

After I do those three things if the vapor leak message is gone it goes back for a very late emissions test, and I get to pay for that and the late fee, then I need to pay the taxes on both cars, then the Focus will get listed for sale. Hopefully I can get $3500 for it.
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Yeah if the plan is to sell it definitely not worth it. In my case it has been worth every penny.

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How? How does one do that with this car? The thing is so low to the ground I can't even get a regular floor jack under there. Even taking the top part of my floor jack for a lower profile I still wind up having to use the scissor jack the car comes with to get me enough clearance to use the regular jack. The car makes no sense. And the jack points seem to be front and rear but not in the front middle or side middle. It's a really hard car to work on. I made wooden wheel ramps, because the front end kept pushing my metal wheel ramps I use on my Toyota. I haven't been motivated to try that yet, but I'm hoping that works.

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Grab a few 2x4's & drive up on those's, possibly 2 stacks of them. Thats what I use to rack up lowered or just low vehicles. Really best to jack up either the front or rear, not side to side. Use jack stands, don't trust any jack....
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Grab a few 2x4's & drive up on those's, possibly 2 stacks of them. Thats what I use to rack up lowered or just low vehicles. Really best to jack up either the front or rear, not side to side. Use jack stands, don't trust any jack....
The very first day I put a tire under a car was under my Focus a few months ago. I was trying to get the caliper bolt off using a breaker bar and pulled so hard I pulled the car off the jack stand. Had I not had that tire there my leg would've been "different".

Now I always throw a tire under the car. My Rav4 has a wheel under it right now. It's been on stands a few days now. I was waiting for new front calipers which just showed up today. I didn't know I needed them till nothing I tried would get the slide bolt out. Apparently the bracket by itself costs more than an entire caliper so i got two from Autozone, which were cheaper than Rock Auto with the $30 off coupon. And i get the $50 for the core charge back when I bring back my old ones.
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How? How does one do that with this car? The thing is so low to the ground I can't even get a regular floor jack under there.
Must be your particular jack. I changed my PSM recently and easily rolled my jack under the front to hold the engine.

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The other codes I have are the vapor leak and one for the purge valve. I can probably change the purge vale myself on the Focus. It doesn't look hard, there's just a lot of stuff in the way. Probably have to take the airbox out to get to it. I've done that before, though, to clean the intake.
I haven't done it yet, but guys are saying it takes 15 minutes. I don't think you have to remove the airbox.
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The very first day I put a tire under a car was under my Focus a few months ago. I was trying to get the caliper bolt off using a breaker bar and pulled so hard I pulled the car off the jack stand. Had I not had that tire there my leg would've been "different".

Now I always throw a tire under the car. My Rav4 has a wheel under it right now. It's been on stands a few days now. I was waiting for new front calipers which just showed up today. I didn't know I needed them till nothing I tried would get the slide bolt out. Apparently the bracket by itself costs more than an entire caliper so i got two from Autozone, which were cheaper than Rock Auto with the $30 off coupon. And i get the $50 for the core charge back when I bring back my old ones.
About 6 months ago, I bought a 3-ton, low-profile floor jack. If all you work on is your Focus or similarly sized vehicles, you could get away with one that has half that capacity. However, I also use it on my truck and it is nice because it lowers to just over 3 inches and raises up to 19.5 inches. So, I can use it on all my vehicles without pre-jacking or using any spacer blocks. For my Focus, I put it under the factory jack locations then place jack stands under the engine cradle where it bolts to the frame.

I made some custom jacking rails for my daughter's MK1 Focus as her jacking points were getting all rusted out. They are so nice because you have so many options for jacking and for placing stands that are out of the way. I have been meaning to make some for my MK3s but just haven't gotten around to it yet. There's not a lot to them so if you have a welder, some steel and some fabricating skills, you can make your own and save some cash. I also opted to make mine with rails that are twice the thickness of the Steeda ones so they would hold up better to poorly placed jacks and stands.
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Must be your particular jack. I changed my PSM recently and easily rolled my jack under the front to hold the engine.


I haven't done it yet, but guys are saying it takes 15 minutes. I don't think you have to remove the airbox.
There's no way you easily rolled your jack under the front to lift the car. There aren't any jack points in the front. They're behind the engine. And you might not have to remove the box itself, but you definitely have to remove everything between that and the intake manifold.

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