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Hello all. Been lurking here a couple of weeks, and decided it was time to register.

I'm an older guy, probably older than most here at 51. My first 10 years or so driving was all done in Chevy's, and I have been a die hard Chevy fan my entire life. Over the past 12 years or so, I have driven and worked on Hondas primarily.

A few weeks back, I bought an '06 Focus ZX4 SE, and am absolutely blown away by it.

The forums here have already helped me several times figuring out how to do some things, and I'm sure I'll learn a lot more along the way.

So far, we have swapped out some light bulbs for LED's, cleaned things up a lot, replaced some missing bits (cup holder inserts, wheel center cap) fixed a messed up gear indicator (gummed up, bent, and broken thanks to one of those stupid oil diffuser air fresheners, lord how I hate those things), installed a new head unit, and swapped out an engine mount.

In the near future, we will be replacing the other two engine mounts, and installing a new valve cover gasket, spark plugs (we are at 130k miles, and I have no idea if they have ever been changed) and replacing the boots on the coil packs (assuming they are oiled up pretty good from the leaking valve cover).

Judging by the sounds coming from the front, wheel bearings will be on the horizon, and then a good overall inspecting of steering / suspension. With 130k on the clock, I'm sure there are going to be things that need attention.
 

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I'm new, I just joined. I bought a 2009 focus SES with 76k miles, although it needs some stuff.

What's the first thing you guys would do when fixing up a car that has been sitting for a year or more?
In general, I would drain the oil, and pay close attention to it, looking for water in it, smelling it for a strong gas odor, and looking for any metal flake (looks glittery) in it. I would drain / refill coolant, trans fluid (also smell that for burnt smell, observe it for glitter just like the oil) and put fresh spark plugs in it. While doing plugs, if you see oil in the plug wells, then a valve cover gasket job is in order.

I would do a visual inspection of the brakes. Make sure you can move the front calipers in and out a bit on the slides. Make sure the brake hoses don't look shot, and there is no leaking.

Once you get it to fire up, I would probably fill the gas tank to dilute the old gas that is in there as much as possible with fresh gas. From there, slow and easy for the first test drive, make sure it stops good, and steers good. Make sure it is changing gears smoothly. Beyond that, just keep an eye on things. Be aware of temperature, of odd odors, vibrations, pulling, shaking. Anything out of the ordinary, check it out.
 

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In general, I would drain the oil, and pay close attention to it, looking for water in it, smelling it for a strong gas odor, and looking for any metal flake (looks glittery) in it. I would drain / refill coolant, trans fluid (also smell that for burnt smell, observe it for glitter just like the oil) and put fresh spark plugs in it. While doing plugs, if you see oil in the plug wells, then a valve cover gasket job is in order.

I would do a visual inspection of the brakes. Make sure you can move the front calipers in and out a bit on the slides. Make sure the brake hoses don't look shot, and there is no leaking.

Once you get it to fire up, I would probably fill the gas tank to dilute the old gas that is in there as much as possible with fresh gas. From there, slow and easy for the first test drive, make sure it stops good, and steers good. Make sure it is changing gears smoothly. Beyond that, just keep an eye on things. Be aware of temperature, of odd odors, vibrations, pulling, shaking. Anything out of the ordinary, check it out.

Thanks! yep It's got a damaged rear hub so i gotta replace that....
 

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HI to all of the other focus owners.

I’m 16, I don’t really have a big background in cars but I do know some stuff like how to machine rotors, bleed brakes, change brakes, spark plugs, instal exhaust systems and a little bit of other stuff. I’ve been a Ford guy for all of my life, and I’ve been raised around them for as long as I can remember. My dad has had 2 mustang gt’s (2000-2004 versions).

I got my 2002 focus Zx5 over Quarantine in late March or early April from Michigan. It had a few problems like an over tightened valve cover gasket so i fixed that and the motor mounts were bad so I replaced them all. And most recently my flex pipe was causing a lot of shaking in the car so I got A new flex pipe and I bought a catback exhaust. I plan on using the forum when looking into the issues to come.
 

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Sup to anyone who cares. Long time lurker, now owner. Traded my car so the Gf could get a brand new one, and I took her 2013 Titanium Mk3 with the lovely DCT in it. Took me less than an hour to start messing with stuff... Now where to get a set of ST3 bi-xenons
 

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Hey my name is Will,,,

i race dirt track and just got a 2.0 duratec to put in my 2000 escort. I’m needing advice on getting it in there. I have the entire donor car.2008 focus. My car currently has the 2.0 spi motor
 

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Hi, I’m a new member and a focus owner with a problem that I hope someone can help with. I had a warning sign, on the dash, telling me to check my tyres. I duly did this and found that all four were below bar. However I still have the warning sign and it won’t close down! Can anyone offer me some advice? Thanks in advance.


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Hi, I’m a new member and a focus owner with a problem that I hope someone can help with. I had a warning sign, on the dash, telling me to check my tyres. I duly did this and found that all four were below bar. However I still have the warning sign and it won’t close down! Can anyone offer me some advice? Thanks in advance.


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I'd love to see the SOB who thought it was a good idea to put those damn tire pressure sensor abortions on cars. As if I don't know when I have a low pressure tire. And when they fail they are expensive to replace. And if the nest guy who is mounting tires on your rims, good chance he will wreck one or two. Total BS in my book. Hate those damn things. Just keep an eye on your pressures like we've been doing successfully for the past 120 years and ignore the BS TPS warning light.
 

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I'd love to see the SOB who thought it was a good idea to put those damn tire pressure sensor abortions on cars. As if I don't know when I have a low pressure tire. And when they fail they are expensive to replace. And if the nest guy who is mounting tires on your rims, good chance he will wreck one or two. Total BS in my book. Hate those damn things. Just keep an eye on your pressures like we've been doing successfully for the past 120 years and ignore the BS TPS warning light.
Exactly. i have an 09 and got a tire change and the light is on... shoulda though it through Ford... Oh well.
 

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Hi, I’m a new member and a focus owner with a problem that I hope someone can help with. I had a warning sign, on the dash, telling me to check my tyres. I duly did this and found that all four were below bar. However I still have the warning sign and it won’t close down! Can anyone offer me some advice? Thanks in advance.


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Its a common thing that happens when tires are replaced.. I'm not sure how to turn it off. i just gnore it it doesn't make much noise..
 

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Hi I'm Chris and we own a 2007 Ford Focus SES 2 door hatchback with 203000 miles. I've never thought I'd be capable of auto repairs/maintenance but I started a month ago doing one thing at a time to bring it up to code and driving better. So far saved myself $700 which I did not have in mechanic fee's by doing it all by myself.

Can't wait to dive deeper into my focus with the group. If you have an identical vehicle type feel free to DM me since I can get best advice from those members.

Thanks mods for keeping this forum running for focus owners like me.
 

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Hi I'm Chris and we own a 2007 Ford Focus SES 2 door hatchback with 203000 miles. I've never thought I'd be capable of auto repairs/maintenance but I started a month ago doing one thing at a time to bring it up to code and driving better. So far saved myself $700 which I did not have in mechanic fee's by doing it all by myself.

Can't wait to dive deeper into my focus with the group. If you have an identical vehicle type feel free to DM me since I can get best advice from those members.

Thanks mods for keeping this forum running for focus owners like me.
When just starting out, you pay close in tools to do a job as you would if you hired it out...but you now have the tools for later jobs.

Eventually, you’ll only being buying specialized tools or better tools that makes your work even easier.

If you have a mentor or two and are willing to dig around and do the research, you can make wrenching a nice hobby that allows you to about break even financially.

Learn from my experience and use only OEM parts or known high quality replacement parts. Otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ll be doing the job again soon!!
 
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