I can re-produce this problem every time. Has anyone seen this, can it
be fixed as a 'do-it-yourself' kinda project?
I have a year 2000 Ford Focus SE. If I put the car in park and turn
the wheel just a little to the left or right, the RPMs drop and it
feels like the car is going to stall but it doesn't. This started
happening about 2 months ago. Is there a sensor that knows when the
power steering is in use and maybe the sensor is damaged and not
telling the engine to compensate by raising the RPMs?! I've also
noticed it by driving down the highway and going from 65MPH to a dead
stop, all while maintaining a straight line and as my car comes to a
stop, the RPMs drop again. The >latest< recall replaced the fuel
filter so I guess that can be ruled out as guilty. :)
On another note.... when should I change my factory spark plugs? (car
currently has 55K miles)....
And something else.... I've noticed that on my battery, one of the
terminals has that white chalky powder building up around it. Is this
a sign the battery need replaced? I had this problem on a '94 Probe
and had to replace the battery AND the wires. The mechanic explained
it to me but it was some weird answer. Something about the wires
building up resistance (or something like that) and even with just a
new battery, it would happen again he said.
Oh well, any help appreciated!!