Hi All. When I first bought my focus 1.6lx manual 2 years ago I had all
the usual problems - dials go to zero then full scale, warning ligths
flash on and off - central locking clicks, relays click, sometimes the
cd turns off and the engine power drops and all lights turn off.
Sometimes it cuts out completely and
the trip counter and clock reset to zero and the cd player needs its
security code again.
I bought a new battery for the car and all was well for about 22
months. Now I have the problem, intermittently again. Sometimes I can
do 1000 miles without it happening, sometimes it is every other day or
every journey. I have had teh battey checked and that is ok and I
think I can rule the alternator out as even with the engine off it
sometimes does starnge things.
A few weeks back I changed the speed sensor - £25.00 and lots of grief
it (heres a tip - if anyone has trouble getting the sensor out after
removing the retaining pin, take out the oiul filler cap on the
transmission and the sensor comes out easier (eventually)).
Anyway - speed sensor changed and I still have the same problem. I went
to a motor factors and they tested the Varta battery which is fine and
their machine seemed to say the alternator was finer too (my dads
friend had the same problem cured with a new alternator. )
I have checked the body earth and also the connection underneath the
fusebox under the bonnet.
Any ideas anyone - I am increasingly frustrated with what is, ina ll
other respects, a fantastic car.