Question for badraptor:
Since your a seasoned tech. you may be able to shed some advice on
this. Perhaps you've already seen (heard) this before.
The only potential problem with my new (to me) 2000 Focus LX w/SP
eng.-15K miles, is a wurring noise coming from the serpantine belt
system. I can almost pinpoint it to the AC condensor area underneath.
(noise unchanged when AC kicked on and off) I can't see where the
tensioner pully is so I can't rule that out either. (Boy that eng, is
packed in there tight!) The noise is loudest when everything is good
and cold (below 40 deg. F.) almost goes away (but not completely)
when warmed up .
Should I have this checked out or monitor it's condition for awhile.
My mother in law's Saturn has made a similar noise for 2 years now.
(but not under a 3 mo. dealer warranty)
I've found that having things replaced that haven't actually failed
yet can actually turn out worse in the long run. (replacement parts
sometimes are lower quality than orig.)
My hunch is to follow the "if it works, don't fix it" approach and
just keep an eye (ear) on it and purchase more warramy by Feb.
What do you think.
Well lets see without hearing it its very hard for me to help you, but
lets try to get you into this and try to get you to diag it yourself! Lets
start here get a screwdriver with a long shank like 12 to 15 inches or a 12
inch 3/8 extension put one end to your ear and the other to the suspect
component.PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DO IT SAFELY MAKE SURE ITS NOT TOUCHING ANY
ROTATING COMPONENTS! The best spot is right at the base of any rotating
component nearest the bearing of that component.before you get oyur wife
,girlfriend,or siad friend to start the car make sure you have all the
places that you want to put the screwdriver mapped out already because you
dont want the car to get warm! then listen for the loadest rumbling noise
and that will be your bad component. i hope this helps!i will look for any
known issues that might help you tommarrow ok.
SENIOR MASTER FORD TECH AND PROUD OF IT!
I'm with you so far. I.ve actually done this before a long time ago
on a car that you could actaully get at the components. That Focus
engine is packed in so tight that I cant' even see the belt
tensioner(s), but I'll give it a go this weekend. i'll get my one of
teenage sons to assist. They both are already quite familiar with the
up .... down ... up .... down routine involved with bleeding
brakes. Now they're a bit gun shy when I ask them to help with car
repairs. Now they ask: "i'm not gonna sit in it and pump the brakes
again for an hour again, while you lay underneath cussing and
swearing, am I dad"?
I'll let you know, thanks,
. . .
Tell those sons of yours (and daughters too) that the up-down bleeding
brakes routine is part of the maturation process. If a person doesn't
experience it all kinds of stuff goes wrong in adulthood - won't be able to
commit, may begin hard drinkin', drug abuse is a definite possibility and
worst of all, mechanophobitis which is almost always fatal.
LAMO (laughing my ass off) - all three of us. Im sitting here reading
the group waiting for the sun to warm up the Focus and driveway before
we do the rod-stethoscope thing.
My two boys say hi and they are now even happier I bought the Focus
'cause it brought me here.
OK - metal rod stethoscope test is complete and the culprit seems to
be the alternator. (and no JOR, there were no stains on the seat
after) The lights do "wiggle" a little at idle when things are turned
on and off so this may be related, but I doubt it. Probably just low
quality alternator all around. I've read here that most of Ford's
problems have been with their vendor's quality control.
I cant get anywhere near either of the two idler pullies, but there's
definately a mild high-pitched noise comng through the rod from the
alternator, but not any of the other belt-driven units. (that I can
reach without risking a rod stuck in the side of my skull)
The last alternator bearing gone bad for me was way back on my Dad's
'70 Catalina after I revved it too high racing another half drunk
teenager, oops heh heh, sorry dad. (nice fast 400 eng.!) That one
made a unmistakably loud screeeeeeeching noise though. My plan is to
buy more wrranty and enjoy the little pocket rocket for a while.
Speaking of half drunk -
. . .
. . .
I musta dunnit right 'cause we did some of our best partying WHILE
working on our cars. Must be why I forgot the metal rod stethoscope
thing. ;-} We've since outgrown all that and now buy cars with
warranties. One of our gang swore by Fords, wouldn't drive anything
else, still wont. He's now a deisel mechanic. Turns out he is one of
my wife's cousins. Small world.
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