I have a September 1999 1.8 Zetec Gia saloon. About 6 months ago I noticed
that the speedometer would career to zero and the volume of the radio would reduce. I didn't think much of that, until the next 'stage' of this
sequence was, as I approached a roundabout or a bend with the speedo at zero the ignition light would come on - AND - the power steering would
lock up !!??
I have had the thing to the local main dealer FOUR times now and the
'Master Tech' (Colin) reckons there is no fault showing when it is up on the diagnostic/engine management machine.
So....... I am banjaxed !! I have nowhere else to go. I got the car back on Thursday 17th June, I have done 27 miles and the thing locked up on me
this morning, Friday 18th.
Has ANYONE experienced this - and found a resolution ?????
Sounds a lot like the ignition module. With the engine at normal operating temp, the car idling, open the hood and carefully listen to the engine speed. Does it flucuate?
doesnt the idle fluctuate on most cars??
Of course, but Ford has had major problems with ignition modules. Ive had 3 go bad. One symtom is badly fluctuating idle speed.
I've been experiencing the same problem with a December 1998 Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec Saloon - just occasionally, but yesterday the car stalled leaving me in a dangerous situation, so I checked out with a local repair facility and they advised me to look on the internet first, otherwise I could spend a lot of money at a Ford dealer having them search for a problem they couldn't find.
Have you had any success in finding a solution to your problem? We can't be the only two Focus drivers to have experienced it.
Hope to hear good news from you,
about quite a few failing ignition modules on the late 90's Focus vehicles. So I would recommend either doing what mopar recommended to do a self test, or bringing it to the dealer explaining that you feel the problem lies with the ignition module. Best of luck, keep us posted.
:cussing: I had exactly the same problem on my 1998 Ztec listened to the
engine and you can hear it idling erratically, but its very quiet and you
have to listen carefully.
Have changed the ignition module yesterday from the scrap yard and all has been well since.
i had a 350 rocket f85 cutlass (1966) wish i would have kept it .i had a
6.6 litre 1977 trans am that was alot of zap for 220 hp.and 12 mpg,a viper
gets 24 as far as the FOCUS goes ,at one time it was the # 1 recalled
vehicle on the planet.call ford and tell them to fix the garbage just like
the 97 explorer suspension which they tried to pin on firestone.there is
probably a recall or tsb for the problem.its
just a matter of calling enough dealers.