I purchased my 04 Ford Focus a year ago, it ran great and checked out good with a Goodyear shop. About 2 months later the key wouldn't turn. I quickly figured out if I lightly tapped it with something it would turn and started perfectly. I ordered a new key assembly and keyed it myself so that I wouldn't have to purchase new chip keys. I couldn't find anyone that would replace it for me so I kept a little hammer in my car and did that for about 4 months until I found someone. During that time, I noticed my lights started flickering and I had some power problems. When the mechanic replaced the key assembly, he also said that the alternator was going bad so he replaced it. The driving problems got better but the lights never stopped flickering. 3 months later, the driving problems (weakness, jerking) returned and I stopped at auto zone to have them check the codes if any. They tested the battery and said it's perfect but the alternator is going bad again. So I purchased my own alternator amd had a new mechanic replace it. I also bought the pigtail wires for it but returned them because the mechanic said he tested the wires and they were fine. After the 2nd alternator, it again had power and drive great- FOR 3 MONTHS. I again had it tested. Alternator bad again. After the 3rd alternator, I checked all grounding wires I could find (looked good) and I had him replace a broken purge value that we noticed. Exactly e months later, alternator bad again. Battery checking out fine. I also have turned the test mode on and it shows the battery around 13-14 while I drive. When the alternator goes bad I know it's about to act up by a constant clicking sound in the dashboard, and if I turn the car off and back on, sometimes it's fine again for the entire ride. Also during this entire time, the lights have never stopped flickering and the radio will randomly turn off/on.
Do you have any ideas as to why my alternator will only last 3 months? I've asked so many shops yo look at it and none of them want to diagnose electrical issues. Ive spent over $2000 trying to fix this and nobody hss the answer. The reason I mentioned the key issue is, could the tapping have damaged something that would cause this problem?
Any input is greatly appreciated.
have the same problem?
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 AT 11:51 PM