Engine Performance problem
2000 Ford Focus 4 cyl Automatic 124000 miles
I had my car checked for a battery problem in October, and also received a list of recommended services. I need to know which of these are absolutely required for safe operation (priority), and which would just be ideal if I was made of money. It'd also be great if any of you could weigh in on whether the estimates from this shop are appropriate or not.
Recommended Services (estimate):
Replace front brake with resurfacing - worn ($240).
Brake fluid flush - dirty ($95)
Cooling system service - dirty ($130)
Transmission service - fluid burnt ($195)
Replace coolant hoses - original ($530)
Engine mounts worn ($415)
Also, the car is having some recurring problems - any ideas for a solution are appreciated.
1) The car lights (all - dash, front, rear, check engine light) start to flicker every few months as if the connection to the battery is shaky. This problem is usually fixed after I've taken the car in for an oil change and inspection, but it always returns. It gets to the point of being dangerous, as the car lights will flicker as I'm driving, and the engine will rev on its own. At its worst, the lights go out and I hear a chime as I'm driving, then they all go back on. It's usually worse when idling, but can happen as I'm driving as well.
2) The car starts fine sometimes, but just about every other time, when I start the car, the engine seems to shake and sounds very rough for a period of time before it evens out.
3) When going 65 or 70, the car and steering wheel start to vibrate.
4) The engine seems to have lost what little power it had as a 4cyl. Going up steep hills has always been hard on it, but there's this one stretch I have to take frequently. It used to be I could keep it going about 35 up the hill, but now, unless I start out at a higher speed, the car drops to 5 or 10 up the hill. If I try to push it, the engine starts to misfire (check engine light flashes).
Thanks for any help!
have the same problem?
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 AT 3:19 AM