Shakes or Wobbles problem
2001 Ford Focus 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 145000 miles
Recently I've had some work done on my 01 Ford Focus. About a month ago I had a PVC hose replaced due to it being collapsed, and my main air tube was replaced due to rodent damage (also check engine code came up " Too Lean", and has since gone off). About 4 days ago I had a new battery installed by a shop. This same shop notified me that one of my valves was leaking a little oil, but no word on it being collapsed or anything of the sort. I was due to be in another city, so I took off that day and drove about 70 miles, then about another 80 the next day. Today my car stalled 3 times.
The first time it stalled I was driving uphill, and there was some smoke. I put the car in park, waited, and restarted it without much of a problem, then drove it up a steep driveway - it jerked and seemed like it make lose power, but made it all the way up. The second time was at a stop light on a flat road surface. The power cut off, I was able to roll it into a parking lot and restart it. I left it parked for about another hour, then idled it for about 10 minutes before driving it to a gas station to fill it.
After driving about 12 miles I was back home. I stopped once along the way but the car started no problem then. When I was coming up the same hill as before, the car started to shake and felt like it was losing some power. I shut it off, waited a few minutes, then tried to start it. LOUD screeching noise. I tried again and the same thing happened. When I tried a third time it started and once again I got it up the steep driveway.
Since getting back to the house, I've checked the oil (full) and the transmission fluid (full). I have to drive 150 miles tomorrow and desperately need my car to make it. Tomorrow is also a Sunday, which makes getting it into a shop all the more difficult. I thought if the oil had leaked it would be dry, but there's plenty of oil in the pan. Somebody PLEASE HELP. Again, brand new battery, possibly a small leak in one of the valves, but this is a totally new problem since having my battery replaced!
Sunday, September 26th, 2010 AT 1:13 AM