Engine Performance problem
2003 Ford Focus
I have a Ford Focus 2003 and I had an accident in which I hit somebody in the back and damaged the front of my car a little bit. I fixed the car, in a body shop and as far as I remember they had to replace the whole cooling system at the front of the car. I chose not to repair the AC, but after around 2 months I had to go to a mechanic to do it anyway because I could not start my car and this was somehow connected to the accident and had to be done as well.
After 6 months from that time my AC quit working and I had to replace the blower motor, which I did, but immediately after that the ENGINE STARTED OVERHEATING, which is my current problem. It does not happen at night or when I drive on a freeway. It mostly happens when I stop a lot on the traffic lights etc and drive on the "surface streets" during the day (I live in Las Vegas, NV which is pretty hot right now.) That control goes to 3/4 of the scale, sometimes even to the 4/4 (red color on the display).
I was talking to some mechanics about it (besides the one that was fixing the car) and they told me that this is rather a coincidence and that one thing does not have too much to do witch another. They recommended another repair, but I started getting a little frustrated about it because these repairs dont seem to help much. I seem to have one problem after another connected to the same thing (AC - cooling system etc).
What would you do about it?
1) Can I go to the body shop which was the first place to do the work (replacing the radiator etc) and demand fixing the problem after 10 months?
2) Is it really like that, that that blower motor replacement does not have anything to do with engine overheating (the problem started right after doing that blower motor replacement)
I really wanna solve this problem, but this will be the 4th time I have to go and spend money for it. What would you recommend?
have the same problem?
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 AT 11:14 PM