2001 Ford Focus 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 70,000 miles
We've recently encounted a very sporadic electrical problem with our 2001 Ford Focus SE (four door). The problem has happened twice on the freeway (going 65 mph) and once at a stop light (idling). Without warning, the dash gauges zero out and the front head lights and radio go out. As dash leds go, the cruise control dash light illuminates on/off during the problem timeframe. After two or three minutes (maybe as long as five minutes), they all come back on in unison.
There does not appear to be any mechanical failure when this dilemma is happeing. The motor, power steering, etc. Appear to continue functioning normally (though I am not sure about brake lights) or other subtle aspects of the car.
So far, we have had the following done by a local certified mechanic to address the issue:
1. Replaced the alternator (found charging system faulty)
2. Replaced the ignition switch (no hard evidence. Just a recommendation).
3. Charging system check.
4. Full electrical inspection.
The problem however, still persists. The fact the issue is not reproducible at will is the main challenge the mechanic faces. The car is back at the shop as I write this, but I wanted to put this out there to see if anyone has any ideas?
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 AT 4:10 PM