What is this clicking noise?

Asked by Mar 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM about the 2005 Ford Focus ZX5 SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Today, in my 2005 ford focus, i turned on the a/c- really for like the 3rd time since last summer. The engine seemed to be struggling- don't know if this happened before or after i turned on a/c. the engine sounds like it is shifting gears? while it is in park? i drove 5 blocks home and i know my car very well- something is up. it never makes any sound like it is now- like it is working harder than it should need to. normally it is so darn quiet you would think i was driving a prius. also as i drove it seemed like the temp. gauge was rising pretty quickly- but not in one smooth movement. it would start and stop and rise the same amount each time. i expected, at this rate, that it would soon overheat. but it never happened. nonetheless needle was directly in middle and rose super fast- enough for me to take notice. when i parked at home i sat and listened and it was making the same noises- almost like power was being drained from it- but not in a battery kind of way. if that makes sense. when i turned off the car i heard a click. then i heard it again. thought i was losing my mind. but click kept occurring- like clockwork- no pun intended. it was from inside the car- almost like it was from the console above parking brake. also when i got out of the car i felt the hood- just to check- perfectly cool. research suggests this may be door blend actuator, moisture in distributor cap, issues with fuses/relays, temperature blend actuator, or starter or solenoid switch. i need to know what it is- but also i need to know if the a/c being turned on and the clicking have anything to do with the engine- because they seem to be related as they occurred at same time- but research online makes the problem- whatever it is- seem like an interior or electrical issue exclusive of engine. i also am planning on changing the fuel filter- simply because i am due- and maybe it is that? maybe the engine isn't being fueled properly/ intake regulated? Anyone have any answers before i visit a mechanic who may or may not try to take advantage of a cute girl? =)

1 Answer

1,105

the clicking is definitly an electrical issue and has nothing to do with the engine. but the temp gauge moving like that i have no idea off the top of my head sorry.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Ford Focus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,420
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,210
  • #3
    Su'ad Barakat
    Reputation
    970
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Fusion
976 Great Deals out of 68,128 listings starting at $1,900
Used Honda Civic
784 Great Deals out of 70,341 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Fiesta
181 Great Deals out of 16,880 listings starting at $2,599
Used Ford Mustang
593 Great Deals out of 36,395 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
811 Great Deals out of 54,978 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord
1,031 Great Deals out of 59,784 listings starting at $1,099
Used Mazda MAZDA3
349 Great Deals out of 26,414 listings starting at $950
Used Ford Escape
1,072 Great Deals out of 95,341 listings starting at $1,200
Used Hyundai Elantra
476 Great Deals out of 46,928 listings starting at $1,950
Used Toyota Camry
955 Great Deals out of 82,111 listings starting at $999
Used Ford F-150
2,603 Great Deals out of 198,122 listings starting at $1,300
Used Nissan Altima
1,007 Great Deals out of 78,492 listings starting at $1,627
Used Volkswagen GTI
133 Great Deals out of 8,147 listings starting at $2,100

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Focus For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 23,950 listings starting at $10,295
2016 Ford Focus For Sale
208 Great Deals out of 7,227 listings starting at $7,500
2015 Ford Focus For Sale
114 Great Deals out of 3,884 listings starting at $6,500
2014 Ford Focus For Sale
251 Great Deals out of 7,490 listings starting at $3,999
2013 Ford Focus For Sale
76 Great Deals out of 2,923 listings starting at $3,504

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.