What's wrong with my 2003 Ford Focus ZX3?

Asked by Jan 25, 2016 at 10:33 AM about the 2003 Ford Focus ZX3

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am not a knowledgable car person, so I'm
afraid I can only describe symptoms. My
car is a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3, and today I
noticed a new problem. The whole car will
shake violently at around 45+ mph. I drive
a manual transmission, so the problem
definitely happens at speed, instead of
RPM.

Other details about the car that may be
related, or maybe not

Steering wheel makes noise when turned
(probably need to change power steering
fluid?)
Engine gets very warm in very specific
places (towards the outside edges) to the
point where it will heat up the hood and
melt ice and evaporate rain much faster in
that spot than the rest of the car, even
though check engine light is off and temp
gauge is reading normally.
The car has had pretty regular
maintenance and oil changes while in my
care, but I believe I'm a little overdue.
Have had repairs done to radiator and
clutch, but nothing in the past year.

Have pictures of engine bay, for anyone
who would take a look. Just looking for
ideas of what could be wrong and how
hard it is to fix so I don't get screwed over
at the garage.

Thank you for your feedback

1 Answer

65,735

All the other things you have described are normal. I don't see a problem. Now the steering shaking may be bad tires or some loose front end parts. Have the front end and tires checked at an alignment shop, they should be able to fix you right up. Oh the serpentine belt may need replacing for the steering.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2003 ford focus 2 answers

    Can i fit a 2006 ford focus engine in a 2003 ford focus?

    2003 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Transmission issues 2000 ford focus zx3 3 answers

    Hello, I am a new member and in need of some tips/advice.. I have a 2000 ford focus ZX3 with 165K miles, perfect engine, but the transmission is giving me trouble. It is not shifting like it should. h...

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2000 Ford Focus zx3 brake/tail lights 1 answer

    2000 focus zx3. Brake/turn signal not working. Fuses good, flasher good. Hazard switch good. Found bare wires in hatch. Going to repair soon but even when the wires aren't grounded to each other or ...

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ford Focus ZX3 camshaft belt 3 answers

    I have an 03 FFZX3 that I bought used with approx 125K miles. The maintenance book from Ford suggests that at 120k the camshaft belt should be replaced. The quote I got from a local Ford dealership,...

    2003 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I lost my key to my 2003 Ford focus zx3 what are, my options?? 1 answer

    2003 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Shopping & Pricing

Search Ford Focus Questions

Ford Focus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,300
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,020
#3 Su'ad Barakat
Su'ad Barakat
Reputation 910
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
499 Great Deals out of 88,834 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Fiesta
126 Great Deals out of 15,882 listings starting at $3,495
Used Toyota Corolla
686 Great Deals out of 72,331 listings starting at $600
Used Ford Mustang
372 Great Deals out of 46,938 listings starting at $1,999
Used Mazda MAZDA3
202 Great Deals out of 30,437 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
755 Great Deals out of 87,619 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ford Escape
1,329 Great Deals out of 94,916 listings starting at $995
Used Hyundai Elantra
467 Great Deals out of 52,427 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Camry
837 Great Deals out of 90,117 listings starting at $950
Used Nissan Altima
823 Great Deals out of 79,434 listings starting at $1,677
Used Volkswagen GTI
77 Great Deals out of 6,371 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
860 Great Deals out of 81,174 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Focus For Sale
26,695 listings starting at $10,495
2016 Ford Focus For Sale
104 Great Deals out of 5,938 listings starting at $8,995
2015 Ford Focus For Sale
90 Great Deals out of 4,939 listings starting at $6,499
2014 Ford Focus For Sale
141 Great Deals out of 6,673 listings starting at $5,591
2013 Ford Focus For Sale
67 Great Deals out of 2,741 listings starting at $4,900