My Focus has started shaking when in Idle and the engine stops...

Asked by May 03, 2012 at 11:31 AM about the 2003 Ford Focus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

any ideas on what my problem could be? Im not very good at this sort of stuff.

If i put it in neutral and rev the engine then it keeps running, but if i leave it in gear at a light or stop sign the engine labors, i can feel it shake around, and then the engine just stops.

Please tell me this is something stupid and simple...

12 Answers

285

It could be the motor mounts are starting to go bad. If its the 2.0 Zetec, check the rear dog-bone mount. It should be under the car, on the drivers side behind the transmission.

9 out of 9 people think this is helpful.
435

my focus was shaking and it was the motor mounts, got them replaced and the shaking stopped.... as far as the car just stopping, its gotta be a completely separate issue..... i dont think the bad mounts should cause that

8 out of 8 people think this is helpful.
185

I had this same problem with my 2000 2.0 zetec. there was a 1 inch rubber hose, i believe from the exaust, that is visible just behind the engine, that had a small leak in it. it caused the car to idle funny, and stall when ideling. the problem was only present when the engine was warm though. hope this helps.

13 out of 13 people think this is helpful.
10

we have the same thing happening where are car came from the people that work on it don't know wtf it is I thing I find out was the pass. side mount was bad and if you put a crow bar on the front side of motor and push down the motor will purr like a kitten for right now I put plugs wires and a coil pack on the motor so the trans mounts under the air filter getting replaced next then the dog bone or what one you think it is

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
25

go to autozone and have them put the scaner on the car and see what code gives. if it gives that a bank lean is the problem then you might have an air or vac leak and it can be just a hose that at the dealer ship i paid $39 to buy for my 05 focus and the idle problem was fixed. one way to check if an air or vac leak is the problem is to buy some carb cleaner and spray around the engine like around the air box(on my car) with the engine on and if an air or vac leak is the problem then the engine should run at normal idle for 2 sec. or just buy the car cleaner and do the test before you get to autozone because they are not very accurate because they made me buy a mass airflow sensor for nothing.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
10

Do you have a manual transmission? Every time you come to a stop you have to step on the clutch

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
40

Would bad motor mounts cause the check engine light to blink?

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
220

I have a 2000 Ford focus I have a bad shake only while it idles it goes away as soon as you get on the gas

22 out of 22 people think this is helpful.
30

so what can it be

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
30

I just had this repaired on my daughters car, it is a pcv valve and hose that needs to be changed. We also changed the motor mounts due to one being broken. both were right under $300 including labor.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
10

Moen what was your problem? What hose did you replace?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I've had to replace that aswell on my 2000 Ford focus,,, then here recently I was driving and my car would just turn off,, had to replace alternator and the wiring,, car still when sitting at light idles and wants to die,, Motor mounts have been replaced already.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • shaking/ shuttering 7 answers

    I have a 2002 ford Focus auto. Every time i come to a stop the car shutters/shakes. it gets worse when it warms up. It doesnt really do it if i put the car in neutral. but ss soon as i put it into d...

    2002 Ford Focus ZX5

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 - stopped at a light, car will skip beats/rhythm while idling. Random w/ no set pattern. 8 answers

    I just inherited a 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 with a little over 76,000 miles so I already know it's going to have some issues here and there. My main concern at the moment is when the car is stopped at a li...

    2004 Ford Focus ZX5

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Shaking when accelerate 2 answers

    Hi, I have a focus svt 2002 and all the body shake when accelerate on 5 or 6 gear but I put the motor mount, idle control, bushings, ball joins, tires, everything is new and still the same problem....

    2002 Ford Focus

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 ford focus stalling 1 answer

    I have a 2002 ford focus starts fine but idles funny and while driving it as soon as it gets up to temp it wants to stall at stops and sometimes does.. I go to restart it and it won't start I have to...

    2002 Ford Focus SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 2002 ford focus has a high idle on start up.. 1 answer

    I bought a 2002 Ford Focus..and it started having a problem with the idle. When I start it up it revs high. And slowly works it's way back to normal.. and very occasionally it sputters at stops or ...

    2002 Ford Focus SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Focus

Looking for a Used Focus in your area?

CarGurus has 55,841 nationwide Focus listings starting at $1,495.

ZIP:

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 880
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
509 Great Deals out of 81,592 listings starting at $558
Used Ford Fiesta
114 Great Deals out of 15,597 listings starting at $3,895
Used Ford Mustang
319 Great Deals out of 45,670 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Corolla
763 Great Deals out of 75,281 listings starting at $1,790
Used Mazda MAZDA3
216 Great Deals out of 29,549 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
740 Great Deals out of 82,789 listings starting at $500
Used Ford Escape
1,052 Great Deals out of 93,251 listings starting at $1,000
Used Hyundai Elantra
516 Great Deals out of 52,485 listings starting at $1,699
Used Toyota Camry
879 Great Deals out of 92,136 listings starting at $1,300
Used Volkswagen GTI
90 Great Deals out of 5,821 listings starting at $2,508
Used Nissan Altima
805 Great Deals out of 78,287 listings starting at $470
Used Chevrolet Malibu
811 Great Deals out of 88,735 listings starting at $1,900

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Focus SE For Sale
8,392 listings starting at $11,998
2016 Ford Focus SE For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 3,336 listings starting at $9,459
2015 Ford Focus SE For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 2,668 listings starting at $7,499
2014 Ford Focus SE For Sale
95 Great Deals out of 4,040 listings starting at $5,584
2013 Ford Focus SE For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 1,456 listings starting at $4,900