Four Different Issues

Asked by Apr 09, 2017 at 11:39 PM about the 2003 Ford Focus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Ford Focus Sedan that I bought a few months ago. When I
bought the car, I would start it up and it would be really rough. The entire
front end would shake and rattle, and the steering wheel would shake as
well, all of this would occur especially in the winter after the engine would
sit cold for a few hours. After letting it sit for a little bit, it would settle down
and drive a lot smoother. Driving it around a few weeks after buying the
car, I noticed this odd hiccup sound coming from my front end, and it's
high-pitched and happens when I accelerate around the 25-30 MPH mark.
In December, I got in an accident in which I rear-ended someone, so I'm
thinking that the shaking in the front end (which has gotten worse) could be
my alignment but I'm not entirely sure. I've also researched and found out
that motor mounts are a big problem with my type of car, but I want to
make sure that's what it definitely is before I buy any parts. Also, the hiccup
occurred before December, so I don't think it's a result of the accident.
Another thing is that after taking the emergency brake off, I will start to
back up, and the car will make this terrible thunk noise and hesitate while
moving backward. I think this has to do with the motor mounts more than
anything but I would really like some professional opinions. I also am
hoping it's just the motor mounts because when I tell friends about this,
they say it could be the transmission altogether, but I know there's a
transmission motor mount on my car, and fixing an entire transmission
would be a lot more costly than just replacing the mount. I've also heard
people say that it could be the brakes, so how do I know what the problem
is? The last thing is that with the spring weather, I've started driving with
the windows down and as a result have noticed this terrible rattle sound
when the car is accelerating that I didn't notice before. It sounds exactly like
a rattle snake, and I'm not sure if it's from the harsh weather we had this
winter and need to replace an alternator belt or something, or if it's just
because the car is old.

2 Answers

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I think you need to put it into a shop and have it properly inspected, some of these symptoms sound like a safety issue and shouldn't be put off. If the car shakes at startup, then it is misfiring and not steering related, but a rattle under acceleration or when steering can be a safety issue.

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for the skaking things that is plug or coil issue and for the snake sound first check the belts and for air leakage and for the brake let mechanic check it.

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