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Focus SVT engine knock

4602 Views 35 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  Yota Bill
I just bought an 02 svt with 142,ooo on the clock. The focus suposedly has a rod knock. I am going to be trying to figure out for sure if that is the problem. Then I will try to fix it without pulling the motor?

After digging into it a little, it has a couple codes. Codes are P1381 and P1383. I used a stethoscope to try and narrow down the location of the knock. It seems like the noise is coming from the rear cam on the drivers side end of the motor. I am wondering if I have a valvetrain part going bad? I have only pulled the valve cover so far. It does sound like a rod till it gets full oil pressure while cold, but that goes away in just a second and does not come back unless the car sits for several hours again.

Some more background info.. The previous owner says the timing belt was done around 8000 miles ago and a tune up was done about 700 miles ago. Now, I am afraid (but not sure) he could have been fabricating a little bit of this info.? The paperwork for the tune up came with the car, no info. on the timing belt though.

The car runs decent besides the noise, I have only idled (reving it a littlle periodicly) it trying to trace the noise. I did drive it onto my car dollie and into my garage though. I do not think it has the right plugs in it, but the piston tops look fine. I wrote the #'s down, but forgot them on the car.

Sorry about the novel. Any advice would be appreciated.

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i own a focus i built up for rally raceing in soybean fields with friends lol yes i know it sounds dumb but these cars are fast as hell when u put just afew mods on and from the info i say timeing belt mine went out and my dad redid it and he said on these it's hell if u don't do it the right way so if ur driving it stop and fix that first
If it is loud it is prob bad but u never know if it was me I wouldn't have bought it cuz the svt focus has a lot of probs
i will tell u and it flexs more ass lol
the tranny was a bad make these and the shocks if u don't get good ones wear fast along with the rear end the rear likes to go like this /---\ u need to watch those rear tires so they don't do that cuz i don't think u want uneven wear thats about it and i was just saying i wouldn't have bought it with an engine knock cuz i have no time to fix it these are fast ass cars once u get it fixed u'll like it it's like a mini and like a suberu and will roast the tires so hve fun when it's fixed and just re time it and see what happens man good luck
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