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Spiders Attack Focus

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On: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:02PM | By: Karen Cook

Spiders Attack Focus

Ford has issued a Technical Service Bulletin for 2012-2014 Focus sedans and hatchbacks. There is a bug in the system causing fueling problems.

More specifically, a spider is gumming up the works. If the fresh air vent hose for the EVAP emissions system becomes clogged by debris or, in this case, spider nests. The blockage causes slow fueling or the fuel nozzle to shut off, indicating a full tank even though it is not.

It appears there is no way to clear the blockage, so the hose must be replaced. Since this is not a recall, Ford will not foot the bill for the replacement. On new cars the 20-minute repair will be covered under the factory warranty. On older cars with this problem, the emissions warranty may cover it if the in-service date and mileage qualify.

Questions can be directed to Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Refer to TSB#14-0112.

Oddly, this is not the first spider-related vent hose problem to strike an automobile. Back in April, Mazda had a similar issue with the Mazda6. Apparently spiders are attracted to the hydrocarbons in these hoses. Mazda did issue a recall and installed a cover to prevent the spiders from getting into the lines and setting up house. The insect plaguing Mazda was a specific breed that builds very thick webs. There is no word from Ford on whether this is the same spider that attacked Mazda’s sedans or if they have any plans to redesign the vent hoses to prevent future trouble.


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