Okay, first of all, to get rid of the check engine light all you have to do
is reset the battery. This means take the ground cable off of the battery,
wait around 30 minutes then reconnect it. After that, if the CEL comes back
on, you need to get a diagnostic check.
I recommend going to www.focusfanatics.com
if you have further problems with the check engine light (CEL).
As for the sounds.. have you actually checked your battery out to make sure
it's still good? Sounds to me if it's coming from the driver's side it
might be a problem with corrosion on the battery or a bad battery. Give it
a shot and let us know.
"joes1girl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I just drove home from a long trip this weekend. I noticed a "crackling"
> sound coming from the driver's side of the engine (compartment) over 65
> mph. Is this normal in the 2000 Ford Focus SE. It's a stick shift incase
> that matters.
> Oh yeah... and my engine light has come right after putting gas in my tank
> from a reputable gas station (Mobil). Of course this happened on the same
> long drive and freaked me out... at first. I've already driven the car
> around a couple times since getting home and have added more gas (from
> Chevron) and the engine light still won't go away. Any suggestions. And
> incase it matters I placed gas in my car at 4:45am, but after my car had
> been running for about 10 min.