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Josh

Ann Arbor, MI

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#41
May 31, 2012
 
Hi,

I am a 2001 Zx3 owner and this is a common problem for all focuses. For some of you, who are driving and having stall issues it is probably your EGR valve or sensor which has stopped working-focushacks.com has a cheap workaround. For stalling while stopped-it is likely your PCV Valve which needs cleaning/replacement. Other things to check are the MAF and clean if necessary, the IAC, vacuum hose leaks(especially crankcase hose)and the fuel filter. 2000 Focuses had a recall on fuel pumps-this may also be the problem. Hope this helps!
Wondering

Jackson, OH

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#42
Jul 1, 2012
 
My mom has a 02 focus zx3 and everytime the car gets down to a quarter of a tank of gas and she goes to the gas station and puts gas in it-it won't start. This is usually when hot outside. She can lift the hood for a couple of minutes and then it will start right back up. Anyone else have this problem?
Elana Hamby

Thomasville, NC

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#43
Jul 18, 2012
 
2001 Ford Focus ZX3, having all the same problems. After about 20-25 mins the car starts to spit and sputter when you press the gas. Like it gets less power. Replaced crankshaft,fuel pump, and alot more. ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING?
Wondering

Jackson, OH

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#44
Jul 19, 2012
 
This sucks that no one has any answers for this. Now this car got my mom out and she shut it off went in the store and when she came back out the steering wheel was locked and wouldn't release. I've been told these cars are know for this too and the switch needs replaced. One woman made a complaint that while driving hers the steering wheel locked on her and she hit a tree. Ford should be ashamed to have all these complaints like this of all the same symptoms and not be willing to fix it.
aaron

Fort Huachuca, AZ

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#45
Aug 5, 2012
 
turn off ur ac it will fix all of ur problems
Wondering

Jackson, OH

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#46
Aug 12, 2012
 
What would turning off the ac have to do with the car not starting?
Jensunami

Lakewood, WA

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#47
Aug 26, 2012
 
I suffered this problem for years. Finally found a dealer who drove it until it actually did the intermittent stalling. It was the idle air control valve. Try it! I did everything else (O2 sensor etc). It wasnt until I told him "Intermittent stalling on hot days" that he finally realized it was a throttle problem. I might actually start to like my car again
enrique

North Hollywood, CA

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#48
Aug 30, 2012
 
I have this issue too. By looking online I found out that it might be the clutch switch. Hence, my personal mechanic cannot find anything wrong. No codes no nothing shows up.
2000/Ford/Focus/zx3/Kona/Manua l tran
Wondering

Jackson, OH

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#49
Sep 6, 2012
 
Well this car is an automatic so it couldn't possibly be a clutch switch.
andy

Salt Lake City, UT

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#50
Oct 13, 2012
 
The problem is your oxygen sensor I know that sounds weird trust me oxygen sensor is it.
Candace wrote:
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I too have a 2002 Focus and this has happened to me on 4 seperate occassions - once in 2005, once in 2006 and then again in May of 2007 and then yesterday. All were in days of high heat. I am desperately trying to figure out what is wrong as I don't want to get trapped with my 4 years old in the car. I spoke to a mechanic in May and he told me that unless the car was malfunctioning at that moment, he couldn't help me. The car gives no indication (no lights on dash) that anything is wrong. It simply begins to lose power, studders when given gas and then stalls. Once this occurs the car will not run until it cools. Once cool, the car runs fine. Did either of yu find an answer to this yet?
cody

Roanoke, VA

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#51
Nov 3, 2012
 
my sister has a 2002 ford focus and the problem shes having out of it is it starts when its been sitting for a period of time but dies after a few minutes. when you turn the key after that it does nothing and all the lights are dim, the door buzzer wont go off, and the windows are slow to go up and down. after about a hour it starts up and does the same thing over again. ive checked all the relays, fuses, and battery but its still the same. any ideas?
ROGER

Watertown, WI

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#52
Dec 26, 2012
 
2007 FORD FOCUS WHEN COLD YOU HAVE TO KEEP FOOT ON ACCEL PEDAL TO KEEP RUNNING
CURTIS

Huntington, WV

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#53
Jan 2, 2013
 
I HAVE A 2002 ZX5 THAT TRIES TO STALL OUT IN DRIVE WHEN YOU COME TO A STOP AND IT'S REAL COLD OUTSIDE...IF YOU PUT IT IN PARK OR NEUTRAL IT'S FINE.....
Lucinda

London, Canada

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#54
Jan 4, 2013
 
Branden wrote:
My 2001 ZX3 has just started having this problem, all the same symptoms. Runs fine about 20 mins highway, then starts to sputter pretty bad in 5th and 4th gear and I have to pull the car over and shut it down or it will stall out while driving. I need help!
Did you ever find the answer?? Having exactly the same problem. January weather = cold. Paid for mechanic to 'clean' AIC--did not help. IAC Vlave replacement? Crank Sensor replacement? Have a 2000 ZX3. Should we junk the car or spend more money to 'diagnose problem'. Tough decision. Help!!
kendra

Dover Foxcroft, ME

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#55
Jan 22, 2013
 
I have a 2002 ford focus zx3 spits and spotters now and then or won't start...has stalled out a few times..but mine only does it when it's cold...had the mass air flow sensor changed last year..my garage told me it's the mass air flow again????
ivan

Los Angeles, CA

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#56
Mar 4, 2013
 
got in a little accident I hit but I mest up my front bumber. n when I hit him it shut off . it dose try to start but it just stalls /,,:
james

Jersey City, NJ

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#57
Mar 5, 2013
 
Parked my focus zx3 douches ztech in garge bcuz. I broke shift assembly now wont start help plz
james

Jersey City, NJ

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#58
Mar 5, 2013
 
Dohc lol
Barry

Dundee, UK

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#59
May 13, 2013
 
I have a 2000 Ford Focus and started having this problem last week, after some studying I tried taking off the ICV located at the back of the engine below the throttle and cleaned at using carb cleaner which helped a bit I then added a fuel line cleaner to clean the injection system and that also helped a bit. I went on to rev my engine and spray barb cleaner straight into the throttle which has made the biggest difference. To do this remove the air flow hose from the throttle use the throttle on the engine to rev your engine and spray the carb cleaner straight into the throttle let the air suck it through if your car was as bad as mine its possible you won't even here the air being sucked threw until after a few sprays but you should here a strong sucking noise when the throttle is applied to over a couple thousand revves, if your still having problems try cleaning or replacing your EGR or replacing the fuel filter all rather cheap remedies if you choose to clean rather than replace, hope this help you all
dave

Athens, GA

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#60
Jul 22, 2013
 
2001 ford focus zx3 idle high tranmission want shift how do i idle down

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