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2002 Ford Focus LX Base 4dr Sedan

2002 Ford Focus
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
28 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy
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October 13, 2012, 5:21 pm

John M

Question: 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 Starting Problems

Hello. I have a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 that has starting problems. The best way I can explain it is that it acts as if it has a carburetor instead of fuel injection. What I'm saying is that with every carbureted car I ever owned when you first turn the ignition key the car would start but not stay started on its own for at least 30 seconds until the carburetor reached a certain temperature, until that happened you would have to keep your at the gas pedal or else the car would stall. After it achieves the correct temperature the engine changes speed all on it's own, which usually seems to be a rather high speed, which only seems to last approximately 30 seconds or less and then it drops into normal speed and is ready to go. Additionally, if after first starting the car while waiting for it to achieve temperature I do not keep my foot at the gas and the car stalls and I have to try to start it a second or a third time, the engine fan kicks on. That seems wrong to me because the purpose for that fan is to cool things down after they get too hot and there is no way the car is too hot since it hasn't even been able to stay started yet. This is what my car is doing. It only happens the first time I start the car after it being parked over night or a similarly long period of time such as when I park the car after arriving at work and getting ready to leave at the end of my shift. During the rest of the day if I park the car and come back out and start it again everything is normal and it starts perfectly with no fuss at all. The mechanics I have let look at it all seem baffled and clueless. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

October 23, 2012, 7:53 pm

Richard W
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I would clean the throttle body. That should take care of your problem. On the fan issue. If you have the A/C on or the deforst on the fan turn on. So next time turn the A/C or the deforst off.

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