Question about Ford Focus
Car will sometimes die and wont start till several tries especially on a busy street, car is constantly shaking. Took it in several times and nobody can find anything wrong.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the reason it getting hot when stopped is the fan relay is out thus not turning the cooling fan on,this is a time consuming job,the relay is located on the passenger side tip of the frame behind the headlight,the grill,headlights,bumper,and tip of the front fender has to be loosened up to get to it.
The relay is about 70.00 or so,the engine cools down when you drive as you are forcing air through the radiator to cool it down,as for the heater issue probably caused by boiling the anti freeze out ,
To make sure the engine is ok do a compression check to verify the headgasket and heads are ok,as for smelling the sweet smell which is antifreeze probably due to overheating and pushing the fluid out of the cap or tank.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
Strange, it sounds like you've got a dead spark plug, but that would be continuous, not only in the morning, the other explanation could be that the engine management is injecting too much fuel, flooding the cylinder, and wetting the spark plug, which would explain why you need to wait 5 mins for the fuel to evaporate. Try disconnecting the battery for 30 minutes to reset the EMS, if that doesn't help, get to a workshop and let them check the EMS with a computer, the electric choke may be sending the wrong signals to the EMS. Hope this helps!
Posted on Mar 10, 2009
SOURCE: car wont start...sometimes
Sounds like a bad starter solenoid, usually cheapest and easiest to replace the starter and solenoid as a unit. It is always best to check for power between the solenoid and the starter with a test light, if the solenoid clicks but the test light doesn't light up you have found the problem in the solenoid.
Posted on Apr 28, 2009
Could be a fuel pump that is going bad. Some times when fuel pumps go bad they cavitate and pump not just gas but also air. If you get too much air in the line and not enough gas the car won't start. Have a mechanic check your fuel line pressure.
Posted on Aug 05, 2009
ok the security light is on because it isn't reading the chip pellet in the key. The problem with the is usually either bad key, bad pickup in the cylinder, or bad paskey unit. if it is the key or the cylinder then you can bypass the unit by adding a resistor to match the key resistance and attach it to the violet and white wires at the bottom of the column. I do alot of bypasses on these passkey units, it works wonderful.
Your stalling however sounds like a different problem.. since the security system only disables the starting feature and not the running of the vehicle. But with the 3800 engine the cranshaft sensor or sensor wiring, as the engine gets hot causes shorting to the computer and shuts engine down. I would look into that to solve your problems.
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
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