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Engine races hot or cold

2001 Ford Focus 2.0 DOHC engine races when engine is cold or hot. without using the gas pedal the car will reach speeds of 45 mph.

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    2001 pathfinder the engine is racing at 1500 RPM. Seams to stop after 10 minutes of driving.

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It sounds very much like the idle air valve is faulty as I have just had same sort of problem I fitted a new idle air valve and it has cured mine. Unfortunately these idle air valves are not cheap. They are about £70 from ford but you can get them on ebay for about £30 from partsdome

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I HAVE A 2001 FORD FOCUS AND WHEN I'M AT A RED LIGHT AND THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN I STEP ON THE GAS, THE CAR SHUTS OFF. I WOULD HAVE TO LIGHTLY PRESS THE GAS PEDAL SO THAT THE CAR WOULD NOT CUT OFF.


Make sure the air cleaner is clean.
you can spray clean the mass air flow sensor which is in the air supply tube after the air cleaner.
my guess is the throttle position sensor is not working correctly, it can be checked with an ohm meter. it is located where the gas throttle connects to the engine, and regulates the gas flow it speed up the engine. sometimes when not working correctly, you will also smell gas. Resistance between two of the pins will change as the center is rotated. pins are small and hard to get clips on, so I use small pieces of stranded copper wire with 1" insulation with most of the strands removed, leaving several sticking out a bit and bent so they won't push into the insulation when the almost hollow insulation is pushed onto the pin. leave some wire sticking out the end so you can alligator clip test leads to it. If in a hard to reach place, take it off of the engine and test.

Feb 27, 2015 | 2001 Ford Focus

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Gas pedal gets stuck and keeps the car going cant stop without turning the car off


dont drive it. find the cause and fix it now.
Hot and cold engine or BOTH>?
1995 Tracker, no tranny , no 4wd , on engine options stated.
Exact high RPM in neutral, not stated...... 1500 is normal cold.
keeps going in Neutral. (nah , you have 5 ways to stop any car.
key, hand brake, foot brake and neutral. and with 4wd, 1 more neutral.
keep that in mind driving any car.
this car has up to 3 throttle cables that can stick. and more!

1: floor mats hit the pedal>? ala. Toyota style (lawsuits)
2: the three cables are, throttle. , cruise and A/T transmission kick down cable. if car is M/T and no cruise it has 1 cable.
so disconnect it, throttle fixed? (disconn,. 1 by 1, bingo?

no cure?, then its not the pedal , you meant just high idle.
yes, replace the cable or bad parts three.
ok say its not the cables.. (tests proved that)
the 95 came with 2 engines, 8valves and 16valves,
they work differently (8v love so race, 16v loves to stall)

1: ISC Stuck open, common.
2: 8v, any air leaks at all , will cause super high idle speeds.
3: throttle valve in the throttle body is stuckopen (gunk) or the return spring broken (very very rare the latter,in fact never heard of one breaking)
4: IAC (thermal idle control stuck open ,(my 97 was). and lots more.
5: on the 16v it takes 2 failures. to make high idle.
gross rich running engine (cold engine its normal) and any air leak
once hot the engine can not race unless there is huge overfueling
and an air leak.
6: the 8v has this device on the side of the throttle body.
called a dash pot. its just a fast idle vacuum servo.
if stuck open the engine will scream full time....
7: ECU stuck in limphome, can cause too high idle speeds.

we need to know which engine
http://www.fixkick.com/find-parts.html
8v or 16v first.
then does the idle race hot or cold or both (engine temperatures)
if it races , then how fast?, RPM the dash tachometer tells you that.

it can be as simple as a 50cent hose cracked.
to a dead ISC. (idle speed control) IAC is thermal idle air controller.
the IAC must be closed on a hot engine,
if the the engine never gets hot,it will scream full time.

Feb 13, 2014 | 1995 Geo Tracker

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I have a 2001 ford focus 2.0l DOHC engine with A/C which fan is the engine cooling fan and which is the A/C cooling fan?


I have the same type of ford focus. The engine cooling fan is located next to the radiator. There are two engine cooling fans and they are controlled by an engine temperature switch located on the engine under your alternator by the firewall. The a/c cooling fan is located on the firewall under the hood. It blows air through your a/c core (this core is called an evaporator, it looks like a minature radiator.) and as the freon goes through the evaporator, the air from the a/c blower pushes cold air in to your car through your vents.

Sep 23, 2012 | 2001 Ford Focus

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I have a 2001 Ford Focus DOHC. Heater doesn't blow hot. Hot cold indicator switch clicks as i9t should when I turn indicator but it doesn't seem to change anything


Feel your heater hoses and see if they are getting hot..If so when your click from the switch ,,make sure the door is switching from hot to cold

Sep 16, 2011 | 2000 Ford Focus

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My son has an automatic 2001 ford focus se.. It has bad vibrations under the gas pedal area and seems loud when driving.. The vibrations are there even when the car isn't moving.. The motor sounds...


Without seeing the car this can only be my best guess.

The exhaust runs out of the engine then between the engine and trans then right under the middle of the car, check your exhaust, look for missing or broken hangers.

The factory radio is ****, Ebay has many factory replacements, it seems the volume knob always fails first. To remove the unit go to your local Advance Auto or like and get the Ford radio removing kit, it's 2 bent wires O_o!

I do hope this helps.

Dec 31, 2010 | 2001 Ford Focus

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lol, I never knew they made a sohc focus, 99% of these are zetecs DOHC. so they have the spark plugs down the middle of the cyliderhead.

Jan 13, 2010 | 2001 Ford Focus

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check you put the same rated plugs in as there are a few different types they are rated from a cold plug to a hot plug which basically means the run better at the set temp

Aug 01, 2009 | 2001 Ford Focus

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Switch Engines


to do this you would basically need all the parts from a dohc equipeed focus, the computer, wiring harness brackets etc, its probably more trouble than its worth

Nov 26, 2008 | 2001 Ford Focus

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