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Fuel pump i have a 2001 ford focus zx3. car started ideling rough and now unless i have my foot on the gas car will stall out and loss of all power. at any stop and when turning corners i lose all power and car stopped running have to put in neutural start car with foot on gas and put into drive. there is a 10 year extended warrenty on the fuel pump but took it to ganley ford in barberton, ohio and they refuse to say that it is the fuel pump. charged me $159 for diagnostic that that say they could not even complete due to a bab pcv valve, but not bad just replaced 2 weeks ago long with the pvc hose thinking that was the problem and then they said pvc valve not bad but wrong one went to autozone talked to manager had him look at it then make sure part was right one sold and come to find that pvc part was right. hose is dealer part. then they wanted to charge me $54 for their pvc valve and charge me for a fuel filter that was vey clogged with is one of the problems due to the fuel pump being junk and husband had replace fuel filter no more then 8 months ago. need help bad ford dealer ships do not want to fix problem and there on tons of complaints due to this problem and refusal by ford to fix it. please help.

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Hello, it's not a solution, is a variant of the fault, I have a similar problem.
My problem is as it follows, my engine starts and runs ok all day, but if it's a sunny day, and I have driven my car for a long period, and using my A/C (it gets REALLY hot, but the temp meter looks fine) and then I turn off my car (let's say I park my car for buy gas) and I try to start it again, it runs but if my foot is not on the gas only, when I get to a red light and I took my foot away of the gas, i lose the power and the car dies, so I have to start it again and so on... Until it gets cold, and then it runs ok again... any Ideas? some guy told me that it was the MAF (?) sensor, but I'm not sure... and my ford dealer told me that the fault must be ongoing so the scanner can detect what kind is it...

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Hi I am Vortash you do seem to be having a few problems with this one , and it does sound a little like the fuel pump and ther is an easy way to check you are getting adequate pressure from the pump .. without a pressure meter .. take a small balloon ( you know the type hard to blow small and can cause you to bust a blood vessel trying to inflate them ideal for this ) place it over the end of the fuel pipe and tape it on tight .. remove the lead from the ignition coil so the vehicle will not start .. crank the vehicle and watch the ballon if it starts to inflate then the Pressure is fine . now dont forget this ballon will now be full of gasoline when you remove it so dont break it and have a bowl or. bucket handy .. and when you take it off also remember there is going to be a good deal of pressure in it ?.
Ok so if the ballon inflated the pump is ok if id didnt insist the garage do a fuel pressure test .
I have a cousin who works for Ford here in the UK it is 2.40 am in the morning here now so I will ask him tomorow or later today lol as I have heard of a fault like this before and it was not the fuel system but i want to check with him first .. Regards Vortash

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    Hi I have been in contact with my cousin and he says that this fault sounds like water in your fuel as you loose power on corners , and because of the water entering the fuel system at that point the car cuts out .. . When you put your foot on the gas your pumping the water through and it eventually picks up the petrol.. Water floats on top of Fuel so to check draw off some fuel from the tank (shaking the car whilst doing it so you get a good mixture of fuel and water if it is in there ) leave some to stand for a while in a clear glass container you will see the water and fuel separate .

    It seems you could have had the water leak into your tank during a bad storm or when you wash the car past the rubber seal on the cap he has known it a few times .. of course this would make it look like a fuel pump fault ? He also says did you receive a letter from From ford telling you about the recall and have you written to them direct if it does turn out to be the pump .. He says that customers should remember the dealers are franchise holders and only represent Ford if you have a problem talk to Ford you may be surprised he has always found them very good ... Regards Vortash



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