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Car will not go over 40 miles when on the road the fuel fillter has been changed and the check engine light is on

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  • Matthew Walter Oct 14, 2008

    well kinda the same mine ideals rough and trys to stall and holds back no power

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I've had this same problem with my 2000 Ford Focus several years ago and it was linked to a cruise control recall. Something about a cable getting stuck. If you have cruise control you may want to look into it. I was able to correct the problem by playing with the cruise control buttons until I could take it in to be corrected.

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This cars needs a dealer diagnostic doing,as its possible its on limp mode ??cause ??havent a clue anything from a bulb out to a engine sensor playing up

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