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2004 ford focus zx3 series 2dr hatchback manual transmission We can turn on the car, but when we put it in gear and accelerate it turns off. Please help! This vehicle has us stumped. We even changed the fuel pump thinking that wad the problem, but it is still happening.

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Have you run the obd codes and checked for her relays/fuses and made sure all connections were clean? could be just one injector or even a distributor coil gone bad. when was the last imte you changed the plugs, wires, cap rotor? even something as simple as that can stop a car.
had my pump replaced and still had the issue. turned out to be one injector and a bad distrib coil...
do your basic tuneup first:cap, rotor, wires, plugs, filter and then give it a shot and get your codes checked.
(if your coil is inside your distrib you will have to get a new one if that is the issue)
sorry, i feel your pain.

Posted on May 29, 2011


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