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Old 10-17-2003, 05:24 PM   #1
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Is it the gas pump?

I want to love my Focus. I really do. For the past 3 months or so I my Focus has been losing accelerating power quite dramatically, as if it's suddenly out of gas. The worst is if I'm turning and going uphill at the same time (like a freeway onramp or interchange). It all started back in July in very hot weather. It also seems to be worse after long trips and when the tank is low on gas. Often it will hesitate repeatedly and sometimes eventually die on me. It will usually start back up after pulling over and resting it a bit.

I've read of many others having this problem on several different boards. Many surmise that it's a problematic fuel pump. That due to its design a lot of dirt and crap collect and clog things up. Does anyone have specific experience with this problem? Any luck in resolving it? Am I stuck getting a new fuel pump? I don't want to shell out the money if it's not going to fix the problem.

I've taken the car into a mechanic twice, but they can't duplicate the problem (of course). Next time I take it in I'd like to tell them what it is, so I don't waste more money on diagnostic fees that don't diagnose anything.

I drive a 2001 Focus Sedan that just hit 70,000 miles. I would appreciate any replies, advice or personal sob stories. Please help me love my Focus again!

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Hey Aric-

First off, welcome! Now, about this issue... I know my Mustang kept pulling these sorts of stunts a few weeks ago, and the fuel system was definitely the problem. DO you often let it go low til the Fuel light comes on? Because that gets more of the dirt and crap in the dredges of the tank up into yuor system. My Mustang needed a whole shopping list of stuff done to it because a lot of its 100k parts were worn too, but most specifically it got: fuel pump, filter, relay assembly. The Diagnostic test alone charged $120, so if you could avoid I'd ask for just the pump to be manually checked and replaced. If that's all it is, it shouldn't set you back too much. Hope you get your Focus fixed soon, so you can start enjoying it again!
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DO you often let it go low til the Fuel light comes on? Because that gets more of the dirt and crap in the dredges of the tank up into yuor system

I have a problem with this theory. If you get gas at a reputible place, (that means NOT arco). You should never have a problem with dirt in the tank. Fuel stations filter there fuel very well. Just an example, I have a 1985 Ford Ranger that has 275,000 miles and never had a fuel dirt problem in the 12 years that I have owned it. I run it down to almost empty and fill it full every time. Filters are cheap to change if you want to try that route first. A Ford dealer might be able to find the problem on a diagnostic test better than another shop. they are trained exclusivly on Ford products, so it is a smart thing to take it to the dealer if you have to spend money on diagnostics.
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well it is true that reputable co's don't have a lot of dirt intheir tanks, but they all have 2 inches of water...my manager tammi used to work at an amoco gas station and they all have at least water in them...this might not be a problem for you, since it mainly never gets into the cars but never go to a station when their filling the tanks cause that does get the shit thats in the tank mixed up with the gas...u have to go to the station about an hr after the tanks have been filled up or the shit will get in u'r car no matter what station it is...just a suggestion
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Old 10-18-2003, 06:40 PM   #5
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I think its fuell pump. We had this problem here with some focis cause the crap and bad gas/water in the tanks.

For a check, change the filter and if you can clear the tank. If the problem is up again after that, check the pump.
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Yeah had my fuel pump fixed, the problem is that the fuel pump thinks that as you're turning to the right or going uphill, the pump can't collect gas, and so there's no gas reaching the engine, causing the car to stall. Have your pump replaced.

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