My 2001 Focus has left me stranded twice in the last week. It appears to be the fuel pump problem talked about in previous posts. But when I called the Ford dealership and gave him my vin# he told me my car was made too late in 2001 to be included in the recall. So I called Ford customer service and they told me the same thing. He said my complaint would be researched to see if other Focus owners not included in the recall had the same problem. Which basically means I have to replace the pump at my own cost, and maybe someday be reimbursed if they find others with the same problem. Fat chance, right?
It will be running along just fine, then suddenly loses power until it basically slows to a stop. The more I press the accelerator the more it wants to die. After it sits for a while it will start and run just fine, at least for a while. Does this problem make the check engine light come on?
My main gripe is that I was never notified. It did this last July and we never figured out what it was. If I had known about the problem then, I could have had it fixed under my extended warranty, which has since expired. Great.
Is there any other problem that would make it do this, before I spend money on a new pump? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, y'all!
10-14-2005 10:00 PM
It could be the fuel pump. I've never heard of a cut off date for a 2001 model with the fuel pump recall. Does it seem to happen or is it worse when you have less than 1/4 tank? I've seen a couple threads where people were driving and the car seemed like it hit a wall and did pretty much what you described. They too had to wait for a while to restart the car. In both of those threads it was recommended to check the fuel filter, especially if you haven't changed it in the last 30,000 miles.
10-14-2005 11:45 PM
The first time it happened I had 3/4 of a tank of gas. I had driven it about 100 miles or so. Can you tell me where the fuel filter is? The book only says it's on the underbody and should be taken to a qualified technician. Isn't this something we can do ourselves? I can get my husband to look at it when he gets home.
Thanks so much for your reply.
10-15-2005 08:28 AM
My engine light never came on but I just stalled all the time and some big huge guy past me going up hill on a moped, if that tells you how much it sucked... The filter is just before the take just about under the passenger rear seat... Just two speed clamps and its off... but you have to depressurize the tank, most of the time take the gas cap off.... most filters are like 13 bucks... good luck
10-15-2005 10:44 AM
Originally posted by Rockbird The first time it happened I had 3/4 of a tank of gas. I had driven it about 100 miles or so. Can you tell me where the fuel filter is? The book only says it's on the underbody and should be taken to a qualified technician. Isn't this something we can do ourselves? I can get my husband to look at it when he gets home.
Thanks so much for your reply.
Yeah, you should be able to do it. I'm not that mechanically inclined, in fact it was the first time I ever got underneath my car, and I was able to do it. I followed these instructions. You can pick up the fuel filter at just about any auto parts store for about $5-$10.
10-15-2005 11:28 AM
Yes, def. do the fuel filter first.. It gets quite cruddy on our cars quickly... Just make sure you run all the fuel out of the car first ( in the fuel system ) . Read those instructions . they are good.
10-15-2005 12:16 PM
Would a bad fuel filter be the cause of bad smelling exhaust? and how cruddy do they get and how fast?
10-15-2005 11:32 PM
my fuel pumps it would loose power and if you did not keep it would give oyu the check oil, battery and cel light. fuel pump problems very wasy to tell going up hills and it does not seem to matter how much gas you have in the tank. but it is a soft code so the minute oyu turn off and back on the code goes away. my first fuel pump the dealer took 10 days to find. as for the fuel filter i have 2 dirty ones and you can not really tell. my parents and brother have between 70-100 thousand miles on there fords and never changed there they thought I was crazy. you just have to look at them.
10-18-2005 02:10 AM
My husband tells me that he had the filter replace a little over a year ago. But we bought a new one and will put it on and see if that helps.
10-23-2005 10:07 PM
OK, we replaced the fuel filter and the problem is still there, sometimes. It runs Ok for a while, then loses power. Is there something else that could cause this problem, like a sensor or something. Hate to spend the money on a fuel pump if that's not the problem. Can I have it tested some how? And if it is the fuel pump, can we replace it ourselves? Where is it located?