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Old 09-14-2016, 04:09 PM   #1
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2000 LX Focus won't start help!

so, I recently purchased this car and it runs great! Aweosme ride, sweet mileage, then BAM! On my way to work car dies and won't start again. Towed it back in and replaced the fuel filter (it was pretty clogged) and then the spark plugs. There is a spark and there is fuel....so where should I go now? How do I check to see if the timing is off? Or could it possible be the computer that's is bad? I'm ata real loss and need some help....or atleast a book on repairs....


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Old 09-14-2016, 04:58 PM   #2
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You didn't happen to mention which engine or enough info. on the car to guess.

Timing belt cover removal (enough to see the pulley(s) up top to see if the cam(s) turn when cranking is a good check.

Zetec you should be able to see a cam right through the oil fill cap.

Stickie at the top of the page if you can't figure out engine type, "SPI" version is marked LARGE on the valve cover.
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Old 09-14-2016, 05:46 PM   #3
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It's the SPI, also when I turn the key it sounds like it wants to start but no luck. Any other info that might help I'd be happy to supply.
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Check the timing belt by looking at cam pulley movement, listen for any metallic/mechanical noises when cranking and STOP if any heard.

Have you pulled any spark plugs to check condition? That's the easiest first step.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:22 PM   #5
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Checked and replaced the spark plugs. They are all giving a spark then the engine turns over.
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Also no mechanical noises are heard when turning it over. Sounds normal, just a little slow if anything.
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A couple good signs at least, but if the timing belt is stripped/broken it'll never run.
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We think it may have slipped, which isn't a big deal right? If it is stripped or broke there isn't a way to fix it at all? Why not? Just wondering what it does exactly that I couldn't fix.
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Never run WITHOUT REPAIR, sorry if I confused you to think never run at all.

Timing belt is a regular maint. item, now that they go to 100k in many cars it's not as well known as when you might have replaced them at 30k intervals.

MOST SPI engines in these are what's called a non-interference design, meaning that if the belt looses teeth/breaks the valves do not hit the pistons. Can't say that for all, there's a fresh thread in the SPI Performance section on one that was NOT.

Replacing the belt is often all that's needed, tensioner/pulley usually gets done along with possibly the water pump as well on the SPI since it's timing belt driven.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:15 AM   #10
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Okay, so I'm leaning towards timing belt. Is there anything else I could check, like a sensor or anything before I take it all apart?
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