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08-27-2007 10:22 PM
higgszx3se my bros svt had the fuel pump and ignition switch changed at the dealer
08-27-2007 10:06 PM
LenMinNJ Another possibility: in my old 2000 ZTS the factory assembly techs nicked a wire when stripping it for insertion into the connector in the distributor. Eventually, the wire fatigued from flexing and broke *inside* the insulation (completely invisible) at the entry to the connector. When making turns at certain rates, the engine would shift on its mounts and the wire would electrically open inside the insulation. The car would sputter and sometimes stop dead.
06-01-2007 08:41 AM
LenMinNJ Check for this problem:

There are three wires going into a plug on the distributor. We had one that had been crimped badly into its connector and it started going intermittent. When it opened, the car stalled. Eventually, when I pulled lightly on the wires the connection broke entirely.

Best of luck!

Len M.
06-01-2007 12:27 AM
DFv2 My 03 does this every few weeks, along with MANY other svtf's. Its just a commonly known issue that really doesnt have a resolution. You can catch it if you feel the RPM's dip. I dont know your exact issue, but it sounds an aweful lot like the common RPM dip - stall issue.
05-31-2007 08:21 PM
SquillyB ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Little Update for ya!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
My car went back to ford 2 days ago for the same thing as before, and we have a new plan this time. Replaced fuel pump and fuel pump module due to faulty wiring harness between module and pump.
6s4z-9h307-a = sensor amd pump $166.23
4s4z-9d372-aa = module $71.70
tech #112223/360 $240.00

all covered under warranty, no recall but $50.00 deductable isn't that bad. Hope this new info helps. the work was done @ Bell Ford in AZ.
05-15-2007 09:20 PM
SquillyB I have had a similar problem with my current vehicle. I took my focus to the dealership I bought it at, to the service center and told them I wanted to personally speak to the guy who would be working on my car. An hour later they brought me Alan, nice guy, little confussed to be up in the front with a customer but oh well. I described the problem and he said "fuel pump" no problem. I said "I got a full tank and the receipt from ten minutes before I got here to prove it, lets go for a ride." We hit the industrial park behind the dealership where I showed Alan why I buy new tires every other month. I also stalled my "automatic" focus 4 times in fifteen minutes of smoke and g forces. Back at the garage, they replaced my... you guessed it, inertia switch. Has it helped? Stalled yesterday making a left while entering a freeway at about 50-55 mph. And that has been the only time.
05-04-2007 12:21 PM
hoppy82 My focus - v-reg 1.8 zetec was stalling when I was putting the clutch down when turning corners etc. My friend had a look and said that the 'tick-over' for the revs wasn't high enough and therefore when the clutch was going down the engine would cut out. He did something inside the engine to raise the idling revs slightly and it hasn't happened since. Just a thought :)
05-02-2007 10:15 AM
whynotthinkwhynot yes, the inertia switch can be replaced.. and I have no idea why the mechanics wouldn't have done that already unless that is not the electrical system that is being affected.

It's so much harder to figure out what is wrong- especially with things that only happen on winter solstice, or happen if I drive down the street, and take a left instead of a right to get to work, or something that only happens every 3rd Tuesday of the month if it falls on an even number.

You can go out there and start yanking on the wires that go to the coil and the voltage regulator in the alternator. Those are fairly common for problems with wires just coming loose over time. The coil wire would kill the engine, the alternator wire would make the battery light come on and go off- but not kill the engine until you ran out of power.
05-02-2007 03:53 AM
Originally Posted by whynotthinkwhynot View Post
I'd say it's a faulty intertia switch, but I thought Ford had worked out all of the issues with those long ago.
Dayum, Whynot! Is that the same thing as the "rollover kill switch" -- different name for it? If so, can't that just be, um, replaced? Sure sounds like it might be the problem.
05-01-2007 11:58 PM
whynotthinkwhynot I'd say it's a faulty intertia switch, but I thought Ford had worked out all of the issues with those long ago. I don't know why warming up would make a difference with anything though.

GM's don't have these. I once ran off a crowd of spectators from an accident because although the Astrovan was on it's roof, engine dead, it was steadily pumping fuel out onto the ground until I was able to turn the key off.

Freak things like this happen. I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever new manufacturer you decide to choose from. If you're unlucky to have another freak problem with your next car- you can be assured that the manufacturer will act in the same manner as Ford. A friend's wife was nearly killed when the disc brake on the passenger side of her new Civic disintegrated causing her to run off in a deep ditch and hit a telephone pole. Honda claimed it was not their fault, and they ended up paying for the remainder after insurance. You're certainly not alone in your frustrations with a manufacturer, and Ford is certainly not the only one that has freak problems.
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