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Old 04-29-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Start up issue - 05 ZX5

Just wondering if someone can narrow down the possible causes of my car's startup issue. I have an 05 2.0 Duratec Manual. Often when I start it up, I have to hit the gas to get it to fire. Otherwise, it'll crank and crank and crank but not start. Then, when it does start, it seems to be running on 2 cylinders, or one sometimes (barely running). I hit the gas again, then it smooths out.

Funny thing is, the scenario has been common SINCE NEW!

Appears to be a fuel delivery issue. Otherwise, Love this thing!l

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Old 04-29-2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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Mine does it. I'm told it's just part of the Focus charm.

If you wait a few beeps before starting it, your success rate of a smooth start improves.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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^^^ same here. I have had this issue since I bought my focus brand new in 07.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:42 PM   #4
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Moved to "General Technical Chat".
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:51 AM   #5
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Mine also does that on occasion. I kinda just put up with it since it is not all that often. Hard to diagnose that way.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:55 AM   #6
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common problem. there is a huge thread here somewhere about it. the turn the key on and wait until the seat belt chime stops seems to work for me most times.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:17 AM   #7
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TSB 05-9-16 was issued to correct this issue with 2005 2.0L and 2.3L MT's. My 2005 does it intermittently as well, especially below about 65 degrees or so. I believe it sometimes delivers too much gas, as depressing the pdeal will help it get going (usually accompanied by a puff of black smoke from the rich start). Note I have not had the TSB done on my car, but would like to.
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