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Old 03-25-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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2000 Focus LX running rough/ shutting off

Well, here we go. My Focus is running rough/ vibrating, and shut off on me twice on the way home today. I'm thinking it's the timing belt/ tensioner. Plugs and wires are new. Any suggestions?

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It could also be a fuel pump.

How long does it take your fuel pump to charge the fuel system? If it runs longer than 10 seconds, you have a bad fuel pump. Depending on your mileage you should check the timing belt. Just remove the inspection cover, and use a felt tip marker to mark the center of the timing belt that you've looked at. You should be able to twist the belt to look at the ribbed side of the belt between the cam sprockets. You're looking for missing ribs, cracks, or worn off ribs. On the back of the belt- what you can see easily- you're looking for cracks, and fibers showing through the belt. Mark whatever you've checked on the back side, then bump the engine with the starter to inspect more of the belt. If you find enough damage, give up and resign yourself to all that you should do when replacing the timing belt.
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i just had to replace my ignition coil. see if it's cracked or arcing
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Check you compression to see if it's a timing belt, and also the noise when you crank will sound like the engine is not "hitting".
Check the coil with a dvom. Looking for cracks won't tell you it's bad or not.
And dude that always says to check the fuel pump...it's not always the fuel pump!
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how will checking compression show a timing belt problem? if the car starts back up upon stalling it is def not the belt in any way! either a fuel or electrical problem...seeing that you have a 2k focus..has ford done the fuel pump recall on your car yet? if not get it done and it will probably solve your problem..
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check your maf sensor.
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