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Old 04-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Starting issues.

Have to hold the key turned over for the car to start. Sometimes it stalls. Car runs fine once it finally cranks. Just recently replaced the valve cover gasket as I thought faulty oil covered plugs I found was the culprit. Replaced the plugs, and the vcg. Also changed the oil with Mobil 1 full synthetic 5w-20.

Maybe a clogged fuel injector? Or fuel filter?

Any other ideas? Also where is the fuel filter?

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Old 04-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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The fuel filter is just in front of the fuel tank on the passenger side about a foot or two in front of the rear wheel.
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The fuel filter is just in front of the fuel tank on the passenger side about a foot or two in front of the rear wheel.
Would that maybe be my problem?
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Also I gapped the new plugs to .51. Is that's the right gap?
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that gap sounds correct. You should definitely give the fuel filter a try if you have no idea when it's been done. Make sure to try and blow through your old filter (in the right direction of course) to see if i was clogged at all.
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This is a well known problem with the 2005. If you look through the threads there is tons of comments on this issue. I also own a 2005 and have lived with it for 160K miles. Best advice is to turn the key on and wait 5 or 6 seconds before you turn it the rest of the way. If it doesn't start right away don't keep cranking as it doesn't help-just try it again.

It sounds like yours may be a little worse and I would recommend changing the fuel filter ( manual says every 30K) and I would also put in a new fuel pump relay.

There was a computer update (not a recall) from Ford and you have to see your dealer about that one.
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Is the computer update free? Also, I'm gonna do the fuel filter today, will see if letting the key in the on position for a few seconds helps.
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Don't forget the relay-they are cheap and easy to install (in box behind battery) and your owners manual will tell which one it is. They are a common problem.
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No owners manual. It's the 05 zx4 2.0L sedan. Thanks for the quick replies. Anyone know if the computer update is free?
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The fuel pump relay is R7. The location for R7 is identified on the outside cover of the fuse box (next to the battery).

The cost for the upgrade seems to be up to the individual dealer. Before you go to the dealer look through the Focus Fanatic "stickied threads" and someone has posted the TSB number for the upgrade. Having that will make it much easier to talk to the dealer and make them more inclined to be helpful.
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