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Old 03-30-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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dropped seat; now running on 3

purchased 2003 focus SPI for $800 with a dropped seat. So; I know nothing about the condition it was in. It is a "really" nice car with only 100k on the clock. Elderly woman took excellant care of the car (except for the dallas cowboys stickers all over it). Pulled the head and replaced with HeadsOnly reman head. Replaced all 4 pistons, rings, rod bearings, timing belt, water pump, tensioner, accy belt, plugs and wires. Upon startup; it only runs on 3 cylinders. #4 has no spark at all. Car runs the same whether the number 4 wire is on or not. Put old plugs and wires back on and still the same. All 4 holes have 180 PSI compression. Also the CatConverter is glowing "red-hot". Engine has ZERO power, but will crank and run. Everything on the "repair" went according to plan (except the broken dipStick,,,where can I get one?) I just have the hole temporarily plugged right now. This is my first focus; so, If I could get some experienced "FocusFanatics" to help me,,,,it would be "much" appreciated.
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PS...I have the PCV valve connected to the back of the intake plenum, just under the ThrottleBody,,Did I get that right?? And I have ONE large hose going from the air intake; across the engine to the passenger side of the valve cover via a large ugly "U" shaped hose,,,OK??


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Old 03-30-2014, 06:03 PM   #2
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It has no spark, which is an ignition/electrical issue. Have you checked the coil pack? Swap the #4 plug wire with another cylinder's.

Maybe someone else can answer this; does the Mk1 use a wasted spark?
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Sounds like a coil pack issue is a likely cause. If the plugs/wires made no difference, the coil is about the only thing left......
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Sounds like a coil pack issue is a likely cause. If the plugs/wires made no difference, the coil is about the only thing left......
ECM and all the wiring inbetween...
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:44 PM   #5
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Always start from scratch, I bought a new coil pack; but, before I changed it I looked at the plug wires,,,,,they were wrong. I just replaced them the way they came off.
So; i got out my book and placed them properly. Car started right up and ran "pretty good". I drove it for a few miles. It ran ok, but not great. Much, much better than the first time, but not perfect. No leaks, no drips, no smoke, water temp ok. On the way home I got a code =P0302=cyl #2 misfire. So tomorrow I will install the new coil pack. At least it was driveable. BTW... the old coil pack "does" have a large crack in it.
Now about that dipstick,,,you know i'm not the only one that has broken one trying to install that monstrous intake. I had to remove the oil pan and knock it back out from the bottom; it was STUCK in there. Where did you get yours. You can PM me, if you don't want everyone else to know that you did it. I know I felt really stupid.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:47 PM   #6
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Good work "starting from scratch" on the ign. problem.

Far too many might put on the coil, then tear the rest of the car apart looking for the problem when that didn't work.

Can't help with the dipstick tube, had a GRAND time myself getting one out of my Duratec when I pulled the pan...

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Old 04-01-2014, 05:31 PM   #7
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Quick update; I went ahead and installed new coil pack.
Car runs excellant. I have 100 miles on the car now; no engine lights, no leaks, no tempurature problems. Car runs very, very good. Thanks for your help guys.
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Is the cat still getting excessive heat?
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Dipsticks can be found a lot of places. Go to a scrapyard and pull one for a few bucks would be my suggestion
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No; the cat heating up was from the spark plugs being on wrong and a lot of raw fuel being dumped into the cat and then ignited,,,i assume.
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Ps... i found a 2000 Focus on craigslist with a bad engine and a perfect body for $650.
I "really" would like to purchase it and repair it. Nice profit margin; and these cars are very easy to work on. I dis-assembled the engine in one saturday, ordered parts monday and rebuilt the engine and put it back together the next saturday.
Reman head from CHI=$225
pistons, rings, bearings, gaskets, headbolt kit =$123 from carPartsWiz
(although they sent the wrong gasket set and I had to run to o'reillys and get new IntakeGaskets and new ThrottleBodyGasket= approx $20)
The other gaskets worked fine.
TimingBelt, water pump, accy belt, coil pack, plugs, and wires = $150
Not a bad deal actually for a completely rebuilt engine.
I did not change the oil pump or the main bearings.
I could not "justify" the expense. I don't think they are really necessary for a 100,000 mile car.
Even with the wrong gasket set; the CarPartsWiz deal was nice.
Search CarPartsWiz AND 00-04 Ford Focus Escort 2.0L SOHC "P" Engine Rebuild Kit
on ebay,,,free shipping to boot
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