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Old 10-02-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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Multiple Problems, help, advice - Please!!

A. I hope this is the right place to post this.
B. I'm a girl who doesn't know a TON about cars so...layman's language would be appreciated!

Long story, but please please stick with me.

I have a 2000 SE with zetec engine. 78,000miles. Automatic.

About 6-8 months ago my car started stalling on me at random times. Always while going slow or at a stop. It would just shut off (radio and stuff would remain on I think) and I could always just turn the car off, restart it and it'd start up no prob.

Took it into ford, they said it was the VM valve and that I was included in the fuel pump recall. So, they replaced those and the fuel filter.

A couple of days later it died on me again! Then it kinda jerked and "shut off" on the freeway one day. The gauges would drop to zero and my odomoeter would flat line /zero out. The car kinda kicked back in again and went along like nothing had happened.
(engine light did come on)

I took it in to a local shop, had the codes read and they said the codes that were coming up wouldn't cause my problem (I'm going to see if I can find out what the codes were). They got the car to stall on them and the mechanic thought it might be a bad relay. They switched it out and it was fine for about 3 weeks.

Then, it kept stalling on me - not as often as before, but....still annoying. Gauges would still drop to zero, car would just shut off (no sputtering), I'd lose power steering, and when it happened the radio would get loud. (weird).

I just kind of ignored it because I could always shut it off and restart right away no problem. The engine light would go on or shut off every couple of weeks.

Very occasionally while driving it when switching gears my car would kind of jerk. I don't know if this would be considered "slipping"". No other lights than the check engine came on and the next time I drove the car the problem would be gone. I just chalked it up to my car being stupid.

Fast forward to last week. My car died on me and wouldn't restart. I let it sit for a couple of hours, then went and restarted it no problem. Drove around the rest of the day and it was fine. Let it sit for a few hours, went to start it and it wouldn't start again.

My dad took it into the dealer the next day (he could get it started by holding down the gas while starting). They ran codes and determined that A. the computer was bad and that B. the throttle body, coil pack and Cam sensor needed to be replaced - for $1200. I thought it was kind of weird that I should trust a bad computer's codes - right?

Talked to local mechanic, decided to have throttle body replaced (along with new computer which was covered under warranty.)

**I"m going to chime in and admit that I haven't been very good AT ALL with basic maintenance. I just replaced my air filter for the first time (I think.) and I haven't had any fluid flushes or anything done. Just basically oil changes.

So, got the car back yesterday, it seemed fine. Today I drove it about 85 miles, let it sit for 5 hours, then drove 85 miles home. No problems. Dropped my brother off, turned the corner and the ! Multi-function transaxle coolant light came on. My temp gauge was still smack dab in the middle of the Ok zone though. It did start doing the "jerking" thing while switching gears again.

I drove it around the block and parked it at brother's house. Borrowed a car because it didn't not seem like a good idea to drive it!


So. Has anyone had ANYTHING similar to this? Do I need to have my codes read again because of the ! light? (I think the check engine light is on again too). They did suggest a coolant flush which I declined. Do you think this would solve the problem? Is my transmission shot? My could I just drive 160 miles with no problems and then all of a sudden BAM?

Any information would be really really helpful. At least some advice on where to go from here. A couple people have suggested I just trade it in for a new car but....it's paid off and only 6 years old so I'm having a hard time beleiving it's finished with (and really don't want a car payment). BUT, I also don't want to throw a bunch of money into it while never fixing the problem. (which is the pretty much the case 3 times now).


HELP!!!!! If you need more information, let me know!

Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 10-02-2005, 03:39 PM   #2
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Make sure that the grounding points actually
have good ground (best known is the groung point under the airfilter box) For a start....
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Old 10-02-2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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What are grounding points and what do they do?
I imagine it's to ground the electrical system??

What about the jerking and the multifunction light??
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Grounding points in the focus is normally a cable attached to the bodywork , it gives your currents a stable route 2 flow.
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