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FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.6 Zetec 5dr Auto 2008

Hi,

Does anyone know why the below may be happening?

Sometimes when I try to start the car it takes 3 attempts
to get it to start?

When I try to start it I put my foot down on the brake
(as the car is automatic) and then turn the key and it tries to start
but when I let go of the key the engine dies.

So I try again and the same thing happens.

On the third go the brake pedal won't depress!? so I just turn the
key without my foot on the brake and then the engine fires up.

This problem happens probably once every 15 - 20 times i start the car
so is intermitent. But it is just bugging me as to why it's doing it.

I've only had the car about 3months and it is my 1st automatic transmision
so am not sure if this type of thing is a common occurence to auto's?
 

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Sometimes when I try to start the car it takes 3 attempts to get it to start?

When I try to start it I put my foot down on the brake
(as the car is automatic) and then turn the key and it tries to start
but when I let go of the key the engine dies.

So I try again and the same thing happens.

On the third go the brake pedal won't depress!? so I just turn the
key without my foot on the brake and then the engine fires up.
Hey solorize,

Since it's so new-to-you, I recommend visiting your local dealer to have your Focus inspected. If you bought it from them, it may even be covered under warranty. [:)]

Best of luck!

~Natasha
 

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Thanks Natasha,

I have an MOT and service due early next year so I will see how it behaves over the next couple of months and then get them to have a look at it at the same time.
 

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Thanks Natasha,

I have an MOT and service due early next year so I will see how it behaves over the next couple of months and then get them to have a look at it at the same time.
No problem! [:)] Just in case you need it, here's some info on the MoT services your dealer offers - Ford MoT Test Guide.

~Natasha
 
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