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I have an 01 Zetec focus, 5spd... has roughly 84k miles....

car use to stutter after fuel gauge came on.... then a couple months later it started doing it as soon as low fuel gauge came on.... now its at the point when i get to about an 1/8th tank it starts doing it now....

any idea what is causing this??

ive never had any type of problem like this in the past with any vehicle i've owned....

it starts stuttering and misfiring.... and gets worst as i give it gas, but lightens up a bit as i ease off the gas.....
 

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Same here. Mine started skipping and stalling at about 1/4 tank about 2 months ago. Then it happened after a fillup last month. I must have stirred up some crap in the tank.I know I have to do my fuel pump and filter soon. It was my plan a few weeks back, but my wallet nixed that.
 

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its strange, cuz ive had the car over a year now and it just started doing it in the last 4 months, ive ran the car down to nearly empty before with no problems....
 

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Thanks for the write up. Appears to be basically the same as making my access panel for my firebird.

So if I clean out my tank and strainer on fuel pump that should solve my problem?

I'll probably do it when I'm low on fuel to make it easier plus less wasted fuel then.
 

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Bulletin Date: JAN 2004
STALLING, ENGINE HESITATION, LOSS OF POWER, SURGING, AND OTHER SIMILAR SYMPTOMS AS A RESULT OF CONTAMINATION OF THE FUEL PUMP FILTERS. EXTENDED COVERAGE PROGRAM 03N01. SUPPLEMENT #1. FUEL DELIVERY MODULE - NEW DESIGN. *TT SUPPLEMEN

7 of 13: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Recall Number: 03V482000
Dates Manufactured: MAY 1999 to JUN 2001
Number of Vehicles Affected: 671000
Date Owners Notified On: JAN 2004
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, CONTAMINATION OF THE FILTER IN THE FUEL DELIVERY MODULE (FDM) CAN REDUCE, AND EVENTUALLY BLOCK, THE FLOW OF FUEL TO THE ENGINE.
Consequence of Defect:
THIS MAY CAUSE ENGINE HESITATION, LOSS OF POWER, SURGING, AND OTHER SIMILAR SYMPTOMS. OVER TIME, THE FILTER MAY BECOME SUFFICIENTLY BLOCKED TO CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Corrective Action:
THIS ACTION IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND IS NOT BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE SAFETY ACT. ALL OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROBLEM, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FDM WITH A NEW DESIGN AT NO CHARGE IF THE OWNER REPORTS THAT THE VEHICLE EXHIBITS ANY OF THE IDENTIFIED SYMPTOMS. THE FREE REPLACEMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS FOLLOWING THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE OF THE VEHICLE, WITH NO MILEAGE LIMIT. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
 

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It really sucks when you're hours from home and it starts doing it.

But I'd definitely get that pump and filter replaced asap, or it's just going to quit on you all together.
 

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yea, guess ill work on gettin $300 together adn hopefully start changing it out within a month or so....
 
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