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Ford Focus starting problems, car just won't start

I bought a Ford Focus 1.8TDCi brand new in April 2003 it has now done 22,000 miles with a full Ford service history.  However, on the 14th of May 2007 the car began to have quite pronounced problems starting from cold.

The RAC took my car to a Ford Dealer I didn't get it back until 19 June 2007 (yes it took them just over a month to get it to start and then they had to 'test' it, so they had it almost 5 weeks in total!).

The total bill for the work came to 1919.22 during which they fitted a new battery, PCM module, fuel injection pump, crankshaft sensor etc.  You could have knocked me down with a feather at this point.

Starting problems, dealer blames Ford diagnostics

When I queried the bill they said Ford told us to fit these parts due to readings off the diagnostics on the fault code reader.  On the 27th of June and only a week after I got it back, I had exactly the same starting problems, i.e. after a short run from cold, switched off engine which then just refused to start again.

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I feel that I have been ripped off and the Dealer blames Ford diagnostics, meanwhile Ford says that it is down to the dealer.  Is this just a big game to Ford and am I just caught in the middle?

Can anyone tell me what to do here and does anyone know exactly what causes starting problems on the Ford Focus?  I'm at a loss with this because it would seem that FORD themselves and their experts do not have a clue, so any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

By: GK


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boblet

D. Did the garage who changed your fuel pump change the fuel filters also? If not get this done. If it cures the problem, get your filters changed regularly. I must point out all garages charge for this job but none actually do it. It might be that you have picked up some dirty fuel.
26th Oct 14 01:10

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Dawn

My Focus had a new duel pump in January 2013. it has also had a new starter motor in the last three years. My car starts then it will loose power and stop and will not restart for an hour. The garage have changed the fuel relay switch, put a new breather pipe on. I has a new battery and the plugs and leads have been checked. It has also been on a fiagnostic machine where no faults are shown. I have lost my confidence in taking the car out on my own, as that garage have said they think they have fixed the problembut it has stopped again. Any ideas, could the fuel pump be faulty and would the garage still cover it?
26th Oct 14 12:10

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lisa

I changed petrol filter on my ford focus 2009 an now there's no petrol coming thru so my car wont start. Am I doin somethin wrong
18th Oct 14 04:10

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steve

won't amp is a Ford Focus MK1 98 1.6 Alternator petrol 70amps or 80amps
7th Nov 13 01:11

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HAZ

The glow plug indicator light is erratic. On switching when Glow plug indicator light of a TDCI diesel car doesn't glow then engine not start, keep the car for sometimes Glow plug indicator light will glow and the engine will start.
20th Oct 13 08:10

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HD

We have had starting problems with our 2009 Ford Focus diesel TDI for a year on 8 occasions. The Ford dealer decided it was due to using super market fuel as it started when they changed the fuel filter. That cost over £200 including the towing to the garage. About 3000 miles later, same again. Different one man business, small local and usually first class, called on to help. Advised we had used supermarket fuel as it started when filter changed again. (How come all these cars who queue up at supermarket petrol stations are not stranded too?). 1300 miles later same again, this time we had been careful to fill up at top fuel stations - the inconvenience can be imagined. Change of filter and it started. Short time later repeat of non starting. Our man was on holiday so we tried another small local garage. He replaced the fuel filter, it started however he at least applied diagnostic test and said there was still a problem somewhere. He investigated immobiliser and cleaned and adjusted wire connectors. Short time after didn't start again. Finally our small local garage man after working all day on the car has found the EGR valve was faulty, he replaced it and the engine started, put the old one back on and it didn't start. So hallelujah we think this dedicated garage mechanic may have solved the problem! So anyone else in same situation go for the EGR valve! We have spent well over a £1000. The most maddening thing is these Ford Dealers who when they do not really know the cause of the problem just change the fuel filter and say it is "supermarket fuel" rather like a doctor saying it is a virus!
16th Oct 13 01:10

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Anonymous

I have a 2009 ford focus 2ltr tdci,about four months ago it refused to start just turning over but not firing up,took it to my local garage who tried various things to no avail.They sent it to a diesel specialist who fitted a new fuel pump,the car ran ok for a few months but has developed the exact same symptoms and is back with diesel specialist who fitted fuel pump,they have had the car for a fortnight now and can not pinpoint the problem,sometimes it will start then five minutes later it won't,any help would be greatly appreciated ,this has so far cost me 800 pounds.
16th Sep 13 05:09

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cheryl

i have a 99 estate 1.6 petrol ford focus it suddenly wouldnt rev and lost power can any body help
25th Aug 13 01:08

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ananymous

i have a 2009 focus with 86000 had hot start problem since about 40000 three mechanic no help replaced starter and battery no codes shown
24th May 13 02:05

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Anonymous 911

I have a 2006 1.6tdi sport Ford Focus the oil pump failed causing the engine to wreck. I have replaced the engine but the car refuses to start or turn over? Different versions depending who you ask are. The brain has to match the key and the fuel pump? Anyone had this problem?
15th May 13 03:05

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dave56

i have a focus tdi 1550 and i am getting fuel or eletric problems with it . as i drive it it feels like ther is water in the fuel you put yor foot down and it will not go no power then it will suddenly go and will blow black smoke just a bit. and when you coast it feels like it is misfireing does anyone know wats causing this problem?
22nd Apr 13 12:04

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Stacey

Had same problem, there is a connection for the fuel pump under the back passenger seat, drivers side, there is a bung with a wire going into it, pull the bung out and fiddle about with the connection clip whilst someone is trying to start the car up, if no joy the clip may need replacing, the fuel tank would have to be dropped for this, or u cud just do the work from inside by cutting into the metal then soldering back. Hope this helps :)
18th Mar 13 12:03

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