Car shuts off while driving

Tiny
TAMMY MONEY
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  • 2005 FORD FOCUS
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  • 125,000 MILES
I was driving down the road and the car just shut off. I tried restarting it. All the lights on the dash came on but it would not do nothing. It would not even try to turn over.
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Monday, June 19th, 2017 AT 3:28 PM

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Tiny
HMAC300
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This guide can help us fix the problem

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-stalls

Please run down this guide and report back.
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 AT 7:03 AM
Tiny
PERROTTM
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My 2005 Ford Focus stalled when I stopped at an intersection. After it stalled I noticed that the instrument and stereo display went dark. Tried to restart and only got a "clicking" sound. Let it sit and displays lit up again but still got "clicking" when I tried to. Restart it.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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It sounds like you battery has gone out, here is a test to confirm and then a guide to replace the battery.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-car-battery

Roy
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SHADOWHUNTER
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All Focus owners with stalling issues and engine stops running while at intersections/stops.
Engine much louder than before?
Gas mileage getting worse?
Check your rubber boot (resonator) between the airbox and throttle body.
Remove it and inspect the underside for cracks and oil deteriorization of the boot. Ours did this and the boot had a 4" crack/opening in the bottom of it. This effects the airflow sensor and such system - replaced ours and runs like when we brought it home.
Mechanic shop completely missed this! They cost about $80-$90.
Hope this helps!
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KEN L
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Great addition to this thread! Please feel free to help out whenever you are on the site :)

Here is a guide that will help as well

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-an-air-intake-boot

Cheers, Ken
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
REEBOK
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I have 2005 Ford Focus and recently has started stalling when either stopped at light or turning right. I have recently changed fuel filter, and spark plugs has been running fine for past month and a half. Then today it stalls twice while turning right. What else could be the issue. Please help
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Has the check engine light come on? Have you checked for vacuum leaks? Have you checked fuel pump pressure?

Let me know.
Joe
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
REEBOK
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If I remember check engine light came on before spark plugs were changed. Have not checked for vacuum leaks, and have thought replacing fuel pump but hasn't been done yet.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Check for leaks. Also, as far as the pump, it isn't a fun job, so I recommend checking pressure first.

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
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JOHNJSCUDDER
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Highbeem light starts blinking sparaticaly car wants to shut off while im driveing, or when im sitting. Soon as I park and turn off and take key out, it wont start, just had my dealer make me two keys and recoded them thats what I was told the problem was well its not becouse now its happenig again.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FORDFOCUS2000OWNER
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From what you described I had a similar problem you may want to check battery cables. On my 2000 they get loose and car and lights flicker.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
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MATT HAY
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My engine stalled when I stopped at a round about, it continued to stall for the next 5 minute's every time I pushed on the clutch and put into first or reverse, although it seems fine now I am concerned this is the beginning of a serious issue, any ideas on what may be causing the issue how to cure it.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
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MIKE H R
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Check around clutch to see if there are any wires that get pinched when pushing on clutch. With a friend get it up on a lift. Have friend push clutch down and check for lines pinched. If not start with basic. Change fuel filter.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:44 PM (Merged)
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DONNA.CUDJO
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I have a 2004 ford focus zx3 and I have to keep my foot on gas or motor will die.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
LEGITIMATE007
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Hi donna, this usually indicates a bad idle air control valve and possibly a dirty throttle body, I would clean the throttle body first then go for the valve
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Do you have any code's?That's where we should start I need the number's.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Clean out the idle air control valve and the EGR valve and test the TPS and MAF sensors-
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Has the check engine light come on? Have you checked for vacuum leaks? Have you checked the idle air control valve?
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
LEGITIMATE007
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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-tune-up-a-car-engine
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DONNA.CUDJO
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Thanks guys for your answers! That's exactly what it was. My husband cleaned the throdle and it's running perfect again! Thx
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