2001 Ford Focus Loosing power

Tiny
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I ahve a 2001 Ford Focus with about 35,000 miles on it. It has been well maintained i.E oil changes when we are supposed to and recently ahd its 30,000 mile checkup. It is an automatic transmision. Today coming home I ahd to stop at the corner. When I tried to go agian I pushed the gas pedal all the way down and could only manage about 5 miles an hour, it that. I was not too far from home and lived down hill so thankfully, gravity got me home. I had a full take of gas and the engine did not shut of. It just wold not go any faster. What could be the problem? (I'll bet it's expensive!)
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 4:08 AM

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Tiny
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Your next step is to start pulling codes. May have a faulty sensor sending error codes,
The computer don't like faults in the electronic system.

Let me no

Richard
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Friday, August 17th, 2007 AT 7:54 PM
Tiny
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One other thing check for loose grounds perticularly from battery to frame make sure its secure and clean.
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Friday, August 17th, 2007 AT 7:57 PM
Tiny
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Got oil in it? Can you turn the motor over by hand?
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Friday, August 17th, 2007 AT 8:26 PM
Tiny
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Well if you take a rench and attach it to one of the pulleys and turn it counter-clock-wise the motor will turn.

Question for ya friend Have you gotten a chance to pull codes from the engine computer yet. This could possibly svae you time and money.

Keep me posted.
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 AT 4:20 PM
Tiny
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I can't pull codes becuase it won't start therefore I can't drive it. I can turn it over by hand and all my grounds are tight and clean even checked the ground cabel for corosion they are good! :X
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 AT 1:34 PM
Tiny
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I think poet means that if the computer has recognized a fault earlier and set a code, you can retrieve them whether the vehicle is running or not.

If no codes present, I would suspect a bad coolant temp sensor.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 AT 2:26 PM
Tiny
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I think I found the problem, 2 wires with fuselinks were melted togather, I replaced them and she started, I wil only know if it will correct the other problems when I take her on along trip. (The wires when to the starter soliniod)!
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Friday, August 24th, 2007 AT 12:23 PM
Tiny
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Awesome!
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Saturday, August 25th, 2007 AT 1:56 AM
Tiny
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Thank you Indyuke thats exactly what I ment. The computer can pickup codes as they accur.

You were right on the money.

Good job Diehl
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Sunday, August 26th, 2007 AT 12:49 PM
Tiny
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Have the PCM scanned for codes. That will give us a place to start. The mileage is pretty low to be having these kinds of issues
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 11:48 AM
Tiny
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There was a recall on the fuel pump in 2001 (at least for the wagon - maybe all focus vehicles). Our 2001 wagon acted much the same except that it would do what you are describing for 30 seconds to a minute and then quit. It would restart and run for a brief period and then die out and quit again.

Perhaps your issue is the fuel pump as well (if you haven't had the recall work done).
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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 AT 9:55 PM

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