Starting problems ~ Please help

40

Asked by Mar 17, 2012 at 01:13 AM about the 2004 Ford Focus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Today i bought a ford focus manual from dealership 2004, i paid 4000 inc of taxes, engine seems very noisy but after reading lots of reviews, it seems that this is common, but this is day 1 and i have starting problems and not sure why, i am finding if i press clutch, 8/10 the car will start, i am a woman driver that finishes work late at night and am very worried . The car is less than 1 day old . My question is, do i have to press cluctch for this to start or should it start without pressing clutch. Am very worried, i bought this car with no warranty. :o(

4 Answers

40

sorry meant to say ford focus car not manual, its 1.15 am so am a bit tired. Terrified i bought a lemon, also does anybody know my rights, should the dealership put this right for me if there is a prob, i bought the car with no warranty.

1,185

yes you do need to press the clutch tom start the car it is a safety feature to ensure the car doesnt take off when syarted in gear. When it doesnt start what happns does it crank and turn over but just not start or does nothing happen at all?

1 people found this helpful.
40

Thank you Dan for your answer, i did call a local garage today and they confirmed EXACTLY what you have said, the clutch needs to be pressed in order for the car to start, i have been driving 22 years in the UK, with manual transmission, and NEVER do we need to press the clutch to start the car, the cars over there always start with the ignition, so for me this is something totally new as this is my first car in Ontario, so it is a huge relief for me to know that there is no starting problems, i feel dumb now but i didnt know. The engine is a bit noisy, and needs what i would describe as extra power otherwise it will stall, but the dealer has assured me there are no engine problems and it has had a tune up, plugs etc . But in answer to your question, when i start the car, it is a bit loud, it turns over and then all is well. Sorry i am not mechanical minded, wish i knew the right words mechanically to write. Thank you Dan :o)

125

i had a similar problem with mine when i started the car it felt like it needed more power i put a new coil pack on it and i have never had a problem since.

Your Answer

Focus

Looking for a Used Focus in your area?

CarGurus has 76,949 nationwide Focus listings starting at $1,195.

ZIP:

Ford Focus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,600
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,370
  • #3
    Su'ad Barakat
    Reputation
    1,050
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
333 Great Deals out of 52,980 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Fiesta
87 Great Deals out of 17,471 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Mustang
270 Great Deals out of 37,082 listings starting at $2,150
Used Toyota Corolla
571 Great Deals out of 66,738 listings starting at $1,449
Used Ford Escape
975 Great Deals out of 108,545 listings starting at $850
Used Honda Accord
424 Great Deals out of 101,059 listings starting at $1,200
Used Hyundai Elantra
423 Great Deals out of 48,041 listings starting at $1,995
Used Mazda MAZDA3
215 Great Deals out of 25,792 listings starting at $1,950
Used Toyota Camry
761 Great Deals out of 70,900 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen GTI
80 Great Deals out of 6,287 listings starting at $2,395
Used Nissan Altima
720 Great Deals out of 70,157 listings starting at $1,495
Used Chevrolet Malibu
480 Great Deals out of 49,315 listings starting at $2,000

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Focus SE For Sale
21,245 listings starting at $11,997
2017 Ford Focus SE For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 1,457 listings starting at $9,000
2016 Ford Focus SE For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 2,353 listings starting at $7,495
2015 Ford Focus SE For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 1,631 listings starting at $6,900
2014 Ford Focus SE For Sale
46 Great Deals out of 2,547 listings starting at $4,750

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.