2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Starting Issue

20

Asked by Apr 24, 2014 at 09:49 AM about the 2003 Ford Focus ZX5

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 SE. After it is driven for about 30 minutes and turned off the
engine will not start again. It will crank and start if I manually give it gas but stalls after I
release the gas pedal. If the car sits for about 30 minutes it will fire up without any
problems. Any ideas?

7 Answers

2,235

fuel filter

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
20

How hard is it to change a fuel filter?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
2,235

locate it it is normaly silver in colour about 6" long and about 4" in diameter undo the jubilee clips and replace with a new unit making sure it is facing the correct way the arrows on it show flow and return and try it again you could also have a suspect fuel pumpbut odds are a clogged filter and it takes about 15 mins when you locate it it is one of the simpler jobs to do on a car these days regards john j.s autos uk

20

Thanks for your help. I will see if I can find the fuel filter. Hopefully that will take care of it.

2,235

your welcome

John, I have the same issue with my 03 ford focus. Did the fuel filter solve the issue? Thanks for the post!

20

Amanda, because there was so much discussion pertaining to this issue related to the fuel system I tried the cheapest and less time consuming option first. I purchased some fuel system cleaner and filled the car up with high octane gas. I haven't had the possible again.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 - stopped at a light, car will skip beats/rhythm while idling. Random w/ no set pattern. 8 answers

    I just inherited a 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 with a little over 76,000 miles so I already know it's going to have some issues here and there. My main concern at the moment is when the car is stopped at a li...

    2004 Ford Focus ZX5

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 Ford Focus ZX5 electrical problem 1 answer

    Last night I was driving down the road without any issues when suddenly all of my gauges stopped working (speedometer, temp, fuel) and the odometer screen is blank. I pull over and as soon as I p...

    2002 Ford Focus ZX5

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Motor swap 2 answers

    Can I put my motor out of my zx5 coupe in a four door without changing mounts they are same model 03

    2003 Ford Focus ZX5

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Low Idle After Timing Chain Replacement - 2006 Ford Focus ZX5: 115,000m 1 answer

    Car making loud noise under the hood with oil leaking from around spark plug area. Got a tune up w/ diagnostic: -Diagnosed that the valve cover gasket needed to be replaced -Diagnosed motor mounts nee...

    2006 Ford Focus ZX5 SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Focus

Looking for a Used Focus in your area?

CarGurus has 56,863 nationwide Focus listings starting at $800.

ZIP:

Search Ford Focus Questions

Ford Focus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,300
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,020
#3 Su'ad Barakat
Su'ad Barakat
Reputation 910
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
516 Great Deals out of 89,501 listings starting at $1,299
Used Ford Fiesta
128 Great Deals out of 16,126 listings starting at $3,495
Used Toyota Corolla
701 Great Deals out of 73,119 listings starting at $1,950
Used Ford Mustang
390 Great Deals out of 47,148 listings starting at $1,999
Used Mazda MAZDA3
207 Great Deals out of 30,742 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
781 Great Deals out of 87,947 listings starting at $1,150
Used Ford Escape
1,368 Great Deals out of 95,488 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Camry
816 Great Deals out of 90,825 listings starting at $850
Used Hyundai Elantra
480 Great Deals out of 52,844 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
860 Great Deals out of 79,899 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen GTI
82 Great Deals out of 6,472 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
850 Great Deals out of 81,341 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Focus For Sale
26,989 listings starting at $10,495
2016 Ford Focus For Sale
95 Great Deals out of 5,942 listings starting at $8,995
2015 Ford Focus For Sale
92 Great Deals out of 4,978 listings starting at $6,499
2014 Ford Focus For Sale
143 Great Deals out of 6,782 listings starting at $5,591
2013 Ford Focus For Sale
64 Great Deals out of 2,777 listings starting at $4,900