'01 Ford Focus ZX3, 4 cyl, 2.0, won't start! HELP!!!

Asked by Jul 07, 2014 at 11:55 AM about the 2001 Ford Focus ZX3

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am beyond done. I've had this car literally 2 weeks, and have only driven it to work 3 times. And after saving up for 6 months to finally buy a car, I'm not very happy. I replaced the rear passenger wheel bearing. Then, on my way to work one morning, BAM! It started sputtering, then wouldn't accellerate when I stepped on it. The RPMs ran up, but nothing. Put the OEM tool on it, came back with a code that the cat was completely plugged. Had it replaced, BUT IT STILL WONT START!!!! So, I replaced the fuel filter and still nothing. It cranks and cranks but just refuses to start. It tried to start once or twice after I got the fuel fiter on, but it just won't turn over. So, I disconnected the outgoing line on the fuel filter and cranked it. Not even a drop of fuel came out and I don't hear the pump kick on when I turn the key, so I'm thinking it's the fuel pump. However, someone told me it could be the timing. I checked, and there is spark at the plugs, so I don't know what else it could be. I'm a chick that prefers her cars pre-1969, so I don't know where else to go with this god foresaken hell beast. lol I really appreciate any help I can get! Muah!

1 Answer

217,035

If you don't hear the fuel pump, nor get any fuel out of the line, I would suspect the pump is faulty or the wiring. It's the BAM that concerns me and the RPMs going up and the car not moving. Transmission related? What was the code that you got? A cat code doesn't always mean the catayltic convertor is clogged, which you found out.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 hard start and stall problem. 21 answers

    I seem to be coming across a hard start and stalling problem with my Focus. It is difficult to start, meaning it just won't grab or turn over when I go to start it. When it does, it has a hard time st...

    2001 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • are the focus se and zx3 have the same flywheel 3 answers

    i have a 2000 ford focus se 2.0 dohc a/t ztec and swapped it out with a 2002 ford focus zx3 2.0 dohc my cuz ruined the last engine the se. so i just went ahead and put the zx3 in but now idles real ru...

    2000 Ford Focus

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2000 ford focus zX3 1 answer

    I just purchased a 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 and the stereo has been stolen out of the car it was an aftermarket stereo and after it was stolen the car would not want to start I have a karr alarm system....

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 bogs down when gas pedal is pushed 4 answers

    Accelerates pretty good up to about 45 mph and then if you try to push the pedal down any farther it starts to bog down. If i hold the pedal steady at 45 it does fine but i cant put it down any fart...

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2000 ford focus zx3 5speed 1 answer

    i have a 2000 ford focus zx3 5speed manual and sometimes the car works good but sometimes it will not rev past 4000rpm. sometimes it will sometimes it wont its sounds like the revlimiter but its not i...

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Ford Focus Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Ford Focus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,250
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 880
#3 Su'ad Barakat
Su'ad Barakat
Reputation 840
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
820 Great Deals out of 69,471 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Fiesta
209 Great Deals out of 17,194 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Mustang
552 Great Deals out of 42,538 listings starting at $1,699
Used Toyota Corolla
990 Great Deals out of 65,980 listings starting at $1,595
Used Ford Escape
1,332 Great Deals out of 85,376 listings starting at $1,600
Used Honda Accord
994 Great Deals out of 74,838 listings starting at $899
Used Toyota Camry
1,184 Great Deals out of 95,062 listings starting at $1,250
Used Hyundai Elantra
668 Great Deals out of 51,940 listings starting at $895
Used Nissan Altima
1,052 Great Deals out of 82,877 listings starting at $670
Used Volkswagen GTI
125 Great Deals out of 6,231 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,125 Great Deals out of 82,058 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Focus For Sale
13,715 listings starting at $12,995
2016 Ford Focus For Sale
61 Great Deals out of 16,976 listings starting at $8,900
2015 Ford Focus For Sale
166 Great Deals out of 5,312 listings starting at $7,945
2014 Ford Focus For Sale
301 Great Deals out of 7,214 listings starting at $5,995
2013 Ford Focus For Sale
144 Great Deals out of 3,748 listings starting at $5,177