'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!

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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.

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