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madmax1964
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Feb 4, 2013, 3:25 PM

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i have a ford focus 1.8 1999 speedo is playing up put new speedo sensor in still didnt make speedo work right . i can drive the car for about a mile then the engine just dies on me then wont start leave for a while then some times starts again but will only run for about a mile again please can some one help im disabled and really need my car


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Feb 4, 2013, 5:04 PM

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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.



Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.


2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.


3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.


Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.



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madmax1964
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Feb 6, 2013, 5:32 AM

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its got spark fuel turns over just wont start unless i leave it for about an hour then starts runs for about a mile maybe two then just dies again thats all it keeps doing


Hammer Time
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Feb 6, 2013, 5:36 AM

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If you don't want to do the testing, then I can't help you.



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Discretesignals
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Feb 6, 2013, 6:04 AM

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Must be a European Focus. Check engine light on?

I've run into a couple of Focus here in the states that would have erratic speedometer operation because of a cracked ignition coil. It could also cause stalling and hesistation.

When it is dark outside open the hood with the engine running and look at the coil. Spray some water on it using a spray bottle and see if you see sparks jumping off the coil housing. If you do, you need a new coil. It wouldn't be a bad idea to change the wires and plugs if you need to put a new coil on it. Worn out wires and plugs put excessive strain on the coil.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Feb 6, 2013, 6:06 AM)






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