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#2833 of 2882 Re: Auto tranny & winter driving [catmom]
Feb 13, 2007 (4:39 pm)
Gauge problem. Did you ever find out what caused the gauges pegging and returning to zero problem ?
#2834 of 2882 2001 ford focus zx3 manual
Feb 19, 2007 (3:42 pm)
I have a 01 zx3 and recently i have had the fuel filter, intake valve, exhaust hose,and timing belt and tenionser replaced! my car is still having problems and i was wondering if anyone could please help. My car is jumping it feels like. If i push too hard on my gas pedal it starts jumping and my speedometer jumps and my radio will either get really loud or just shut off all together. I am just wondering if anyone else has had a problem like this or has any ideas to what it might be if so let me know!
#2835 of 2882 2000 ZX3 Stick Shift Weird Acceleration
Mar 15, 2007 (12:22 pm)
I used to read these boards back in 2000 when I decided to buy my ZX3 - the advice was priceless.
I am now at 128K miles, and still going strong. Ive had a few repairs along the way, but nothing that convinced me to look elsewhere. Knock-on-wood a lot of the non-recall issues affecting this first MY have not affected me.
I am having two weird things going on which may or may not be related:
1 - In higher gears I have to depress the gas more than usual in order for anything to happen (higher RMPs, more power). It makes it hard to maintain a regular speed. There is a slight jump when the gas kicks in.
2 - Sometimes when sitting at a stop sign or red light after downshifting to neutral the engine races up to 3K before settling down to a normal idle.
Any ideas? Any questions?
Thanks in advance
#2836 of 2882 Re: 2000 ZX3 Stick Shift Weird Acceleration [egutin]
Mar 21, 2007 (3:56 pm)
sounds like your throttle body is sticky. you might try taking the intake of the TB and giving it a quick visual check and jiggling the throttle. there is supposed to be lubricant in the TB. after 128K miles though it may be all gone. WD-40 is probably not the solution here, but you could try some on the outside spring and stuff. to be sure you could run the engine and rev it with the open TB and see if any sticking corresponds with what you're experiencing, just make sure to keep it clear of debris. the throttle line could be catching somewhere too.
#2837 of 2882 clarify:Re: 2000 ZX3 Stick Shift Weird Acceleration
Mar 21, 2007 (7:57 pm)
just to clarify: don't put lube in your TB. don't risk gunking up your engine or making the problem worse. you should consult your dealership or a technician on what lubricant to use and how to apply it.
good luck fixing whatevers wrong
#2838 of 2882 2005 Ford ZX3 Air Filter
Apr 27, 2007 (4:15 am)
Need help on two issues:
#1: Is it true that the ZX3 Air filter does not need to be changed until 100K?
#2: I would like to change it with a K & N now...How do I get to the Air Filter to change it?
#2839 of 2882 Tire Recommendations
Apr 28, 2007 (8:37 am)
Hi all. It looks lile I'll be needed new tires soon on my 2001 ZX3. The tires that came with the car are P205/50/R16's. I think the car handles really nice with these tires, so I'm hoping to replace them with something similar (as long as they don't cost too much). Any recommendations for replacements would be most appreciated. Thanks.
#2840 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [rwgreenberg]
Apr 30, 2007 (2:31 pm)
There are not many choices in this Size. However, they would certainly be available from major Distributors like Tire Rack. This is what I did: After about 2 winter seasons on my Pirelli P6's which were standard issue on my ZTS, I ordered (4)Dunlop snow tires with Rims from Tire Rack. They will recommend for the Winter season that you convert to a 195-60x15. This is an intelligent thing to do as real winter tires are better a little bit narrower. They are better also for the pot holed streets in the winter (more sidewall before rim gets nicked) . My Original tires were retired in two phases. Last year I bought 2 Kuhmo tires on a close out from Tire Rack at a great price. They seem to be wearing fairly rapidly. I replaced the final 2 just last month again from "TR" These were BFG g-force a few bucks more but still a good price.
Converting allowed me to get more aggressive performance tires than the "all seasons" supplied by Ford on the car.
#2841 of 2882 Re: Tire Recommendations [markus5]
Apr 30, 2007 (4:58 pm)
i have a zts, too. mine has 15's with goodyear rsa's.
they will need to be replaced before next winter.
i like the gas mileage i am getting. they can be somewhat greasy. i don't drive fast on the straightaways, but i don't slow down in the curves.
how are the bfg's treating you?
#2842 of 2882 Re: 2001 ford focus zx3 manual [littleone]
May 29, 2007 (10:01 pm)
I just got my car back from the dealer after a clutch replacement and it did the same thing. It even died in the middle lane of the expressway! I had to have it towed tonight, with less than 10 miles after the repair.
Did you get any useful info?