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#407 of 577 ford focus fuel injectors
Aug 16, 2005 (1:13 pm)
I have a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. I wanted my son to change the fuel injectors as I am trying for more HP and better fuel mileage. The car ran fine before any maintenance. Anyway, he put on the new injectors - which all total should have taken only about an hour - which it did. When he tried to start the car - it started, blew black smoke and fouled a plug. Wouldn't stay started. So, I told him to put the original injectors back on. He did. Now the car won't turn over. We checked for any loose hoses for the pressure regulator etc. But, none loose. We know it is getting too much fuel with the new injectors on, don't know why it won't even turn over now with the old injectors on - any ideas. He has done repairs for over 5 years - but, this is totally stumping us.
#408 of 577 Re: 2005 Zx3 questions [vwayne40]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:50 pm)
yeah I have to admint.. the one time I got the warning (right as I was pulling into the gass tation) I filled up with 1075 gallons.
I only put 3 tanks in: 7.85, 10.75 and 8.17 gallons.
Yeah I always did expect to put more in, but it just doesn't fit...
The specs do say 14 galons however.. maybe they have the warning set high, so you don't get stranded.
BTw what kind of milleage do you average to? On the three tanks (one of them spents in heavy commuting) I average 22.1 with best milleage at 26mpg.
#409 of 577 Re: Poor Mileage [abraxas1]
Aug 17, 2005 (8:06 pm)
ok now you guys got mer worried while my first tank was 26 mpg, my second tanks was only 18.6 mpg - I assumed it was because spent all of it on a daily commute (I usually take public trans, but that week I had to go to a place with no trans).
Last tank with "city driving" but no jams and traffic, got 21.43. I thought I was OK.. but now I fee l I should be getting better...
BTW I have a zx3 with just 700 miles on it.. .I will chech the liquids to make sure it's all OK...
(Btw my overall mileage after 3 tanks is 22.1mpg. just forthe record
#410 of 577 2005 ZX5 brake issue
Aug 22, 2005 (10:43 am)
I have an issue with my 2005 ZX5 brakes. If the car is parked outside on a hot day for a couple of hours, an excessive amount of force is required to get the car to stop for the first couple of stops after I start driving. After a couple of stops, the brakes seem to work fine. I had it into the dealer's shop and they replaced the master cylinder and the brake booster but the problem has returned. I don't feel confident that I could stop the car in an emergency brake situation if I had to brake suddenly soon after starting to drive. Any ideas? This problem does not occur if it is cool out. Only when hot...
Thanks for any advice you can give.
#411 of 577 Brake Dust
Aug 25, 2005 (6:35 pm)
The front rims on my '03 ZX3 are getting dingy from brake dust. What is good for cleaning the rims that won't damage them?
#413 of 577 Changing Rear Turn Signal Light
Sep 03, 2005 (10:47 am)
ZX3 Hatchback - owners manuel says: open hatch; unscrew trimmings and fittings. There is only one screw - the trimmings and fittings aren't coming off - do I have to force them, pop them, or what? I just want to change a light!?! (especially so I can stop the annoying, now double time, light indicator on my dash board)
Can someone direct me to what I'm suppose to do or to a site that might tell me?
#414 of 577 Re: Poor Mileage [KicKMan1]
Sep 06, 2005 (3:57 pm)
You can add me to that list. My gas mileage runs about 23.5 MPG.
Even with this I still like the little car.
#415 of 577 Re: Poor Mileage [stonegapper]
Sep 06, 2005 (6:57 pm)
I'll chime in with GOOD gas mileage. I drive my little Zippy (04 ZX3) 165 miles/day at an average speed of 75 mph, she runs between 30-31 mpg consistantly in the summer. She's a little worse in the winter with snow tires on and idling, usually averaging 28 mpg, but she has been as bad as 22 mpg.
#416 of 577 problem with back light
Sep 09, 2005 (7:24 am)
Hi -- new to this board but could really use some help with my 2000 ZTS. My back lights will not come on when I turn on the lights. In the ZTS there are three bulbs, one for the backup (works fine), one for the turn signal (works fine) and one for the break and I am assuming the general tail light as well. If I push on the break the light comes on, however when I just have the lights on, the tail light is not on.
Does anyone know if the bulb can operate for one and not the other such that if I replace the bulb both the regular tail light and the break light will both work? Or is it necessary to take it in to have the wiring looked at?
Thanks so much for the help