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I have a very nice 2005 Focus wagon. It's been awesome for me since I bought it in 2007. it only had 14k km on when I got it. even now it is only just over 80k km.

recently it started idling rough and stalling. when trying to drive it would loose power and sometimes stall when I stepped on the gas pedal. a day after this started it now says that it is over heating. Even if the car has not been running all day, the cooling fan starts less than a minute after starting and the thermostat gauge goes right to maximum. it also still will not stay running, it feels like it's running out of gas. it has a quarter tank of gas.


any ideas as to cause or solution are welcome.

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Re: 2005 Focus ZXW Stalling and overheating

First thing I would check would be the thermostat . Take it water / coolant level o.k ?
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That^, and are any check engine lights or anything coming on?

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no lights were on at first. now the check engine light comes on. coolant was low...but I added to it. hasn't gone down at all. I asked a mechanic a few questions. he says it's probably not the thermostat cause it overheats right away...in his thoughts a stuck thermostat would heat to operating temperature and then go past...
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Re: 2005 Focus ZXW Stalling and overheating

You could have a couple of faults i.e the coolant sensor faulty and a engine misfire , but unconnected .Have you checked the plugs and leads / wires ? Could also clean the MAF (Mass AirFlow) sensor . If all that doesn't cure it , make sure the cooling system is not pressurising , suggesting head gasket .
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You could have a couple of faults i.e the coolant sensor faulty and a engine misfire , but unconnected .Have you checked the plugs and leads / wires ? Could also clean the MAF (Mass AirFlow) sensor . If all that doesn't cure it , make sure the cooling system is not pressurising , suggesting head gasket .

how do you check if the cooling system is pressurized?
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I should have said over pressurising as all systems are pressurised as indicated on radiator cap .Not being in workshop and having equipment available to you , the easiest way is to check the radiator hoses which tend to get really solid if there is a fault .
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no lights were on at first. now the check engine light comes on. coolant was low...but I added to it. hasn't gone down at all. I asked a mechanic a few questions. he says it's probably not the thermostat cause it hid bulbs right away...in his thoughts a stuck thermostat would heat to operating temperature and then go past...
If this isn't the problem or any of the suggestions above didn't help then maybe it might be your coil packing module?
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