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The focus starts sometimes but other times it won’t start.

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The focus starts sometimes...

The focus starts sometimes but other times it won’t start. The battery has been tested. AAA came yesterday and all of a sudden it started without them doing anything but now once again it won’t start

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?

The battery was fine and connections fine according to aaa.

Mechanic's Assistant: What year is your Focus?

The radio and lights and all of that come on when I try to start the car

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Focus yourself? What have you tried so far?

No/ 2005. There has been a hesitation when starting the car for a few weeks. Pep boys found nothing about 3 weeks ago but then yesterday I had AAA come and now I went to a mechanic this morning who said based on my description of the problem to take it to a dealer but now I’m in that mechanics parking lot and the car won’t start again

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Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago
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Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

What is it doing when you try to start it.

Single click noise or rapid clicks?
No clicks at all?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No clicks
Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

Is it an automatic or manual transmission?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Automatic
Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

Ok

Usually when you don't get any sounds at all when you are trying to start it, it's because the transmission range sensor is failing. Basically speaking the computer doesn't know the car is in park, so it won't attempt to start.

Try shifting the car into neutral and starting it to see if it starts, if not, put it back into park and try again. If it still won't start, then the switch on the transmission will need to be tested or adjusted.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Can a ford dealership test the transmission
Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

Yes, they can check the range switch for you. I need to be clear, this is just a part on the outside of the transmission and not a problem with the actual transmission in your car. Just a switch is all. Most shops could likely check this out for you, the dealer isn't required for this.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I made an appointment this morning and the mechanic wouldn’t look at it suggested I take it to the dealer.
Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

I see, it could be more then he can do, so I would say it does sound like you will need the dealer. I can't be 100% sure it's the problem, but in most cases it is. The computer simply doesn't know the car is actually in park so it won't supply any power to the starter.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
What’s the easiest way to make an appointment with a dealer it looks like I might need to have it towed to a dealer
Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

I usually call the service department and set up an appointment. If it's got to be towed, let them know and you can either have it towed to them and they can get it in when they can, or you can discuss getting it towed on the day of your appointment. I am sure the service department will be happy to help. Most of the time when it's a tow in they just need to know it's coming and they will get it in.

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Ford Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 9 months ago

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