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JimMac78

Not Starting. Immobiliser?

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Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere - I tried searching but couldn't see anything that seemed to fit.

Got an 05 plate Focus which we bought second-hand a couple of months ago. I'd just parked up on the drive this afternoon and about 30 seconds later the handbrake seemed to give and the car coasted backward downhill hitting the gatepost. The driver's side door took the full impact and got bent right back alongside the wing. We've managed to fix the door hinges and rehang the door OK but now the car won't start.

It's been perfectly reliable up until the crash this afternoon. All the lights come on on the dash, there's still plenty of petrol in the tank, and the engine makes all the right starting noises, just doesn't actually start running (sorry, I'm not great on cars and wasn't 100% sure that these were cranking noises!). Tried bump starting and again there was sound from under the bonnet but it didn't start.

First thought was that the immobiliser might have kicked in but having looked online it sounds like there should be some sort of LED code - LED is coming on for the usual 2-3 seconds and then going off when the key is turned to II, as you'd expect. Also tried disconnecting the battery for about 5 seconds but it still wouldn't start when reconnected.

Any ideas please? Really could do without a mechanic's bill...

Thanks,

Jim

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If you had a accident in the car, most likely the fuel pump would have been shutdown. To start it again the the a hole in the driver side kick panel closest to the door. Inside that hole is a red button push it and then try by first priming. Check this switch if it's not that then we need to do further checks.

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Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere - I tried searching but couldn't see anything that seemed to fit.

Got an 05 plate Focus which we bought second-hand a couple of months ago. I'd just parked up on the drive this afternoon and about 30 seconds later the handbrake seemed to give and the car coasted backward downhill hitting the gatepost. The driver's side door took the full impact and got bent right back alongside the wing. We've managed to fix the door hinges and rehang the door OK but now the car won't start.

It's been perfectly reliable up until the crash this afternoon. All the lights come on on the dash, there's still plenty of petrol in the tank, and the engine makes all the right starting noises, just doesn't actually start running (sorry, I'm not great on cars and wasn't 100% sure that these were cranking noises!). Tried bump starting and again there was sound from under the bonnet but it didn't start.

First thought was that the immobiliser might have kicked in but having looked online it sounds like there should be some sort of LED code - LED is coming on for the usual 2-3 seconds and then going off when the key is turned to II, as you'd expect. Also tried disconnecting the battery for about 5 seconds but it still wouldn't start when reconnected.

Any ideas please? Really could do without a mechanic's bill...

Thanks,

Jim

strange one here jim,

Firstly id get the hand brake tightened and have your brake drums checked. Being an LX im guessing it doesn't have rear discs so i reckon it may need some new brake shoes or atleast a clean,

Perhaps check the fuse box particularly the fuel pump fuse,

Also check the manual for somthing anout a fuel cut off switch to the left of the passenger footwell,

It usually triggers on impact preventing fuel flow to the engine, thats all i know about that one though.

Main thing nobody was injured mate.

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Fantastic, thanks fellas. I'm going to go check those now. Fingers crossed...

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Belting stuff! :D

Thanks again guys. No fuel leak smell but I'll check again in the morning to be on the safe side, and I'll investigate the handbrake first chance I get. Meantime it's being parked in gear everywhere we go!

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Belting stuff! :D

Thanks again guys. No fuel leak smell but I'll check again in the morning to be on the safe side, and I'll investigate the handbrake first chance I get. Meantime it's being parked in gear everywhere we go!

good stuff :)

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