Some 2005 Ford Focus models with 2.0- or 2.3-liter engines and manual transmissions may be difficult to start or may not start at all.
According to Ford, the problem is often intermittent, usually won't be accompanied by an illuminated Check Engine light or trouble codes, and is most likely due to software gremlins in the PCM.
Reprogramming the module with updated software is the only reliable fix. Check with a dealer for the application specifics.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].