ford focus starting problem

Hi everyone
Latest on the frod focus turbo diesel......
I managed to get it started and it ran really lumpy and it was obvious that the timimng was out! i realined the timed chains and the
associated belt and hey presto!!! Nothing.. it again refuses to start. several ideas come to mind. The bottom half that was purshased! does this have a different bore stroke and this would explain the continual piston slap... have i used the wrong head gasket! using a notch 5 instead of a notch 7 (albiet only 0.0200 of an inch different.) I can gauratee the timming is spot on, and the pump is of the original car. been tested by an auto engineer and had assured me that it is not electrical!
My mind is blank now!!!!
Any ideas.
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Christian wrote:

put the settings back to when it started even if it was lumpy , if it starts then you are setting it up wrong
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Steve Robinson wrote:

My Focus was shuddering, hesitating and stalling in 1st & 2nd Friday night, I drove it to the Mechanic Saturday morning and it wouldnt start! He had to replace the Ignition Coil pack $310 it was cracked. My Focus is now 5! Last month I had to replace the Thermostat Housing $250. The mechanic said one of the wires is bad as well, the mechanic said he rigged something with the wires but it is only a temporary fix. He told me that Ford may make a part to protect these wires? And he will find out tomorrow? Any idea what he may be talking about? Or is he just trying to pull a fast one? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
I dont know if this will help you at all, The post below was copied for you from the Ford Fanatic Forum...This is some guys story from March,,,
Here's my sad story. I just bought an A4 and I'm driving the Focus the remainder of the winter to keep the Audi off the road when its really nasty. After I change the insurance and plates over to the Audi, I'm giving the focus to my sister. Saturday I replaced the el-cheapo intake and installed the factory one so that she would have an easier time with maintainence. For any focus owner, you all know this is a 5 minute job. Got in the car, fired it up and it was idling a little rough. I decided to reset the compy, so I unplugged the battery. Fine, come back, plug it up, back it out, put it in gear - NO POWER. We're talking bogged down nearly stalled, takes 5 seconds to cross a two lane intersection. bad. very bad. So I drove it around hoping it would throw a CEL, and it didn't. So I took the intake off, cleaned everything up, checked all the wiring, put it all back together, tried it again, same result - crap. Thankfully it threw a code this time though. P0351 - ignition primary/secondary failure - wtf? How in the hell does swapping out the intake make the ignition give up the ghost? Okay, so I went to autozone and got a new ignition pack - swapped it out, all was well. The car was snappy and responsive again - end of story? no. This morning, in the pouring rain, I was driving normally to work, got to the freeway and the bloody thing started doggin AGAIN and immediately threw a CEL. So I babied it back to the apt and swapped the plates onto the Audi and drove that in (not registered, insured, or plated - ). I am now dumbfounded. do foci have coils? maybe that went bad. Perhaps there was corroded wiring in the signal wires into the ignition and when I moved the MAF sensor wire around it broke.
Oh, another thing, it seems to be heat sensitive. starting temps engine runs fine, mid temps, runs like its firing on two cyclinders, warms up and runs fine(?) I can't garantee that last one, it came back right as I was pulling into the driveway but it was done for the day by then. In that transition period, it acts like its sputtering between high and low power, like some jerk is sitting at a switch throwing it back and forth, so I get intermittently thrown back in my seat then lurch forward as it slows down. 2 days later... I figured it out on my own. Turned out to be the wires that provide the low voltage signal to the ignition. One of the wires that runs into he back of the wire harness that hooks into the front of the ignition had corroded to the point of failure. I had to chop the wiring harness off and crimp female spade connectors to the wires and then hook them onto the male leads in the ignition. A little rigged up but it will work until I get a scrap yard harness and splice it in.
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