I have a 2000 Ford Focus Wagon with 114,00o miles on it. I’m having a problem determining why it is stalling in reverse and also sometimes while it is idling. I’ve had the idle speed motor replaced, hoses checked, etc. After we had these things done the car seemed a little better but I could still feel the car hinting at wanting to stall.
I also noticed it usually stalls in reverse when I’m turning the steering wheel but not if I’m backing up in a straight line. It also feels like it wants to stall when it sits at a long traffic light. Before I had the idle speed motor replaced it stalled more often - several times a week. However, now it stalls a little less.
On another note, the car seems to idle a little rough. It almost sounds like a diesel engine. It seems to simmer down some once the engine is warm. I had a new water pump installed and a timing belt put in and now I can hear a squeaking sound coming from that area of the engine. I’m not sure if any of these symptoms are related.
Input is greatly appreciated - I’m not sure steps or efforts to take next.