1999 Crown Vic starting problem
When the weather turned colder (lows in the 20's and high's in the 30's) the automatic choke doesn't kick in. Normally I just turn the ignitions key and the choke mechanism kicks in at fast idle then slows down when the motor is warmed up a little or if I tap the gas pedal. Now I have to give it enough gas pedal to rev the engine a little bit and hold pedal down for a few minutes. If I'm on a flat surface I can just start driving. But the last few days, even though I can start it, when I pull up to a red light the engine idles very slow and sometimes dies.A friend told me this model (V8) doesn't have a mechanical choke. Before he told me this I thought I might just lubricate/clean the choke flap mechanical mechanism. Friend told me it has more to do with non-mechanical choke. I'm confused, is this something that a fairly non-mechanial person can fix or do I need to take to dealer for repair. Does this sound expensive or fairly common and minor. This is a one owner, well-maintained car with 100,600 miles. Any ideas or direction would be appreciated.