94 Taurus Stalling
I have a 94 3.0 V6 with ~150K miles. About 2 1/2 years ago after a 100+ mi. trip from college to home (all interstate driving) I parked it for about 15-20 minutes, just in town, then started back up to drive home. I moved for about 150 yards, then the car slowly stalled out. I tried to start up again, and the starter would run, but the engine wouldn't catch and fire up. After sitting for about 30 mins. I tried again; started up fine and I drove the 5 miles home.
I was told this was due to bad fuel filter, which I now replace every 5-6 months.
After newest oil/fuel filter change, the car stalled again. This was a drive up I-95; I had gone 70-75 miles (roughly one hour of driving), then the car slowly lost power; full throttle gave me no engine response, I cut all the extras (A/C, radio), no result either. I parked on the shoulder for about an hour, started up and drove the rest of the trip fine. In that hour I tried starting about 4 or 5 times. After the first 15 mins. and each 15 mins afterward I would crank it up and the engine would catch and start running, but when I put the car in gear and started moving, it would stall out again.
Same deal a few weeks later, another trip (some stop & go this time), drove about 1 hour and stalled. I let it sit for 15 mins then tried again, no luck, but when I floored the throttle when cranking, the engine would catch and start up, run for a minute or two then stall out again.
Took it to local Ford guys, ODB I, and no Check Engine light means that was a bust (the light does work).
Other stuff: Car feels like it's lost some power, especially during moderate acceleration. Hard, toe-in acceleration is okay, but feels a little delayed; it didn't used to feel like that. Today after the ~7 mile drive back home from work, when standing near the fuel filler side I caught a strong gasoline smell. Exhaust smells okay, but the gasoline smell is pretty strong.
This has been plaguing me for over 2 years! Any help would be awesome!