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Old 03-19-2004, 01:32   #1 (permalink)
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EF starting difficulties? fuel?

Today i was parked at KFC. i got back in the car and tried to start it... it just turned over.. wouldn't start, probably turned over about 8 times, i turned the ignition off and back on pressed the accelerator and it started perfectly. same thing happened 30 mins ago. only seems to happen when the car has been sitting for more then 20 mins. I'm thinking the fuel filter might be clogged up, can anyone offer me some advice?

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Re: EF starting difficulties? fuel?

Unfortuanatly this is one of the great Falcon mysteries! Its very common and I have yet to find any kind of conclusive evidence on what causes it.

Mine did it, and I solved it by installing a stand alone aftermarket computer....
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Re: EF starting difficulties? fuel?

Purge canister/solenoid? Does it do it in the morning/cold weather? Or only on hot days?
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umm.. well i've had the car for about 1 month now. only has done it twice.. both times were yesterday, just started it then, started fine... seemed a little hard to turn over but it always does that

I can't even see the fuel filter so don't know about my chances of chaning it
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I was thinking hot day = fuel expansion = pressure in the tank. Can cause issues if it doesn't vent properly. Obviously it's much less of an issue on the electric fuel pump systems, but it does still happen from time to time.
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Re: EF starting difficulties? fuel?

I had the same problem in my car, 97 futura. I have a feeling it was the fuel pump. And as mine just died on friday night, I have JUST finnished putting in the new unit. It starts alot better, revs alot more freely and it started first time after having taken it for a drive.

So I could sum it up by saying it could be the pump!!

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Hi, sounds like a flooding problem, possibly injectors. the ford eec system goes into flood mode when the pedal is held all the way down and the engine turned over, at this time, no fuel is injected into the cylinders, on the other hand if you crank over a fuel injected engine and pump the pedal, you will flood the motor.
So if your injectors were dribbling fuel when the engine was shut off, holding down the pedal while starting would pump only air in till the mixture in the cyls leaned out enough to fire, flooding in a fuel injected engine can easily destroy sparkplugs, and they may have to be replaced.
Other possibilities could be a wrong coolant temp sensor reading, it should still read around 1.2volts to .7volts after a hot 20minute rest.
Back to the injectors, besides the fact that they might be leaking due to a deposit buildup, the driver inside the processor which controlls them might be malfuntioning, causing it to stay open, not to common though.
I would recommend having the injectors removed and bench tested for flow and leakage, this will tell you if thats the problem, and even if it isnt, it doesnt hurt to get the injectors properly cleaned as regular maintenance.
every injector has a filter that will be replaced at the time of cleaning, and from the ones i've done, a improvement in flow is always noticed after a cleaning.
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Re: EF starting difficulties? fuel?

had a similar problem, it was the ignition control module ... $500 worth. hope it's not anything like that.
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