I just joined the forum and must say that I'm impressed with the depth of information. Nice....
I have a question that needs some technical expertise....I own a 99 Navigator and I've been experiencing difficulty with starting the truck. The engine will turn-over fine (I don't think its the battery or alternator), however it IMMEDIATELY shuts off upon ignition. Now, if I place my foot on the gas, the engine will remain running.....but once I remove my foot from the pedal, the engine shuts off again. ALSO, if I punch the accelerator a couple of times, the engine will begin to finally idle at normal rpms and I won't have ANY problems starting it until the next morning (or after LONG periods of rest....say 5-6 hours).
I took the truck into a dealership and they stated it was an idle-ator valve (what the heck is THAT?) and PCV hose that need to be replaced. Does that sound right? They were going to charge me $210 for labor and $130 in parts....which I thought was a bit steep, so I said 'no'.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Would that cause my start problems? Does that seem like a reasonable price? How easy/difficult would it be for myself and Uncle to do this procedure ourselves? Any guidance on the matter would be SO MUCH APPRECIATED!!
PS...sorry for the long thread.