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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-31-08, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Rough Start Up

Hello all,

I am hoping someone out there can give me some helpful suggestions on this problem I am having.

I have a 1998 Ford Escort Wagon, 2.0L, auto., that has been having some trouble with a rough start up. I have found more and more lately, that specifically this problem happens during warmer weather, and cold weather this problem is minimal.

Everytime I go to start up, the engine really has a hard time turning over. I get crank, but it just really chugs to get started up. I can also hear slight knocking as well for roughly a second when it finally turns over. Previously I had to push the gas down somewhat to get it to start as it was worse than it is now.

I have already changed the plug wires, and plugs themselves and put in a bottle of Pennzoil Full Fuel System cleaner, but the problem still exists. This problem only happens after the car has sat for a while, and has never happened after being freshly used (I.E. Within an hour of turning it off).

Any ideas? I know there could be many culprits, but before I go spending on numerous parts, I just wanted to hear what the people here had to say. Is this merely me needing to go and get the injectors cleaned, or is this going to possibly run me a new fuel pump? Any suggestions are welcome!

Thanks in advance! -Phrozen

Last edited by Phrozen; 11-01-08 at 09:42 AM. Reason: More problem information
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-02-08, 09:00 AM
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Re: Rough Start Up

No solution, but I had a similar problem with my Crown Vic. Started noticing a rough idle on first start of the day, for maybe 20-30 seconds, back in May of 07. This coincided with a loss of coolant and the coolant reservior smelling like the tailpipe. Otherwise, the engine ran great. Finally after a 1300 mile trip this summer, July 08, the rough idle began occuring after every start. Pulled the plugs and noticed water in the #7 cylinder. Currently rebuilding the engine, which is what brought me to this site.

Good luck and post your eventual problem/solution.
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