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  • in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #567299
    EdEd
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      [quote=”juels98″ post=84463]
      Also, did I understand correctly that when it’s cold you first start it, it starts, then you give it gas and it dies? Then after doing the same thing 3-4 times it finally starts?
      Julian[/quote]

      Yeah it starts for about 1/2 a second then dies, try that 3 times, on the 3rd time it starts I hold the rpms at 1500 for 10 secs and let go and it stays running.

      I found out where the coolant is going tonight when I picked up my daughter from daycare. The belt started to squeal, it’s a new belt. So when I got home i popped the hood, and was greeted with some steam. It looks like it’s leaking from behind the thermostat housing, not really on the thermostat housing behind it what looks like a seal under the intake. I don’t exactly know what it’s called. Valve cover gasket? Intake gasket? Anyway I checked the oil, still no white stuff, so that’s good.
      I guess tax season is close and I’ll have to see if I can take it somewhere to find out if it’s worth fixing and finding out what the issue with starting is. I wonder if the coolant and the starting issue are related. I only paid 3k for it last year, I don’t know if I want to give up on it yet, at least I’ll know what the problems are, vs getting another truck and not knowing what the problems are. It only has 147k miles on it.

      in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573665
      EdEd
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        [quote=”juels98″ post=84463]
        Also, did I understand correctly that when it’s cold you first start it, it starts, then you give it gas and it dies? Then after doing the same thing 3-4 times it finally starts?
        Julian[/quote]

        Yeah it starts for about 1/2 a second then dies, try that 3 times, on the 3rd time it starts I hold the rpms at 1500 for 10 secs and let go and it stays running.

        I found out where the coolant is going tonight when I picked up my daughter from daycare. The belt started to squeal, it’s a new belt. So when I got home i popped the hood, and was greeted with some steam. It looks like it’s leaking from behind the thermostat housing, not really on the thermostat housing behind it what looks like a seal under the intake. I don’t exactly know what it’s called. Valve cover gasket? Intake gasket? Anyway I checked the oil, still no white stuff, so that’s good.
        I guess tax season is close and I’ll have to see if I can take it somewhere to find out if it’s worth fixing and finding out what the issue with starting is. I wonder if the coolant and the starting issue are related. I only paid 3k for it last year, I don’t know if I want to give up on it yet, at least I’ll know what the problems are, vs getting another truck and not knowing what the problems are. It only has 147k miles on it.

        in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573643
        EdEd
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          Well it’s still doing it. of course it’s 12 degrees outside right now, had trouble even starting this morning. About that temp sensor, you never answered which one it was. also I can’t spray anything in the PCV valve because it’s in the back of the engine, behind and under the intake. I did notice a coolant smell outside of the vehicle I figured it was just the overflow, and it didn’t overheat. But when I checked it yesterday night it took a full gallon. I checked the oil for white foam, you know the coolant in the oil for a blown head gasket but nothing but clean oil. There’s no leaks under the truck so I have no idea where the coolant went…lol.

          in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #567279
          EdEd
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            Well it’s still doing it. of course it’s 12 degrees outside right now, had trouble even starting this morning. About that temp sensor, you never answered which one it was. also I can’t spray anything in the PCV valve because it’s in the back of the engine, behind and under the intake. I did notice a coolant smell outside of the vehicle I figured it was just the overflow, and it didn’t overheat. But when I checked it yesterday night it took a full gallon. I checked the oil for white foam, you know the coolant in the oil for a blown head gasket but nothing but clean oil. There’s no leaks under the truck so I have no idea where the coolant went…lol.

            in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573347
            EdEd
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              Well I cleaned the throttle body and IAC and it’s passages today, even changed the air filter for good measure. Put it all back together and I didn’t notice too much of a difference. It’s a warm day today, over 50 degrees, so I won’t have an issue starting it today. I bought some Sea Foam because people say it does wonders. I put it in the vacuum line coming off the brake booster, in the oil and some in the tank. I was worried because I already cleaned the throttle body and IAC that it wouldn’t do much. WOW was I wrong, the smoke poured out like a BBQ pit. for a good 3 minutes. I took it for a drive and noticed the engine overall was a LOT smoother, and what I thought were worn engine mounts turned out to be a rough idle, which is now gone. The real test will come when it gets cold again and I try it out. I also looked for where the PCV valve is and I think it’s in the back of the engine, a job I think, I’ll leave to the real mechanics.

              in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #567054
              EdEd
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                Well I cleaned the throttle body and IAC and it’s passages today, even changed the air filter for good measure. Put it all back together and I didn’t notice too much of a difference. It’s a warm day today, over 50 degrees, so I won’t have an issue starting it today. I bought some Sea Foam because people say it does wonders. I put it in the vacuum line coming off the brake booster, in the oil and some in the tank. I was worried because I already cleaned the throttle body and IAC that it wouldn’t do much. WOW was I wrong, the smoke poured out like a BBQ pit. for a good 3 minutes. I took it for a drive and noticed the engine overall was a LOT smoother, and what I thought were worn engine mounts turned out to be a rough idle, which is now gone. The real test will come when it gets cold again and I try it out. I also looked for where the PCV valve is and I think it’s in the back of the engine, a job I think, I’ll leave to the real mechanics.

                in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573292
                EdEd
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                  Do you mean the (IAT) Intake Air Temp sensor? or the Ambient Air Temperature Sensor?
                  In this vehicle the IAT is part of the MAF that I cleaned today. But the Ambient Air Temperature Sensor is just behind the grill. And I’m having a hard time finding out what that sensor does, some people say it has to do with the A/C. The good news is that it only costs about $17 if that’s the problem.

                  in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #566992
                  EdEd
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                    Do you mean the (IAT) Intake Air Temp sensor? or the Ambient Air Temperature Sensor?
                    In this vehicle the IAT is part of the MAF that I cleaned today. But the Ambient Air Temperature Sensor is just behind the grill. And I’m having a hard time finding out what that sensor does, some people say it has to do with the A/C. The good news is that it only costs about $17 if that’s the problem.

                    in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573253
                    EdEd
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                      I’ve tried that (cycling the key as to prime it) it didn’t make a difference. When I get it started after 3 tries with gas it idles at about 1100 RPM for about a minute then goes down to 700 RPM. and stays steady. (needle doesn’t jump).
                      Also I added some dry gas to the full tank tonight to see if it will help tomorrow morning. I also cleaned my MAF sensor as per Eric’s video. Tomorrow, I’ll be cleaning my throttle body just for good measure. If i can find a star bit to take off a plastic cover.

                      in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #566948
                      EdEd
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                        I’ve tried that (cycling the key as to prime it) it didn’t make a difference. When I get it started after 3 tries with gas it idles at about 1100 RPM for about a minute then goes down to 700 RPM. and stays steady. (needle doesn’t jump).
                        Also I added some dry gas to the full tank tonight to see if it will help tomorrow morning. I also cleaned my MAF sensor as per Eric’s video. Tomorrow, I’ll be cleaning my throttle body just for good measure. If i can find a star bit to take off a plastic cover.

                        in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573167
                        EdEd
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                          yeah I know about the frozen fuel thing, I always keep it full in the winter. It’s been full since before it got cold outside.

                          in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #566884
                          EdEd
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                            yeah I know about the frozen fuel thing, I always keep it full in the winter. It’s been full since before it got cold outside.

                            in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #573159
                            EdEd
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                              does it matter if it only does it when it’s cold out? it doesn’t do it in the summer at all. starts right up and strong if the outside temp is above 50.

                              in reply to: 02 Ford explorer cold engine problem #566875
                              EdEd
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                                does it matter if it only does it when it’s cold out? it doesn’t do it in the summer at all. starts right up and strong if the outside temp is above 50.

                                in reply to: What car to Get? #573134
                                EdEd
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                                  Have you looked into Hyundai, they have a 100k warranty and the Sonata has more Hp than the fusion camry or accord. 274hp available.
                                  And it starts at $21k MSRP

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