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Tiny
MARIMA
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  • 1997 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
I have a 1997 ford windstar van. Sometimes it runs real good for about 45 miles then it just shuts off by itself and doesnt want to start. After about an 1hr or a day later I turn on the key and it starts like nothing has happen and it runs real good for about 30- 60 miles in a day. And it does it again. I have replace the a new fuel pump and a new fuel filter and it runs good for a while and it does it again. So I dont really trust my van any more. Right now it parked in the drive way.
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Friday, November 19th, 2010 AT 4:00 AM

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Tiny
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Next time it refuses to start don't wait for it to make up its mind-do below immediately to determine if its fuel or spark problem

Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine atleast 3/16 away from ground-have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, Do you hear the fuel pump come On when you turn key on? If not check fuel pump fuse and fuel pump relay if so, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors and computer Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it and keep testing
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Friday, November 19th, 2010 AT 4:06 AM
Tiny
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This could be a few things. First, when it doesn't start, I need to know if you are getting spark and fuel to the engine. One other thing I need you to try. Under the hood is a relay block. Inside of it is a relay called the EEC relay. When it doesn't start, switch that relay with another one with the same part number in the relay block and see if it will start.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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