Engine dies right after initial start up.

Tiny
JOHNNYKLINGER
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  • 2002 FORD MUSTANG
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 43,000 MILES
I purchase this car about 10 months ago with only 32,000 miles on it, so it had not been driven a lot until I got it, and now it's being driven about the average amount of use. When I first got it I changed all the fluids to make sure it was good to go.

I never had a problem with it until this morning when I started the car it immediately died, then I started it again and it ran fine, I thought maybe when I first started it I didn’t crank the engine enough or something and I was in to much of a hurry. But through the course of the day, making several around town trips the same thing happened almost every time and after the last time the service engine light came on. Could this be something as simple as a gas cap or dirty fuel?

Thanks, Johnny
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Friday, August 1st, 2014 AT 2:31 PM

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Tiny
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The secret is the Check Engine light. There's a diagnostic fault code in the Engine Computer that will indicate the circuit or system that needs further diagnosis, or the unacceptable operating condition. Many auto parts stores will read those codes for you for free, but remember that fault codes never say to replace parts or that they're bad.
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Friday, August 1st, 2014 AT 3:30 PM
Tiny
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Friday, August 1st, 2014 AT 3:40 PM

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