Engine Performance problem
2001 Ford Crown Victoria V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 56,000 miles
I have an 2001 Ford Crown Victoria with 56,000 miles. The car was previously owned by salesman at the ford dealership so I do know that the car was taken very good care of and maintained on a regular basis as I have the printout of maintenance done.
The problem, which doesn't happen all the time, is that the car starts on the first crank but immediatly stalls unless the accelerator is kept engaged. I have noticed that while the engine is trying to stall out that the volts gauge is irratic, going up and down with all accessories in the car turned off but the gauge is fine when car runs right and battery and alternator are both fine.
Usually after 5 minutes or so of keeping the car at a higher idle it will stay running on its own, but then when the car is turned off after reaching a destination and the car is restarted the problem again occurs.
Once I get the car to stay running it does not stall while sitting at a red light or being parked even though the idle seems lower than normal. There was one time when this happened and when I returned home from errands I left the car running while I unloaded groceries because I was going to open the hood and see if I could find the problem when all of a sudden I heard the normal idle kick in. The engine runs smooth and fine other than this irratating problem that I can't seem to figure out.
I am on a fixed income so that makes it difficult to run out and buy new parts just to find out that wasn't the problem in the first place.
Any help you could give concerning this problem would be greatly appreciated.
have the same problem?
Sunday, June 15th, 2008 AT 8:27 PM