Hard starting then rough idle until warm

Tiny
BOBSTOCKSR
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  • 2001 FORD ESCAPE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
The engine is hard to start in the morning. It will take three tries until the engines starts. Then a rough idle. I must keep the rpm over 1,000 to keep the engine running. I live not far off a major highway. So I keep it over 1,500 rpm until the engine temperature is normal. Runs great then. I also found that if I just turn the key on and off thee times, until I hear the fuel pump run an shut off, the engine will fire up the first time. Still runs rough until warm up. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 AT 1:59 PM

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Tiny
ZAMO95
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It sounds like you have an engine temperature sensor that is going out, but to be sure lets run down these guide to help run a few simple tests.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-cranks-excessively-before-starting

and here is a guide to help you see what you are in for when doing the job with diagrams below:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/coolant-temperature-sensor-cts-replacement

Check out the diagrams (below). Please let us know what happens.

Cheers
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Thursday, April 1st, 2010 AT 1:01 PM
Tiny
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Thanks! I fixed my car using this guide and replacing my coolant sensor. :)
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