1998 Ford F-150 Running Rough After Start-up

Tiny
HARRY 1340
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  • 1998 FORD F-150
I have a 1998 Ford F-150 with the 4.2 litre V6 with about 160K miles. When it is about 40 degrees F ambient temp or colder, when I start the vehicle after it has been idle for 8-12 hours, the vehicle at times starts and runs very rough. The vehicle runs so rough that I fear that it will stall and be unable to be driven. However I baby the vehicle up to speed and then after 1-2 minutes of operation at speed or 1 mile or so, the vehicle returns to normal smooth operation. Sometimes the motor will die as soon as I start it and when I recrank the motor, the starter drags when I try to restart. The vehicle doesn't always do this. About 1/2 the time the vehicle starts and runs perfectly and the other 1/2 the time it runs very rough as described above. When the vehicle operates roughly, I do not get a check engine light. It acts like a engine sensor is malfunctioning but without a trouble code, I don't know where to turn. I appreciate any help you may be able to give me. Thanks in advance.
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 AT 10:21 AM

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Tiny
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Are you smelling any gas?
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 AT 2:04 PM
Tiny
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No, I haven't smelled any gas, but I haven't raised the hood during one of those situations. The next time the truck acts up, I'll make a point to see if there are any underhood symptoms.
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 AT 3:37 PM

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