Engine Performance problem
2000 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 79000 miles
I'm experiencing a strange issue with my car -- I'd appreciate any pointers.
The car only starts when I give it some gas. After starting, while the car is still in PARK, I need to continue giving it gas to keep it running. Otherwise the RPMs drop rapidly and the engine gets rough and immediately dies.
However, when I shift into either DRIVE or REVERSE, everything is fine, and the car idles nicely at 650 RPM, as it should, for as long as I want it to.
Also, this occurs only in cold weather, with the engine cold. In warm weather, or once the engine is warm, it starts up fine and idles fine in any gear (including PARK).
Weird, eh? Again, any pointers would be appreciated, as I have no idea what could be causing this. I'll probably take it in to have it fixed, but I'd like to know what to expect.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 AT 8:22 PM