Engine not starting

Tiny
2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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Check ground wires for poor connections and check for damaged wiring looms.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 AT 10:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SANDI_ABE
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
My 2003 Taurus have the following intermittent problem.

After I start the car, the car will start, but immediately the engine will fail (the RPM will drop from the 1000 to 0 in a matter of a second) This happens only once every a blue moon (every two or three weeks).

If I start it, and push on the accelerator (fuel) peddle, I can sustain the engine. Once I remove my foot off, the engine will fail (RPM goes to zero).

If I leave the car for 45-60 minutes the car will start regularly, and will not exhibit the problem for weeks or even moths.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 AT 10:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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Clean throttle plate and also remove, check and clean idle air control valve
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Tiny
REDNEKWIZARD
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Also check the O2 sensors, they caused the same issue on my ol ladies 2004 taurus
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RLOPINTO
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 86,000 MILES
Driving a few miles, engine cut out. I was able to restart it a few times to go about another 1/4 mile in total, then it wouldn't start at all. I was running on empty, but the fuel light hadn't come on. Added a gallon, still wouldn't start. Had it towed; two days later mechanic got it to go 18 miles, no problem. Later in the day, drove another 20 and it died again. Gas at that point, per sensor, was less than 1 %. They added $20 reg, and it started right up. I've had it back for a week, no problem. Mechanic said maybe fuel pump is going, and I have to keep tank half full to maintain pressure; but he's not sure. He says there's no way to tell for sure. I'm nervous all the time that it's going to cut out again, and I'm avoiding highways.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 AT 10:09 AM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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I have to say its in the tank
one of two fuel gauge is wrong and giving you a false reading and or something wrong with the fuel pump module
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