I have a 2001 Ford Taurus with 68,000 miles on it's 3.0 DOHC motor and about a month ago it started to get hard to start. Since then it has begun to rev to about 2,000 rpm when first started then idles badly between 500 and 800 rpm. It sputters and lurches when in drive with the brake pushed to the floor. It only does this when it is cold outside or if the motor it cold.
I just checked for an intake manifold leak using soapy water and the center intake runner on the front side of the motor sucked up all the soap and as soon as it did the car began to act like it was going to die and when revved it sounded like a lawn mower and once I let it idle for about 10 minutes it idled fine and did not sound bad when given gas.
Does this mean I need new gaskets. Is installing new gaskets something I can do?
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 AT 1:29 PM