1998 Ford Windstar starts rough when warm

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 15,000 MILES
My 98 F windstar, 150k mi, 3.8 liter auto transmission. Starts and runs fine when cold. When warm it starts easy but sputters, runs rough, stumbles and will stall unless I nurse gas pedal till I get moving. Then it runs well. No check engine light or codes, I have a very cheap code reader.
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Saturday, December 15th, 2007 AT 10:59 AM

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Tiny
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Exprimented with it today, It will start without problem for 5/10/15 min after that it starts as I described. However today was unusually cold for FL, in the 60's.
Next time mislead me with the cheap repair!
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Monday, December 17th, 2007 AT 5:58 PM
Tiny
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You put me on the right track. The boiling fuel made sense, but the motor tempature never rises, so is not likely the problem! I inspected the fuel lines and engine comparment airflow paying extra attention to the hood insulation and could find no problems. Now I am cheep and am not going to pay to have your suggestion carried out by a mechanic, and I'm lazy so I am putting off doing it.
Then I am pumping gas, I look at the pump, the sign says contains up to 10% ethanol. Just like in the cartoons the light bulb goes off over my head. The first time I had this problem was right after I fueled, I thought I had got a bad tank of gas.
I call my rocket scientist friend Brian Bors, everybody should have a friend like Brian. I ask about the boiling point of alcohol, he replys that the boiling point of alcohol is ?( I dont reember) and that it is much lower than gasoline.
So anyway to make a long story short, I am on my third tank of non ethanol gas and have had no problems! I also think my engine runs better, but that is of course subjective, and it seems my fuel milage is better, but I do not keep tract.
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction and will keep you posted.
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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 AT 12:30 PM

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