Hello, I have a 2000 Mercury Villager Mini Van 3.3L. The problem I have is that every day I use the A/C the next morning when I try to start the van, the Radiator Fan turns on (THE VAN HAS SIT ALL NIGHT) and the van will not start. I have to keep turning the key on and off until the fan stop. Then when I try to start the van, the van won't start. The motor turns over real good, but it will not start. Sometimes it smells like the engine is flooded. If I wait a little while (LIKE A HOUR OR SO) the van will finally start. I do not have this problem, if I do not use the A/C. The problem started just a few weeks ago. I have the van for two(2) years now, up until now the van has run real good.
My colleague was probably asking for what are known as "soft codes." These won't set the check engine light and many shops won't check for them without being asked to because it requires them to push a few extra buttons on the Scantool.
However, let's try something a little different. First, pull the spark plugs after labeling the plug wires as to where they go. Then take a look at them. Do they look wet? Do they look glazed? Check the gap. There should be a sticker on the radiator/fan shroud that tells you what the gap should be. Finally, stick a Phillips screwdriver into the plug boot and hold the blade of the driver near something metal and watch for a spark. It should be a strong spark, bright blue or white. Watch the rhythm of the spark. It should be regular, not a like a conga drum (spark. Spark. Spark. Spark.- NOT sparkspark. Spark. Spark. Spark)
Also check the fuel pressure and look for leaks. Your van is fuel injected and there really shouldn't be a way it can flood. You should be able to borrow/rent a fuel pressure gauge from places like O'Reilly's and Autozone. Check the fuel pressure a few times. When you're not having the problem. While the engine is running fine. While you are having the problem.
Does the problem occur immediately-drive to the store and come out, or just overnight?
The problem only happens after the Van has set overnight. I can use the A/C On at times & Off at times and the Van will start right up no matter how many times I start the Van, but let it set overnight and that is when the problem shows up. If I don't use the A/C at all during the day, there is no problem starting the Van the next morning. PLEASE HELP
have the same problem?
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 AT 11:30 AM