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Tribute: it wont start because the engine turns over..rough..dies

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Recently, once a week or so, my Tribute won't start if I've been making a number of short trips beforehand. On those occassions I know it won't start because the engine turns over but begins running real rough then dies. If I let it sit for about an hour it will start up without a problem. After it has runs rough and dies, if I try again, the engine cranks, but it doesn't turn over, like it's not getting any fuel. It seems like the engine won't start up normally until the engine has cooled off.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Tim West replied 6 years ago.
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This problem sounds like a crankshaft position sensor.
I would advise replacing the sensor first.
Also, is there a check engine light on? If so, please have the codes scanned before replacing the CKP (Crankshaft position sensor). Autozone will do this free.
If there are no codes, replace.

CRANKSHAFT POSITION (CKP) SENSOR

Removal and Installation


  1. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to LIFTING.


  1. Remove the bolts and the right front lower splash shield.


  1. Remove the crankshaft position (CKP) sensor.
  1. Disconnect the electrical connector.
  2. Remove the bolt.
  3. Remove the sensor.
  4. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It was the fuel pump, it was replaced yesterday.

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