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My Taurus acts like it's not going to start after refueling

Customer Question

My Taurus acts like it's not going to start after refueling and acts like it's going to stall when idle. No lights or warnings on dash and it has only done it twice
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! Can I start by getting your VIN?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1FAHP2E83DG184393
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the VIN!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've got to drive to Alabama tomorrow and I'm a little nervous
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

I would start by checkiing for air or vacuum leaks under the hood. Just pop the hood and listen for a hissing sound indicating a vacuum leak. Check close by the intake manifold and air intake snorkle.

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Another possible cause would be a bad or dirty throttle body

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Checking now
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Ok

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No noticeable noises. My husband cleaned the throttle body last night
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Ok, good, then I would suspect a bad throttle body or possibly a PCM/ECM update.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Throttle body wasn't dirty last night
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Right, if it was, then cleaning it would have improved the stalling condition.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Canister purge valve had slight carbon build up. Even after he cleaned throttle body it still stalled on me today
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

Right, I am saying that this could still be caused by a BAD throttle body

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is it safe to drive tomorrow until we can get fixed Saturday. 8 hours total drive time.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.
My experience has been that if the throttle body is bad causing this stalling condition, this will only happen at idle.
If you feel comfortable with the engine stalling at idle, then yes, you can drive it. IF not, then no, I would not recommend driving it.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay. Can I continue this conversation with you Saturday?
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

YES, you may. However, I would appreciate a positive rating tonight.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay. Thank you
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 1 year ago.

You are most welcome!

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