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A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE
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Experience:  ASE Master Certified, ASE Advanced Gasoline Engine Performance
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Car suddenly won't start.. Then I finally get it to start

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Car suddenly won't start.. Then I finally get it to start and it dies if I sit idle at a light
JA: Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: Low pressure oil light comes on, but just got oil changed, and it is plenty of oil
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Nothing
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Ford Mechanic should know about your Ford?
Customer: 2011 awd
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 7 months ago.

What model 2011 Ford are you working on?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Edge... AWD
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I got the oil changed earlier today. Never had an issue like this before, and first time trying to start the car afterwards, it had this issue.
Expert:  A. Penland replied 7 months ago.

Have you personally checked the oil level in the engine?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
it is perfectly fine. Just changed this morning at valvoline
Expert:  A. Penland replied 7 months ago.

Can you keep it running with your foot on the gas pedal?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Sometimes yes. Starting it usually only did so if I pushed the gas. But now I just started I twice with no problem
Expert:  A. Penland replied 7 months ago.

You could have a dirty throttle body. Try this and see if the problem is still present. Clean the throttle body out with a throttle body spray cleaner that any auto parts store sells. Do this with the key off and the engine off.