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James, Ford Technician
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Escape: I have a ford escape 2008 that when I try to start

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I have a ford escape 2008 that when I try to start is the engine tries and tries but it won't start. In some cases the battery goes dead. after some time it finally starts and runs. If I stop it for an hour or so and try to restart it the car starts ok. Now mind you the car has been sitting for over a year. I have a full tank of gas and some people say it is still good. any help on this problem?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  James replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thanks for choosing just answer. Gasoline unless treated goes bad after a couple of months. If an additive to keep it fresh is added it can last up to a year and still be good. The first thing I would do is drive to get the tank of gas down so you can add fresh fuel to the tank. This will help out a lot. Depending on your location I would inspect the air filter to make sure no critters have made a home and plugged the vehicles air way. Once you are able to run a couple of tanks of fresh gas through it should start much easier. Fuel injector cleaner will help also. As the gas sits on injectors and goes bad it will leave a varnish. This can affect injector performance greatly especially at startup.
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