Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:11 am Post subject: 3.8 Hard Start when Warm
My '02 with 210k has a problem starting when the engine is warm. It starts fine in the morning, but when the engine is warm from running or the afternoon sun, I have to press the accelerator down about a 1/4 of the way to get it to start. Otherwise, it just cranks and cranks. Sometimes, it will fire once and die. I have no MIL codes other than an 02 sensor code.
Where to start? I replaced the IAC just for fun...no luck.
mine has been doing that since i bought it used with 10k on it. The dealer told him it was normal. Since they have the automatic start (where you just turn the key and it cranks itself) they said it was a design flaw. It still does it, sometimes when its cold, but mostly when its warm. Its been 8 years and still does that. I'll turn it and it will crank 3 times and stop, usually the seconds turn will do it, sometimes 3. I'm still pushing the stock battery too, it sure loves these -10 winters
What did the FPR cost and how much of a pain was it to install?
You're telling me. I needed a new fuel filter and i was getting an oil change anyway so i told them to do it. Said they couldn't get it off, and they would have to rip out the entire fuel line and replace it.... took it home, took some work but got the filter off. They also told me that i had an antifreeze leak, did a dye test, and because they couldn't find a leak, it was for sure the intake gaskets, and if they did the $800 job, they wouldn't charge me for the dye test. I called the mechanic that replaced the intake gaskets two years prior, he said bring it to him. He did a dye test and found the leak and replaced the o-ring. Needless to say i have them find the problems, not fix them.
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