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I was having this problem and it was a bad fuel pump. Later on started having trouble with this again and mechanic discovered the fuel pump wires had been damaged and was grounding out underneath fuel tank.
If the check engine light is on than the are trouble codes. I wouldmsuspect there is a lean or rich code.
I would unplug the MAF sensor and take it for a drive. If the symptom improves on the test drive replace the MAF sensor.
When the MAF on most vehicles reach a point of preventing the engine from starting, you can usually just unplug it and the engine will start. If that doesn't work-
You may want to try having the O2 sensor, ( Oxygen sensor ), checked. It works with other components of the emission system and can cause similar symptoms as the MAF, including preventing the engine from starting.
you should not have to sypon the fuel just locate the fuse that controls the fuel pump pull it out and start the car when it stops there will be no pressure in any line. you should be able to remove the fuel pump without any trouble then
It could be an issue with the fuel pump
Also there are several other steps to follow,
before arriving at a bad pump
Most involve some type of short, detected in the
wiring along the way.That is the short explanation
You really need a diagnostic trouble chart to follow
So,you will have to seek help at a local repair shop
I wouldn't give away extra money at a dealer.
A code P0174 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
The MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor is dirty or faulty. Note: The use of "oiled" air filters can cause the MAF to become dirty if the filter is over-oiled. There is also an issue with some vehicles where the MAF sensors leak the silicone potting material used to protect the circuitry.
There could be a vacuum leak downstream of the MAF sensor. and your solutions are.
In the vast majority of cases, simply cleaning the MAF sensor does the trick. Consult your service manual for it's location if you need help. I find it's best to take it off and spray it with electronics cleaner or brake cleaner. Make sure you are careful not to damage the MAF sensor, and make sure it's dry before reinstalling
Inspect all vacuum and PCV hoses, replace if necessary
Did you buy a Ford MAF sensor? There are some brands that are not reliable or accurate. Buy a Ford MAF sensor, if your mechanic has decided that the MAF is faulty. You may have a leaking fuel injector, bad coolant temp sensor,bad oxygen sensor,dirty air filter, clogged exhaust system.