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When car is cold, car turns over but wont start unless gas pedal is pressed. Then once started seems to idle and run sluggish.

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  • Brad Hite Oct 30, 2012

    It is a 2001 ford escape


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SOURCE: 1990 eclipse gs turbo starts & idles wont go past 2500rpms

you have a boostleak, i build gsx's my roommate owns 4g63 power, give me your email er cell and i will send you a boost leak detector you hook up to the turbo inlet and shoot pressurized air into it and if you have a boostleak it will leak out of the engine somewhere that is your leak you replace the seal or hose and blauw the car is fixed, hook me up with blue feedback since im going this far out of my way. the reason you cant get past 2500rpm is because unmeetered air is being let in post maf sensor and the ecu is trying to richen up the engine which is causing the black smoke and probably a strong smell of fuel. my current dsm is the 9th one ive owned =) they break alot lol easy fix though.

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  • One or more of the fuel injectors may short out electrically causing a rough idle condition.
  • A dirty throttle body may cause a lower than normal engine idle resulting in a stalling condition. A stalling condition may also result if an idle learn procedure is not performed if the battery goes dead or is disconnected
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    Hi I litoshop first you have to check battery voltage while starting and have your truck scanned it sounds like there's a sensor is failing western auto or pep boy usually give a free scan to there customer good luck

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    SOURCE: starts but dies as soon as i let off the gas wont

    replace the gas filter just follow the gas line of the carb it should be easy to find

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