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Engine light on, stalling, idoling a little high

I have a 2000 ford explorer automatic. Over the last few days it has not wanted to start unless I push the gas pedal all the way down. Then I have to keep the RPM's up in order to get it to go into drive or reverse without stalling. I added some HEET to my gas and have went through a half tank of gas and still have the same problem. Now the engine light has came on. Thanks in advance for any help. C

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  • cheesecakeru Jan 22, 2009

    Thanks for your fast and very accurate answer. It was the coolant temperature sensor. My truck is now running great. I really appreciate your response. C


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Two possibilities that I have encountered with my 2000 explorer. First and most likely. One of the two coolant temperature sensors located on the coolant thermostat assembly. It is located under the front left side of the plenum. To save you time and headache, removing the plenum. It is much easier than trying to reassemble the assembly with the plenum in place. The second and less likely, but mine was. On top of the plenum under the shroud is the Idle sensor unit. It is in the center of the plenum. Mine got carbon build-up which eventually led to its failure. Maybe you can luck out and only need to clean the carbon build-up from inside the unit. Hope this helps. I am always amazed at the drastic impact of just one of these sensors failure.

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