Car would not start one day when it was VERY cold outside. Got it running the next day after adding fuel treatment, so I thought it was just bad gasoline of my lines had frozen. Had the Taurus warm up for about 20 minutes before we set off on our trip. Did not even get one mile down the road and the idiot light for OIL illuminated. Car died shortly after - complete motor shut down. Voltmeter reads good battery. It sounds like it wants to start and there is oil on the dipstick - just a bit low, but enough. Looked at the fuses under the hood and the 30 AMP fuse labled "EEC Start" looks a bit charred, but there do not seem to be any broken contacts. The fuse for my Alternator looks good. Just wondering if anyone has an answer befor I go about removing my Alternator. Thanks.
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need to do a FULL TUNEUP ON ANYTHING THAT SITS OVER ANY PERIOD OF TIME..gum and varnish develop in the fuel as you said.. weak fuel can foul out plugs easily need to also check for good fuel pressure and good operating voltage around 14.6 to 16 volts..may need to reset the computer on the car by disconnecting the negative cable with the key on..then shut it off and reconnect.. turn to run position for a few second and let it reset.. then start and see how it runs..change the oil also..
the first thing I would do I would check my alternator belt if it runs w pump and alt this could be the problem of overheating and dead battery on the engine part what I do is put a socket at the crankshaft bolt and turn it with a 1/.2 braker bar if it turns the engine is not seiced be sure the engine is off to this tests.
I do not know what year your truck is but I would remove the ignition module from inside the distributer and remove the rotor so you would have access to the module. Take the module to oreillys and have them test it. Sometimes they make the car act like the car is running out of gas.
I am no expert, but I just had a similar problem. The car would shake and buck when accelerating. It finally just died and would not start. After sitting for some time, the car would start and run a while, then do the same thing. I thought fuel pump. The dealer diagnosed distributor. After replacing, the car is running perfect. Something to think about. Good luck.
Try using a fuel treatment. Sometimes water builds up in the lines and makes it hard for the car to start cuz you can't combust something thats frozen... I'd recommend Lucas Fuel Treatment... either that, or maybe new spark plugs, though if the dealer thought they were fine, I don't think that's the case.