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I have a 1998 ford explorer. After it sit for a little while and then I go to start it it up...it won't start. After turning the key maybe 2 to 3 times it start up but I have u pump the accelerator at the same time for it to catch up and stay crank and it wants to kinda putt putt at the same time but once it catch up when cranking it runs great. Took the truck to a mechanic first he said it's the O2 sensors. Now he said he don't know it could be the computer. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

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When you try to restart is the engine still hot? I'd probably check if it is trying to flood or fuel leak. Use a gage and check proper fuel pressure, key on engine off. Then with everything off see if fuel pressure will hold for a bit, generally it should hold to with in 5psi of the original reading for about a minute. If it drops like a rock, you have a fuel pressure leak. If fuel pressure regulator on fuel rail, check the vac line, if it has gas in it, the regulator is faulty. It could be leaking from fuel injector?
I don't what testing was done on your vehicle? Any applicable trouble codes? If you push gas pedal down when trying to start, it may go into clear flood mode. If it makes it easier to start, that would be my thinking. Could be other issues?

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The ford dealership has my truck now, they said it was the injectors leaking and not holding gas in the fuel rail for start up, and that would also fix the sputtering problem i have. I will know for sure no later than wensday 2/4/09 if that fixes the problem. I will post the results when i get my truck back

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