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1997 Ford expedition intermittent start problem

I have a 1997 Ford Expedition with intermittent start problem, tries to turn over but can't....Can go months without having an issue, then just when you think it is fixed, it won't turn over again. Can let it sit as little as a couple of minutes or has been as long as 3 days, before it will crank. When I take it to Ford or any mechanic, they cannot duplicate the problem and there are no codes. Battery, crank shaft sensor, starter, alternator replaced.....any suggestions.. This has been going on almost a year...truck has 167k miles on it.

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  • cllfromtx Jul 23, 2009

    radd69 appreciate your input,
    One other thing I have noticed is that once the truck starts after one of these spells, especially if it starts within just a few minutes , the inside of the vehicle smells of exhaust fumes....

    Also, this sounds like a huge job to have someone roll the engine over?? Would just getting the injectors cleaned or replaced be a more cost effective solution? We have put injector cleaner in the gas,may have had them cleaned at 100K miles, not sure.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    been a Ford dealer tech for 25 years, my work involves these kinds of problems, the fuel injectors in the expedition have no unusual or higher than normal injector failures,

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The expeditions are know for having injectors stick open and will flood the cylinder causing hydolock, when it does this again remove the spark plugs and have someone roll the engine over, if fuel comes out of one of the cylinders then that cylinders injector is at fault. the motor will turn over after it sits because all the fuel will eventually run past the piston rings.

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  • radd69 Jul 25, 2009

    it is a very big job,but when i think about it a better way to check is when this happens again keep a eye on the oil level, if the oil level becomes overfull then you have a leaky injector if not then your problem lies elsewhere, try this first and at least that will tell you which way to go with your problem.

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My 1997 expedition the starter will turn over ever 10 seconds i have changed the ignition switch and the selolond but i still have the problem

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