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My 1997 Town Car, 4.6L, 144,000mi does not want to start mainly after sitting for a while particularly overnight. It cranks just fine. Sometimes it starts after continuous cranking for 10+ seconds. Though recently I've discovered that if I turn ignition on & off 4 or 5 times repeatedly, the car will always start immediately. After starting, the car runs smoothly without any problems the rest of the day. I've switched the fuel pump/ac relays but still same problem. I'm hoping is something less costly than the fuel pump. What do you think? Thank you. Charlie TX

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  • boreequa Jul 24, 2009

    Dear FixYa Team member,

    Both, sometimes fill when half tank and sometimes when low. Recently, filled when low due to long trip. Only had fuel filter changed about 10 months ago. Haven't change any of the other parts you mentioned. But problem has manisfested itself since 3 weeks ago. Yes, I think I have run it low on gas recently, but I have done so in the past as well and had not experienced any problems until recently. It's hard to find a reputable professional, why today I got an estimate for $129.00 just to try & diagnose the problem. This is why I prefer to narrow it down to the least expensive parts first. Any hoot, thank you very much for your prompt responce to my inquiry.

  • 97-KMAG May 11, 2010

    Fuel pump, EGR/DPFE or Injector Leakage are the only things that will cause this condition on a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, especially at that mileage point. Couple of questions that maybe you can answer for me - Do you normally run your gas tank all the way or most of the way to empty before filling it or do you always fill at at half a tank? Second, have you ever had your fuel filter, pump, pressure regulator or egr/egr sensors changed before now? Have you run it out of gas or very low on gas recently before this started? Think hard and answer honestly, it will only cost you more money if you try and hide the truth from a true technician. Couple of things you can do. 1st - Check your static fuel pressure at the rail, after the car has sat overnight. Then turn the key to "on". If the pressure builds gradually and not immediately, then you have a pump or regulator problem. If the pressure builds just find and it cranks repeatedly without starting, then more likely the injectors or egr system. If you can't answer the above questions with any amount of ceratiainty either because you don'nt know or don't remember, then save yourself the hassle of just throwing parts at it, hoping for an easy fix form semeone who can't physically inspect or diagnose the vehicle. Have it diagnosed by a professional that is reputable in your area. You'll thank me later.

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I think that you are having altenator problems or baterie problems

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