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Starting issues sometimes it only starts with the fuel pedal depressed, and once it starts and you let off of the fuel pedal it stalls out

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Had the same problem on our '99 Explorer.It turned out the battery was on it's way out, and without keeping a foot on the gas for awhile, the thing would die as it appeared that too much of the charge was going into trying to charge the battery, leaving not enough to supply the ignition at an idle. It would run once it warmed up a bit, but a new battery cured the problem.

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