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I have a 1997 Ford Explorer. It starts harder

I have a 1997 Ford Explorer. It starts harder than it should, sometimes will backfire when it starts, and a puff of blue smoke will come from under the hood. After it starts, it sounds like it wants to die. What are the possible problems?

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The most likely cause is a "gunked-up" throttle body assembly. You can take care of this yourself with a spray can of throttle body cleaner (follow instructions on the can) if you're not afraid to poke around under the hood, or you can have it cleaned at just about any auto service shop.

Of course, there could be a hundred or more other possible causes, but this is the most common - and probably the easiest/cheapest to fix.

Bill B

Posted on May 08, 2010

  • exfordtech Jul 05, 2011

    I would also check the idle air control valve, these have a bad habit of plugging up.

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