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2003 ford windstar when you start it it wont start until you hold the gas pedal down and when you let off after starting it still tries to die after it idels downthen it picks up and idels fine then give it gas idels down wants to die

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  • staplej2 Jan 03, 2011

    thanks but the idle does not go up and down when you give it gas it idles down and almost dies and then idles fine

  • staplej2 Jan 03, 2011

    my 2003 windstar will only start if i give it a little gas with the pedal then it will almost die and then it will idle fine. then i give it some gas to idle up when it idles down it will act like it is going to die again

  • staplej2 Jan 04, 2011

    2003 windstar start it up starts up fine rev the engine let off and almost dies if you do it a couple of times it will die you can drive it down the road and it runs fine but as soon as you are sitting still and rev the engine a little bit and let off it wants to die when it does die it wont start back up unless you hold the gas pedal down a little

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    wont idel rough idel

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Hello Staple.

From your description it probably is an idle air control valve.
This device is computer controlled to allow air flow past the throttle plate when it is closed.
A cold engine needs more fuel to start, so it also needs more air. If this valve is stuck you would need to open the throttle to start it.
There could be other problems but this certainly would be the first thing I would look at.
This problem may not turn on a check engine light either.
This devise is mounted on the intake right at the area of the throttle plate is and is fairly easy to replace. No reprogramming is needed

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Welcome to Fixya

First thing to do is to replace the fuel filter. Fuel filter can cause blockage over time due to particles and other deposits inside the fuel tank.

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    Jose Cada Jan 04, 2011

    have you tried replacing the fuel filter?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa!
Two things to look at... The Fuel pump and MAF (mass air flow) sensor. If the fuel pump is faulty it gives irregular fuel supply that's why you have to step on the throttle. If the MAF sensor is faulty, the idle goes up and down. You will need to replace both to resolve the problem.

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    dj_relly999 Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks for the clarification. Then go for the MAF sensor. Looks like the fuel pump is fine but there's a vacuum supply irregularities and replacing the MAF will resolve this for sure.

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    dj_relly999 Jan 09, 2011

    Well it's got to be the mass air flow sensor. Once replaced you'll be good.

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