starts hard, runs fine

Asked by Jul 20, 2019 at 09:38 AM about the 2011 Ford Escape

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2011 6 cyl escape. Increasingly hard to start, runs fine. always started in a
fraction of a second and now goes a few seconds and feels like much
longer,. no catching at all then it starts. Like no fuel pressure for a few
seconds. never catchesand then dies. Just nothing but cranking then normal
start. imagine that the ignition system was off for a few seconds while
cranking and you get the picture. it restarts fine for maybe 20 minutes but by
45 minutes it's bad again,

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You're either not getting proper fuel or spark; really could be either. Faulty ignition coil/plugs/wires or fuel pump/filter. Might be dirty injectors or throttle body, idle air control valve, or mass sensor; and don't forget to check the air intake filter. The car should be giving you codes that tell you what part of the car is defective. You just have to get the codes read to find out.

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