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  1. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Automender12345, Yep, that sounds like a real good possibility, given the sequence of events that day. Keying off of what you pointed out, here's another possibility: The plastic pipe was still in that 90° rubber molding for some time, but just laying in the very end, and not shoved inside...
  2. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

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    Hi chartmaker, Now we know where the "chartmaker" comes from! Does Torque Pro make that chart, or if I may ask, did you export Torque data and do in Excel/OpenOffice? Regards . . .
  3. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Naughty Nate, Thanks for the heads-up : )
  4. Take care my friends . . .

    Taurus and Sable General Discussion
    Hi TCCA, My 2000 SES w/ Duratek Bull has left the stable at only 81,000 miles. The new owner seemed pleased with his acquisition and I'm happy for him. It is very clean for it's age (no rust, never wrecked, clean inside & out & engine, new A/C, new tires, full maintenance and service records...
  5. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

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    Thanks for that advice Naughty Nate. Next time I get idle problems, I'll read up on "fuel trim values" using Torque. Regards . . .
  6. 2000 Duratec Oil leak on Passenger side.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi rjacket, Your post certainly was interesting. Great detail on your shared experiences. I liked, "The good news is that a Florida climate really reduces the one factor that requires short oil changes namely extreme cold starts and short trips." Down south as far as we are, we certainly don't...
  7. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi All, I know it's over 30 days since my last post. Sorry for this very late post, but the badly misfiring/no-run engine has been fixed. Whoopee!. Here's a summary of some of the solutions in this multi-problem problem. Imho, every single post in this long thread was worth the price of...
  8. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Naughty Nate, Yes I do have the Torque Pro version. Until you suggested it, I had never even looked at that Test Results section. I'm replying here just to let you know that I did take a look today. Please note that the extremely rough running and engine dying problem has been resolved ( and...
  9. 2000 Duratec Oil leak on Passenger side.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi rjacket, 7 months later . . . I just changed the oil on our 2000 Duratek (~81k miles) and used the M1 High Mileage 10w30 Advanced Full Synthetic that you recommended. And as usual, I used a FRAM ToughGuard TG2 filter. Unfortunately I won't get to experience this oil as I have to sell my...
  10. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Naughty Nate and Automender1234, To answer your above question, yes it will start cold, but it's a very hard start, sounds like running on a couple cylinders, then immediately dies. So on to the starting fluid test: I pulled the rubber bellows off at the throttle body, rammed a little piece...
  11. Rounded Corners vs Sharp Corners?

    Aesthetics, Interior, Wheels and Tires
    Hi TCCA and Forum Members, I was sitting out in the driveway last night at dusk, looking down the barrel at our 2000 Taurus SE Duratek, and a recently acquired 2011 Fusion. I have to say that I like the looks of the 2000 Taurus better. I like the Italian curves and styling. To the contrary, the...
  12. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Automender1234, Naughty Nate, Et al, Thank you for the helpful replies : ) Naughty Nate, I went back and found Automender1234's post# 24 where it was said, "Also I check for fuel issues by opening the throttle plate and giving a five second shot of starting fluid, closing up , putting...
  13. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    I'm replying on my phone so if this looks weird that's why. Naughty Nate, I may have to take you up on that tomorrow evening. Just about an hour ago I got out my fuel pressure gauge. I can't do a pressure test while engine running because the engine is not running. But I can do a static test and...
  14. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Everyone, Sorry for the late reply and what is going to be an elongated post. Here's what's happened since 16 days ago: The car was driven almost everyday to work and back with no stops in between. As previously discussed, that means it would always start nicely (it never been driven that...
  15. One reason for a warm battery the morning after.

    Odds and Ends
    Hi Automender12345, Sorry for the delayed reply (I've been having other issues with my bull). Thank you mucho for the intro to "Emissivity" and how those laser thermometers work. I read your link and also found this one that shows values for non-metals if anyone's interested...
  16. One reason for a warm battery the morning after.

    Odds and Ends
    Hi TCCA, Please excuse me (and advise) if I've posted this topic elsewhere earlier. I know I personally talked to a couple of the local parts houses about this, but I can't recall if I posted it here. I don't see it in my "Conversations" either. Here's the heads-up : A couple weeks ago (~ end...
  17. Great Site Upgrade !!!

    Site Feedback and Forum Issues
    Hi TCCA, I really like the new look and ease of use on this new site. One of my former pet peeves was no ability to upload pics directly inline into a post (ie. we had to use 3rd party pic site to host pics, then link to that site in TCCA posts). I'm sure there's more good features here I'm yet...
  18. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Jeff K and Automender1234, Great info Jeff K. Thanks for that insight into injector operation at wide open throttle (WOT). Ditto Automender1234 too for your help on IAC workings. Unless I'm off track here, and using the info you both provided, I'm thinking a test for the "...over-rich...
  19. Slow sluggish starter when car hot.

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi chart, Thanks for the helpful reply and sharing your pic : ) My PVC valve and hose were replaced last year when I did the top engine intake manifold and valve cover gaskets job. That said, maybe I can eliminate the PVC valve with a couple questions: 1. If it starts perfect when cold, but...
  20. Non-Ford Company repair shop/garage charging full retail for parts?

    Odds and Ends
    HI rsteve56, I just noticed I hadn't followed up on this thread. My bad. Thanks for the heads-up on that TSB : ) Regards . . .
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