My '97 Explorer has developed a starting issue in cold weather. I turn the
key and it starts immediately, runs for a second or two and shuts off. I
have to repeat the process numerous times before it will stay running. At
first, I thought the battery voltage was sagging because it is at least 8
years old. I changed the battery and there is no difference.
Please respond to newsgroup only. Thanks
It is definitely either the Idle Air Control Valve (IAC Valve) and/or
the intake manifold gaskets. The IAC Valve can be replaced very easily
by yourself in 10 minutes or less, but the intake manifold gasket
repair/replacement needs to be taken to a proper repair shop - NOT THE
FORD DEALER! I replaced the gaskets on my 97 Explorer just last week
and the two year old problem you are experiencing went away instantly.
Cost me 324 bucks though, so be careful.
I vote for a sticking IAC valve.
I have had both situations, leaking gasket (replaced it myself - for the
cost of the gasket plus a days work), but the IAC valve I fixed with a small
If my memory serves me right (it was a few years ago on my 1994 Eddie) there
is a control rod which gums up and sticks causing exactly the symptom you
describe. A bit of scratching and scraping and make the rod move free and
Hope this helps. Have a go.
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