My first problem in this Taurus. This past week of rain and some chill in
Florida my 2000 3 liter v-6 either stalls when cold or hesitates while just
starting out in the AM. I hear the belts squeal as the car slows down then
it picks back up again. Only a slight sensation of slowing down can be
felt. I have not had any problems in the past and once it warms up I have
no other problems. The check engine light and service engine soon lamps to
not illuminate. I have changed gasoline recently (who hasn't?) Any
suggestions on this before it dies on my wife and I catch heck for not
fixing it sooner
Sometimes if the plug gap gets too big from never being changed the spark
will "flashover" from the high tension on the coil or from cracks in the
wires when its damp out.
Spray water around the coil and spark plug wires with a spray bottle and you
can see and or hear any flashover.
Also to note, 2000 was the first and last year for the coil over plug on the
Duratec because of cracking problems. You didn't mention which 3.0 you have
however, so if you have a Vulcan or Vulcan Flex-fuel, this wouldn't apply.
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