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'05 Ford Freestyle Idles Ok, but Stalls After a Short Drive and Then Won't Start


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Ihateworking
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Jul 8, 2022, 9:45 AM

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'05 Ford Freestyle Idles Ok, but Stalls After a Short Drive and Then Won't Start Sign In

Automatic transmission. Car sat for about a year. New battery.
Started and idled fine for about 40 minutes on the old gas but stalled as soon as it was put in gear and then cranked but wouldn't start.
Tried again 2 weeks later and started on the first try.
About 5 gallons of new gas was added to the old.
Idled for 10 or 15 minutes and drove about 100 feet and then reversed back.
Started to drive again and got about 50 feet when it faltered and died. Started again but died a few seconds later and then wouldn't start.
I do have a little exp working on cars but haven't run into this problem before.
Thanks for any help.


Hammer Time
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Jul 8, 2022, 10:07 AM

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Re: '05 Ford Freestyle Idles Ok, but Stalls After a Short Drive and Then Won't Start Sign In

What's the big surprise here. You're trying to drive it on year old gas.

You need to completely empty the tank, even if you have to remove it to accomplish that. There's also a very good chance it will need a new fuel pump now.

You may have even messed up the fuel injectors.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jul 8, 2022, 10:08 AM)


Ihateworking
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Jul 8, 2022, 10:30 AM

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Lol.
I guess I was just wondering why it would idle and drive at all.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 8, 2022, 10:49 AM

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Agree - old fuel if outdoors for a year probably too wet/water it ran but can't deliver enough. Why unknown for now this may have a port to check fuel pressure let some out of that into glass you might see how bad it is?

T



Hammer Time
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Jul 8, 2022, 11:07 AM

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I guess I was just wondering why it would idle and drive at all.


Because it requires a lot less, quality fuel to idle. Typical bad/low fuel symptom.



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Ihateworking
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Jul 26, 2022, 8:01 PM

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Re: '05 Ford Freestyle Idles Ok, but Stalls After a Short Drive and Then Won't Start Sign In

Alrighty. The next step is draining the gas, however the old rubber tube down the fill pipe only gets me gas-flavored air. Apparently cars can have a screen and/ or an anti-rollover (anti-syphon) valve in the fill pipe now. After about 2 feet it feels like I have to push through something, then I can get about 6 feet of hose down the tube before I hit a blockage.
I have looked around a bit but haven't been able to find a descriptive article on how to get past this obstacle. Any ideas?
Thanks!


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 27, 2022, 2:53 AM

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How impossible does it look to take the tank out? Straps are available, neck and grommets. Check whole new too some aren't as costly as the gas they hold!

T



Ihateworking
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Jul 27, 2022, 4:09 AM

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Re: '05 Ford Freestyle Idles Ok, but Stalls After a Short Drive and Then Won't Start Sign In

Lol. Ugh.
I guess that's the next step. Hopefully it's possible to do in a driveway.

You know, when I was a young man, this job started out as a bad steering pump. Not even my car, but it's in my driveway. Laugh


Hammer Time
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Jul 27, 2022, 4:12 AM

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You're looking for an easy fix where there isn't one. The tank needs to be dropped and thoroughly cleaned out and a new fuel pump installed.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 27, 2022, 5:02 AM

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Your plain location may not be suitable to do this? If tank now has a lot of fuel in it that much harder.

NOT OVER ASPHAULT especially newer and away from plants if the case.

Need containers to even get rid of old gas.

Have you asked a shop for help? Might be surprised it's just a hassle all around,

T







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