Reader Question I have a 2001 Ford Explorer with 44,000 miles. Recently, especially after it has not been running, the car will start but not stay running with really holding down the accelerator for a few seconds.
I thought it was due to the cold weather because it seemed to start and run fine the rest of the day. This morning, it would not stay running. It will start, stay running as long as I give it gas, but as soon as I let off it won’t stay running. I would like to have some idea prior to taking it in to see someone.
Hi there Andrew,
There are two things that come to mind first.
1. A dirty throttle body and idle speed control motor – both of which your mechanic can easily clean for you as maintenance if nothing else.
2. A dirty MAF sensor (Mass Air Flow Sensor) – I believe they started to use these on the Explorer in 2000, so you probably have one. Your mechanic can clean this for you as well. The dealer will want to replace it, but most independent shops will clean it…..and 99% of the time there are no problems doing so.
If you know what I am talking about…..you can do these items yourself, if you don’t…I would pay your mechanic to do them for you. It’s just my GUESS, but I’m pretty sure that is what the problem is.