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Ford Taurus Starting Problem

Q. I have a 1999 Ford Taurus 3.0 liter DOHC that is having trouble starting after sitting for a while (like overnight). Once it's started it runs great. It turns over easy but just isn't sounding like it's trying to fire. After I get it started I can drive it for a while and then shut it off and it will start right up, as long as it hasn't been too long.

The temperature where I live right now isn't dropping below 50 degrees or so. When it does finally start it bogs a little in the beginning and then just purrs. I tested it with a diognostic system and came up with nothing. I replaced the fuel filter, put a fuel injector cleaner in the tank, and I changed three of the six plugs. The ones in the back I can't even see, let alone change.

They are platinum plugs and I'm getting different advice from each auto parts store I go to. One told me my problem is definately the plugs, and another is telling me no way, it runs fine after it starts, it's not the plugs. I know it could probably be 1000 things, I was just wondering if maybe this was a common problem with the Taurus. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much...

A. Tomorrow morning when you go to start your car, do this. Turn the key to the ON position but do not start it. After five seconds turn the key OFF then ON again. Do this five or six times and then try to start it. If it starts right up, then the check valve in the fuel pump or the fuel pressure regulator could be bad.

I would have a fuel pressure test done to confirm which it is for sure.

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