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Ford Explorer Dies But Restarts

Q. Hi Vincent, I have a:

  • 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
  • 4.0 liter
  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,777 miles
  • Fuel injection
  • ABS brakes
  • P/S, A/C

Ford Explorer Dies But Restarts

But, I'll get it to the side of the road and turn it off then restart and it apparently resets something, because it works fine for a day or two. I've taken it to the Ford Dealer here in Ankara, Turkey. They have run diagnostics a few times. It came up with 12/13 errors one time, then they ran it again the same day and no errors.

We/They think it is possessed, i.e. fix action - exorcism. They don't know what to do next. Although they suggested replacing spark plugs and spark plug cables. I wanted to get another opinion, as I replaced these last year.

The latest incident, it cut off at about 55 mph, I had Check Gage and Battery indicator lights. But, again I stopped and restarted, and it was fine since yesterday (1 Oct). From what I've read on some of the other 63 pages, it could be fuel filter, fuel pump pressure & volume, fuel injectors are dirty.

I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.


A. Well if it is possessed, you should be contacting a Priest, not me. Heaven doesn't want me and Satan is afraid I'll take over.

A problem like this will be tough to track down since whenever it is checked, everything will check out as good.

Before doing anything else, I would recommend cleaning the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. They have been a widespread problem for Ford and is always a good thing to do before looking for another problem. The MAF is prone to getting dirty and one of my other readers came up with an excellent fix for it.

I have covered this question many times before. Here is where you will find the answer.

Ford F150 Codes P0171 & P0174

Ford Expedition P0171 & P0174

Ford Mass Air Flow Sensors

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