2003 Ford Expedition Warm and cold start difficulties

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Matt

Marietta, GA

#1 Sep 14, 2009
Having problem starting my 2003 Ford Expedition (4.6)when its warm or cold. Usually take 2-3 tries and then will fire up. When running around town or the highway, it runs fine. Any comments would be appreciated.
Gene Wills

United States

#2 Nov 25, 2009
This is Geno. I have the same problems recently. I had the inline fuel filter changed and everything seemed fine for two weeks. Now it is happening again. Runs fine when I do get it started but have to use starting fluid to get it to start. Someone told me that some cars have a fuel accumulater on the fuel line that stores fuel for the very next start. Has anyone heard of that?
Matt

Atlanta, GA

#3 Nov 25, 2009
Gene Wills wrote:
This is Geno. I have the same problems recently. I had the inline fuel filter changed and everything seemed fine for two weeks. Now it is happening again. Runs fine when I do get it started but have to use starting fluid to get it to start. Someone told me that some cars have a fuel accumulater on the fuel line that stores fuel for the very next start. Has anyone heard of that?


Geno, Mine turned out to be a worn out fuel pump. System pressure weak on start up. New fuel pump now and everything is running fine.
Edition

Calgary, Canada

#4 Nov 30, 2009
Hey there;
I have a 2000 5.4L Ford Expedition. I was having some of the cold srart problems you guys are having. I put a new(re-built) alternator in, cleaned my Air Filter and did the PCV-Valve.

However I am now having idling problems. When I start the truck in the cold(-5C and below) after it's been sitting and extended period of time, it doesn't want to idle correctly. It starts to die and I have to manually feed it gas to stay at acceptable (to me) RPM levels. When I try to let the truck naturally get the idle up, it only stays at around 400-500 instead of 800-900. Once the motor warms up for a 5-10 minutes and it's been driving, it's fine. Is it just my computer being a bitch or could it be something else? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Dave

Springdale, AR

#5 Dec 4, 2009
Edition wrote:
Hey there;
I have a 2000 5.4L Ford Expedition. I was having some of the cold srart problems you guys are having. I put a new(re-built) alternator in, cleaned my Air Filter and did the PCV-Valve.
However I am now having idling problems. When I start the truck in the cold(-5C and below) after it's been sitting and extended period of time, it doesn't want to idle correctly. It starts to die and I have to manually feed it gas to stay at acceptable (to me) RPM levels. When I try to let the truck naturally get the idle up, it only stays at around 400-500 instead of 800-900. Once the motor warms up for a 5-10 minutes and it's been driving, it's fine. Is it just my computer being a bitch or could it be something else? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I have a 1997 5.4L Expedition and am having a hard time keeping the engine running below 1000 RPM. Does anyone know how hard it is to steer a 6500 lb vehicle around a corner in traffic with no engine? Let me tell you, it ain't easy! Good tyhing that it starts in neutral while rolling. I almost rear ended a few cars just keeping the engine running at traffic lights. Local temperature is below freezing (16F this AM) and first sign of trouble started with the temp plunge. I added clean air filter, fuel injector cleaner, fuel/water remover....no change! Help!!!
Carl

Sioux City, IA

#6 Jan 3, 2010
I've got a 2004 Expedition. In cold weather I will attempt to start it. I only get a "click". I hear the relay near the glove box activating so I know power is getting at least that far. I hav replaced the starter and battery.

The headlights do NOT dim when I attempt to start the vehicle. This tells me there is ZERO power getting to the starter.

My 1994 Didge Shadow, 1978 F150 and 1979 F350 4X4 start every damn time. Those starters and batteries are years old. They'll all start after being left outside -20 degrees.

It's time to sell this piece of junk Expedition and let it be someone elses problem.
Javy

United States

#7 Mar 21, 2010
I've got a 2003 Expedition. In cold weather I will attempt to start it. I only get a "click". I hear the relay near the glove box activating so I know power is getting at least that far.

If someone had the same problem, I will appreciate it if you post what was wrong with it.
Dave

Rogers, AR

#8 Mar 22, 2010
I have a 1997 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.7 L that was haveing the same starting problem mentioned above. It turned out that my in-line fuel filter was so clogged, an air hose couldn't get fuel to flow through it in the right direction. But when I held it up with the in port downwards, it drained gas that could have passed for old oil it was so dirty. I then had my fuel tank removed and cleaned. It too had about two coffee cups full of gunk. Once back togeather, I added some fuel injector cleaner with a medium grade fuel. Bottom line, I went from 11 MPG to 13.5 MPG in two tanks of gas. 13's not good against the vehicles of totay but it's a heck of a lot better than it was, and it starts easy too!
Robert

Milton, Canada

#9 Apr 8, 2010
Matt wrote:
Having problem starting my 2003 Ford Expedition (4.6)when its warm or cold. Usually take 2-3 tries and then will fire up. When running around town or the highway, it runs fine. Any comments would be appreciated.
I am having the same issue with my 2003 Expedition 5.4 liter. some times it starts right up but other times it cranks and cranks before firing up. I went to my dealer and they told me it was the Fuel Pump check valve. This valve maintains the fuel pressure in the system so the injectors have fuel on start up. Trouble is that the Fuel pump and this valve is in the fuel tank in these trucks. Not an easy job for a do it your self dropping the tank and changing the pump. My dealer wanted just under $800.00 to put in a new one. I searched after market replacement pumps for around $270.00 to $290.00 so i think I will attempt it myself. Wish me luck.
Ray

Ponca City, OK

#10 Nov 28, 2010
have a 2000 expedition cranks good but some times wont start has 40LBS of fuel press could it be the fuel press regulator
trx565

Spokane, WA

#11 Dec 31, 2010
Dave wrote:
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I have a 1997 5.4L Expedition and am having a hard time keeping the engine running below 1000 RPM. Does anyone know how hard it is to steer a 6500 lb vehicle around a corner in traffic with no engine? Let me tell you, it ain't easy! Good tyhing that it starts in neutral while rolling. I almost rear ended a few cars just keeping the engine running at traffic lights. Local temperature is below freezing (16F this AM) and first sign of trouble started with the temp plunge. I added clean air filter, fuel injector cleaner, fuel/water remover....no change! Help!!!
warm up the mass airflow sensor in the air box and see if that solves the problem on cold morning use electric heater or blow dryer let me know.
Chas Dad

Charleston, SC

#12 Jun 20, 2011
Hi,

My 2003 Expedition is having trouble starting

up.

The car cranks fine but takes a while for the

engine to catch.
The problem is worst during the heat of the

day.
The car runs very smoothly once the engine

catches.

The batter, starte and alternator have all been

checked with no problems.

I have been told it might be a problem with:

fuel pump
ignition module
compression
timing belt
air/fuel filter
fuel tank seal gasket
vacuum leak

I am looking for advice on where to start. I

don't want to just start checking everything

and throwing money at the problem without some

idea of what these symptoms seem to indicate.

Can I rule out any of the problems above?
What should I try to fix first?

Any advice would be very appreciated.

Thanks!
Robert Winters

Milton, Canada

#13 Jun 20, 2011
Matt wrote:
Having problem starting my 2003 Ford Expedition (4.6)when its warm or cold. Usually take 2-3 tries and then will fire up. When running around town or the highway, it runs fine. Any comments would be appreciated.
Replace the fuel pump in the gas tank. It fixed the problem on mine.
nycjr

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Apr 5, 2012
the fuel pump you purchased? was it an after market or from the dealer?
if after market what brnd is it..?
Matt wrote:
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Geno, Mine turned out to be a worn out fuel pump. System pressure weak on start up. New fuel pump now and everything is running fine.
nycjr

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Apr 5, 2012
the fuel punp you purchased was it aftermarket or from the dealer? if after market fuel pump? what brand?
rkm

Wellington, TX

#16 Jun 28, 2012
I have the same start up problems, which is obviouslly a worn out fuel pump... But mine also does a "grinding" noise from time to time... as if I'm trying to start it while it's running, only it's not running! Anyone know anything on that??
tkat

Chula Vista, CA

#17 Sep 27, 2012
Have a 2003 Expedition. Lately had brakes done. Now have this knocking like a drum role noise on the left side that seems to be random when driving and mostly when accelerating. Also another knocking noise on the right only when we engage the rear airconditioning...anyone else have this problem.
Michael 1997 expedition

United States

#18 Nov 2, 2012
having.g problems now that's weather has changed to cool and rains.. It turns over but won't keep running if i take my foot off the peddle. Won't stay at 8 or above on tach i must keel it running with keeping my foot on gas peddle or stalls. Any ideas?? Had full give up air filter pvc done couple months ago through only thing that's changed is whether got college and very damp. Also in garage so not like its out side in rain..is humid in garage though... Please email me talktomikey@aol.com thank you much
2000 expedition

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Feb 10, 2014
anyone know why it sometimes will start right up then other time it wont it sounds like its going to start but does not
Andre_2003_Expy_ 4-6

Houston, TX

#20 Feb 11, 2014
Was having issues with my oil gauge dropping down and back. Changed oil sending sensor. 2 days later, it stopped while driving and wouldn't start. Also had corroded battery terminal, changed and cleaned it. Everytime I turn the key, it 'acts' likethe battery is 'dead' but I have a new battery.

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