A little slow to start

dnkapcorydnk

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Well guys i got my rear suspension worked out, the sway bar did indeed break, into three pieces Lil damn Houston pot-holes.... Anyways just getting to a couple other little projects here... I need to clean my icv, check tps voltage, do my timing, and clean my maf sensor. My car is a little ruff idling especially when cold, and it takes like 3-4 seconds of cranking to start when i dont touch the accelerator. I have already changed my temperature sending unitand fuel filter and it helped. Actually when i changed my temp. sending unit it made it worse (the signal being sent to the computer told it to rich the mixture) but its a hell of alot better with the wix fuel filter. Anyways can u guys think of anything else to get that idle and cold start better. Also i need new ball joint and tie rod ends, has anyone done this before. One of my friends did his and the damn jackstand BROKE IN-HALF and nearly killed him. I got a quote for $550 from the shop my whole family goes to for parts and labour, does this sound fair? I need to get this done so i can get my performance alignment to my lovely g-force dont get eaten up :laugh: they are aw some tires BTW. Thanks for the information replys would be great

note* I checked my battery and even tough it is expired it still holds 12v off and 14.2 running so it and my alternator are doing pretty good!
 

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Take it from someone who learned the hard way luckily the damage was nothing compared to what it could have been but get those ball joints changed asap. What I did was just buy ford racing from lower control arms get both of them for 160 shipeed from summit and the bushings are 50% stiffer and the ball joints are supposedly low friction ones so that will be better as for the tie rod end I dont know but cant be too hard to do. Good luck with the stang!
 

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maybe your fuel pump is starting to go...that will make it crank longer. did you see how much psi your getting through your fuel rail while cranking?
 

d_punch

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i had a similar problem, and i t turn out to be my pump. the pump wasn't per say bad, but it won't hold pressure after sitting for a bit, so when i would try and start it, it didn't have any pressure in the line. hence the hard start.

try this: before you crank your engine, just turn your key to start. you should hear a whine thats your pump priming. after a few seconds or once you don't hear the whine, then crank the engine. it should start right up.
 
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