when driving the SUV in stop & go traffic, or when it's been in idle for for 2 mins. or more, it will occasionally shut off when you try to accelerate from a stopped position. it starts up again immediately, but it's a problem. note: the RPM's don't fluctuate while in idle before this happens. thank you.
sporadic shut off on 1997 Ford Explorer
by krla in Los Angeles, CA on July 31, 2009
ANSWER by backyard tech on July 31, 2009
Do you have check engine light on? If not, I have found success getting the engine throughly heated up & removing the idle air control actuator (IAC). I use Amsoil Power Foam to clean the actuator and air induction system. This is a safe cleaner for the vehicle. It does take some directions of its use. I can provide you with detailed instructions if you e-mail me at AUTOKNOWHOW@earthlink.net. If you do not address this soon it could lead to other problems. I had a customer that had your exact explanation of your problem, I advised the customer what she needed. She kept postponing the recommendation I gave. One Saturday I got a call from her,the car would not start. Had it towed, put a starter on it (because of the repeated starting), performed a complete Electronic Fuel Injection service. She is now a repeat customer.