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I have an'03 Escape Limited AWD, V6 , with about 85000 miles on it. I have had an intermittent starting issue, and after viewing this site changed the IAC.Tha t did not help.

Seems to only happen after it is driven then left to sit for about 6 hours. The starter cranks good and strong, but it will not fire up. When you let go of the key after cranking, you can hear a large pffffft type sound. Usually it will then start on the second or third time. Seems worse in warm weather. With winter coming, I am worried the battery will not be able to crank long enough to start.

It has been to the shop and has no codes. I have not noticed the antitheft blinking when the problem occurs. I left the it at the shop for four day, and they could not reproduce (of course).

Anybody have any ideas as to what I can try? Thanks in advance!!
 

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Thanks for all of the help, I will try to reply to everybody's excellent points.

There is no vacuum leaks, and the plugs were pulled out and are like brand new.

As far as the "turn key on/off" thing goes, it is almost impossible to tell if this helps as the problem is so intermittent. I have done this process several times and it has started right away. Problem is, it has started most times without this process.

My climate is harsh, I am in the north. The problem seemed to happen more when it was warm outside.

The pump seems to be working, as you can hear the noise when you hesitate from ACC to start position. It has no other drivability issues that would be indicative of a pump problem. It runs like a dream. tons of power, no misses or hiccups.

I went through all 34 pages here as well as the competing forum and there are a few others who seem to have this mysterious problem, and of course if they did solve it, they did not post the solution. A few say that they just live with it.

I have been considering the crank sensor as well, but I hate to throw parts at it unless I have to.

Again, thanks for all of your opinions, I would love to know what is wrong with this. I do not want to sell it to somebody else, because that is just not fair. Probably how I ended up with it....
 

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Back to the shop again yesterday. Now just for an added bonus, my airbag light came on on t he way to the shop. The mechanic could not help but laugh. Now I need a new airbag too. As well, half of my radio controls aren't working. Found that yesterday when I was changing the clock.

There is an ignition code showing that may be causing the no start issue, but he is not sure. He is going to call some of his friends at the Ford dealer where he worked for 15 years and see what they say. He really does not want to throw parts at it, that is not the way he does things.

I do not have the heart to sell this or trade it as I would feel bad for the new owner. A sad as it is, I may just part it out and see if I can get some of my money back.

Thanks folks for your ideas, I will see my mechanic agian in a few days for the airbag and radio and will mention to him what you folks said.

All in all, I am pretty disappointed in Ford. The replacement for this vehicle will not be a Ford product. Not to say anybody is better, but I just can't pay them again after this nightmare.
 

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Battery is three months old and I had it load tested. Perfect.

Decided to start shopping for a new vehicle, but still not sure what to do with this one. I just can't sell it to some poor sap, I know how that feels.
 
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