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I know this is a Ford Escape forum, but since there are more Escape's on the road, and the Tribute is the near identical twin, I thought I's get better responses here.

Our 2004 Tribute, 3.0 V6, Fully loaded, 35,000 miles, did a strange thing the other day. We were driving around for a few hours, made a couple of stops, then all the sudden it would not start; it cranked over, but simply would not start. It was a warm and humid afternoon.

We were going to have it towed, but when they showed up about 2 hours later, it started right up, so the towing company called, and we went and drove it home ourselve's.

Drove it to the dealer the next day, and they could not find anything wrong with it, no codes, etc.

Been running good since, but I know if it happened once, it will happen again; any suggestions as to what it could be??

Thank you.
 

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Funny and peculiar things like that happen with cars of that age.The cause?Unknown, although some will swear it has to do with "memory" of the electronics circuit.
With my V6 Escape, aka Maverick of 2004 I face a similar symptom which is:
The car is warm and I stop and turn the engine off.
In a few minutes while attempting to start it, I release the ignition key, by accident, before the engine has fired up.When immediately I try to start the engine it will not start no matter how many times I attempt to do it.
I have discovered that in these cases I just have to back off and be patient.I wait for no more than two minutes and then the engine starts right up.No problems, no codes, no other issues.
Go figure!!!

It is probably a Du Pond gremlin trying to push some Dupont aftermarket ignition spray products.
NormH3 is your man in this case.
 
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