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Old 04-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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1999 Ford V10 gas, starting problems?

I've owned this Ford F-53 chassis V10 for 6 years. I keep it in a storage yard here in Ohio over the winter. In the winter I start up the coach about every 3 weeks and let it run for about 20 minutes. I keep Sta-Bil and gas line antifreeze in the fuel. Summer or winter, hot or cold, I've never had a starting problem. One bump of the key and she starts, till now.

About Feb during one of my 3 week startups it faltered on the start and died. Faltered and ran just barely for a few seconds then ran normal, like a top. Again about 3 weeks later it faltered and faltered and finally caught then again ran like a top. The problem seems to be getting worse.. but so far it's not taken more than about 30 seconds to getting it running normally.

Once it's started if I shut it off and restart it, it starts as normal. 30 minutes later it starts as normal. An hour later it starts as normal. An hour and a half later it stumbles then starts.

Next morning it's back to the same starting problem as I described above... It's like it's not getting gas initially. Like the gas line is losing pressure??? I've traced the fuel line back to the tank and no leaks. I've inspected the engine and no apparent fuel leak. No smell of gas fumes. I'm perplexed. Does anyone have ideas as to the cause.

Thanks, Bill

PS What I mean by faltering is it starts but dies immediately.

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Old 04-06-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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My 99 did the same thing.Come to find out the Sta-Bil we so read about is not as good in large tanks as in small ones.If you plan on storing in really cold weather let the tank get down to below 1/4.Add the Sta-Bil and drive on rough road before you park the unit.May not be for everyone but after that first year I have not had a problem

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Old 04-08-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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1999 Ford V10 gas, starting problems?

Trackman, thanks for the hint.. It turns out that the gas was the problem. I put in 10 gal of fresh gas drove about 20 miles and the problem appears to be history.. So the moral is don't leave old gas and too much Sta-bil in the tank over the winter.

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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As I read your post, my first impression was that the Sta-Bil may have been causing your problem. I have never used Sta-Bil in any vehicle but instead keep the gas tank as close to full as possible and so far have never had a problem related to bad gas. As soon as the vehicle is placed back into service, I top it off with fresh gas. I know some say that gas goes bad in about 30 days but I have had vehicles with old gas for a least 6 months that ran fine when started. I must also add that I too start the engine once a month and allow it to run for about 20 minutes during storage.
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