1996 Ford Explorer Sputtering


Old 11-15-04, 07:45 PM
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Unhappy 1996 Ford Explorer Sputtering

I have a 1996 Ford Explorer with the base engine and automatic transmission. Whenever it rains overnight I have problems driving the Explorer the next day. If I press the accelerator down even half way the engine starts to sputter. I'm not sure if this is the right term but I hope you get the idea. I hear the engine revving but the vehicle doesn't move any faster. Then it sort of lurches forward a bit and then goes back to sputtering. It stays like this for about 15 minutes before it finally starts to work properly. As long as I don't try to accelerate it doesn't sputter. It is sort of dangerous because I can't get over 40 mph when the Explorer is in this condition.

Any ideas on what could be causing the problem and how to fix it?
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Old 11-16-04, 04:55 AM
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sounds like it may be an ignition problem you may start with new plugwires and spark plugs.
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