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After being deployed for six months I came back to my car. It was started fairly regularly. It was even driven for about a week or so while my wife's car was in the shop. It was on E when I picked it up, no telling how long it was there. So I immediately went to put gas in it. Filled it up, started no problem, drove about 20 feet then it shut off. It took a few crank and some time for it to start back up again. I had to give it some gas because it sounded as if it wanted to cut off again. No check engine light came on. So I figured it had something to do with it not actually being driven regularly.
A week goes by, I fill it up again started up with no problem again. This time I put it in drive and it died as I was giving it some gas to move. It took even more cranks and time to start it again. Again, giving it gas as it started because it sounded as if it wanted to die once it finally started. And still no check engine light. Took it to shop see what they could do. they had it all day but could no recreate the problem. Because this problem only existed when I filled up. So I did my own research found out that it's likely the purge valve. Bought it from AutoZone for $45.00.(the new does not look EXACTLY like old one, as the electrical connection is pointed in a different direction, still fits and works fine.) Found where the existing one was removed it. And installed the new one. All I needed was a 8mm socket to remove the two bolts. I am no mechanic by any means. I could have had my wife do it. The hardest part is maybe the white collar that connects the hose. You have to push the tabs in and pull the white collar out. I don't know how much a shop would charge to install. But I saved what the amount was by doing it myself.
- Brandon M.,
Gulfport, MS, US
This is the worse car I have ever owned! The failure to start after fueling is a minor problem considering everything else that is wrong with this car. Engine light stays on constantly with a code that is not accurate of the real issue. Smell of fuel looms in my garage when the car is parked inside. This is a concern, considering the water heater and other electrical devices are also housed in the garage. But for some reason Ford has ignored this problem and not issued a recall/repair solution. I was born into a Ford family and have only owned Fords. This Fusion may be my LAST! I am not going to pay over $1000 to have manufacture defect fixed. And please don't get me started on the plastic interior door handles. I have only replaced 2 of the 4. And for the past few months it's been dropping oil on the garage floor while parked. Oh, and replaced BOTH motor mounts, that was at a mere 50K miles. Tires wore out at 15K miles, YES at 15,000 miles I had to replace all four Michelin 65K mile rated tires.
- Anthony G.,
Coolidge, AZ, US
After fueling the vehicle, I have to try starting the car numerous while giving it gas to in hopes that it actually starts. I have not yet been able to take it into a mechanic to be checked out but to prevent me from getting stranded until then...I keep the car running....(which I know is dangerous). I've read that it could be the purge valve but I'm not sure.
- Danyel T.,
Melvindale, MI, US