relatively new E-350 has mysterious problem..

Asked by Jan 29, 2010 at 03:14 PM about the 2006 Ford E-350

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just had the mass airflow sensor replaced on my van because it was having a problem where it woudl start for about 1 second and then die.  It then worked great for about 2000 miles (out to the East Coast and back home to Chicago).  Last week it broke down after about 20 miles on the highway.  It just stopped accelerating, I pulled over, and it died as soon as I stopped it.  Then I was unable to start it up.

I left it at the auto shop, and 3 days later they say it started up again just fine.  Did I buy a lemon?  This thing has 65,000 miles on it, it's a 2006... it shouldn't have any serious problems.  Anyone have an idea of what the cause might be for randomly breaking down, being unable to start, and then starting back up fine 3 days later??

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i can somewhat relate. i drive a 2008 e250 at work and it has a few intermitian gremlins in it like the interior lights would be on with all doors shut, radio havin a mind of its own, and everything would shut off when turn the key off. theres 2 things you can do, 1 wiggle all wires while its on or get a scan tool and do a live test. a live test is where you drive around with the scan tool plugged in all the time. this may take 5 minutes, 1 month, or more. i dont know. when it happens again the scan tool will pick it up.this may be your last resort.

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i had a similiar problem with a truck i had to have a new computer put on it because it would not hold the data to make the truck run right because the truck is always up dating how it needs to run and adjusting accordingley

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I'm an older Mopar guy ... but I do understand electrical issues. Seems like there is a ground strap missing maybe engine block to chassis or battery to engine. Bad grounds cause a lot of intermitten issues in vehicles. Just my opinion. I hope this comment helps you. Billdarr47

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