My Ford F150 2001 super crew will turn over but it won't stay on, i have push on the gas for a few minutes for it to stay on?

Asked by Dec 08, 2015 at 06:12 PM about the 2001 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab 4WD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I live in Anchorage, Alaska and its cold right now, so my truck starts but it won't stay on and i have to push on the gas for a few minutes for it to keep going by its self. it mainly happens in the morning and sometimes after work, i took it to an auto shop who said ran analyze on my truck and said everything was fine but wanted me to leave my car overnight outside to see what happens for them in the morning, unfortunately I have 1 vehicle and i can't do that any advice or ideas

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35,045

Clean the idle air control.

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35,045

and the throttle body.

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I have no idea what or why to find either of these, should i take it to an auto shop or how would i clean it?

35,045

I would recommend taking it to a trusted mechanic. It could be something else, but the usual cause of no idle is the IAC (idle air control).

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40,205

Replacing the spark plugs won't hurt and you may need to get an engine block heater.

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Full_of_Regrets, I'd just move. Too damned cold in Alaska in the winter for this flat-lander candy ass.

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I am from there but I agree. As cold places go, Anchorage is not all that bad, especially compared to Fairbanks.

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Bob thank you so much after they did a tune up it was good for about a week and i kept telling them to check the idle control valve and they said that wasn't the problem well when i took it back they checked it this time and they said it was really dirty and cleaned it for me and they said if it happens again then its time to replace it freaken idiots lol they told me how did i know that that could be the problem i said because the guy on car gurus told me, and i swear theres no trusted mechanics out here all they want is money

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