Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Wont start

asked by on

Truck won't start unless i put gas in throttle then goes 2 miles then have to do it again the fuel pump comes on and gas is getting to the egine but there is a gas smell a code said the o2 sensor is bad but it dont start if it does as soon as I push gas pedal it goes right off please help

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Sounds like it’s time to have a mechanic do some diagnostic tests on your Explorer. The fuel pressure at the fuel rail is one test that needs to be done. A thorough visual inspection done by an experienced professional can often quickly locate the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. Even with a bad O2 sensor it should start.

  • Warning: You should not smell fuel and that is a safety concern.
Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Key on, no start and no dash lights. 1996 Ford Explorer

Hello. This is likely a loose terminal or corroded battery connection. Make sure the cables and terminals are clean. Also check the ground in the engine compartment. It sounds simple, but something like this can easily cut all power to...

Q: How do you check the aim of the headlights?

While your headlights should have come from the dealer perfectly adjusted, they can be thrown off over time, particularly if you carry heavy loads often. Here’s how to check if they’re aligned properly: Find a section of wall or...

Q: Brake problems on a 1996 Chevy 3500 dually

Hi Don. There are two things that quickly come to mind. First, if the wrong master cylinder was purchased and installed or the brake booster is damaged, it can cause these problems and second, it's more likely that a brake...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.