So I have a car problem that we can't solve...I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Background: After driving for a week in cold temps and then a massive snowstorm, my car battery died. We replaced it and the car started just fine. In fact my car drove FINE until I drove through the snowstorm and the battery died.
HOWEVER, the car runs just fine until you turn it off. THEN it starts just fine and immediately idles down and quits running. If you let it sit a bit and then start it, it will stay running. My BIL looked at it today and cleared a blockage in the air intake system. However the problem continues. I drove BIL home and it ran fine. As soon as I turned it off in the driveway and tried to start it, same problem - starts fine, immediately idles down and dies. If I keep my foot on the gas it runs fine. In fact DH drove it home yesterday by keeping one foot on the gas while braking in neutral to keep the car from dying at an intersection. The check engine light IS NOT ON and I'm hoping to figure out the problem without a $300+ mechanic bill. I'm sure it's a simple fix because the check engine light is not on.
Has anyone experienced this? It's a 2001 Ford Focus with 162,000 miles on it and driven gently.