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When i am idling in drive the car starts to stutter and feels like it is going to stall. when driving everything seems ok just when it idles i feel it. any ideas on what this could be and if it's

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Usually your pcm, (onboard computer) will pick up anything out of the ordinary and set a check engine light. this will point you in a direction if the code pertains to the idle issue. If no check engine light, then being a ford you may have carbon build up behind your throttlr body butterfly valve/flap. this will cause a rough idle, as well as issues with your egr valve and your idle air control valve. Its really kinda difficult to diagnose over the phone so to speak, especially if you are dealing with a problem that your pcm will not pick up.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012

  • patrick hebeler Feb 21, 2012

    is this something i should take to a mechanic or can i check myself? like i said i don't know much about cars but am trying to become more self sufficient. any more help you could provide would be greatly appreciated, especially as to where inside the hood i need to check for this issue haha. thanks

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1. Vacuum leaks. Check all mounting bolts at the intake, check all hoses by wiggling them around. Listen with stethoscope or a length of fuel hose held up to your ear with engine running. You will be looking for a hissing sound. 2. Check egr valve. 3. Check air filter. 4. Check timing belt. ( you will need a timing light) If the mark is jumping around, your belt has jumped. If it stays basically in one place, it's good. 5. Check camshaft lobes. 6. Valves burnt or leaking. 7 Dirty or clogged injectors. 8 . Faulty idle control system.

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SOURCE: 1996 Ford Explorer vibrates when idling. Also...

You have a hesitation. A hesitation is cause be either:
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Take it to your local mechanic to get an OBD code check. It should tell you the problem, and you can get an estimate on the fix unless you want to do it yourself. It could be a fuel filter issue.

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SOURCE: car feels like it wants to stall while in idle

My daughters 2003 focus had this same problem and the same error code was reported. The auto parts store had her putting fuel system cleaner into her tank but this did nothing to alleviate the problem. If anything it was worse. I looked at it and heard a significant vacuum leak. A rubber elbow that was at the vacuum end of the vacuum tube coming from the valve cover had gotten oil on it and disintegrated. To determine if this is the same problem you have, spray carb. cleaner behind the intake manifold. If the idle picks up you probably have the same issue. $7 and a visit to the auto parts store later her car was fixed. Disconnect the battery for 10 minutes and then the computer will relearn its correct settings.

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clean the MAF sensor first and also add some Chevron Techron fuel injector cleaner to 1/4 tank of gas. You may have a dirty MAF or a partially plugged injector.

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