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Rough idle, surges when cold

2001 Escape 3L. Idle surges and lopes and sometimes dies when cold. Smooths out when engine gets warm unless ambient air temperature is cold. If it's a cold day it never gets to a completely smooth idle.

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  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    i have the same exact problem my 2000 ford escape surges when i start it while it is cold and if i try to move it while its surging it feels as if my brakes are out because i have to press them to the floor to get them to work. the surging actually made my vehicle die last night and it is starting to worry me.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    engine idles low when cold when at operating temperature it sputters on acceleration

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    surges up and down about 300 to 400 rpm

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    IDLE SURGES AT STARTUP

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Have it scanned,ck' tps sensor,mass air sensor,idle air sensor for output...kev-mn.

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I took mine over to Pep Boys. They charged me $100 for an engine diagnostic. The problem was a faulty DPFE Sensor and the EGR valve which I replaced and the vehicle has been working Great since then.

Not sure if this is your case but it might give it a try.

By the way, the DPFE sensor can be installed in 5 mins but the EGR valve is a little bit stubborn. Thx

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