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Engine is jerking when ac starts

When ac starts In engine neutral position it seems engine is jerking and RPM become less.

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Rpm should go up when A/C turned on ,the control for that is built in to the engine management system,sorry back hurting sitting at computer ,take to dealers for the computer to be checked ,might just be something simple

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