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Idel rough in park and nuetral, great massager but concerns me

I just bought a 2000 ford expedition 77,000miles on it. In park and neutral it has a rough idel. I think i might hear a vaccume leak, i am not sure where to check. I have taken it back to the dealer and their mechanics say it is fine, but i do not agree. I am not sure how knowledgble they are or if they just do not want to take the time to find the problem. I also have a shaking. I think it might just need an alignment, what else should i check? The mechanics also do not feel that. I know i am not crazy they are just trying to sell me the car. Thank you for an guidence you can give. If i can locate the problems myself they have no choice but to fix it. have a great day.

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  • saubri Feb 12, 2009

    There are no lights on right now, but that does not mean it was not on before i looked at it. I know how to turn the light off so i am sure they do too. If the check engine light is not on- will it still throw up codes? Or do i have to wait for the light?

  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2009

    The light works it just isnt on

  • saubri Feb 12, 2009

    The light works it just is not on at the moment.

  • saubri Feb 16, 2009

    Thank you for your help. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  • Car Fixer May 11, 2010

    Perhaps the bulb is missing or burned out. Turn the key from off to on (don't start) and see if the Check Engine Light illuminates for a second or two, or whether it stays on. If it doesn't illuminate when the key is turned on then it must be missing or burned out.

  • Car Fixer May 11, 2010

    Wow, find a competent mechanic! Is the check engine light on?



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I would take the car to another dealership or a place that has a good reputation for a second opinion I have had several expeditions and it sounds like the spark plugs for the rough idle and the vacuum leak sounds could be the intake gaskets themselves look at the drivebelt if it has cracks in it more then likely they did not change the plugs either as for the shaking take it by a tire place and have them check for any bad belts in the tires and to make sure the sway bars are good and the ball joints but have them to show you not just tell you what is wrong

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