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Car idles low, stalls after start

When starting my engine it will start up and stall or idle at a low RPM around 400-500. To start i have to put foot on the gas and keep it at about 1500 rpm and easily let off gas so it wont stall, if i just let off gas it stalls until engine is warm. 2.5L V-6 with manual 5-speed transmission.

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Rund ok for a while but when car 'warms up' it starts to 'cough and splutter' when you go around a corner and put your foot down - or just put your foot down when you start off - it's ok when you get up to speed ?????

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    starts every time, have to keep foot on hte gas so it will not stall again. Once it is warmed up, it's not a proble.

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Common issue at the shop (i'm a ford technician), here is what I do to correct it.
Here is the most common cause of surges and stalls at stops and low erratic idle speed and rough idle, it is the idle speed control air-bypass valve and throttle valve (IAC for short), they get full of gunk over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.

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  • jimyfmbrz763 Mar 16, 2014

    when puting all the parts I took off when replacine fuine, I noticed air breather hose having alot of gunk in it. havnt tried solution yet, but even if thats. ot

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http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2012/10/cold-start-problem-and-vehicle-shudder.html
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There are few help links with solutions to troubleshoot such idle issues.

I suggest you refer the link below and follow its troubleshooting details:------

Click the link below:-----

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http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2012/12/ford-expedition-iac-valve-replacing.html

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http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2012/01/bad-miss-at-idle.html

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Stumbling and stalling at idle after engine rebuild?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/03/stumbling-and-stalling-at-idle-after.html

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1999 Ford F-150 Idles rough and quits when gas pedal is pressed less?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/01/1999-ford-f-150-idles-rough-and-quits.html

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