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The rpm or tac seems to jump from high to low on my 1996 ford taurus. this only happens when car is at a stand still and seems to be worse in colder conditions. my first thought was the torque converter but i don't wont to fix anything without being sure. any idea what this could be?

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Restricted fuel filter can cause this.

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