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Hard to start 97 taurus, new battery, starts when you press on gas pedal, but when you take your foot off the pedal it barely idles, surging continuously and then shuts off. Sounds like it is laborin

Had to press the gas pedal to help it get started but when I let it idle by itself, it became laborious, struggling to stay running. Almost sounded like the pulley system was struggling to turn.

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  • Joel Friedenberg Mar 30, 2014

    Hi Brian , I want to help you with your problem, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? The problem can be any one of literally a dozen possibilities. Are there any fault or trouble lights on? I believe Auto Zone or Advance Auto will scan your system for codes at no charge to you.

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The idler pulley is a common failure item in Ford products but something else could be causing the problem.

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If I had to fix this, I would use a tiered approach. You have several issues to deal with. 1st- is the engine timing correct (lets assume it is), try adjusting the choke (blackdial on the ffront of a single barrel, turn towards lean) this should bring down the idle. Turn it till it almost dies then turn in the opposite dirrection SLIGHTLY until it steadies out. The engine might shake more now (it did w/mine) so now you losen the 1/2 bolt that is behind the distribibutor. Now that the dis. is lose turn the whole diss. assembily slightly in either direction. One way will steady out the engine, this is adjusting the ignition timmiing. If all that works out you should be golden. Of course there is a lot of possible causes connecting rod length between the gas pedal & carb, vac. leak(through a vac. gauge on it, that will help finding wether or not there is a leak). if this doesnt work repost with results and a vacum reading. I'll check back

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Replace the throttle position sensor, this sensor controls idle speed and is most likely faulty.

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