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2001 Ford Focus SE-Just replaced the battery,alternator, belt and both pulleys.When you put the car in idle at the beggining it works ok, but shortly after that it kind of loses power and it shakes,and when the AC is turned on it almost dies off.What can this idle problem be? Is there anything to be adjusted so that the car can run on higher RPM? normal is at 9 but this drops lower when it shakes. Please advise. Thank you.

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I would first check for a vaccum leak then move on to idle air sensor it controls the level of idle.

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