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What would cause my 2003 ford escape to idle around 2000 to 3000 rpm after it has been running for a while. it runs fine when it is first started up.

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If your A/C is on , or you are running the climate control in the defrost windshield mode , the engine will idol higher than normal.
A Vacuum leak could also cause a high idol.. check the vacuum lines and be sure they are in good condition and all plugged in.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

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There is a fan relay which senses heat and then turns on the electric cooling fan. Around this time, an idle control should cause the RPM to increase to help circulate the water in the engine.

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This sounds like the RPM may be a little high, but normal operation is called a "cold start routine". Like the old fashion Choke, the "cold start routine" is suppose to increase the RPM for several minutes and then decrease to running idle speed. This will engage in each "cold" start, but not on a warm engine. It is designed to do this.

Usually when an engine runs higher RPM than it is set for, it means extra air is entering the engine from somewhere. Using a spray water filled bottle, go around seams and also spray vacuum lines and the EGR pod while the engine is running. Any openings will draw in the water and affect RPM. Then you will have found the leak.

Now you can look up you exact engine on the Web and find out 2 things. If it has a 2 piece intake manifold and if it has intake Manifold runners. The 2 piece design often failed when the gasket holding the 2 halves started dissolving. The intake runners, could stick out of position and make RPM higher.

Now aside from these 2 items, you might get a Code showing that the engine is running lean. This would actually not be showing the lack of fuel, but the overabundance of air coming from the leaks.

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I replaced the idle air control valve on my 2003 Ford Expedition, 2wd 4.6L, and disconnected the battery to reset the computer,but now the engine idles high around 1000-1200 rpm's and it will fluctuate...


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re disconnect the battery wait ten seconds reconnect and then when you start the vehicle hold accelorator at the rpm you want it to be at you have to do this to reset the idle simple fix no worries hope this helps you have a wonderful day

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My 2001 ford escape idles rough when cold and sometimes chokes off. There was a hose that was sucking closed. I replaced the hose with a more sturdy elbo and the problem was better. Now its as bad as...


Yes fords are notorious for the i.a.c. or idle air control going out. At my shop we change probably 5/week. The vacume elbows tent to let the oil rot the rummer and once it sucks a hole in it the engine is getting more air than fuel causing a poor running condition. (lean) If it only idles poorly but runs fine with your foot on the accelerator, then the IAC will solve your problem. Also, pull the big breather tube off of the throttle body and see if around the round butterfly it is coated with black build-up. You can use a rag and your pointer finger to work around the sides. The factory built these vehicles so that the throttle is open the slightest bit so it will idle-when the black crud builds up around it the air is blocked from entering the engine which will also cause a poor idle. Hope this helps!

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well it could be idle control valve but i would check for vacuum leaks first see if any hose fell off but could be egr valve stuck open hope this leads you some where

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To update my earlier repair on the 2001 6 cyl Escape: When cold, and when the ignition was turned over but no accelerator pressure given, the rough idle finally returned the P0303 code again when the check engine light came on indicating that it wasn't caused by the plugs or the coil. FYI, I had replaced the intake manifold gaskets during the original repair and just prior to that I had replaced the fuel filter which was very dirty (I cut it open to see).

The repair manual referred to fuel injectors as a possible problem. I have run three tanks of fuel using different injector cleaning products and am very pleased with the results. Cold starts are much smoother and I am unable to coax out the P0303 code or any other code.

My opinion, change the fuel filter, use a fuel injector cleaner for a couple of tanks, change the plugs if the problem still exists. The coils were not the problem on my vehicle.

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