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1997 cougar xr7 v-6

Engine won't idle, but w/ air conditioner on, it idles fine. What could be the problem?

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Usually with the AC on, the idle will slow down, but your case, maybe you set the idle too fast, try set your idle slow down a little bit see if it is working.

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