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I have a 1999 ford escort SE 2.0 4 cyl. Lately she has been idling rough like she is trying to stall out on me and now it also does it while i'm driving every once in a while. but if I put it in neutral it stops doing it. And it doesn't do it all the time, but is getting worse. the check engine light is not on and I changed the spark plugs,wires and put a fully charged battery in it and nothing changed. I also ran some 'gum-out Fuel injector cleaner' through it thinking that maybe I had a fuel injector clogging up. I have ran out 3 tanks of gas in it after putting the cleaner in it all from different gas stations so I don't think it was bad gas. I think it make be a fuel problem. It starts and runs everything else perfectly. Any ideas?

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Your problem might not be engine related, it could be due to a bad torque converter or a bad solenoid in the transmission. The solenoids are around $35 and usually bolt to the outside of the transmission. Your transmission works on vacuum so if the solenoid is bad it could cause some problems such as trying to be in overdrive gear when it should be in 1st gear. This could cause the engine rpms to drop and difficult when you shift it out of park or neutral into Drive. Have it checked by a reputable shop. Shouldn't cost that much and it probably isn't an engine related issue.

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