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1987 Full Size Ford Bronco 302 Engine Surge/ Failed Emissions. Arizona NOX standard 5.50: Ours 9.65. HC: good CO: good Hi, My husbands Bronco is surging on idle and we just replaced the EGR valve, EGR Sensor, air filter, refueled with Premium Unleaded. It is still surging badly cold but not as bad warm. Fuel filter was replaced about three months ago and fuel pump was replaced about eight years ago. The engine was replaced also at that time. He passed emissions well below levels in 2009. What can you guide us to for engine surge?

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Make sure you have no vacuum leaks and check/replace the Idle Air Control valve, its located on the side of the thottle body.

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