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2003 ford windstar idles & sputters.van will sometimes stop if i leave it in park to run in the house & then starts right back up when i start it.what could be the problem?

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. To be honest with you, it could be several different things. You might want to check the idle control sensor and the map sensor. Both these sensors control the idle of your vehicle. Your actual idle setting may need changed as well. As for the sputtering, it could be a few things as well. You need to make sure your air filter is not clogged. Make sure that you have no vacuum leaks also. You could have a clogged fuel filter. It may be because the ignition system. You may need a basic tune up. This is spark plugs/coils, wires, distributor cap, coil pack. Make sure you check all your fluids as well, transmission, oil, and coolant. Any of these parts can cause your issue of sputtering. Feel free to ask more questions if you wish. We are here to help. Thanks for using FixYa.

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It is very common for these vans to have problems with the hose that runs between the pcv valve and the intake manifold. They have rubber elbows at the corners and they rot out causing a vacuum leak. Open the hood and run the engine while you listen for a hissing sound. This may lead you to the leak, otherwise carefully inspect the line, especially the rubber parts.

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