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My ford escape idle very rough. it accelerates fine. i need help to solve the problem

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If your Escape is v-6 powered a common problem believe it or not is a solenoid in the transmission that allows the torque converter to "unlock" at idle. If the solenoid is bad then the torque converter stays locked and puts a load on the engine causing rough idle in gear at stop.

Posted on Apr 03, 2011

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    scott_s_6520 Feb 11, 2012

    Does that also include the 2008 2.3 4cyl rough idle issue. Runs fine otherwise?

  • Jessie Roth Apr 09, 2013

    What is the selinoid? Is it the trs? I am reading all kinds of conflicting info on this..



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