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86 mercury sable stalling and surging

My 86 sable has low mileage. I have replaced the alternator, regulator, plugs, wires, rotor button, distributor cap, thermostat, etc. When I shift from park to reverse, for example, it often stalls...or when at a red light. When I am driving on the highway it's fairly smooth, it's the stopping and starting that are a problem.

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    stalling when outside is 70 and up after about 10 or 20 miles cool 10 minutes keep going a littls

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Hi,sound like a bad (tps , trotle position sensor, Good Luck

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Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect Ignition Switch - Improperly Connected or Faulty Ignition Switch.
2 Inspect Battery - Battery Discharged or Faulty.
3 Inspect Battery Cable - Corroded, Broken, Shorted or Poorly Connected Battery Cable.
4 Inspect Starter Solenoid - Starter Solenoid Faulty.
5 Inspect Starter - Starter Motor Faulty.
6 Inspect Wireset - Worn or Damaged Spark Plug Wires.
7 Inspect Ignition Coil - Faulty Ignition Coil.
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10 Inspect Distributor Rotor - Loose, Cracked or Worn Distributor Rotor.
11 Inspect Fuel Tank - Fuel Tank Empty.
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14 Inspect Choke - Stuck or Improperly Functioning Choke.
15 Inspect Fuel Filter - Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter.
16 Inspect Fuel Pump Relay - Faulty Fuel Pump Relay.
17 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator - Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.
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