irregularly idling Taurus

Old 01-21-03, 09:28 AM
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irregularly idling Taurus

I recently bought an '86 Taurus with the 3.0 V-6
engine which was running fine until
it idles very slowly, then speeds up, then slows down,
and often dies.
Any ideas?

Thank you
Old 01-21-03, 10:22 AM
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Need much more history on the vehicle, but the long and short of it:

1) Vacuum leak
2) Dirty throttle body---must be cleaned with the Ford approved cleaner, or
3) Bad idle air control valve which is located on the throttle body.

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Old 01-21-03, 02:17 PM
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it might be the idle control motor besides the things joe said
Old 01-22-03, 05:40 PM
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Smile irregularly idling Taurus

Thanks, guys--
I removed the idle air control valve and cleaned it
and it's running much better now!

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