2005 Ford Escape • 6 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 69,000 miles

I have a 2005 Ford Escape, 69,000 miles. Recently, the engine seems to idle rather rough at low RPM's. Around 1000 or less RPM's, it idles rough and feels like it is going to stall. No check engine light comes on. I've replaced three spark plugs since I purchased the vehicle in 2007. Air filter is changed regularly. Oil is changed regularly, fuel filter has been replaced once since I've owned the vehicle. Any suggestions. Thanks!
March 9, 2011.

Xiac This may not be the answer, but you can EZily rule it out! This will sorta guide you to what you have to do, it is really EZ to do! My wifes' is on the top and has 2 bolts. Our Escape would idle low, then it got to point it would die when you stopped. Revving + holding brake was only way to keep it running. Took it to fellow R/C airplane pilot, he doubles as a S.C. State HWY DEPT mechanic.. When I got to his house, he was repairing a tractor. Told him my sob story. Escape was still barely running, I raised the hood. He said, (and I quote)."It could be the IDLE AIR CONTROL(IAC)", as he pointed to it, and emphasied it with a sharp rap using the wrench in his hand. It straightened right up, and ran darn good. That was a 15/16 Craftsman wrench, box end, kinda a medium rap. We removed and cleaned it, it may have gone on being Fine, for a lot longer. Since it was my wife's, I took no chances, with my Well-Being. YES, I visited parts store and replaced it, figgered it had 100,000 miles on it, and constantly was a moving part, replacement of this component, was just preventative maintenance in my eyes. Hope this helps. Hope I am dead on! Cleaning would be FREE, and at least Maybe eliminate this factor out of the equation. You can go on and replace it later, if you have the same feelings about it as I did. It is not really expensive. Please let me know how this goes, this is my hobby."The rest of the Story", is about all I get out of this. The Medic

Mar 9, 2011.
I've had a similar problem for the last few months (especially in cold weather). Now I want to pay it forward and put my results out there since I learned so much from reading forums.
I have a 2005 Ford Escape 2.3L 4cyl with approx. 152k mi. It had a rough idle, it would stall out if I wasn't riding the gas and brake at a stop, RPM would hunt all over from 400-2000, smell of burning oil (with noticeable oil consumption).
1) I took off the throttle body and IAC valve, cleaned them (they were very dirty), and replaced them. No relief from problems.
2) About 100 miles after the cleaning, I replaced the IAC. The IAC and TB were dirty already. No relief from problems.
3) I then started to wonder why my IAC and TB were getting dirty so quick. I started reading about PCV valves. Ford even recommends replacement at 100k mi, I'm doubt mine ever was replaced. The problem is, with the 4cyl the PCV valve is below the intake manifold between the engine and the radiator (I believe the 6cyl PCV valve is located on top of engine, easy access, as it should be). Not an easy removal for someone who isn't a mechanic. However, it beats paying a shop 5-7+ hrs of labor to do the job. This video helped: https://
I replaced the PCV valve (it was full of gunk) and the hose that connects the valve to the intake manifold (it was crushed and split). I then put everything back together and changed intake manifold, IAC and TB gaskets.
I instantly noticed improvement in idle, performance, and the smell of burning oil is gone.
Note: Have some fuel injector o rings on hand. I broke a couple of them pulling the fuel rail off and putting it back on. You'll know if one is broken because when you turn the fuel pump on it will spray like a sprinkler head.
Parts I replaced:
PCV valve
PCV tubing
IAC valve
Gaskets (intake manifold, IAC, TB)
Fuel injector o rings (as needed)

Mar 3, 2015.
Sorry for the bad link to the video:

Mar 3, 2015.