Help with my 1996 Ford Windstar

Tiny
PRACTICALSARAH
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  • 1996 FORD WINDSTAR
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 126 MILES
I have a 1996 ford windstar with the check engine light on and it idles rough. What can I do?

we have had the smoke test done and replaced a few hoses replaced. We also had the intake manifold runner contorl.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 2:15 AM

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Tiny
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Intake manifold runner contorl replaced*
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 2:17 AM
Tiny
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Take that puppy to Autozone or Advance Auto and get it coded for FREE, Return with the codes--The Medic
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 2:57 AM
Tiny
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We did the codes came back P1537 and P1538.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 3:19 AM
Tiny
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The car had no issues except the light until we took it to the repair shop now after the 1200 dollar repair all of a sudden it idles rough and the light is still on.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 3:20 AM
Tiny
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Allrighty Then---Ya gotta give us more to go on in the beginning! We really like detail (Kinda might speed things up) Even if I cannot answer you, someone else might pop in, and the more info the better. Rewind Give us some historical facts about what happened to get you into a shop. When did this present issue come along? Or was this the beginning problem? How was it when you left the shop? Have you been back there for Fixage?---I know this much so far, your 2 codes indicate INTAKE MANIFOLD RUNNER STUCK OPEN on Banks 1 and 2. Your turn---The Medic
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 4:12 AM
Tiny
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Sorry this is my first time posting on this site.

When did this present issue come along?
We bought the car used two months ago. It ran great, until two weeks ago. It ran great except on my way home I saw the light came on. We do not know about cars so we took it to the shop. They charged us 95 dollars to do a smoke test. The light was off and they said if It comes back on we need to replace the intake manifold runner control. We drove home and I got to work and the light came right back on. So we took it back that day and they orderd the part and did the repair. Up until here it was runnning great just the light was on.
How was it when you left the shop?
When we left the shop the light was off and the car was running ok we did not notice anything. My husband left the shop and went around the block to get lunch, the light was back on and the car was ideling rough. It still runs good but we want to get it fixed since this is our first car that we own.
Have you been back there for Fixage?
No we did not go back, the repair shop to exception when we called and said they did not do the job right. It went down hill from there so those jokers will not be touching my car again.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 4:36 AM
Tiny
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Roger, Like I said I may not do you any good. But I will try. Others with more experience may pop in and assist also. I have a friend who came over, he says he knows some about this problem. On the drivers side of the engine, beneath the intake, there is linkage that looks sorta like throttle linkage. This linkage actuates the Intake Runners. They kinda work like the throttle plates in a carburetor. Several things could make them get stuck. Carbon inside the passages of the intake (best thing to do for that, is to take off the intake and clean it really good. The Intake Manifold Runner Control motor could be stuck (I think you replaced that?). And he says there are little plastic clips on the linkage that get brittle and break, then the linkage flops free and controls nothing. He also says that if the EGR gets stuck open, it could send the same codes, and run rough (He says insure that there is not constant vacuum at the EGR, he saw someone routed "Manifold Vacuum" to it on a vehicle once when they replaced hoses incorrectly). If this helps you, Thank "CHET", I'm just his translator this evening (Chet uses a lot of adjectives in his sentences, I must censor his lingo, before hunting and pecking it in!)----The Medic
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 5:14 AM

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