1997 Ford Probe idles low and stalls when coming to a stop

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD PROBE
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 51,000 MILES
1997 Ford Probe GTS mileage: 51,000. The problem we are having is somewhat sporadic. The car starts and runs fine but sometimes when coming to a stop and depressing the clutch the idle drops very low and usually stalls. I have replaced the spark plugs, but no change. If the car is down shifted to the stop there seems to be no problem. Fuel system cleaner/additive has been added to the fuel tank. When car is stationary, you can race the engine and the idle will return to 650-700 rpm. The only other observation I have made is when the A/C is on the problem seems not to exist. What do you think?

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 AT 6:30 PM

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Tiny
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If a major tune-up has not been done recently, this could be the cause of your problem. Replace the spark plugs, plug wires, fuel and air filters, etc. Also, replace the oxygen sensor. In addition, service the fuel injection system. Clean the carbon deposits from the throttle bore and idle passages. You might also want to check the ignition module for possible failure.
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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 AT 6:32 PM

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