2002 Ford Explorer Car Won't Idle

Tiny
ADUNAWAY
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  • 2002 FORD EXPLORER
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 96,000 MILES
Our explorer has suddenly started to struggle with idling. We are new to a cold weather climate and the problem started as soon as it became cold. The car won't idle on it's own, unless we apply gas and then it takes a good 10 minutes before it will idle on it's own. If the car has been driven regularly, we don't seem to have the problem. Any idea what our problem is?
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Thursday, January 15th, 2009 AT 11:45 AM

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Tiny
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Hi:
Chances are it's a problem with either the idle air control valve (IAC), or the throttle position sensor (TPS). However, this is a guess. What I recommend it to take the car to a nationally recognized parts store and have them scan it for trouble codes. Most stores will do it for free and it will help identify the problem.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 1:17 PM

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