ENGINE STALLS AT IDLE WHEN COLD.

2000 Ford Taurus

Tiny

ltrib

February, 6, 2009 AT 2:29 PM

2000 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 100, 00 miles

Engine stalls at idle early in the morning when the engine is cold. I have to hold my left foot on the accelerator pedal at traffic lights, stop signs, etc. Once the car is warmed up, the engine will rarely stall. Had the engine looked at and was told there might be a vacuum leak. Where is unknown.
What are the possible causes? Thanks!

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Tiny

merlin2021

February, 6, 2009 AT 4:57 PM

Get a can of spray gumout, spray the vac lines and maniflod area, when the idle changes, youve found the leak! You want the engine running and spray on the outside but do direct the stream onto the hoses, if it is a vacuum leak, the engine idle will change speed, then you have detected a leak, repair the vacuum leak and see how it runs! If that doesnt do it, ECT may be shaky, this acts like the choke on efi vehicles.

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