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My 1998 ford zx2 idles by itself, when I start it and let it sit. Also after driving a short ways when I push in the clutch downshift it idles up to 3 and half rpms until I stop completely then it will go to 2rpm. Then out of nowhere it will idle itself down completely for a short time. Any ideas?

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Remove and clean the IAC valve with MAF cleaner...go for 10 minute drive, then see if rough idle condition is resolved...cheers

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SOURCE: 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Clutch replacement

Clutch life depends entirely on how the clutch has been treated. If it hasn't been driven abusively, it could conceivably last the life of the car. To try it out, put it in top gear around 30mph and floor the gas. If the clutch is going to slip anywhere, it's here. If the car gains speed without the RPM shooting up, the clutch is fine and you should have no worries about her making it safely across the country.

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SOURCE: rough idling and poor fuel economy on 92ford f-150

This whole problem is most likey due to a sludged up intake and idle speed control valve, do the following procedure and it should take care of the problems, also run a couple of cans of LUCUS brand fuel injector cleaner through, I know u will see it is more expensive than other brands, but the thing is it works!
Here is the most common cause of surges and stalls at stops and low erratic idle speed and rough idle, it is the idle speed control air-bypass valve and throttle valve (IAC for short), they get full of gunk over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Escape Won't Idle

well it could be idle control valve but i would check for vacuum leaks first see if any hose fell off but could be egr valve stuck open hope this leads you some where

Posted on Sep 18, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 1998 Frord escort Zx2. when you

Make sure it is full of brake fluid first. If it is, check for leaks around the clutch master and slave cylinder. The master cylinder is mounted on the firewall below the brake master cylinder and towards the driver side. Follow the line to find the slave cylinder on front of the transmission. If you find no leaks, either the master and/or slave cylinder is bad or the clutch fingers are broken.

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

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SOURCE: My 2003 Ford Escort ZX2

2003 zx2,rough idle when stoped and the car in drive,runs fine on open road,while idleing i opened the hood,when i loosened the oil fill cap i heard a pufffff,like a relief valve,it should not be building pressure should it???dolfo52@comcast.net,please

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