Questions about troubleshooting and solving rough idle problems

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Vehicle sputters on cold start on cold mornings

I have a 1998 Ford Explorer with really low miles (< 30,000 miles; classic "little old lady who only drove it to the grocery store once a week" type vehicle). The first time I start it on cold ...
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Vibrates in Idle

I have a 1999 RAV4 with 120,000 that's vibrating at Stops when in Drive, but not when in Neutral. Would it help long term if I used Neutral when stopped? OR should I start looking for another car? ...
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2001 Saturn L-200 replacing one tire

So, today I was driving and all of the sudden my front passenger tire blew out. I pull over to find out that I ran over some piece of metal and the tire is torn unrepairable. Luckily there was a tires ...
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How Does a Stuck Purge Solenoid Cause Problems

In the WSM for my car, it lists "purge solenoid valve malfunction" as a cause of both a low idle with excessive shaking and loss of power during acceleration. I'm wondering the exact mechanism / why ...
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Low idle and tacho twitching after electrical cut out

The car is a 93 VW Cabriolet (Mk1 Golf/Rabbit). I was parked with the engine on lowering the hydro/electric roof when the engine and power cut out. I couldn't restart the car so checked the battery ...
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cause of Rough / fluctuating RPMs in low RPMs

It's not dying (hasn't yet) but when the car is idling or in low RPMs the car (Mazda Protege 5 2002) is fluctuating in RPMs. Also, the last start was rough. I've had issues with air intake before ...
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BMW e46 problems after Lysol in air intake

I was spraying Lysol into the cabin air intake (not the engine intake) right under windshield wipers while running the fans, and after doing this for several minutes (fans on the whole time, Lysol ...
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1998 Honda Accord V6 - Rough Idle/Stalling

My daughters accord idles really rough after driving it for about 10 minutes, but not as you are driving it, only when you stop. Then, when she stops, the car usually shuts off. It normally starts ...
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Irregular Fuel Pressure and a Old Clogged Fuel Filter

I was reading this article on vapor lock regarding my intermittent hot weather idle problems, and was wondering if an old, clogged fuel filter could cause intermittent fuel pressure problems and put ...
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Toyota manual transmission problem

I took my 2003 Toyota Matrix in to the dealership for service. It has 105,000 miles - the oxygen sensor needed replacing, but no other issues found. Now I feel as though I need to shift to a higher ...
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BMW E30 uneven idle especially when cold

My '90 E30 with the six cylinder M20 engine idles unevenly, especially when the engine is cold. A local mechanic said the mixture seems to be too fat but had no concrete solution saying I have to live ...
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98 olds bravada sputters when it warms up [closed]

My 98 bravada is fine in the morning when I first start to drive it but after about 20 min or so it starts to sputter and also sputters while it's idling. Does this sound like it could be a plugged ...
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Missing/rough idle at fist start or when parked for over 4 hours [closed]

I have a 99 Honda Accord. It has a miss/rough idle when its parked for more than 4hrs maybe, but specially in the mornings. It's only at the first start, after that it runs normal. I have changed ...
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Mk1 VW Golf/Rabbit - Engine idle fluctuates at random times

I have a Mk1 VW Golf/Rabbit with K-Jet mechanical injection. Occasionally when I pull up at stop lights the engine idle will rhythmically dip and climb (between 600 and 1200 rpm). This probably ...
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2006 Scion Tc Base - lots of vibration and bad smell from exhaust

2006 Scion Tc base automatic transmission, has 149k miles on it.The car used to vibrate a little at idle. It suddenly started vibrating a lot. It is shaking as if there's an earthquake! Idle rpm at ...
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Why does RPM jump between 1000 and 2000 at standstill (2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 K)?

My car has a kind of a rough idle and it's like it gives a bit of gas, meter goes between 1000 and 2000 rpm at standstill. Same if I shift up to 1 or 2nd gear. If I then take it for a drive, car jerks ...
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What will cause my Ford Expedition not to start?

I have a 1999 Ford Expedition. I was having trouble with it idling and now it won't start. What can cause this problem? Yesterday I was driving and had to double foot it to keep it idling. Every ...
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when i start my 1500 dodge ram rpm goes up and down in morning

When I start my Dodge Ram 1500 in the morning, the RPM goes up and down for about 4 times from 1000 to 2000 and it sounds like the truck is gonna shut off. It also has a check engine light on. Just ...