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I am a new Escort owner and just picked up my 95' LX 1.9 5spd this weekend. The car is in great shape considering the price of a grand and 123,000 miles. It has recently had a new timing belt job and tune-up as well as oil change, fuel filter and new tires and brakes. The only problem is at times, when coming to a stop, the car seems to idle weird and fluctuate then eventually it just dies. This usually is more likely to happen at a quick stop rather than a gradual easy stop. I noticed some of the vaccum hoses are cracked but, not torn in two and the owner(original 1st owner) told me that they had never had the fuel system cleaned or idle speed set. I put a can of injector cleaner in the fuel and it seemed to help a little but, the problem is still there. I was told to clean the IAC located on the throttle body to see if that would help. Anyone else done this or had a similar problem that they have solved like I have? Thanks,AL
 

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Idle problems can be due to a host of problems. I'd try cleaning your IAC as recommended and cutting off the ends of any vacuum hoses you find cracked. Cracked ends can give you grief because they don't form a tight seal, even though the hose is intact.

Try those things first. Given that it seems to be worst after a sudden stop (which uses vacuum), I'd try your hoses first.

You may try cleaning your MAF too, but do one thing at a time.

Good luck. Let us know what you find out - this is a completely common problem on our board.
 

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I had this problem. After a week, my 95 LX finally wouldnt start. I had engine damage. I cant remember exactly what was wrong, but i remember I had to replace one of the cylinder heads, looked as if something had gotten into the engine and been hitting the head.. I had a mechanic do it for me. About $500 all together cost. (US $)
 

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Well, after running the scan tool to check the codes, I found three stored codes. 1-code for IAC valve(idle erratic) 2-O2 sensor bad 3-ECU/ECM not reading correctly. I replaced the IAC which did seem to help but, the problem came back. Then replaced TPS sensor with no change and finally the MAF sensor with no luck either. I think a new ECU/ECM would be too expensive so I rigged it to hold more idle. I also replaced every vaccum hose with new hoses to boot! Makes one very angry after all this work!
I then took thread locker and put a long nut on the end of the idle stop screw which now allows the throttle to stay opened a tad more and holds idle at 1100 RPM when stopped or out of gear. This solved my erratic idle/die out problem and has been this way for a couple weeks now. Hope this keeps me going and I have not had any more service engine soon lights to flash on. Thanks for the help,AL
 
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