I did a search 1st, and found the topic: Merc Tracer idle problem, which
sounds close to mine but not quite.
My 100000 mile 1997 Mercury Tracer with automatic has started stalling on
idle. But mainly in Drive and Reverse.
However, while the idle RPMs seem to go up a bit in Park and Neutral, it can
still start to stutter and die if I'm not careful.
Temperature doesn't seem to matter, whether engine temp or outside temp.
It'll always stutter and stall in D and R. However, I THINK the idle slows a
bit in P and N after it warms up...but I haven't been able to tell for sure
I saw something about stuck air control valves, but that seems dependant on
temerature as well.
But in any case, can anyone tell me where to locate it and how to determine
if it's working OK? (I can't really afford to get a Chiltons or other repair
manual right now.)
What other possible causes could this be? The car otherwise has power and
accelerates just fine.
Thanks for any suggestion!!