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2000 Mercury Sable Question: My 2000 Sable idles up high when starting, then the RPM's drop to like 500!

 

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sabel trouble, 3.0L V6 DOHC, Milwaukee, WI, November 29, 2012, 13:37
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I've replaced numerous parts on this car. Plugs, wires, the coil pack on #3, IAC, MAC...but when I start it in the morning, it idles up high then drops down to about 500 RPM's and will choke out if I don't step on the gas. There is a clicking sound from time to time near the throttle body before the idle catches and revs back up. It's also sucking gas like crazy!!! The check engine light is on and says the IAC is bad even after putting on a new one...is there a leak in the vacuum? HELP!!!

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    your.mechanic November 29, 2012, 13:54
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    sounds like a vacuum leak...especially since you say it "sucks gas like crazy". The ECU is trying to compensate for that vacuum leak by dumping fuel.

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    goodguy, November 29, 2012, 14:16
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    I agree with #1

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12262 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper November 29, 2012, 16:02
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    what code did you have? i had one like this that was blowing the fuse under the hood in fuse blk.it was causing iac to malfunction ck that and vac leaks

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