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2001 Ford Taurus

Reader Question: I have a 2001 Ford Taurus that is having problems idling and when I put on the brakes, it stops but it does not feel normal. When I pulled into the garage I let off of the gas and the lights went dim it still idled but it wasn’t idling correctly.

Do you think it is the alternator?

Please help me.


Hey Stephanie,

I would ask your mechanic to inspect and clean the throttle body and the idle speed control motor. Those items get dirty and routinely need to be cleaned out.

It is a simple and inexpensive repair and should be part of maintenance regardless if it corrects this particular issue or not. It is the first place I would look.

Here is a picture of a typical throttle body with the fresh air hose from the air cleaner removed.

Austin Davis

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  1. larry craig says:

    i was having the same problem and my altenator went out yesterday. not a fun thing to replace on dohc models. after i replace it i will let you know if it fixed the problem. my alt went out about a week or two after the idle started messing up

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