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I have a 1997 ford taurus and when i am sitting at a stop light or stopped anywhere the car shakes?

I have a 1997 ford taurus and when i am sitting at a stop light or stopped anywhere the car shakes? Topic: Case starting fluid
July 17, 2019 / By Hester
Question: the engine also acts like it is gonna die. and when i first start the car it jerks when it shifts gears what could possible be wrong with it?
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Eartha Eartha | 6 days ago
first check that all the plug wires are tight on the plugs, and on the distributor, if it has been a while since you did plugs and a cap and rotor, this may help, shaking can be a vacum leak of some kind, or a old or fouled spark plug. If you have a can of starting fluid handy squirt a few short bursts around the base of the intake manifold, if the idle rises briefly, there may be a vacum leak. if there are no check engine lights on, good, next, I would go the a chevron station, and fill it up with chevron super unleaded, and drive it around for a while, it may be jerking from the low idle problem, but just in case check the transmission fluid, it should be pinkish and clear, and smell like transmission fluid, not brown or black or smell stinky burnt. if you are comfortable with the car running a little bit on the freeway, try to get it up to freeway speed for a while to help clean out deposits, which can accumulate from el cheapo gas. water in your gas, can cause idle problems, and maybe low speed stumbling from a dead stop at a light or stop sign. If this just started up recently, like say around the last time you got gas, you may have some fuel contaminated with water, if this is the case, it may start to run better within a day or so of putting in some good clean gas with a higher octane, and a good fuel system cleaner. Chevron has techron, it is a good fuel system cleaner, that el cheapo gas stations do not have. gas is made the same way for all gas stations, but good refineries refine their gas better than others, and have helpful additives, there are people who will argue this but I don't care, I know from my personal experience that my vehicles run better with a good quality fuel..good luck hope this helps
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Sounds like it's mis-firing. Try a tune-up and change the spark plug wires. If you have already done this recently, it could be a number of other things like fuel problems or a sensor. I remember selling a lot of throttle position sensors for these cars but the check engine light should come on if it is something like that.
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Annona Annona
There's this little thing called obd2 that you should probably look into. Otherwise, people on here are just spitting in the wind. Plus...it's an old ford...probably with 150k miles. Nothing is going to run "like new" especially in an old ford.
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Yehowah Yehowah
Sounds like a misfiring cylinder to me. Change the spark plugs and wires, and go ahead and do a tune up if it hasn't been done in a while.
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Shelton Shelton
I would guess vacum leak some wheres. Especially if it does it more when you first start the car. You need a richer condition on first start up.
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