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1997 Mercury Sable GS 4dr Sedan

1997 Mercury Sable
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan GS, Mid-Size
20 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy
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October 28, 2012, 8:15 pm

Vicki C
 

Question: Is something wrong with my transmission?

When I first turn my car on, it shakes slightly. When I start to accelerate its very sluggish and my car shakes really badly. When I stop at a red light or a stop sign, it shakes a little and my rpm goes up a little without me accelerating or even touching my gas peddle at all. While this is happening, my engine light is flickering off and on. After about 10 minutes of driving like this, my car shifts normally and the shaking completely stops, but my engine light stays on. What's going on?!


November 11, 2012, 10:28 am

Elizabeth K
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If your check engine light is on, have it scanned for codes. That is the first diagnostic step when the check engine light is on. Also, have the IAC (idle air control) valve cleaned, it sounds like it may be causing a low idle problem.


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