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I have no problem at running speeds or acceraltion, but at idle , in park or drive it will sometimes dies happen more offen when engine warm up. I have replaced the knock sensor and the fuel filter

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TRY AND SCAN CAR SHOULD CODE OUT IAC SESOR( IDLE AIR CONTROLL).IF NO CODE PRESENT ITS A BAD IAC.MOTOR OR ITS CARBONED UP .REMOVE AND CLEAN WITH CARB CLEANER IN INTAKE WHERE IAC MOTOR BOLTS TO ALSO MAKE SURE CANNON PLUG AND WIRES ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.AUTO PARTS STORE WILL SCAN CAR AND TEST LAC MOTOR AUTOZONE ECT. GOOD LUCK. B.HARRIS A.S.E. CIRTIFIED 25YR. EXP.

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