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Engine problem When in idle with the a/c on engine runs good but when the a/c is turned off the rpms go down low and then the engine shuts off. I also was looking under the hood with the key on but engine off and there was something clicking inside the engine it would do it for a min or so and then stop. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Btw the car has 63,000 miles on it

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  • justin_w32 Sep 15, 2008

    The engine stutters and dies with the a/c on or off when car is idle i now know it was just coincidence that when i turned it off it died, ive also heard of a timing issue recall that requires a pcm reflash. i dont know if previous owner had any recall work done. I took it to a mechanic and he says a throttle body cleaning and air filter will fix the problem. Of course that was the obvious solution but still doesnt explain the sound of a bee trying to escape from the engine when the car is off with the accessory running. It is a fast click and i did not drive the car so the engine and manifold was already cool

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there was something clicking inside the engine
If it is an irregular clicking, it may just be the engine (probably exhaust manifold) cooling down.
I couldn't guess what might be causing a regular clicking noise.
And the problem is upside down from most since it isn't uncommon for the AC to load the engine and fail to compensate for the drop in RPM.  

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Sep 16, 2008

    If and when you locate the problem, you might post the solution at Fixya to help anyone else who experiences this weird one; it may be uncommon but those are the ones that are tougher to cure.

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