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89 tempo 29,320 miles stalls at stop lights ?

I have an 89 tempo w/ 29,320 miles on it. It runs great until I stop at a stop light and then when I excelerate, or at least try to, it stalls, unless I have my foot on the break and the gas pedal to keep the idle up, and then it won't stall. Any ideas?
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Chris

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  • nadeau73 Oct 03, 2008

    Thank you!! I will try that!!

    -Chris

  • panderson1 Oct 23, 2008

    I have the same problem with 28,820 miles on an 89 Tempo. I have replaced the plugs, wires and idle air control valve.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Check the operation of the idle speed contreol valve, it may be full of sludge.

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    2.3hsc Mar 10, 2012

    I am having the same problem on my 89 tempo GL 70,007mi. I had a nice hole in the cat after getting a brake and belt job done(first mechanic) then after putting on a new cat because i didnt feel like runnin the straight pipes(2nd mechanic). I bring it to my third mechanic who should of been my first choice from the get go and he fixed it all but i still get a slight hesitation when stopping while waiting for a light to change. I found that if I slip it into park I dont have to worry about it cutting out.

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Have you checked your vacuum lines for leaks and you may have a bad vacuum switching valve

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