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CAR STARTS DROPS TO IDLE AND DIES.

I HAVE A 1997 DODGE STRATUS 2.4 LITER THAT WHEN I START IT DOES THE STARTING REV THEN DROPS TO IDLE AND DIES BEFORE IT IDLES.THINKING FUEL FILTER PLEASE SOMEONE HELP.

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Maybe the spark plug wires? Spark plugs?

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