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2003 Taurus stalls at traffic lights

My 2003 Taurus has almost 95,000 miles and has never given me trouble until this week. It has stalled at the traffic light twice in the last two days. It starts right up again, so it is not a huge concern, but I don't want to get stranded someplace. The only thing that has changed recently is that I bought gas from a place where I never had before...not sure if that would cause this problem or not. What should I be checking for as a possible root cause?

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Here is the most common cause of surges and stalls, it is the idle speed control air-bypass valve and throttle valve, they get full of gunk over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.

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