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Car will start in park but when you go to drive it it dies out.

My husband all ready changed the fuel filter and checked the fuel pump. It will start and stay started in park. When you go to put the car in drive it will drive a bit then die out.

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  • janesoriano Jan 24, 2009

    i got 1990 toyota camry. when its in park it will start and my car idles to 2000rpm and then when i put to drive or reverse the car dies. sometime i can drive it but when i put to gas its just like it going to dies and dies already to many times while i'm driving it. then it wont start i have to get someone to boost me up. but then it will start and then put in drive and it will die again..

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This will take two people, While in park have some rev the engine up while the other checks the exhaust flow from the tail pipe. It sounds like you might have a plugged catlytic converter. if its bad you won't notice a sharp exhaust flow diffrence with engine rpm change. Please don't fotget to vote. thanks

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