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My 2003 eclipse will idle fine but when put in reverse or drive it wants to die.

When in idle at idles below 1rpm, doeesnt die but seems like it. when in drive or reverse standing still like at a stop sign it will die on me. when driving while picking up speed it struggles to pick up. once at 40mph it drives but you can feel it struggle.

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  • alex herrera Feb 12, 2013

    Here is what i have done so far. new plugs which were gapped correctly,cleaned aic valve, cleaned the map sensor, replaced the mas sensor.cleaned the throttle body. any other suggestions. Only resean I dont think its a fuel problem is becasue when i push the gas it takes off.

  • montehammons Feb 12, 2013

    It might be your catalytic converter. Does it seem your exhaust is restricted?

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You should first get the engine scanned for trouble codes.
Try a new fuel filter, or have the fuel pressure tested. If fuel pressure is good, try some injector cleaner. If still no help, time for a tune-up with new plugs and wires, filters, pcv valve. If still no help, possibly the catalytic converter may be plugging up, or your egr valve needs cleaning. Could be a lot of things-you just have to start eliminating one by one. short of a shop running diagnostics and testing to find the problem. Good luck.

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

  • montehammons Jan 07, 2013

    Yes, one thing at a time. For instance, If fuel pressure checks good, then eliminate a fuel problem. Doesn't need a new filter. It sounds like a fue problem, why I said that first. Go like this: fuel, then cat converter, then tuneup.

  • montehammons Jan 07, 2013

    But always check for trouble codes, first. May save you a lot of time and money.

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The car has no idle valve. This is a typlical characteristic of a bad throttle module. Be careful cleaning this module! DO NOT spray anything directly into it. Wet a cloth and wipe it. It rarely helps but unless it is a turbo it is easy to get to. BTW a new module dloes require software.

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