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Car not idling adn stalling when it is cold

On real cold days the car does not like to idle and keeps stalling. Have to use both feet to keep it running so, when I get to stop lights it doesn 't stall. Once the car is warmed up it runs good but, have to let it idle at least at good 20 to 25 minutes then car runs good. It stalls alot and have to keep starting it. My check engine light is on and sometimes it blinks so, have to shut car off and start it again. On warm days it runs good and no problem's.

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  • c38hot May 11, 2010

    blinking ses light indicates misfire in one or even all cylinders , and how cold ? water will freeze inside water choke and cause no idle condition til warm , almost sounds like intake manifold leak

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    when i start my car in the morning it shakes real bad and cuts off but once it warm it run good

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    It stalls out

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Sounds like the idle control vale is sticking when it is cold. It is located on the throttlebody right at the air inlet

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