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My '98 Camry won't stay started. I start it and it just dies not matter how many times I try it. If I leave my foot on the gas it runs but at soon as my foot leaves the gas it dies.

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    Had a similar problem on a 99 Camry.A phone line mechanic from Kragen had the fix. I took off the air cleaner intake "tube" at the carbuerator and cleaned with a carb cleaner on a rag everywhere I could reach in and around. It seemed there was a layer of grime coating the inside. Reassembled and it worked fine. Have had to redo this cleaning 6 to 8 months later.

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What you have is a bad Idle Air Control ("I.A.C.") valve. This device admist a precise amount of air to keep the engine running at idle. This is a common issue. Get a new one from a dealer, and you will be up and running fine.

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