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My 1990 sillhouette kills at a stop sign

My 1990 sillhouette will sputter and die at a stop sign. It starts right up but dies when i put it in gear.

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Three speed automatic? If so the TCC solenoid is bad.in the transmission. Its under the side cover on the driver side. You can unplug wire connector going to front of transmission so you can drive it until you get it fixed. It will use more gas due to no torque converter lock up.

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