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Mazda tribute 2002 stalling

Stalls at idle when a stopped at light and backing up //Mazda tribute 2002

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1. will it stay running if you foot is sligtly on the gas.
if so common problem it the IAC valve located on top of the throttle body. it controls ait into the engine when throttle is closed.
2. do you hear loud fog horn like sound or hissing. this could indicate a vaccum leak.
3. are there any performance problems while driving.

my best guess would be the IAC (idle air control) valve

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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