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I drive a 92 mazda mx-3. not sure if this is part of the problem or not, when my A/C is on my car will stall when stopped but i'm in hawaii so no real need for that. but when i press in my clutch i loose power to where my car stalls at 50mph or more, there i have the choice to popping the clutch then (can any damage happen from that at those speeds?) or rolling off to the side of the road and starting it again, happened about 6 times on my way to work last night. this morning it didn't stall on the way home but when stopped my car dropped to around 500 - 600 rpms, and when i started forward the car was shakey untill i hit 2500 rpms in second gear then i get a sudden burst of power that knocks me back into my seat.

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Check for vacuum leaks, cracked or broken hoses. Clean the throttle body and idle control ports with oxygen sensor safe carb cleaner. Last of all and most important is to get the idle control valve motor tested, it may not be responding quick enough to the sudden change in engine speed to keep it idleing. Also popping the clutch while in your highest gear will not damage anything, at least it never did for me. Don't do it in the lower gears at high speed, it will over rev the engine and that will cause engine damage.

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There is a relay that raises the idle when the air conditioner is on. It is now twenty years old. Find it and change it. A Chilton's book will show you where it is hiding, usually with others by the circuit breakers and fuses under the hood. Beware of cheap knockoffs, get a factory part from the dealer.

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