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Car idles fine, just dies when shift into drive or reverse, what could be the problem?

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Check the idle speed is ok. Most cars require 700 to 775 RPM.
hope this helps.If it's too low, a load can stall the engine. even pressing the brake pedal can stall the engine.
Hope this helps.

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Replace the torque converter solenoid and the problem will go away.

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Most likely the torque converter clutch is engaged. Common problem especially with the 2.8 lt motor. You can unplug the torque converter clutch wire harness from the transmission and see if it works any better. If it does, leave it unplugged. The plug is a square plug you can see looking at the motor from the front of the car with the hood open. It is on the front side of the transmission and I think it is white in color.

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