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Why does my 92 Tempo stall when idling after the engine is warm? 2.3L, 4cyl. We just purchased this used car and it ran perfectly for the first 30-50 miles. Now it stalls at the lights and occasionally the check engine light comes on, then goes off.

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You might want to try removing air by-pass valve & cleaning it, or replacing it. If you try cleaning, get another gasket before so you can replace gasket. Once you remove it, spray inside it with throttle body spray cleaner, and also in side port where it came out of. Then re-install with new gasket, and try it. Even if it only cures it for a short time, you've found problem & then can replace with new. Some of these will clean up & work o.k. for quite a while, others are not helped at all, or for only a short time. Here's a picture of what it probably looks like on your car. It will be near front, usually on side of throttle body.Why does my 92 Tempo stall when idling after the - c8d7e49.jpg

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