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The engine will not idle when cold

The car will not idle until the engine reaches operating temperature. You can keep the engine running by increasing the RPM but until the motor is warm it will die as soon as you take your foot off of the gas pedal. The car also starts up very easily cold or hot and runs great when warm?

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Possibly the coolant temperature sensor is faulty

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