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Hard to start and to keep running

About a week ago I noticed that once started it would rev high then fall off and then again rev high and fall off. So after a little while I shut off the engine to restart it; when I did this the engine would not start without me giving it a little gas. I cannot even take my foot off the gas to put it in gear without it stalling and I ain't no NASCAR driver but I sure wouldn't want my wife to have to drive the vehicle as it is right now. When driving I have to give it gas while braking at a stop sign, yield, etc. to keep it from stalling.

HELP!!! This is my daily commuter.

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