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My 1996 Kia Soportage, 4-wheel drive,automatic runs good, but shakes and sometimes dies out when idoling and in gear. Idols ok in park or neutral

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Could be bad sensor or vacuum leak. I first would check for vacuum leaks. It also could be throttle position sensor or idol control valve.

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