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I just purchased a one ton 1998 Chevy Express work van with a 5.7 liter engine and automatic transmission. The day I first took a look at the van it died while it had been idling fine. I was talking with the seller and noticed it quit while we were talking. As it took me a couple of months to gather the cash for the purchase the van sat. I actually had forgotten about the stall on that day because the van did run excellent and got a super deal on it and a complete carpet cleaning set up for only $3,300! Since I picked it up I have driven it problem free for 4 days of heavy carpet cleaning as well- the van's engine also powers the PTO driven Steam Genie carpet cleaner on board. It really is a strong engine with no exhaust fumes, coolant leaks, or oil burning whatsoever. So this morning I started the van and after idling for 5 minutes it suddenly died. I was able to restart it about 30 minutes later and go do my carpet job, but on the way home it died again. It cranks, but spraying starter fluid during the cranking it does nothing. It sounds like it wants to go, but now it won't restart beyond a couple of hesitations during cranking it, with or without starter fluid. On the way to the job I did today it did die on the highway, but fortunately restarted while coasting over to the slow lane. It's funny because after this I was able to do my carpet job with no problems until I headed back home when it finally quit again. This is where I've left off until I can drive back to where it is tomorrow. Thanks for any help. I figure I can start with checking for spark and the obvious. Are there any modules etc. that can be eliminated since it is a sporadic issue and not an all or nothing symptom?

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You have one of two very common problems.
Number one may be a stuck open EGR valve
Number two would be a failing Idle Air Control valve (IAC).
Try this: Open the hood & locate the EGR valve, close to the firewall, behind the intake. Find & take with you a small hammer. The next time that it happens, open the hood & tap on the EGR valve. If it is sticking "open" the tapping may dislodge the carbon particles that are keeping it open.When the EGR valve is open, exhaust is getting into the intake at idle, and this will def stall out the car.
There is no repair to the IAC valve, it would need to be replaced if it is bad.
One of these two scenarios will cure your problem, I see it every day.

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What I went on to say is that more often than not, on the 02 4Runners, the Check and VSC lights in tandem look mainly after the emission system, and, since you stated no issues during the road test, I would guess that it is a fuel issue (too full/loose gas cap). But, if you can get the vehicle scanned, I will be very glad to provide you with more and better info if you provide me with the DTC codes. That would require your guy or an autozone hookup to a scan tool. I hope my clarification helps; and the graciouness of a FIxYa rating for this question would be greatly appreciated

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SOURCE: Sporattic engine stalling- 98' Chevy Van 5.7 liter automatic.

vacuum leak at throttlebody,check dist.cap wires, bad spark plugs also check vacuum hoses

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Check the battery cables. I had the same issues with my 96 tacoma, The battery cable connection at the battery can be cranked down but still be loose. Hard to explain, doesn't make sense, but just check it out.

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