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Its a 97 4cyl stick stalls when driving but will start right back up and sometimes when idle all at radam

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I have had this same problem on many Dakota's, here is what will almost always fix it, it is caused by a sludged up throttle valve and automatic idle speed control valve, do the following exactly as written to cure the issue.

, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carburetor spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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    yadayada Nov 19, 2009

    I have been doing this kind of work 35 years and this is the #1 cause of idle problems like this, try it you will be amazed.

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    yadayada Nov 19, 2009

    Sure wish people who nothing about how automatic engine control systems work give these fixes a Chance, they do work, I am a certified Master electronic engine control specialist so know a thing or two about these kinds of idel problems, cost $5 for the cleaner and 10 minutes of your time..

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Hi
If your car stalls you need to replace the solenoid. Its located in the transmission under the transmission pan. This a long shot but without inspecting all the vacuum lines and numerous other sup-systems its well worth looking at a could be a fast test fumes and cause an explosion or a fire.

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