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Car wants to turn off

When my car is in Idle mode or Park it sounds and feels like it wants to cut off. What would be the problem?

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I would check idle adjustment first. There are two idle controls on our cars, so it's not as straight forward as you'd think. There is the base idle (controlled by the screw) and the idle air control valve, controlled by the computer. This computer controlled value is used sparingly when needed. Mostly the car relies on the idle screw control. If this is set too low however, the computer will take over, and you'll think you have idle set correctly, until you let rpms drop from 2,000+ to idle, it will stall, or almost stall.

Adjust the idle screw up until idle raises to 1,000 rpms, then adjust it back down until you get to 850, but no more. If you adjust it more, the idle will stay at 850 because the computer controlled idle takes over. A lot of people (me included) will keep turning the screw all the way down, thinking everything is fine. Don't do it. Stop adjusting once you hit 850 rpms with a warm motor.

This is the easiest, quickest thing to check, so do it first before trying anything else.

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