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Car shuts of when at lights

I have a 2003 zx2 when you come to a stop i have to put it netural and give it gas or it will idle high and low and then shuts off if im parked and just move the wheel it will start idelingh then chock and cut off????

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    Same issue, except car is a 2000.



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Alt, is not pumping out enough juice, could be dead battery or fried alt. look into it. It has been since June so i am guessing you got it fixed

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