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Car idles fine when comming to a stop it acts like its going to die sometimes and other times it does fine.

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Throttle position sensor (TPS) might be the problem but there are other reasons that could happen. Is the check engine light on?

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There may be lots of reasons a car stalls at intersections, but one that most people wouldn't think of is low automatic transmission fluid levels. Be sure to check the fluid when parked on a level surface. Do your best to not allow any lint or dirt to contaminate the dip stick before reinserting.

While not directly related, maintenance cycles for replacing transmission fluid and filter vary, but should be performed as suggested by the vehicle maker. Paying for a power flush may be worth it if you can afford it, but it's not essential. The most important part is changing it on schedule. The 5% of residue left behind will mean your 95% new fluid is being put to work.

Your gas may contain too much moisture. A clear plastic approved gas container filled and let sit for a few minutes, or upto 24 hours will collect moisture at the bottom (water is more dense then fuel). Name brand Heat and similar additives can evaporate water from the fuel. In some infrequent circumstances, a distributor coil may be cracked. A clogged, dirty or old fuel filter or fuel pump can be another cause. Another cause is your car's vacuum hose may be damaged and leaking, which may cause the engine to lose power.

The car may be just idling too low which can be adjusted very easily with a screwdriver. There is a small screw on the throttle body where the throttle cable connects to it you can adjust the screw to make the car idle smoother.

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