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Idles odd and seems like it wants to stall, but then when I put it in neutral its just fine. I've put in new plugs and wires and a new battery. I also ran some 'Gom-out fuel injector cleaner' through it just in case it was a clogged fuel injector. It seems like its a fuel issue. Any ideas?

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4 main causes for rough idling as you describe:

  1. Bad MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor (causes erratic idling)
  2. Bad EGR (Exhaust Gar Recirculation) valve
  3. Bad TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) often will stall when engine is warm and in drive but not moving ie at a Stop sign.
  4. Clogged fuel injector
Best cause of action would be to go to one of the major Auto Parts chain stores that provide free diagnostic tests. The results would lead you to which part(s) is(are) defective.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

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