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When I start the engine it will die a few moments later. How do I fix the problem?

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Buy a can of carb spray and clean the idle air bypass valve and the throttle valve, the stall is caused by sludge build up, you will have to have someone hold the idle high while you spray into the intake or it will stall, use about 1/2 the can, then shut engine off, disconnect the negative battery cable and wait 5 minutes, reconnect and drive a few days to have computer relearn idle curve, thati should solve your idle concern.

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