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Vehicle shuts off after hitting brakes

Own a 2001 ZX2 and lately, not always, the engine shuts off when the brakes are applied. Vehicle will start up after a few minutes without any apparent problems. Any suggestions what to look for to resolve problem?

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Press the brake pedal with the engine idling, do you hear any hissing? if so it is a leaky brake booster, the vacuum leak will cause a stall, another issue with this car is sludge in the throttle valve and idle speed control air-bypass valve, clean them both with carb spray with the engine running, use about 1/2 the can, hold the idle high or the engine will stall, then disconnect the battery for five minutes, reconnect and drive a few miles, if the stall is sludge related then this should correct the issue.

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