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Van stalls The problem occurs when I slow to stop, and A/C is running. New battery, new cables, connections tight.

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  • hailstone Aug 28, 2008

    Have same problem but usually occurs during rapid acceleration (passing) with the A/C on. Shut off the A/C and it starts again. Service engine light comes on after awhile and the codes set are 11,12,43,55. It used to set codes for the camshaft and crankshaft sensors until I cleaned the pins on the computer and plug. 12 is the code set after battery disconnection and 55 is end of codes. Code 43 deals with missed coil impluses. Code 11 is another dead end. All the codes are telling whats happening after the event but doesn't point to the event. Closest I have come is what a Chrysler service tech was musing that the A/C circuit has a diode present to prevent something happening at the collaspe of the magnetic clutch on the A/C compressor. My thoughts are there is something in or connected with the A/C circuit and engine computer causing the problem. In olden days (carburetor models) when you used the A/C it would kick up the engine speed because of the A/C load and prevent engine stall. I'm sure the computer controlled car do the same thing but I just don't know how for sure its done.

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The engine is kicked up with the IAC. This is a good thing to check. The best way to check it is to turn on the A/C or the rear defroster while in Park and see if the engine speed drops instead of increases. If it drops the chances are the IAC is bad and will need to be replaced.

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