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2010 Suzuki Alto 1.0


Black crud accumulates around the butterfly in the throttle body and also in the passages of the idle air bypass.The engine is designed to catch a low idle/ higher load condition (like A/C cycling) and adjust the air that is bypassed so it wont stall. This crud buildup restricts the normal amount of air that the computer is programmed to expect. The program in the computer uses other sensors to see what is actually happening like rpm and trys to adjust. This works until the buildup becomes too much for auto adjustment. Then the car dies at idle.

Removing the throttle body and carefully cleaning these will give the engine enough air to idle. Use a new gasket when re-installing.

Remember that electronic pieces on the throttle body (like the TPS) wont like the cleaner so do whats necessary to keep the spray solvent from entering these sensors.

Dec 09, 2013 | 2010 Suzuki Alto 1.1

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Starts dies


an alternator won't stall your car, the battery provides power to keep the spark going. It sounds like you could have some bad fuel, if you're able to run the throttle manually with your foot and keep it going that would indicate idle control. but if it stalls still when you are giving it gas. I would guess a fuel supply issue, either water in your gas, or fuel pump. Good Luck.

Dec 03, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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1996 mercedes c280 dies when put in drive


Engine stalls or RPM fluctuates at idle up and down or dies near idle.

This problem is commonly caused by a dirty automatic idle speed control valve and throttle valve but always run a OBD2 fault code as well as the cleaning procedure. Buy a can of throttle valve cleaner (do not use carburetor spray cleaner!) from NAPA or Carquest (made by CRC chemicals) and spray it into the air intake while the engine is running, use up about 1/2 the can, engine will try to stall hold the speed up, shut it down and let it soak for 30 minutes, restart and blow out the remaining fluid, shut it down and disconnect the negative battery cable for 5 Min's to reset the base idle control

Oct 15, 2012 | 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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1992 acura integra wont stay running


Try the procedure below.

Here are the most common causes of idle surge, stalls at stops, slow idle speed, erratic idle speed, rough idle and engine hesitation (and other problems), it is in most cases the idle speed control air-bypass valve and or throttle valve and upper intake, these area's get full of gunk and combustion residue over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake

Jun 30, 2017 | 1992 Acura Integra Hatchback

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Want to verify reasons why 95 Honda Odyssee engine wants to stall and die at low speed


This is almost always caused by a dirty throttle valve and automatic idle speed control valve which is on the throttle body. Do the following to clean the system up.

To correct this problem Buy a can of throttle valve cleaner (it is made by CRC) from the local auto parts store, NEVER USE CARB CLEANING SPRAY, IT DESTROYS THE ANTI-STICK TEFLON COATING, spray it into the air intake through the throttle body of the engine until you have used about half the can, you will need to hold the idle up while you do this, it will try to stall, after this shut the engine down and disconnect the Negative (-) battery cable for 5 minutes. The intake is now clean, if you continue to have the idle speed control problems you may need to seek the help of a professional.

Feb 12, 2012 | Honda Odyssey Cars & Trucks

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Dies when gas pedal is pressed


This engine has automatic idle speed control, the computer controls a "air bypass" valve on the side of the throttle body where the air intake hose from the air cleaner is connected, the valve and the throttle butterfly get "sludged" up and this causes all kinds of idle problems and off idle stall, see full list below and fix for the problems

Here is the common cause of surges, cold stalls, stalls at stops, slow idle speed, erratic idle speed, rough idle and engine hesitation (and other problems), it is in most cases the idle speed control air-bypass valve and or throttle valve and upper intake, these area's get full of gunk and combustion residue over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours.

To correct this problem Buy a can of throttle valve cleaner (it is made by CRC) from the local auto parts store, NEVER USE CARB CLEANING SPRAY, IT DESTROYS THE ANTI-STICK TEFLON COATING, spray it into the air intake through the throttle body of the engine until you have used about half the can, you will need to hold the idle up while you do this, it will try to stall, after this shut the engine down and disconnect the Negative (-) battery cable for 5 minutes. The intake is now clean, if you continue to have the idle speed control problems you may need to seek the help of a professional.

Dec 04, 2011 | 1991 Ford F150

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Cold start up


You have to check the computer for fault codes; the problem is likely caused by a faulty sensor. Take the car to autozone, they'll check the codes for free

Sep 20, 2009 | 2003 Ford Focus

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91 mercury tracer check engine light after starter replacement


when you disconnect the battery.when changing the starter.you lost computer memory.the computer is going through relearning its program.it effects idling.should clear up after driving around a day or two.if it keep stalling take it to the ford dealership to relearn to idle.

Jun 12, 2009 | 1991 Mercury Tracer

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Dies when idling, does better with a/c on, but still dies


this is your problem:

Here are the most common causes of surges, stalls at stops, low erratic idle speed, rough idle and engine hesitation (and other problems), it is in most cases the idle speed control air-bypass valve and or throttle valve and upper intake, these area's get full of gunk and combustion residue over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake

Apr 06, 2009 | 1995 Ford Escort

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My car want to die and the lights come on and off then it die


Have you cleaned the throttle body? I assume this accures at idle correct? With the car running remove the air inlet pipe and spray cleaner (Kragen auto) into the intake, hold the throttle on to keep engine from dyeing, do this several times, then turn off engine and disconnect battery for 5 minutes at least and restart and throttle engine to clear out gunk, if the stall is due to sludge in the intake idle speed control port this should cure your problem, unless the idle speed control stepper motor is not functional.

Jul 13, 2008 | 1992 Honda Accord

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