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Q: Car idles and then dies

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The car starts, idles for one or two seconds and then dies.

A: Hi, A problem like this can be caused by ma...

Hi, A problem like this can be caused by many things. Anything ranging from a vacuum leak, to a problem with one of the engine’s sensors. As the nature of this problem can vary widely, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the vehicle’s stalling issue to ensure that the correct diagnosis is made.

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