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Q: RPMs near zero

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The car starts, but it does not idle properly. The RPMs are really low, close to zero. And after a short time, the car turns off.

A: It seems like your car is experiencing a st...

It seems like your car is experiencing a stalling issue. The engine will need to be checked for proper vacuum and idle control valve function as these are common faults for this type of problem. I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come and perform tests to determine why your car is stalling and what repairs will be needed.

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