how to solve? 1999 dodge durango 5.9L dies while idling?

Asked by Sep 06, 2013 at 01:29 AM about the 1999 Dodge Durango 4 Dr SLT 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1999 dodge durango was dying when i was slowing down at a light or going around the
corner intermitantly, and since we have had problems with battery cables coming loose
before we had them changed out, but still the problem persisted, i then had the system
checked for error codes and got 2:  idle air control valve, and the output speed sensor,
had these both replaced, as well as cleaning the throttle body. now it doesn't die as
often, but when i am stopped at a light and engine has been idling for a minute or two it
will still die, but always starts right up. also one time I noticed the gas gauge suddenly
stopped working, but within about 5 minutes it was working again. based on all these
symptoms, and the prior answers I read, this leads me to believe that there may be a
voltage leak, or spike?. what steps should i have a mechanic take to determine if this
is or is not the problem, any other suggestions if this turns out not to be the problem?

note: the mechanic i normally take this vehicle to has not been able to figure this out
yet (since he only spends a small amount of time with it between other vehicle work
and so far has only charged me for the actual work in replacing the sensors)
Kathy

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Our trucks are very sensitive to the battery, my Durango acted up like this when the battery was getting bad so have the battery load tested and have the alternator checked as well it should give you little over 14 volts at idle if it does not it needs to be rebuilt or replaced. The battery is more likely to be at fault here.

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