car dies out

Asked by Jan 10, 2014 at 08:48 AM about the 2003 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: General

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus with 172K miles. My car has died out on several occasions,
usually starts right up. It always happens when I'm stuck in traffic on the expressway;
when we stop and go. When it happens, the oil and battery light will flicker on before it
dies. Mechanic said I had lots of carbon by the engine, tried a chemical treatment. It
helped a little at first but now 5 months later, doing it again. Now I am noticing it
"jumps" next gear if I'm idling around the 10mph mark. I know there's a lot of miles but
I can't afford a car payment and need to fix this so I can work and get the hubby to
dialysis and dr appointments.

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Dirty or faulty idle air control valve and/or dirty throttle plate can cause this type of issues.

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