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Starts, idles and runs beautifully - but stalls

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starts, idles and runs beautifully - but stalls whenever....sometimes in 30 seconds, sometimes in 30 minutes...will always start immediately and run smoothly until next stall. Stall can cycle from nice idle to ALMOST stall and back to nice idle many times, and then finally stalling dead. Have replaced fuel filter, fuel pump relay and fuel pump resistor.....
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with a Lexus. The Lexus Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yesterday stalled many times in driveway after 30 seconds, restart, then same. today - started and ran smoothly for 45 minutes....then I shut it down.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Lexus Mechanic should know about your Lexus?
Customer: just what I said. I recently bought it. 140k miles, owner said it had a dealer service at 100k miles.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Lexus
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

What year and model is this car and what engine?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
91 LEXUS LS 400 - V8? STANDARD LUXURY ENGINE I GUESS
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

Unfortunately that's too old for the Lexuses that I work on. Not had a lot of experience on those older ones. I will opt out so that some of the other experts can take a look at this now they know what year and vehicle you have.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
THANK YOU
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** for the delay.

I will do my best to assist you

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

from the way you expain the problem,,it sounds like the iac[idle air control] valve

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

remove and clean the iac and the throttle body with carb cleaner,then re-install the iac

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I'll give it a try, Tim - and get back to you here.Thanks...
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

also,,it is possible for a bad crank sensor to do this

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Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

yes,you can get back to me here

thanks

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I'll check those....the main points are that it starts and runs beautifully - the stalling is sometimes in a minute or two, sometimes after driving 5 miles, sometimes after 15 miles....so random! But when it gets into the stalling mode, it's pretty much idle smooth, almost stall or stall, back to idle smooth, etc....for any number of iterations before it finally dies. I will check the IAC CONTROL VALVE AND THE TPS....AND GET BACK TO YOU.
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

ok..again..if it only does it after it gets warm,,it may be a bad crank sensor

thanks

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hi - so let me catch up. I have swapped (from a good running 91 LS 400), the fuel pump resistor, and the fuel pump relay. I have replaced the fuel pump filter with a new one. I removed and cleaned (it was really caked with carbon) IAC valve. I removed the fuel cap for a couple of days and drove it in the neighborhood - no problems. Then drove it about 10 miles and it started to stall a couple of times, then smoothed out to get home w/no more interruptions.
Yesterday I drove 40 miles to the airport - it ran flawlessly to the airport. When I picked up my passenger and was leaving the airport, it started doing the stalling thing again, of short duration, but every few seconds to minute for a while, by the time we got to the freeway the frequency had slowed to almost nothing, but I could feel it skip a few times on the way back the 40 miles...drove it in the neighborhood (less than 10 miles) yesterday and today with no problems. HOWEVER, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALL THIS, YESTERDAY, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND WAS ON TODAY.
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 9 months ago.

if the engine light is on,,please scan it and get the codes,,if you dont have a scanner ,auto zone and most parts stores will scan it for free

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