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Ford Contour: I try to park, the engine stalls and dies

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I just bought a 10...
I just bought a 10 year old Ford Contour with 83000 miles.
Just last two days, when I try to park, the engine stalls and dies. What could be causing the problem?

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1996 Ford contour GL 4 cylind

Already Tried:
added oil to engine... Read full answer
I just bought a 10 year old Ford Contour with 83000 miles.
Just last two days, when I try to park, the engine stalls and dies. What could be causing the problem?

Optional Information:
1996 Ford contour GL 4 cylind

Already Tried:
added oil to engine





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12/19/2005
Auto Mechanic: autodoc_2000, Auto Service Technician replied 13 years ago
autodoc_2000
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Sounds like the idle control solenoid is sticking. Take the hose off of the throttle body and clstart the engine. You may need to have someone keep their foot on the throttle to keep it running. Now take some throttle body cleaner aerosol and spray it in the throttle body to clean it out. There is also a hole before the throttle plate make sure you spray cleaner in there. This hole goes to the idle air control valve and if the valve is sticky and dirty it will not open the way it should and will cause the car to stall when your foot is not on the accelerator pedal.
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