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Amedee, Dodge Technician
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It won't idle, won't start unless I have foot on pedal &

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it won't idle, won't start unless I have foot on pedal & dies at stop signs
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: yes, replaced battery, the terminals are clean
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 98 dodge dakota
JA: Are you fixing your Dakota yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes, i replaced the Idle Control Valve & Battery
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no, that's it.

Hello and welcome!

My name is ***** ***** I can assist you with your question.

I am very sorry your having this issue with your vehicle.

I will try my best to answer all of your questions.

However, before we get started, please let me mention a few things.

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Is the check engine light on?

Are there any codes in the computer?

What size engine do you have?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No check engine light. I have the 3.9l v6

Thank you for that information.

If the battery and idle air control motor have been replaced, then the next most likely possible cause would be an air/vacuum leak and or a faulty throttle position sensor.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I didn't replace the Idle Control Motor, it was the throttle position sensor. I called it the wrong thing.

Got it!

I would replace that next.

Chances are it will fix the stalling issue. :)

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok thanks!

Your welcome!

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Have a great night!!

Amedee and 2 other Dodge Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I won't! You have a great night too!

Thank you. :)