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Old 09-20-2005, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
pg136666
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How do I repair my van.

I bought a used 1999 ford windstar in may 2005. It ran beautifully until
last week. It won't stay on. I start it up but then it dies out. I was
told I could take it to AUTOZONE to check the battery and altenator. Both
were OK. They suggested the starter. I have no trouble starting, It just
will not stay on without me keeping my foot on the gas. (which is how I
drove it to AUTOZONE.) Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 09-20-2005, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How do I repair my van.

Check the idle air control valve.

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"pg136666" <coop4345@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:3374b45a82883c7e43f3b43e5f476e9e@localhost.talkaboutautos.com...
>I bought a used 1999 ford windstar in may 2005. It ran beautifully until
> last week. It won't stay on. I start it up but then it dies out. I was
> told I could take it to AUTOZONE to check the battery and altenator. Both
> were OK. They suggested the starter. I have no trouble starting, It
> just
> will not stay on without me keeping my foot on the gas. (which is how I
> drove it to AUTOZONE.) Any thoughts would be appreciated.
>



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Old 09-21-2005, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How do I repair my van.


"pg136666" <coop4345@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:3374b45a82883c7e43f3b43e5f476e9e@localhost.talkaboutautos.com...
> I bought a used 1999 ford windstar in may 2005. It ran beautifully until
> last week. It won't stay on. I start it up but then it dies out. I was
> told I could take it to AUTOZONE to check the battery and altenator. Both
> were OK. They suggested the starter. I have no trouble starting, It

just
> will not stay on without me keeping my foot on the gas. (which is how I
> drove it to AUTOZONE.) Any thoughts would be appreciated.


You need to clean or replace the IAC (Idle Air Control) solenoid. It is a
chrome plated cylinder about 1.3 inches in diameter screwed onto the intake
manifod with two hex head screws. There is one electrical connector on the
rear end. After you take it off, you should be able to see into the air
passages. Mostly likely it will be black and gummy looking in there. You can
try cleaning it out with a can of throttle body cleaner, or just replace it.
The nice guys at AutoZone will probably sell you a replacement for under
$60.

Ed


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