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Wood
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11/10/2005
20:39:59

Subject: Hard Start sometimes
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I've got a 96 Dakota with a V6 auto. Every now and then when I start it, it dies, It will start right back up, but will only stay running if I hold down on the gas pedal. After I drive a block or so it runs perfect. This has been going on for a few years now. My dad owned the truck first, and took it to a couple garages, but they said they could diagnose it unless it was happening. Anyone have a similar problem, and cure?

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Kevin



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11/10/2005
21:46:38

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Sounds like you IAC might be going bad, or you might just have to give it a good cleaning. It is located on the back of the TB and is held on by 2 torx screws. Becareful when cleaning it, you don't want to twist or pull on the pintle/plunder on the end. If you want to replace it they are about $60.

If it ain't broke, fix it til it is.

Wood
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11/16/2005
16:40:43

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Cuz......I took the part out, and it was super gunked up. I cleaned it, and the hole in the throttle body out really good, and its ran perfect so far.

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11/17/2005
21:42:48

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Wood, I have the same problem with my '98. Sometimes it will start right up, sometimes I have to give it some help by pressing the throttle down a bit. My IAC is clean and only a year old. The truck will do this in any weather. Frustrating.

Relf.



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