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Help! 1995 Dodge Intrepid dies at every stop light

Can anyone help? I have a 1995 Dodge Intrepid ES 62,000 miles on it, and this afternoon when my wife was leaving work the car wouldn't start. I tried to jump it and that didn't work. Sounded like the battery because everything dimmed, so got a new battery. Tried it and it took 20 minutes to get it finally started, but while driving we got to a stop light, the car died. We have to keep re-starting it at every light. What can this be? Why would a car die?
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check fuel pressure/fuel pressure regulator hose isnt kinked. map sensor check also
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Alternator problems?
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Not sure if the alternator is bad. Guess I'd have to have that checked also. By the way, I have no check engine light indicating that something is wrong.
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I had this problem for a very long time and could not find the problem till one day I just replaced the VAC (mounted on the EGR Valve). A black colored circular part with 3 tubes. 1 connects to the throttle body, other to the intake maufoil and the 3rd one to the EGR valve. You can also try to disconnect it and open it by carefully spreading the 6 clamps around this VAC valve. Just remember to note the location before splitting it apart. You will find that it has a diaphram that is very dirty with black soot. Clean every thing with carb cleaner and remember to clean the small hole with a very fine wire in the steam which is blocked. Now you are ready to go. Just carefully close it back, connect the 3 tubes and wrrrooooom you go.
The problem was that very small hole blocked with soot which should only close with the center of the diaphram only when needed. If you know something about Fords this works like DPFE valve.

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Thanks, hopefully the VAC is accessible. I did test my EGR valve last night with my hand held vaccum pump and it's holding good so the EGR is ok. I have to look in my Chilton manual for the VAC just to be sure I'm working on the correct part. Thanks!
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How about the Idle Air Control (IAC)? Its acts similar to a choke so cold starts would be near impossible and it wont hold a decent idle when stopping. Try pulling and cleaning it. Sometimes cleaning doesn't work and they just need to be replaced. Is it throwing a code?
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I checked the IAC about a month ago and cleaned it because of rough idling and everything after that worked. But suprisingly, last night I went back downstairs to see what I could do and the car started! I used it to go to work today and did some shopping and no problem! The guys at work said it was probably a frozen fuel line or moisture in the line that finally worked itself out. Could that be possible?
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Probably the cam position sensor. Mine would do that until I changed it out. Very easy to do too.
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I checked the IAC about a month ago and cleaned it because of rough idling and everything after that worked. But suprisingly, last night I went back downstairs to see what I could do and the car started! I used it to go to work today and did some shopping and no problem! The guys at work said it was probably a frozen fuel line or moisture in the line that finally worked itself out. Could that be possible?
In days of old (5 years ago) before we were force fed 10% alcohol, frozen fuel lines were a bit of an issue. We would buy 12 ounce bottles of "gas line antifreeze" and put it in thinking we were at the limit of what the engine would tolerate, now we get 2 GALLONS of it in a tankful! Since the introduction (forced by the corn belt lobyists) of alcohol ladel fuel, frozen lines are a dead issue. IAC will work one day and not the next, I have found it to be the culpret three times on my trep (lots of use). If it will run with a little throttle presure look to the IAC.
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I had a 95 intrepid ES that would do that die at every stop, but once I realized it was my amplifier killing it, I added a capacitor and a Duralast Gold battery and the problem was solved.
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