Won't stay running on 2003 Mazda Tribute

Sometimes when i try to start it up it will start then die.If i press the gas and keep the rpm up i can keep it running but as soon as i let off the gas it dies again.If i hold the brake, put it in gear and take off real quick it will go and then it will idle but this is my moms car and thats to dangerous for her to be doing. If anyone has had this problem and had it fixed it would be a great help to know what it was. because taking it to the shop and having them fish around is very costly. thank you for your input.

by in Trenton, OH on April 18, 2011
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ANSWER by on April 18, 2011
Take it from a 30+ year experience mechanic: If you think they're "fishing around," then you need to find a shop you trust or understand that this work in no joke, or both. I'm sorry it costs money to work on cars, too, but that's life.. Try checking the EGR valve, it may be leaking or sticking. Check the Intake Air Control (IAC), it's cheap and easy to install, check the vapor management valve for leaking or sticking, Also there's possibly a PCM reflash available for stalling, too. If you want to find a specialist, here's a directory link for you: https://repairpal.com/directory?address=45067&car_brand_names=Mazda
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COMMENT by on April 18, 2011
thank you for the suggestions .I didn't mean it like like the mechanics are trying to take there time and charge me more.The car does not do it all the time and i don't have the time or another car to be able to leave it with someone for a long period of time.I do understand that this is not easy work and i respect the people that work for a living.Thank you very much for these suggestions i will look into them.
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