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If you read my previous post, you know I've been dealing with car issues lately. First, the alternator went out. Then, it kept stalling when idling; especially with the air conditioning on. I replaced the alternator. That fixed the charging problem. I replaced the spark plugs hoping that would help the idling but it didn't.

Yesterday, I replaced the fuel filter. That was unpleasant and it didn't fix the problem. I did need new plugs and a fuel filter though so I don't regret replacing those parts.

I went online and found that some people had fixed the same problem I was having by cleaning the throttle body. It's not hard to get to. The cleaner costs under $4.00 and a new throttle body seal is around $3.50.

I cleaned the throttle body yesterday. It had a layer of sticky resin everywhere. It wasn't real thick but it was really sticky and kept the throttle flap from opening and closing properly. The cleaner wasn't enough, so I had to use a tooth brush to get it all off. When I was done cleaning it, I could move the flap back and forth without it sticking.

You should replace the seal when you remove the throttle body. It wasn't in stock when I checked yesterday, so, I ordered it and picked it up today. I put everything back together and didn't have any bolts left over, a good sign, then took it for a test drive and wallah; it runs great!

It took a lot of patience and persistence to finish but it feels good to find the solution and fix the problem.

Aren't we a little like cars? We have different problems but we also have a creator who is able and willing to keep us running. He's very skilled, patient, and persistent and he has the best motivation of all behind his desire to help us; his love.

Here are some encouraging words along the way.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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