What would cause the car to die out when shifting into gear

Tiny
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When I am in park my car idles around 1000 rpm but once I go to put it in gear in drops down to 250 rpm and than it just dies unless I give it gas. What could be the problem
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:16 PM

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Tiny
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Idle air control valave may be not working. Have it checked to verify.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:33 PM
Tiny
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I already took it off to see if it was plugged or stuck but it's not is there any other way to verify
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:37 PM
Tiny
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You wont see anything as it pulsates when operating. Visual inspection will reveal nothing. You can monitor it with a scan tool if you have one handy.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:38 PM
Tiny
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I have a scan tool will this one work and if so how do i monitor http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/EQU1/3100/N0664.oap?ck=Search_code+readers!s!scanners_-1_2901&keyword=code+readers!s!scanners
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:41 PM
Tiny
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Also to maybe you can help me with this I get a loud screeching sound its not a belt because I took the belt off that goes onto the water pump to see if it was the cause but it wasn't. The sound is coming from the camshaft pulley part will post a picture. The screeching gets louder as I rev the engine. Could it be I might have overtightened a camshaft holder and it is rubbing against the camshaft journals.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:45 PM
Tiny
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That is the spot where I hear it the loudest
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:46 PM
Tiny
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Did you replace the timing belt? Is it tensioned properly?

As long as your tool reads all engine data

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:50 PM
Tiny
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I didn't replace the timing belt, this car has a timing chain. I replaced the head gasket.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:53 PM
Tiny
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The side that I am referring to that the noise is coming from is the water pump side. The timing chain is on the opposite side of the picture I posted
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:54 PM
Tiny
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If it is the cam, then it is starved for oil. I would get someone to listen to this to be sure you do not have a major problem

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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Question when I take off the caps that hold the camshaft in place should there be oil underneath them
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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 12:14 AM
Tiny
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Should be, it is fed by oil pressure from the pump.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 12:41 AM
Tiny
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Okay so everything checks out I had a buddy of mine come over and we put are heads together so nice we kind of think we know what the problem is I just put a new starter in and something is telling me than when it is engaged it is not able to fully come back out and it is grinding on the flywheel thus the loud squealing sound. What do you guys think another note when I first start the car you can hear the flywheel and the starter clashing
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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 3:42 AM

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