1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Stalling, need help!

Tiny
LITTLEBIT577
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1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4 cyl 87,000 miles

My car ('94 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera) operates fine after it has been sitting. After about 15-20 minutes of driving, when I hit the brakes coming to a stop, it will sputter and stall out. I shut the car off and it turns back on fine, but when I shift back into drive, it stalls again. The car will only successfully work again after it sits for a while.

It just had a tune up last week and that didn't fix the problem. Mechanics are having a hard time seeing the problem because when they look at it or test drive it, it has been sitting and works perfectly.

Please help!
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 AT 3:43 PM

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Tiny
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It sounds like a classic symptom of a torque converter clutch solenoid that is sticking on. There should be a four wire connector on the trans, with two wires, a purple, and a tan w/black. Disconnect it and drive over the same conditions that would make it stall prior, and see if it stalls. The connector is for the TCC solenoid, and you are preventing it from coming on. The transmission will act like a normal three speed.
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 AT 5:48 PM
Tiny
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The mechanic said the wires have already been disconnected. What would be the next solution?
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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 AT 4:22 PM
Tiny
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When it stalls like it does, what happens if you shift to reverse, do we still stall, or perhaps even neutral when it tries to stall. Has the fuel pressure been checked? The fact that it will start and run until it is put into gear, leaves few variables. I would have to speculate something in the transmission. If it does it in reverse as well, this would validate it more. In sputtering and stalling, I would not feel it was electrical. If the fuel pressure fades out while under load, I don't know why you would not have other driving related issues, other than idle at stop. Is there ever a check engine light on?
Looking at service information, there is no symptom related diagnostic for stalls at stops, in gear. The fuel pump control circuit does include an oil pressure switch, but it's job is to keep the fuel pump running when the relay, or PCM control of pump fails, and the oil pressure is still above 4 psi.
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Thursday, March 25th, 2010 AT 9:49 PM

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