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Idle air control

Hi Pierre,
Where do I find the idle air control valve on my 2001 Mazda Tribute. I am having the same problem mentioned previously. When I start my car it will not idle. It dies, unless I rev the engine. Eventually after enough reving, it does not die and I can shift. I took it to a Mazda dealer and they said it was my starguard ( kill switch) malfunctioning??? They wanted to charge me 300.00 to remove it. I don't think they are correct...please advise.

Thanks so much.

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    i have the same problem car will not start i had it towed to shop and of course it started right up it happens in frequenly go to mazda forum it says that valve is near the air filter iam going to have mine replaced

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The Idle Air valve is connected to the throtle body by two metal screws. I got it fixed by cleaning and lubricating it. You do have to remove the wiring clip. There is no idle control except for this device. I have noticed that I had to do it twice to completly fix it. Also check the egr valve.

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