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Rough idle My car idles rough after sitting and not running either over night or several hours. I must rev above 1500 to keep it running smooth. Once the engine reaches normal operating temperature, it idles fine.

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  • panamagrl Dec 22, 2008

    i have to hold the gas pedal down a bit when starting my car when it has sat over nite. sometimes for 2 minutes at 1500 rpm or it would shut off. will try the intake spray.

  • drdavidge Dec 31, 2008

    same problem here. anyone get it fixed yet? what was the problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    sometimes a very low rough idle 100-200 RPM then the engine will operate normally


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Have you had the throttle valve cleaned?

Here is the most common cause of surges and stalls, it is the idle speed control air-bypass valve and throttle valve, they get full of gunk over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.

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