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2000 eclipse starts but wont idel

You can crank my son's 2000 eclipse but it won't idle. It will run as long as you press the gas but it dies out when you take your foot off the gas.

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  • Shminister Oct 31, 2008

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  • flat6 Feb 12, 2009

    same exact problem here...will start but dies when idling...please help if you have an answer yet...thanks

  • blueaj Feb 18, 2009

    ok mine doesnt completely stop but some times it sputs and sputers and then resumes normally and the rpms seem to stay about the same could this be the motor starting to go bad? How much would it cost to fix? One guy was saying $150. has anyone actually found it for that or cheaper?

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Its the idle air contol motor. its located on the bottom of the throttle body.


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Done a valve cover job... got everything back together and it will start but surges really bad and dies...iv check all hoses and conections.. but all seem fine so im stumped

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  • romaine Oct 11, 2012

    disconnect the ac compressor, thats an easier fix, i cant figure it out myself was told it was maybe the blower switch, then maybe a bare wire, but after disconnecting the compr it went away, its a bsnd aid fix but it worked

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