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Ford freestar, idle is wierd, low 500 rpm then 1000 rpm flux in between that range. cleaned out air idle control valve and throttle body, idles around 500 now

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Did you disconnect the battery after the clean out? This is ness to reset idle learn strategy.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    need to have idle air control valve cleaned

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    when idling, what is rpm idle it should be at

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