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Erratic idle when in gear at a stop.

When at a stop, in drive, the engine vascilates from smooth to rough until I tap the accelerator , then when the throttle body falls back it does it again. Van runs good, starts OK, but idles rough at a prolonged stop of a few minutes. When I have the A/C on it is not as pronounced. since I don't have an rpm meter, my guess is that the rpm flux is about 50-75 rpm, but enough to make the engine labor a little.

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  • rmcatee Jan 06, 2009

    Where are these two items located and how can I clean them?

  • rmcatee Jan 07, 2009

    I'll try cleaning it first.

  • rmcatee Jan 09, 2009

    I pulled the idle control valve off and cleaned it very well with throttle body cleaner and put a drop of oil on the piston so it would glide easily. I put new "O" rings (2) on it and reassembled. Van idles very nicely now. Apparently when the dealer cleaned the idle control valve last time, it didn't get very clean and wasn't doing its job. Works like a champ now.


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