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Thank you for your help, I will check egr valve asap!! Would you know why my engine idles high?? I mean I can be at a stop light and take my foot of the brake and the car goes by itself, and it gets good speed like that???

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  • thomas thompson May 11, 2010

    check the air idle controler it maybe stuck or you have a vacuum leak

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If your EGR valve is stuck open its adding "false" air into the cylinders.  (just like a vacuum leak)  the engine will raise its idle speed to prevent the engine from stalling at idle.  the EGR should not be open at idle.  

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