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Idle air control valve

When I first start my 2002 Ford Taurus, it idles really high, at about 2000 rpm. After I accelerate it goes back to normal. Sometimes, not all the time, when I am attempting to stop the rmps will stay around 1400 and i have to change gears to neutral for it to go back down. Also, my car does not decelerate upon letting off of the gas. My car is NOT putting out any codes at all. I've heard this was due to a faulty aftermarket iac, but I am completely unsure. I don't want to spend the money on something that will not work.

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  • Andrew Bottos
    Andrew Bottos May 13, 2014

    I had actually solved this problem on my own. I looked into this and did something that was not so smart but this idling situation was dangerous and something needed to be done, I adjusted the idle valve itself. I was able to set the idle when it starts lower and now it does not have the problem with decelerating. I let off of the gas pedal and the rpm's will go back down to what they normally should. I would advise, if you're having this problem, have a professional adjust this because I had to keep adjusting it for a few minutes. Also don't forget to adjust it then turn on the a/c on full blast. You will need to adjust it slightly after turning on the a/c.

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Forget the repair costs

You either want to resolve the issue or you don't

You need a shop to do that

You can try cleaning the IAC ,but after 12 years I would replace it,
only after I tested it,that takes professional software

Posted on May 11, 2014

Testimonial: "Its not that the IAC is old. I got the car last year and when i looked under the hood I saw the IAC was new."

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SOURCE: idle too high +goes higher when put in gear (manual transmision

IAC valve problem. Nissan has a updated harness (with one way diode inside of the harness) to prevent backfeeding for the IAC valve and a new IAC valve also gets installed. That's where I would look. IAC valve or "idle air control" valve.

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SOURCE: high idle 1997 Madza 626 4 cylinder auto transamission

The PCM controls idle speed to ensure good driveability. The PCM will only attempt to maintain the desired idle speed when it “knows” the throttle is closed. A throttle switch or the TPS input is used to determine when the throttle is in the idle position. Motors and solenoids are used by most PCM’s to control idle speed. Many PCM’s are programmed to attempt to control the idle speed by adjusting spark timing and then by controlling the idle speed actuator. Some computers of the early 80's did not control idle speed.

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SOURCE: Idles bad

Sounds like you may have an upper intake manifold leak. Typically the gasket between the Plenum and the lower intake dries up and gets sucked into the intake a little causing a leak and a high idle issue. The repair requires the removal of the plenum and replacement of the gasket. NOTE: there is a torx bolt hidden between the center plenum runners and can only be seen by looking straight down at the top of the plenum and it may be covered in dirt. If you have to use a bar to pry off the plenum you probably have missed a bolt. Typically it is the one noted above. Best of luck.

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SOURCE: My 2003 Ford Explorer has a high pitched whistle

you may have a tensioner or idler pulley starting to go bad. They make a high pitched whistle when the bearings are on thier way.

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If you're not used to this you may be able to hear it whithout use of the "hearing aid"

Your drive belt may simply need dressing. You can buy this at almost any auto parts store for about 4 bucks. (dont use anthing else as you will cause the belt to stretch creating more issues)

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SOURCE: 96 bonneville high idle when cold

check or clean out throttle body at throttle plate it may have carbon build up on it. also make sure air filter is clean and check or replace the intake air tempurature sensor.(iat) sensor. the sensor is under 20.00, the sensor is after air filter in the big hose to throttle body.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010

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