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How can my mechanic fix intermittent idle drop?

In October 2014 my mechanic replaced the intake manifold on my car. (leaking antifreeze). Head was checked (machined?) and the head gasket was replaced. Since then, the idle (which normally stays at 700-800 rpm) occasionally drops to 400 RPM and then back up to normal. It does not stall. It happens at stop lights and the like. Today he replaced idle air control valve. Problem is exactly the same. What else can we do?

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Throttle position sensor, or MAS. Mass Airflow Sensor on the air intake (air filter housing) case. Possible vacuum leak. Ensure all vacuum lines are connected and in good condition. The smallest pin hole will make the biggest difference.

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