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I recently did a new head job on a 94 sohc 1.9 saturn engine. Problem= car will not idle at all and the throttle cannot be held at any rpm;s. It will either go to fast or slow down. help

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Check throttle body MAP sensor hose connected check for air leaks manifold area.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014

  • jeff5may32 Nov 29, 2014

    i suspect a vacuum leak or leaky head.

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SOURCE: rough idle / engine surges until power is applied

Sounds like a possible vaccume hose leak?

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

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SOURCE: throttle/Idle/running problem - wants to run too fast, or stall out

RPM's up and down check EGR valve and sensor. EGR valve and sensor control idle. That's why your getting the surging on rpm's and this could be giving out the other codes. If mass flow was bad car will not start and the same for the map sensor. O2 sensor measures gas and air for right mixer. TPS controls 0-60 speed as in throttle respons.

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SOURCE: High engine idle 94 Mercury Cougar

replace throttle body gasket. first check to see if carbon has built up around the throttle valves in throttle body if so remove and clean it with throttle body cleaner.and a old tooth brush. besure to remove all electrical components or any thing that plastic or rubber the cleaner will destroy it.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: 1987 volvo 244 intermittent fast idle floods after shut down

The coolant temp sensor sends signal to the ECU and the ECU adjusts the idle RPM. When the coolant is cold, the engine requires more fuel to sustain idle with thick oil (oil gets thicker & more viscous when cold). This makes the engine to idle at faster RPM but it should settle down to 850 RPM or so after the coolant warms up. The sensor is nothing but a thermistor; a device that changes electrical resistance according to the coolant temperature.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: 2500 to 3000 rpm idle

Change your Thottle positioning Sensor. My 93 lesabre did the same thing and i changed the TPS and it stopped.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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