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Two things: The car will not idle...it runs fine

Two things: The car will not idle...it runs fine as long as you are moving, but shuts down if at a stop. Also, what is the procedure for changing CV joints?

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It might be the IAC to test it while at a low idle which you might to hold the gas pedal a little since it is stalling...turn on rear defroster if you have one, or A/C and if the IAC is doing it's job the rpm's will increase some. If it doesn't increase, but wants to get worse...that might be a good part to replace which is on the throttle body.

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  • Lyle D. Rowh Oct 21, 2009

    To change a cv joint, you will need to take off the bolt on the axle...take lower ball joint loose, use a spud bar, or large prying tool to place between the lower A arm and pry down while someone else is hitting the ball joint area with a ball peen hammer. After that is complete, you just pull the spindle back...it may take a little tapping on the axle where you took the bolt off, but make sure you use a lead hammer or something that doesn't damage the threads. Then you go back to the other end of the axle at transmission with a pry bar or large screwdriver and pry the axle away from trany. It is easier if you just put a new axle in rather than trying to repair the cv joint since this take some experience. Oh, you will loose some fluid out of the trany, so be ready with a pan under it and top the trany fluid off when the job is done. One more thing, the "C" clip that comes with the new axle sometimes is too spread apart...this is so that the axle will not easily come apart while driving, the only problem with this is that if you ever need to take it apart again, that it takes two people to do so, one with a spud bar prying and the other with a air hammer pounding, while up on a rack. The way to remedy this is take the "C: clip off and place it in a vic and clamp it together a little, then you have to force it back on the axle, but you will be glad that you got this tip if you every need to take the axle out and if you keep the vehicle long enough you will.

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