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When my 1991 geo storm warms up the idle skips around.... it doesnt stall out it just sputters and gos from high to low idle

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Sounds like your idle air control, or IAC valve. Take it off and clean it out with some brake cleaner. Carbon deposits and gunk can build up and prevent the IAC valve from operating properly, by causing it to stick. If cleaning it doesn't work, you may have to just replace it. It happened to me on my Sentra, tripping my check engine light, sputtering hard, idled crazy, no power, etc. But once I cleaned it off, it ran so smooth. You'll need to get a replacement gasket, though, or make your own out of gasket paper.

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