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Car is idleing to high,engine coolant sensor is reading to low, also transaxle sensor temp reads to low. what is the proble?

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If the car is idling high I'd start by looking for a vacuum leak. I usually start by looking at the line from the brake booster that runs to the back of your intake. I have seen the metal connection degrade and/or work itself disconnected.

If you have not replaced the coolant temp sensor on this vehicle I would do so now. There were numerous reported issues with the originals in these cars and they have been reported to cause a whole heap of what some would see as unrelated issues. They usually run about 14 bucks and are fairly easy to replace.

Posted on Nov 04, 2010

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    Nickolas Bullington Sep 01, 2011

    Other way around. From experience, I learned a clogged vacuum line would more than likely cause a high idle. Vacuum leak would cause the motor to "bog" or have low rpm at idle. Good starting place though, common place to have a vacuum leak. And agreed on the coolant temp sensor. I have the repair manual, let me know if you would like info out of it...

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