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Recently bought a 1988 Accord. It revs high upon starting, and at lights stays at 900rpm. Told by dealer (over phone) it's probably the Idler Control Valve - $300!! Can I just take a chance and fix the plug over the idle speed adjustment for $0$? $300 is a lot of money to me!

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Yep, you can do that. You can also use Seafoam (you can get it at parts stores) and clean the intake manifold out with that. The instructions are on the can, and it's super easy to do. Also, you can take off a vacuum line from the ICV, put a WD40 straw into it, and reconnect it. Start the vehicle, put the can onto the straw, and spray some WD40 into the valve, a little bit here and there, with several seconds in between blasts, and see if that helps to clean it out. Spray a little, then wait and listen. You may find that the WD40 cleans out the ICV and your idle returns to normal. I've done this on a number of Nissans with no trouble and it worked to clean the ICVs out very nicely.

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