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Idler up and down then even out - 1992 Honda Accord

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Does it even out once the car warms up? My Accord did the same thing in cold weather until the engine reached a warmer temp, turned out to be the thermostat, it was stuck in the open position... Could be worth checking considering a new thermostat is easy to replace and only cost $10 to $20! Let me know if this helps.

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