Question about 1997 Honda Accord
Hi shiela. Check the coolant level in the radiator. Low coolant can cause a surging idle due to improper operation of the IAC valve. If you don't wish to do this yourself drive to most any autoparts store and one of the clerks will check it for you at no cost as long as you buy the new gallon of coolant from them. Joe
Posted on May 18, 2011
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Here are some of the causes of surges, stalls at stops, slow idle speed, erratic idle speed, rough idle and engine hesitation (and other problems), it is in most cases the idle speed control air-bypass valve and or throttle valve and upper intake, these area's get full of gunk and combustion residue over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.
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