It seems there's an epidemic of idle speed related problems that are caused by a dirty or sticking or defective IAC valve. I'm getting a bit of a stumbling idle on my 2001 CL-S, and I want to clean the IAC valve.
A long time ago, after the car had sat for almost a week during cold weather, when I started it up, it started surging between about 600 and 2500 RPM. I called the dealer and headed toward there, but by the time I got there it had cleared itself and never happened again. But the service writer said that it was most likely the IAC valve, but he wouldn't change it unless he could duplicate the problem. And now it's out of warranty....
So, it looks like I need to remove the battery to get to it, but I would rather have someone who knows how to do it describe the proper procedure. And pics would be a big help. I even think this could be a Sticky. Thanks!
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First of all, it looks like the battery may have to come out to get to the IAC valve....
Anyone with firsthand experience in cleaning it?
The IAC value is attached to the TB. The TB comes off then the IAC comes off the TB, or you can try to get it off the TB while it's still on the car. The air hose & some conencters get moved, the throttle cable gets taken off & then just unbolt the TB. It's rather easy.
It seems easiest to just leave the TB in place, right? So if I don't want to remove the TB and all the hoses, will I need to remove the battery first? Otherwise it doesn't look like there's room for the IAC valve to come off....?
Fuzzy, you say it's rather easy, but it doesn't seem that you were actually successful in cleaning the IAC valve. You just sprayed carb cleaner all over...
I think I would like more detailed instructions.
That is what I did and I spent 30 minutes cleaning the IACV with Brake Cleaner, GumOut, and then PB Blaster. I assembled it back on the bottom of the TB, but when I started it up, NO LUCK! Now I am going to have to take it off again and try to disassemble it completely. I could not get the star screws of the plastic unit the first time. This, or I just succumb and throw a $100 down the drain!
I cleaned mine with some carb cleaner like 6 months ago and after that it idled rough, it would bounce above 1000 rpms and then below. When I would come up to a stop and put down the clutch it would act like it was going to die.
I ended up taking it apart again, replacing that little gasket and found that the carb cleaner made the little piston inside stick.
I soaked in in some WD40 and then dried it out, and everything ran like new.
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