Q: engine rev up and down on idle

asked by on November 11, 2016

My engine rev up and down on idiling

My car has 20001 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This may be related to a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle. This valve is controlled by the vehicle’s computer which will adjust idle speed based upon other measurements such as engine temperature, intake air temperature and electrical system load or voltage. When you accelerate, the engine RPM increases, and as you let off the gas, the RPM slowly returns to the normal idling speed. When the engine RPM drops below the normal range of 750-800 RPM (for most cars), this often times will cause the engine to stall indicating a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. Since your car is idling up and down, this may suggest that it may be receiving incorrect voltage causing it to fluctuate erratically. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and repair your idle air control valve.

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