Q: My car is a 2011 Chevy Cruze with EcoBoost. 49k miles. 1.6L. There are no problems when the car turns on, or when I put it in gear

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My car is a 2011 Chevy Cruze with EcoBoost. 49k miles. 1.6L. There are no problems when the car turns on, or when I put it in gear. Once I begin to drive its smooth, but once I come to a stop at a light, and am sitting in idle, it feels like there is a murmur, or hiccups from the engine. My friend suggested it may be that the belt is off, but I have no idea.

My car has 49000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

What you are describing sounds like a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors 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 and will adjust idle speed based upon other measurements such as engine temperature, intake air temperature and electrical system load or voltage. This is also an important function when starting the motor as it allows the motor to run and idle on it’s own once the motor fires. When you accelerate, the engine RPM increases, and as you let off the gas, the RPM slowly returns to the normal idling speed with the help of the idle air control valve making the transition from a higher RPM back down to idle speed while adjusting the air/fuel ratio constantly to allow this to happen smoothly. When the engine RPM drops below the normal range of about 800 RPM, this often times will cause the engine to stall indicating a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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