Q: Sputter when idle

asked by on October 12, 2016

When stooped at the light the truck shakes and sputter as if it's shutting off but doesn't. also it sounds as if the gas pedal is being pressed.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This may be a sign of a failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is located on or near your intake manifold that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine. 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. However, when the engine RPM drops below the normal range of 800 RPM (for most cars), it is more than likely that you are dealing with an IAC valve problem. In cases where this valve is clogged or is nearing its replacement age, your vehicle will stall instead of idling after the release of the throttle.

If you need to get this fixed, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to replace your idle air control valve.

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