Q: Erratic idle at stop light

asked by on January 19, 2017

When I come to complete stop at a red light or stop sign the car starts to jump but only when I'm pushing on the break peddle

My car has 90317 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (MAP Sensor) Replacement $115.46 - $539.23 Get a Quote

Hi There, This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor. The Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor senses engine load and generates a signal that is proportional to the amount of vacuum in the intake manifold. When you are stopped at a stop light with your foot on the brake, the engine remains under a load resulting in the need for the MAP Sensor to relay this information to the computer in order to make adjustments properly. The engine computer uses this information to adjust ignition timing and fuel enrichment. When the engine is working hard, intake vacuum drops as the throttle opens wide. The engine takes in more air, which requires more fuel to keep the air/fuel ratio in balance. When the computer reads a heavy load signal from the [MAP sensor]((https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/manifold-absolute-pressure-sensor-map-sensor-replacement), it adjusts the fuel mixture to slightly more rich than normal so the engine can produce more power. The computer will then retard (back off) ignition timing slightly to prevent detonation that can damage the engine and decrease performance. This may also be caused by other closely related components such as a dirty or failing mass air-flow sensor, a faulty throttle position sensor or potentially a vacuum leak. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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