Questions about troubleshooting and solving rough idle problems

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2001 Infiniti QX4 rough idle - leaking fuel damper vacuum port

I have a bit of an involved problem, so I’ll break it down a bit and try to provide as much detail as possible. My main problem: I have a rough idle on my 2001 Infiniti QX4. It’s not extremely ...
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Is it healthy to drive with a bad IAC? [closed]

My IAC is bad and in order to keep my car running while a stop sign/light is to have one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas. Is this an effective fix to travel until I get it fixed? Or ...
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My Ignition Timing is Retarded, no seriously, it's really screwed up

I logged some test data to try and help me figure out why my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L ATX has a rough idle and is suffering from hesitation. (Speed k/h),(TPS_v),(MAF ...
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2009 Toyota Camry 2AZFE idle vibration remains after new motor mounts

My wife's Camry went in to the shop 2 months ago for a rough idle. We bought the car used in February with 72K miles. We've put on 10K and decided to have a mechanic look it over and tell us what it ...
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02 Mustang GT 4.6

I was on my way to work and car started to run rough stumble and check engine light started to flash. Immediately turned around limped home about 3 miles. Changed plugs and swapped some old coils ...
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Idling issues on 1995 Kawasaki ZZR600

The bike was running rough and could not get a constant idle speed. I checked the air filter and it was pretty well shot (contamination, etc.). As I awaited delivery of the new air filter, as a test I ...
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2005 Honda Accord 4cyl revving idle when warm

My 2005 Honda Accord I4 is idling fine when cold but once warm it begins "revving" on its own between 1200-2000RPM at about 0.5Hz. The vehicle initially threw a DTC P0507 ("Idle Air Control System RPM ...
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RPM fluctuation while idling

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer that hasn't been idling well lately. It normally idles around 800 or 900 rpms, but lately it will slow down to 400 or 500, then burst up to 1100 and repeat the process ...
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Rough Low Idle and Engine Shakes, Hesitation and Lack of Power

On a 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L I'm working on the engine seems to shake / wobble for about a second / second and a half when going to WOT from any starting rpm. It also almost sounded like maybe one of the ...
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2004 Tahoe Conking, Glub Glub Glub

My 2004 Tahoe is not running well and conked out on me the other day. I just had it repaired for some other reasons and the repair shop suggested we needed to have spark plugs replaced so it will run ...
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RPM bouncing when in idle, especially when AC in switched on

I have a diesel common-rail 1.5l engined car. Lately I am facing an issue where the RPM needle is bouncing in the tachometer when the car is idling. The normal idling RPM is around 820. When idling, I ...
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Car dying at low RPM only after filling up with gas

My question is closely related to one about a Jag dying at low RPM, but is slightly different because it only occurs after refueling and because the problem persists after cleaning the throttle body, ...
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2000 Ford Focus, low idle, stalling at lights, white smoke from exhaust - P0171 Code - problem?

I have a couple of issues which I hope are all related. The car is a petrol Ford Focus 2000 1.8. Seems to be listed as LX, but the engine is Zetec. When stationary, the idle is quite jumpy, and the ...
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Citroen C4 - Poor idle and low rev performance?

I have a Citroen C4 1.4 with 1360cc 16V KFU / ET3J4 petrol engine with 120.000 km. This problem appeared 3 - 4 years ago at around 40.000 km. When the engine is cold / hot there is a flat spot ...
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Why is my Chevy 2008 Cobalt not acting as though it's getting enough fuel and reading “cylinder 4 misfire?”

I have a Chevrolet 2008 Cobalt (LS) that I've had for about 7 years. No sooner do I have this thing payed off, when it starts giving me the following problem (I've never had any trouble with it ...
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Automatic: revs dropping then stalling when stopped at lights

Kia Sedona 2012 automatic. Drove 180 miles on a full tank of fuel without any problems. Started the car the next day and it didn't start cleanly but did eventually. Was waiting on the drive with the ...
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Ford F-150 4x2 4.9l straight 6 misses after lots of work

Just seems like plug wire, plug, or something missing shakes whole truck. It's acting like it's starving for gas. New plugs, plug wires, MAF sensor, idle control sensor, cleaned and still can't figure ...
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Honda Accord 2000 V6 intermitently stalls when idling after start. What may cause it?

I have 2000 Honda Accord V6 with 140K miles and which is very well maintained and runs really nicely. However, every once in a while when I start it it would do some erratic rpm changes on idle and ...
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1999 Mazda 626 Shakes when Idle

I've got a 1999 Mazda 626 that shakes really badly when idling. It gets a little better when put into neutral, but not much. I've had two people suggest possibilities: Fuel filter Vacuum hose ...
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1998 Ford Ranger surges when idling

What should I be looking at to diagnose my Ford Ranger which surges when stopped? This typically only happens while the vehicle is warming up. After that, it's fine.
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Engine idles badly and loudly when I switch on the A/C

The engine of my 1984 Toyota Carina AA60 works great when idling without the air conditioner running, but immediately after switching it on, it idles very badly, and a big noise starts up. If I move ...
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2003 Yukon XL 1500 5.3L Very rough, unstable idle on cold starts

When I say rough I mean like bad 70s carbureted motor rough. I've never seen an injected motor this rough during warm up. On the coldest days, it can even die out on me. The problem has only popped up ...
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What is an acceptable amount of up/down play in a distributor shaft?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - This is the distributor style with vertical cap posts. 230,000 miles original owner. EDIT: Please click on link below to see a photo ...
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2005 Honda Accord 4cyl low idle and stalling when warm

Yesterday my 2005 Honda Accord was running at a low idle when cold and stalling out when warm. Today I resolved the issue but I'm not sure what exactly I did that resolved it or what the original ...
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Car turns off due to low RPM, only when starting car

Background: I had my 2003 Infiniti g35 at the mechanic to fix an electrical problem (turns out remote starter wires were rubbing and causing a short) and to fix an oil leak. All in all they changed ...
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2004 Mercury Sable -Trouble with starting and stalling

I've had my car in and out of the shop for several weeks and I'm really becoming very frustrated. I don't really know ANYTHING about cars, but about a month ago the car would sporadically have ...
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'98 Camry has occasional rough running / low speed idle problem

My '98 Camry (with the four-cylinder engine) usually starts, idles and drives like a dream. About a year ago I had the entire exhaust system replaced (including cat) due to corrosion. Since then it's ...
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2008 2AZ-FE rougher, throatier idle; and growl on heavy accel out of sharp turn

I have a MT Scion TC. Key detail on the heavy acceleration out of sharp turn is this usually only happens when I've been engine braking into the turn, and not every time. I'm not certain on the ...
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Ford Escape 2002 idling rough in cold weather

Last week my 2002 Ford Escape started idling rough when the temperature was in the 30-40°F (-1°C to 4°C) range. It also seemed to have trouble shifting or something at 40-45 mph. I'd describe it as a ...
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2001 Mercury Sable — Rough Idle/High RPM and Transmission Leaks

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable (24V DOHC V6) that has been having problems with its vacuum system. I live in Florida where the average temperature lately has been in the 80s. For roughly a month now, ...
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Engine sputtering, not accelerating. Left for 20 mins and is now fine?

The car is a Mk1 Golf (1993, 1.8lt, mechanical injection). I was driving up a medium incline and suddenly my car starting sputtering and I lost acceleration. I pulled over and started the engine ...
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BMW e36 wont maintain idle

A friend has an e36 that wont maintain idle. The car is driveable but coughs and stops when idling. I've checked the air box and boot and they are in good condition - no leaks. I think spark and ...
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2006 Pontiac g6 rough idle and intermittent spongy brake and starting issue

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 160k on the 3.5 motor. Around 155k the brake pedal went hard and spongy. Also, about 1 in every 40-50 times I start it cold, the starter will turn without a successful ...
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Engine Turns Over Gets to 500rpm, Shakes, Then Loses Power After Spark Plug & Wire Change

I drive a 1994 TOYT Camry LE 2.2L Coupe. A couple days ago while I was driving, I stopped at a stop light and my engine block started shaking the whole care at low speeds and idle. I replaced the ...
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Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle

When the car is idling and the A/C is turned the engine will shutter hard and/or turn off. I've already replaced the IAC valve; it was working for a little, but now it's back to shutting off. The ...
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Rough idle when AC is on

My Toyota Vitz 2007 idles roughly when AC is on. If AC is turned off, the idle becomes much smoother. This vibration is more visible if I suddenly stop in traffic. As soon as I stop, several rough ...
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Small two-stroke engine runs poor

I have a borrowed cultivator (Echo TC-2100), and having hard time running it. It looks fairly new, and in good condition, but was possibly poorly stored and was not winterized. At first I could not ...
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1998 Mazda 626 LX

I have a 98 Mazda 626 LX. About a month ago it suddenly was shaking really bad took it to Midas for the check engine they told me it needed a fuel flush, trotted body cleaning, and fuel system flush ...
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E46 rough idle with coolant light on

The car is 2001 BMW 330i. I have changed ignition coil, spark and IAC. Last week, my car experienced rough idle. Then I changed the coolant temp sensor today. After adding coolant and bleeding, the ...
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Slight vibration while idling

I just did a change oil and then change spark plugs (from normal copper to platinum if that matters) and high tension wires for my Protégé 2000 Mazda Automatic Transmission. Prior change my idling ...
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Performing a Cylinder Power Balance Test

In the course of trying to diagnose a hot weather rough idle / stalling problem ( which doesn't occur in winter weather ) on my 97 Mazda 323 I performed a cylinder power balance test eye balling the ...
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How to trigger an idle throttle position re-learn?

My Toyota Vitz 2007 idles roughly and I got advice to clean the throttle body and make the vehicle re-learn the idle by starting the engine and let it idle for some time. My question is, is it ...
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1993 Mustang dies at idle in extremely cold weather

So we've had some mornings dipping down below 5deg F recently here in WI. The good: my stripped-down 1993 Mustang starts, can run, and drives just fine in this weather. This is the 2.3L N/A, with an ...
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is there any way to adjust my idle speed - 2003 Cadillac CTS

My 2003 CTS vibrates pretty bad at idle speed (around 600 RPMs) But If I rev up to 800 or so, it's totally smooth. The real problem is partially due to worn motor mounts, but I dont want to spend ...
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Jeep stalls a lot has trouble idling after battery pulled for a long time?

I've had this a problem a lot with this vehicle. I have a 99 Jeep Wrangler TJ. I believe the car's computer has a battery that is a dead (like a watch battery). For some reason when it stalls or when ...
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engine vibration under load

My 2009 Camry is doing the same thing, I put new motor mounts on, loosened them and re-tightened them and also cleaned the throttle body. Still have vibration coming from the engine. I have been told ...
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1991 Bonneville Idles Poorly When Stopped

Recently my '91 Bonneville has been having an issue with idling while stopped, which may or may not have coincided with Service Engine Soon light turning on. The main symptom is an overall drop in the ...
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Rough idle in neutral

I have a 6-speed 2012 135i, and whenever I idle in neutral, the car vibrates and makes a noise that I can only describe as sort of a faint grinding sound (it doesn't actually sound as bad as that ...
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1975 Honda XL 250 has erratic idle / high idle when it's cold out

As stated, I have a 1975 Honda XL 250. It has a 1 cylinder 250cc ~24hp carbureted engine. The problem I'm running into is an inconsistent idle. In general it seems to have a low idle (what I want it ...
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Why is my car hesitating to accelerate only when I first start my car?

I've got a 1999 toyota corolla with over 170K miles, and I've had my fair share of problems over the years. Currently, I have this problem that my car seems to hesitate accelerating when I first ...