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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-27-2003, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Idle Problems

In addition to my 93 V6 I have an 85 Accord that I drive around in the winter when the roads get bad. Anyway, today when I started it, it didnt want to start. Had to crank it for about fifteen or twenty seconds before I finally got her going, but the problem is she wants to die at idle. If I am on the freeway its fine, no problems at all, but once i come to a stop or slow down, the engine starts to run really rough. After anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute the engine dies. Then it takes forever to start up again. Any ideas as to what this could be? The engine is a 1.8l carbed 4 cyl that puts down a whopping 86hp or so ;-)
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-28-2003, 08:57 AM
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Sounds like it could be the Idle Air Control Valve (IAC). Had this happen on my '96 Cougar. Take it off & inspect the internals. If it has alot of black dust/gunk in it, spray it with some carb cleaner and see if the car starts better.

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Sounds like the carb is flooding out. Is it putting out black smoke at idle? does it smell rich? I would look into replacing the carb.

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