Problem Description and Possible Solution
Debris can get into the idle air control valve. This will restrict the air flow into the engine, causing idle speed and/or stalling when cold. The valve can be cleaned or replaced to correct this concern.
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Average mileage: 146,251 (56,830–256,000)
Engine affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
20 people reported this problem
idle air control valve plugged with carbon, would stall or not start without holding throttle slightly open, fixed myself piece of cake.
Engine stalled after starting when it is cold (idle speed dropped). After checking, dealer replaced idle air controller and the problem went away. What seems strange was it happened again 7 years later at 111000 miles, and again now (another 6 year later) at 138000 miles! Isn't too often?