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Engine does not want to stay running in cold weather. on 2000 Toyota Avalon

My 2000 Toyota Avalon does not like to stay started in cold weather. I recall this happening with a previous 2000 Avalon that I owned. I was told by a tow truck driver, that all I needed to do is keep my foot on the accelerator for about 5 minutes to warm it up and it will be fine. This seems to work. As I recall, I had to have the Idle Air Control Valve replaced or cleaned or something, and then everything was fine. Is this a difficult repair?

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I have had great success cleaning these Idle Air Control motors. Once the air intake duct is removed it is a simple repair. A repair shop that specialize in Toyota may suggest cleaning the motor vs replacing it and many scan tools can operate the motor after ward to see it is working correctly.
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I have had great success cleaning these Idle Air Control motors. Once the air intake duct is removed it is a simple repair. A repair shop that specialize in Toyota may suggest cleaning the motor vs replacing it and many scan tools can operate the motor after ward to see it is working correctly.
very simple repair with basic tools.just an expensive part.about$140