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1996 Honda Civic Question: Idle goes up and down

 

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koolout7, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, White Plains, NY, October 03, 2011, 16:57
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Just replaced my radiator and my car wont idle. It goes up and down between 1000 and 2000 rpms. I tried to bleed the air out of the cooling system per recommendations from friends and some forums and engine continues to rev up and down. I checked for leaks in vacuum hoses and found nothing. What else could it be? Engine ran fine before I replaced the radiator for the 3 years that I have had the car.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, October 03, 2011, 18:21
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    The engine idle speed will race up and down on a Honda if the coolant level is low or air is trapped in the cooling system, I suspect that is all that is wrong if the idle speed was OK prior to the radiator was replaced.

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    koolout7, October 07, 2011, 11:42
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    Do you have any tips on how to get the air trapped in my cooling system out? I have put the heat all the way to the hottest setting with the fan off and with the radiator capped removed. I noticed some air bubbles coming out of the radiator and let it run for about twenty minutes. Afterwards, the idle was still racing up and down. Should I keep letting the car run until all the air bubbles stop coming out of the radiator and not worry about the time? (I also changed the O2 Sensor. Just as a sidenote)

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    January 15, 2012, 21:57
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    Check to see that your ECT sensor is connected its the bigger sensor on the thermostat housing. then check your iac( proceedures for all this can be accesed by buying a Haynes repair manual for your honda).

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