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1999 Honda Accord Question: low idling, almost stalling when breaking

 

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kozmosis, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Chapel Hill, NC, May 17, 2009, 10:49
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recently my car has been almost stalling when i come to a full stop. the idle falls to only a few hundred rpms. having the lights and/or ac on seems to fix this problem. what should i be looking to fix/replace to get this taken care of?

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    May 22, 2009, 13:00
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    It sounds like your throttle body is dirty. The fact that the idle is raised normally when the A/C and lights are activated, USUALLY means that the idle air control is ok, BUT not always. I would have a shop scan your computer a to make sure there are not any trouble codes, especially for the idle air motor (P0505). Is the Check Engine Light ever on?

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    Visitor, December 01, 2010, 19:12

    I HAVE A 01 DEVILLE WITH 43000 MI ON IT IT SAT FOR 3 MONTHS WITH A TANK FULL OF GAS I ONLY DRIVE SHORT TRIPS LIKE TO THE STORE AND BACK WARM WEATHER I JUST FILLED IT AT 1/2 A TANK AND EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE IT ALMOST STALLS FROM THE TAKE OFF.

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    Visitor, December 01, 2010, 20:23

    Stalling from the take off could be several things, like old ignition parts ( the 100k until you need a tune up is really a sales myth ), a defective Throttle Position Sensor, A Vacuum leak etc. Any Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light on"? If so, get the code and have the code checked out. Also, I would not let gas sit in your tank for 3 months, especially in cold weather, I would drive the tank down until it is on fumes and put in fresh gas every 30-40 days. Gas, these days, has lots of Ethanol, which attracts water, even that could be your hesitation, just moisture building up in your fuel. Have you seen the commercial about the guy who lets his boat sit for a long time and then it won't even run? Same thing here. If you have to, only keep a 1/2 tank of gas, so you can go through it every 30-40 days. I hope that I gave some helpful ideas.
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