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My 96 nissan altima dies at idle

Engine dies at idle and runs rough at certain rpms. Have replaced fuel filter, spark pugs and wires, throttle position sensor, coolant temperature sensor and air filter.

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  • Rob Holmes Dec 24, 2012

    There has been no check engine lights. Had it scanned too. The vehicle has 122,000 miles. Is there a way to test the idle air control valve? As I've replaced parts it would run well then next time mess up again.

  • Rob Holmes Dec 24, 2012

    By running well it would be that day of repair. The next day there would be problems off and on again



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Could be a dirty throttle body, vac leak, or a defective idle air control valve. The computer adjusts idle speed by controlling the amount of air entering the throttle body via the control valve.
Is the check engine light on ?

Posted on Dec 24, 2012

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    Stephen Dec 24, 2012

    You could unplug the valve when engine idle is above 1000 RPM. The check engine light will come on, but the valve would stay in place. If that takes care of the problem, the valve may be the problem. It has a small electric motor inside that opens and closes the valve.

  • Rob Holmes Dec 24, 2012

    I will try that tomorrow. Thanks!



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