What happens when your idle air control goes bad?
When the idle air control valve fails, it inhibits the flow of air through the engine. When the car can’t receive air, it leads to engine stalling. The severity of this symptom can range from occasional stalling at first, to stalling immediately after ignition.
What are the symptoms of a bad IAC?
Usually, a bad or failing idle air control valve (IAC); will produce a few symptoms, that can alert the driver of a potential issue:
- Irregular Idle Speed.
- Check Engine Light Illuminated.
- Rough Engine Idle.
- Engine Stalling.
- Stalling Under Load.
- How To test the coil driver circuits in the (IAC) valve:
What does idle air control do?
The idle air control (IAC) valve is located on the throttle body of fuel-injected engines, where it works with the vehicle’s ECU to electrically regulate airflow to the engine to ensure smooth idling.
Can a bad idle air control valve cause white smoke?
If you hold gas at normal idle and let it warm up it will stay running at 400 rpm. And it will throw light white smoke from time to time that doesn’t smell like coolant. Any help is welcome.
Can a bad idle air control valve cause hard starting?
If your vehicle has the 4-liter V-6, the problem may be a faulty idle air control valve. Whenever you start the engine, the throttle is closed so the valve meters the proper amount of air for combustion. If it allows too much or too little, the result is hard starting and often rough idle.
When should I replace my idle air control valve?
When you experience irregular or fluctuating engine idle speed, this usually means your idle air control valve is bad. After all, this control valve is supposed to manage the engine idle speed so that it stays at a normal RPM rate. What is this? If the valve is bad, then it won’t be able to succeed at its job.