I have an idle issue that I cant get to go away, how can I fix it

Tiny
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  • 1994 DODGE DAKOTA
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I have a 94 dodge Dakota with a v6 magnum motor, I had an idle issue with it. The issue was it started rough and would idle rough and died. Or if I sit at a light it will idle down and die. So I changed the spark plugs wires distributor cap and rotor. That some what fixed the issue for a little over a week. Now the the issue is back and worse than before. When I turn the truck on sometimes it idle high then slowly goes down or it barley starts up and idles really rough. I also changed the idle positioning sensor. What do I need to change now? Also I dont have the power I should. When I go down the road the idle will jump as well.
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 7:53 PM

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Tiny
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Vacuum leaks, throttle body, idle air control motor failure, map sensor. Any of these could cause the issue but need to be vrified before throwing parts at it.

Idle sensor?

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 8:35 PM
Tiny
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I looked for vacuum leaks already and found none, and yes it was the ips sensor? Its on the throttle body, there is three sensors there.
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 8:41 PM
Tiny
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Ok, you mean the throttle position sensor.

I would look at the idle air control

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 9:01 PM
Tiny
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It wasnt the throttle position sensor there was another one, I changed it because the guy at oreilys said it could fix it and it was only $30. Where is the idle air control located?
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 9:16 PM
Tiny
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On the throttle body. It controls the idle conditions.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 9:26 PM
Tiny
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Ok could that account for my idle sometimes being high and other times being low when I start the truck? When I changed my plugs and all that it fixed the problem but it came back.
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 9:33 PM
Tiny
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I was also told I could change my coil out
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 9:37 PM
Tiny
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No, coils, plugs have nothing to do with the issue.

Look at the idle control motor

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 10:01 PM
Tiny
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Alright, wouldnt I have a check engine light come on though?
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 10:42 PM
Tiny
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http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/search/Idle+Air+Control+Valve/02169/C0018.oap?keyword=idle+control+motor&year=1994&make=Dodge&model=Dakota&vi=1087578 one of these?? i changed this out already this is the "sensor" i was referring too. the wiring harness is in good shape as well
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 10:48 PM
Tiny
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It is not a sensor. It is a motor. No, it may not throw a code if it is performing its job.

You may have throttle body issues here. I think you need help from a shop. I cannot verify anything here with out me touching it.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 11:01 PM
Tiny
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Ok ill just spend the $60 for them to look at it. Thank you, ill be back on the site again im sure, its been very helpful. What kinda throttle body issue could I have though?
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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 11:09 PM
Tiny
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Internal vacuum leak cusing erratic, high, unstable idle

Roy
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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 AT 12:33 AM

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