Where is the IAC motor located?

Tiny
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On a 1996 jeep grand cherokee laredo, so I can check to see if its working correctly, and to clean. I need to know what the iac motor looks like, so I can check to see if its working properly, and so I can clean it. Maybe show me some pictures and how to check and clean this (IAC MOTOR).
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 AT 8:16 PM

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Tiny
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What exactly are the symptoms? Was the battery recently disconnected?
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 AT 8:28 PM
Tiny
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I could drive around okay, but when I stop, it dies out, yes, I have disconnect the battery once or twice.
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 AT 9:22 PM
Tiny
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The Engine Computer lost its memory and has to relearn "minimum throttle" before it will know when it must be in control of idle speed. It also might not give you the normal "idle flare-up" to 1500 rpm when you start the engine. To meet the conditions for the relearn to take place, drive at highway speed with the engine warmed up, then coast for at least seven seconds without touching the brake or gas pedals.
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 AT 9:31 PM
Tiny
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There's no easy way to test the automatic idle speed motor. It's bolted to the side of the throttle body and has four wires in its connector. There's four coils of wire in it. Testing with an ohm meter won't work because if one coil is open, the meter will just read through the other three coils.

You can unbolt it, pull really really hard to pull the pintle valve out, then watch if it moves when the ignition switch is turned on, but that doesn't mean much either. Be sure the torx bit fits snugly in the screw heads. Those screws have Lok Tite on the threads so the screw slots round out easily.

Mechanics check the operation with a scanner. I use Chrysler's DRB3 scanner. That lets you select any idle speed up to 2000 rpm in 200 rpm increments. That motor has so much control that it can keep a V-8 engine running with 6 disabled cylinders. Obviously it won't run smoothly, but it will run.

Here's a photo from rockauto. Com to show what it looks like. This is for a 5.2L I wasn't aware it is different for a 4.0L but all I can see different is the orientation of the connector.
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 AT 9:47 PM

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