WHY IS MY VAN IDLING AT 300+ RPM?

  • Tiny
  • denalib
  • 1997 Dodge
  • 161,718 miles

I have a 97 Dodge Grand Carvan SE 3.3L V6. I have recently replaced the alternator, the tensioner pulley, the serpentine belt and the idler pulley. The most recent being the idler pulley my van is now idling at 3000+ rpm. What could be my problem?

Friday, October 12th, 2012 AT 9:35 PM

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  • Tiny
  • denalib
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I meaNT TO WRITE 3000+ RPM

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Friday, October 12th, 2012 AT 9:39 PM
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  • DrCranknWrench
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You could have a vacuum leak or your Idle Air Control Valve is Bad. The IACV is what controls idle under engine load changes and acts as a choke when engine is cold. However your RPMs are very high and seem to indicate either something keeping the intake butterfly from closing like the cable is binding or the butterfly valve is stuck due to sludge or carbon deosits. The vacuum leak you would be looking for would be pretty large as well.
However there are enough possiblities that I think you should use this diagnsotic walk through to figure out the problem. When it talks about pulling codes, testing electrical components or needing special test kits, Advance auto or Auto Zone will pull codes and test components for free and they loan out tools for testing .
Just use the link below to get to the diagnostic;

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-idles-too-high

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Friday, October 12th, 2012 AT 9:42 PM
  • Tiny
  • denalib
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Thank you!

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Friday, October 12th, 2012 AT 11:09 PM
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  • DrCranknWrench
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Your very welcome. Come back to us if you need anything else.

Dr. C

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012 AT 5:18 PM

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