1997 Chevy Cavalier High Idle and engine revving

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 100,000 MILES
I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier. When I turn it on it revs up to 2 on the rpm gauge and is idling extremely high. When driven it revs on it's own and when I have to stop at a light it revs up then stalls. It almost seems like it is not getting enough gas at some times and too much at others. Any ideas?
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 AT 2:30 PM

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Try cleaning out the idle air control valve-

Disconnect the air intake ductwork from the throttle body.

Start the engine, then increase and hold the idle speed to 1,000 to 1,500 rpm.

Spray the throttle cleaner or engine cleaner into the throat of the throttle body, aiming for the idle air bypass port (usually located on the side or top of the throttle body opening). Give this area a good dose of cleaner (about 10 second's worth).

Turn the engine off to allow the cleaner to soak into the IAC passageway.

Wait about three minutes.

Restart the engine, rev and hold at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm, and repeat the cleaning process again.

Turn the engine off again, and reattach the air intake ductwork to the throttle body.

Start the engine and rev and hold to 1,500 to 2,000 rpm until no white smoke is coming out of the exhaust pipe.

If this fails to make any difference, you can remove the IAC valve from the throttle body and spray cleaner directly on the tip of the valve and/or into the ports in the throttle body. Let the cleaner soak awhile, repeat as needed, then reinstall the IAC valve, start the engine and run it at 1,500 to 2,000 rpm as before until no white smoke is seen in the exahust.
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 AT 2:40 PM

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