1986 Chevy Nova Engine will not Idle Down


Engine Performance problem
1986 Chevy Nova 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 275000 miles

I have tried adjusing the idle and changeing air filter and PCV valve, I also looked at all my vacum lines to insure I did not have one off, The engine runs about 1000 Rpm most of the time, somtimes it will sloe to 750, but will never idle normal

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008 AT 6:13 PM

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Too fast an idle speed. If an engine without computerized idle speed control is idling too fast and refuses to come down to a normal idle speed despite your best efforts to back off the carburetor idle speed screw or air bypass adjustment screw (fuel injection), air is getting past the throttle somewhere. Common leak paths include the carburetor and throttle body gaskets, carburetor insulator spacers, intake manifold gaskets, and of course, any of the engine's vacuum fittings, hoses and accessories. It is even possible that leaky O-rings around the fuel injectors are allowing air to leak past the seals. Another overlooked item can be a worn throttle shaft and a defective idle speed speed control motor/valve stuck in the extended (high idle speed) position/throttle position sensor. Also the throttle plate could be binding in its bore and kinked accelerator cable, coolant temperature sensor might not be operating properly misleading the computer that the engine is still cold and computer throwing fuel at it raising the idle speed.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008 AT 6:23 PM

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