1988 Dodge Ram idle speed actuator

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MIKEJONES423
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  • 1988 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
I just bought a idle speed actuator can u give me the exact adjustment for the screw on the end of this please I think its idled to high or maybe to low. I also have only water in my radiator and it runs hot at the end of the day on my way home so would that be because its only water in do I need to drain it and add anti freeze or is water cool for the summer
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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 AT 10:55 AM

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Im not sure of the setting you need but yes you need to drain water and go 50/50 with antifreeze. Not only will it run hot if you dont but will rust up the inside of your radiator and can ruin your thermostat
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 5:02 PM
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Do you have any guess why there's four terminals on the motor? The engine computer pulses the four coils inside the unit. As the armature turns to various positions, it threads the pintle valve in and out. As the valve backs into the housing, it exposes more of the air passage around the throttle blade. As more air is allowed in, the computer lengthens the amount of time the injectors are turned on. That's how idle speed is controlled.

You don't have to do anything to the motor; just stick it in. If you push the pintle in, the idle speed will be very high at start-up. It could take 5-20 seconds to come down to normal. When you stop the engine, the computer will pulse the motor enough to insure it is fully extended, then it will retract it approximately 50 "steps" in preparation for the next start. At start-up, the engine should go to around 1500 rpm, then down to around 800 rpm. That's called idle flare-up. There are 256 steps that the computer can place the motor in. These steps can be displayed on the hand-held computer that your mechanic can plug in to the vehicle. Step # 30 to 32 is typical for normal idle speed with a good running engine.

To give you an example of how much control the computer has, a Chrysler trainer demonstrated this on a Jeep V-8 engine about six years ago. He unplugged one injector while the engine was running. The computer increased the number of steps on the AIS motor to bring idle speed back up to 800 rpm. Next he unplugged another injector, and another; and another. Finally, with six injectors unplugged, the engine obviously was running very roughly, but it was still at 800 rpm; and it was only up to step # 180!

I second blakesfirstt's comments about antifreeze. It also contains water pump lubricant.

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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 11:00 PM

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