Sorry for the delay in replying. I was away for the past few weeks.
*How much should the end piece (Pintle) go in and out? When I had my wife start the Tracker, I watched the Pintle move a little at the end, but not a huge movement-
Movement of pintle depends on how much it was out previously and engine temperature. It usually moves only slightly.
*When I have the IAC Valve removed, how far inside should I spray cleaner into the small hole? Should I use specail cleaner or just carb cleaner for that area?
Carb cleaner should do.
2) After spraying throttle body cleaner inside the intake throttle area, I left the car for a while for the spray to work. Once I came back I tried starting the car and it would not start at all! When I clicked on the ignition it would not turn on. After waiting a bit longer I was finally able to try and start it, but it would not start as it sounded flooded possibly all the spray I put in?
Yes, after using carb cleaner it would usually require some cranking before it fires up due to flooding.
I ended up having to charge the battery before I could get it started 60 minutes later. Is this normall? The battery is about 3 years old but checks out ok.
Cranking time depends on battery condition/charge and amount of cranking time and if you are able to fully charge it without any starting problem, it should be normal.
*With the engine running I unplugged the IAC Valve harness.I did not notice much of a difference with it plugged in or not plugged in- Could the IAC be the problem?
Since pintle was moving in and out when you tested it, it should be good. Disconnectting the IAC would not make much difference in idling speed as the pintle type would remain where it was at the moment it was disconnected. If you disconnect the wire when engine is cold, rpm would be higher then idling speed.
Is there a better way to check the IAC Valve? What exactly should that end of it be doing? How far in/Out? Movement, ETC.
A scan tool would allow you to actuate the IAC movement
4) Also with engine running I unplugged the air filter housing and took the air cleaner out, then engine remained running? Is that normal or should it have stalled out?
Removing the air cleaner does not affect the engine operations unless the MAF was disconnected.
ONE OTHER SIDE QUESTION:
5) When a fuel pump is changed, should the mechanic replace the little rubber gasket that holds the fuel assembly to the actual tank? The times I have had the pump replaced, the mechanic just -reused that gasket! Could that be part of the problem?
The gasket is only for sealing purposes and if it is not leaking, it should be good.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 AT 8:31 AM