2002 Honda Accord RPM fluctuates

Engine Performance problem
2002 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles

hi. I have a honda accord 2002,180k miles. The rpm of the vehicle cannot remain on 1000 in idle mode. It always below 1k. If I attemp to on the ac the car starts to vibrate heavily and the rpm drops down to almost zero the it will go up again and continuous to fluctuate. If I manage to get the car moving the fluctuation stops but once I come to a stop, the rpm drops below one. Also the cars acceleration drop drastically with the ac on. The check light is also on as well as the abs and srs lights. It becomes worst when the temp starts to rise. And I hav noticed that the rpm fluctuation problem seizes at night when the temperature outside and that of the car is cool.I recently had my radiator changed to a bigger one but the problem continued.
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 AT 6:44 PM

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Hi ibisuke,

The idling speed should be 700 rpm and 1000 is too high which can cause the idling speed to surge.

Reduction in the idling speed when the AC is turned ON indicates the IAC is not functioning correctly. It could be clogged coolant hoses to the IAC.

Since the CEL and other indicators are turning on, you need to get them checked/resolved first. Get a free scan done at Autozone and let me know if the codes is anything to do with the idling speed.
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Friday, April 23rd, 2010 AT 4:51 PM

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