1987 Mazda b2200



July, 23, 2008 AT 2:23 PM

Engine Performance problem
1987 Mazda b2200 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles

I have been working on this truck for about two months and cant figure out whats wrong with it. It wont idle down when I turn the idle screw so I cant get it timed right. When you throw it into drive or reverse it dies


1 Answer



July, 23, 2008 AT 2:27 PM

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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