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Old 11-14-2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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Has anyone had problems with this on there truck i have a 2000 f150 5.4
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:20 AM   #2
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I need some help does anyone know if the idle control valve was acting up what it would do ?
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I just cleaned mine today on a 99 4.6L. My truck doesn't like to idle when it's cold out so I figured it can't hurt to clean it. The gasket cost me a whopping $1.20. I hope it fixes the problem. Good luck.
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how do you clean it? and where is it located?
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The idle control valve is located under the throttle body cover. Once you remove the cover (which is 3 bolts) it is located towards the rear of the throttle body (near the firewall). There are 2 bolts holding it down. There is also an electrical connector going into it which needs to be disconnected for removal. I cleaned it by spraying a penetrating fuid into each chamber. I also used some q-tips to wipe out the carbon buildup. I think that it is a good idea to replace the gasket under it also to ensure a good seal. I don't know if it has made a difference on mine yet as it isn't that cold here right now. I expect this week I will find out if it worked. I hope this helps. Good Luck.
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Your truck wouldn't idle. Whats yours doing?
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well in the morning it would start find but when i come back to the truck after work about 430 it would start but shut right off so i would give it gas until it would stay running but it would idle real low and not have any power but i have replaced the part and we will see tommmorow afternoon if i solved the problem
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Was the old one gummed up?
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yes i took it to a place cause i had no clue what was wrong and the guy cleaned it and it worked for about a week then it started acting up again so i replaced it
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You should be good with the new one. That's why I don't like to recommend cleaning them because it only helps about half the time.
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