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Idling issue (b15)

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Old 10-21-2008, 01:07 PM
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So I finally got my new engine in (horray) only problem is it's idling funny. Basically when the car starts it idles high, then slowly decreases until eventually (anywhere from 15-45secs) it dies. I can keep it alive by giving it gas, which is why I feel like it might just be having trouble getting fuel. Is there any way I can check this? Or do you guys know any other things that could be wrong that would cause this?
 
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:22 PM
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Is the CEL ON?

Pressing the "gas" pedal gives the engine more air, so I think your IACV may be stuck closed. As this could be due to clogging with gunk, remove the IACV from the throttle body and clean it with carburetor cleaner (see forum DIY by Greddy_Civic).
 
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:22 PM
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The CEL is not on. I'll look at the DIY thread and try that and update this thread. Thank you sir.
 
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:34 PM
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Cleaned the IACV, still not running right. I don't know what could be wrong with the stupid thing anymore, I'm going to have to end up taking it to a garage
 
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:43 PM
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Cleaned the IACV, still not running right. I don't know what could be wrong with the stupid thing anymore, I'm going to have to end up taking it to a garage
You could try up adjusting the idle set screw, but you'll need to hook up an accurate tach to do this.

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Old 10-23-2008, 02:15 PM
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Thanks RonJ, I'll have to get a good tach and try that. Is it possible that the timing could just be off? Like I said, it idles high then slowly dies, now when I try and drive it...it sputters a long like it isn't getting gas or something. I was wondering if a timing issue could be the cause? Just looking at every different angle before I get reamed at a garage.
 
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:24 PM
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Yeah, with this new information, I think checking the timing may be a good idea. Also, when was your last basic tune up (plugs/wires/cap/rotor)? What year/engine Civic?

I agree avoid the mechanic until absolutely necessary. Just keep asking questions and giving more information. We'll eventually lead you in the right direction.
 
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:10 PM
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Yea I'll check the timing tomorrow when I get back out to my garage. Question: how do you guys feel for the #1 piston? I've noticed I can't reach down far enough to feel it with my finger.

The car is a 95 DX, but the engine is from a 92 hatch. See I bought the car with a blown engine, and picked up a junkyard one and installed it. So I really don't know when it was last tuned up. I did buy new plugs a few days ago though, and the wires appear to be in good shape (no signs of dry rot or anything of that matter).

And thanks for the help, I hate having to ask so many questions because I feel like I'm not contributing to the forum, but I really am just a noob
 
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:09 PM
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Yeah, it's possible that the timing belt slipped. After removal of the valve cover and upper timing belt cover, here's how you check whether or not the cam and crank are properly synchronized at TDC for piston #1:

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Old 10-24-2008, 12:08 PM
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Quick question about timing. I've read you need to point the rotor button to the #1 piston. Now does that mean you put it just before the metal contact where the #1 plug wire is? Or am I not getting this? Anyone have a picture of the correct position the rotor button should be when the engine is TDC? I can't find anything via google.
 

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