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Old 12-18-2014, 12:14 PM
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Default 98' DX idle surge random misfire iacv? ficv?

recently bought older civic 180k,
recent shop tune-up w/timing, belts chged.

P0304, but one instance of P0300, 0301, 0302 each too.
trying DIY, cleaned IACV... apparently no EGR w/ DX.

started fine afterward, for 5-6 min till warmed up...
then idle surge... unplugged IACV and it seemed to idle fine...

is this simple evidence to replace IACV or should I
address 'fast idle valve' somehow before ordering replacement?

Any other things to check first? or as well?
( did compression testing... 1912, 170, 185, 180)
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:31 PM
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Does the car drive OK other than not idling smooth?

Check that the radiator is full (when cold). Coolant sloshing around in the engine can cause an unsteady idle.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:01 PM
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There's is a noticeable lack of power when the misfiring occurs
after being warmed up... so I'm not driving it until I can fix this
and looking for relatively simple DIY checks...
The car obviously not worth much but was a great runner at 38-40mpg.
Any suggestions much appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:09 PM
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A while ago, the coolant was low in reservoir and possibly in engine for a bit,
fixed with adding coolant and burping, maybe 3-5k miles before problem
occurred. Coolant is full in radiator when cold.
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:11 PM
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If it misfires while driving, especially heavy throttle and low rpm, that is usually weak sparks-- and the spark wires are a prime culprit. Some aftermarket wires are really bad and only last a few months.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:16 PM
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Default followup: 98' DX idle surge random misfire iacv? ficv?

fyi...
put in new iacv -> fixed surging idle, but not misfires...

installed OEM spark plug wires (NGK 8034 HE76),
(and new spark plugs denso(4504) PK270TT)

This fixed misfires/power loss, so car running fine! :-)

thanks for replies... appreciated

note: there was 30k miles on old plug wires
labelled "STI Spark Transfer International"
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