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#1 Smith28

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 08:03 PM

I have a focus 1.6 hatch. When I'm driving and go to stop the idle revs drop to a low point then go to normal. It doesn't stall but sounds like its going to.

I've checked idle control valve and sprayed cleaner into it to remove grime but no joy. I've tried a full oil change. Oil filter change. And spark plugs but still does it.

I'm totally stumped and need some help solving the problem.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:51 PM

Could be a number of things, from a bad earth, faulty lambda sensor to a failing coil...

What millage is on the car and how long have you had it?

Is or has the engine management light came on?

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 10:19 PM

No management light bud. It's got 140k on clock. I've had it about 2 months. The earths are rusty where the bolts go through so going to clean them tomorrow.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 10:31 PM

Hey mate, I tried to do exactly the same thing, But the blot snapped :angry: was easy enough to use a near by bolt so it wasnt too bad, so maybe try adding an additional earth somewhere else

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 10:34 PM

I am still suspicious of the idle controll valve, it could be faulty. Check to see if any fault codes are stored.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 10:57 PM

I did that self scan thing with the clock reset. And no dtc. I've got the idle control valve off as we speak and looks ok but I guess looks can be deceiving lol.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:29 PM

I did that self scan thing with the clock reset. And no dtc. I've got the idle control valve off as we speak and looks ok but I guess looks can be deceiving lol.


Maybe someone could advise us if there is a way of testing them off the car?
I would give it another soaking in some good quality penetrating oil or wd40 over night then try it again.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:45 PM

I'm using carb cleaner in my idle air control valve. I hope it works lol.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 10:03 PM

Any joy?

also after you have used carb cleaner, its probly a good idea to re lube the shaft in the icv with some wd40 type spray

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 12:13 PM

NO joy m8. If anything the carb cleaner worked but it happened again. My friends a ford fanatic and has notices my earths are rusty as hell on the points of the bolts. I tryed to clean up 3 and yes u guessed it!! SNAP LOL.

I fixed them but the 1 that goes to the light is mega rusty and I'm not even attempting to clean that 1.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 12:26 PM

one thing i noticed on my focus 1.6,

if you disconnect the connector on the alternator (will throw the battery light up on the dash) does it idle ok?

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:36 PM

I shall try that. When the cars ticking over it idles ok. About 800rpm. But say I'm driving and go to stop the revs drop right below and bk to 800rpm then below ect ect untill it settles down.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:38 PM

NO joy m8. If anything the carb cleaner worked but it happened again. My friends a ford fanatic and has notices my earths are rusty as hell on the points of the bolts. I tryed to clean up 3 and yes u guessed it!! SNAP LOL.

I fixed them but the 1 that goes to the light is mega rusty and I'm not even attempting to clean that 1.


Thats a bugger, how did you fix the snapped earth bolt?

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:48 AM

Well I tried to put them into another hote but the new bolt snapped so I had to drill a hole and did my best bodge lol.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:47 PM

Well I tried to put them into another hote but the new bolt snapped so I had to drill a hole and did my best bodge lol.


well done mate, maybe a slobber of underseal would't go wrong

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