[MR2] Idle Issues
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 26 15:59:13 EDT 2009
Gail - what I love about your post is that these dealerships have no idea
what the problem is but both want to charge you $1,000 to "fix" it.
Something wrong with that picture?
Reminds me of a story I had with my '67 Camaro 37 years ago - while driving
back to my school in VA from CA I had a heck of an "idle" problem in
downtown Chicago - to the point I had to keep it revved to 4,000 rpm to keep
the engine from dying.
I literally sputter into a Chevy dealership and the service writer is
listening to it.
"This car has vacuum leaks all over the place - I'll need to keep it 3
Now since you are a female (presumably of the "gentler" sex but maybe you
can out drink me and out arm wrestle me - but I will keep my inner thoughts
I had at the time with said service manager - and sexual metaphors - out of
"Can't you hook it up to a scope first? I think it is an ignition problem",
I asked. When your engine is sputtering with quick staccato-like
frequencies - it is usually electrical (ignition), long, drawn out "pulsing"
is usually fuel - starvation to be specific...
"Look", said Svc Writer said, "If you don't like my diagnosis you can go
So I did - sputtering out - I stopped at an old decrepit garage in a bad
area of town - the sole mechanic (and owner) looked at it for a moment and
found the problem.
For you old guys remember those GM points that had the outside adjustment
that you turned with a hex wrench? This was the easy way to set the dwell
without having to start-stop-reset gap countless times.
The mechanism was broken and the points were hardly opening. (This is a test
for you younger people - what are "points"? ;-)
Anyway a new set of points, $20 and a 6 pack of his favorite beer and I was
on my way.
I have no idea either about your problem but won't charge you $1,000.
I can say that one time in my long and storied mr2 experience (20 years) I
had a similar symptom on my AW11 and it was a throttle position sensor. The
dealer charged me about $200 at the time.
Don't know if your 2nd gen even has a TPS but that would be my guess, for
whatever it is worth.
I need help, again.? I have a '91 MR2 (non turbo) manual transmission with
98,000 miles.? I have a intermittent but re-occurring problem with the
idle.? The car has been to 2 Toyota?dealerships - they did not?know what to
do and both said $1,000 to fix it (with no plan in mind) ??? My regular
mechanic (Toyota certified) kept it for 2 weeks?a few years ago and made it
better for awhile -??but, was not sure what he did that?fixed it
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