Any car experts?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Silver-Fox, May 16, 2008.

  1. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

    Silver-Fox

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    Hi

    I have searched the web etc and cant find anything, i recently got a toyota corolla 1.3 1998, only done 37,000 miles, today i started the car up and let it run for a bit, then i realised the revs dropped below 1000 and the car started shuddering quite bad any ideas?

    I know quite random but i wondered if any car experts here to help :D

    Cheers
     
  2. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    Was the car running and shuddering, or did it shudder and then stop running?
     
  3. Silver-Fox thread starter macrumors 65816

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  5. cabmustang macrumors newbie

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    what do you mean by below 1000? because most cars will idle around 800. if its quite a bit below that it may be your throttle position sensor.
     
  6. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    The car is 10 years old and only has 37k miles... probably needs a good tune up. The best place to find answers to the question is

    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/index.php

    The site is extremely helpful in finding out information about your car, and the people are great. Been a member for 2 years and learned more about my Camry that I ever thought.
     
  7. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    A TPS error would probably cause the car to rev, not shudder...

    An automatic at idle will typically idle between 500-800rpm...
     
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  9. Silver-Fox thread starter macrumors 65816

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  10. cabmustang macrumors newbie

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    sorry i was thinking of the wrong part, have the idle control motor checked. had what sounds like the same issue and that is what fixed it.
     
  11. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    My advice is either

    a) Call car talk
    b) Take it to the dealer.


    simple
     
  12. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    Further thoughts:

    1. if the car is fuel injected, run some injector cleaner through it. Could be a plugged injector.

    2. Could also be a clogged idle air passage, which is the passage that helps the computer set the idle speed...could be why it's idling low, if that's clogged, it can cause the shudder as well.
     
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    1. Check the vacuum lines, good chance that one of those is leaking or knock off messing with idle.

    Off chance.

    Check the plugs and wires also ... all it takes is a weak spark in a cylinder to throw things off.

    Have an old timing light (useless for today's cars) that I use to check the wires on our Ford when it runs rough. Usually find a cylinder that isn't firing.

    Though a bad battery could be just as bad, pulling the engine down enough to cause problems when something like an electric fan kicks on.
     

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